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Why More People Than Ever Are Choosing Moissanite

While diamonds remain the most traditional gemstone used in engagement rings, one diamond alternative is becoming an increasingly popular choice – for all the best reasons.

Moissanite is a gemstone born from the stars. It was first discovered in 1893 after French scientist Henri Moissan found particles of the gem in a crater created by a meteorite that fell to Earth. Henri and other scientists of the time initially thought the particles to be diamonds, but later determined that the crystals were composed of silicon carbide.  Today, moissanite is sought after for its resemblance to diamonds as well as its unique sparkle. Beyond their diamond-like appearance, moissanites are known for their fiery brilliance, uncompromised durability and attractive price, making them an increasingly popular choice for engagement rings. Learn more about why people are choosing moissanites below!

Responsible Sourcing

Natural moissanite is incredibly rare, most moissanites on the market today are lab created. Because they are grown in controlled environments using advanced technology, moissanites require absolutely no mining to produce. For that reason, their origins are easily traceable. Fine jewelry made with moissanites and recycled metals is a responsible choice.

Fiery Brilliance

If you love sparkle, a moissanite might just be the perfect gemstone for you. Sparkle is measured by brilliance, which is a stone’s refractive index. Moissanites exhibit a heightened brilliance, as their faceting patterns differ from diamonds. The striking surface sparkle of a moissanite emits fiery, rainbow flashes that dazzle in the light. While moissanites are labeled as “colorless”, the gems can still project a yellow or grayish hue in certain lights. This characteristic sets them apart from diamonds, and many love the rainbow of colors a moissanite reflects.

Uncompromised Durability

Gemstone hardness is a measurement of its ability to resist scratching or other damage. On the Mohs scale, moissanite scores a 9.25, an excellent score that makes it one of the hardest substances on earth. For reference, diamonds are a 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness and sapphires are a 9. Moissanite engagement rings are suitable for everyday wear and hold up marvelously over time. Your moissanite gemstone will never get cloudy or change color and requires occasional cleaning to maintain a pristine and sparkling appearance.

Attractive Price

Moissanites are an attractive cost-friendly option for many couples as you can create your dream engaging ring without veering outside your budget or compromising center gemstone size. Moissanites are significantly lower in price compared to diamonds of similar shape and dimensions, making them a budget-friendly alternative to a diamond. Moissanite gems vary in price only based on size and whether the stone is Premium or Super Premium.

Final Thoughts

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