It is always said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but for last twenty years, Moissanites have become popular and are also used as alternatives for diamonds especially in case of wedding bands and engagement rings and the reasons for the same are its cost-effectiveness and it also possesses similar looks to that of a diamond. People have gladly accepted it as an alternative and it also helps you to save a lot of money. A few points that you need to keep in mind whenever you are planning to purchase a Moissanite Ring are mentioned below.
History of Moissanites:
Charles & Colvard, the original maker of Moissanite jewelry have concluded that Moissanites were discovered in the year of 1893 at a site of a meteor strike in Arizona Dessert by a well-renowned scientist Mr. Henry Moissan and later on it was also named after him. It was initially known as Silicon Carbide and had a rare brilliant look. During the period of the 1980s, a process for producing the crystals of Moissanites was developed by a company in North Carolina. A few years later, in the year of 1998, jewelry incorporating Moissanite was introduced by Charles & Colvard and the same has become very much trendy in the wedding accessories market as of today.
Moissanites Vs Diamonds:
The difference between Moissanites and Diamonds are as follows:
On the Mohs scale of hardness, Moissanites score 9.25, and on the other hand, the diamonds score 10 on the same scale and also proving itself to be very hard and durable. The reason for using this scale is that it forecasts the ability of the gem to withstand breakage or scratches. Also, because the score of Moissanites are very close to that of diamonds, it is a great alternative for diamond and that too at a very reasonable price. Lastly, the Moissanites are also suitable for everyday wear.
Colorless diamonds are in major demand. On the other hand, Colorless Moissanites are also easily available and they also portray hints of grey or yellow and as a result, it can easily be used for the engagement or wedding purposes.
The ability of a particular gem to reflect light is also known as brilliance and it further helps the gem to have a sparkling appearance. Because of differences in faceting patterns, both the Moissanites and Diamonds reflect light in different ways. “Gemstone fire or dispersion refers to how the stone breaks down light into spectral colors (the rainbow effect) through double refraction,” as said by O’ Dea. A ray of light passing through a Moissanite gemstone bents and as a result is refracted into two because of which more fire is emitted. But in case of a diamond, it does not occur and thereby only a single refraction is experienced.
Basically, depending on the choice, a lot of people are partial to that of the Moissanites Rainbow Reflection while few others prefer the classic radiance of the diamonds.
Whenever it comes to the comparison related to the prices of both Moissanites and Diamonds, Moissanites are found at a much lower price. Depending on the size and the quality of the stones, the prices of the Moissanites varies and on the other hand, the cost of diamonds depends on the cuts, clarity, shape, and carat. Also, the natural diamonds are much costly than the ones produced in the labs. Thus, the Moissanite pieces of jewelry are much cheaper than that of the diamonds and there is a huge price gap between the two. For instance, if one carat Moissanite costs $500, then the price of one carat of diamond would be not less than $5000.
Advantages of Moissanites:
A few of the advantages that you need to consider while buying the best Moissanite Rings are as follows:
- Moissanites are in general ethically produced:
Natural Moissanites are available in very small quantity and this is the reason of it being produced in the lab in order to meet with its massive demands these days. On the other hand, diamonds are found under the Earth’s surface or on the ocean floor or riverbeds. Majority of the natural diamonds are also found in Africa. Also, they are extracted by the process of alluvial mining. All these processes involved cause heavy pollution due to usage of heavy machinery and as a result, the environment is destroyed and on the other hand, the miners in Africa are extremely low paid in spite of working with so much of risk. Therefore, if you are looking for an ethical choice, Moissanites would be the best because of being produced in the labs.
- Moissanites are sparkly or highly brilliant:
Already mentioned above, the Moissanites are very famous for its sparkling and rainbow light reflections. As mentioned by O’Dea, Moissanites are ten percent more brilliant than that of the diamonds and secondly, the BRI of Moissanites ranges between 2.65 to 2.69 and thus it is much brilliant than any other alternatives of diamonds.
- Offers a Variety of Colors:
Moissanites are available in the market in various shades. Also the ones that are lab produced are having multiple options for colors for you to wear the same for various occasions.
- Moissanites are highly affordable:
Though the price of the Moissanites depends on the size and the quality of the gem, still a large size of Moissanite would be a fraction price of even a very smaller size of a diamond ring. Considering the Moissanites, the size is also larger and most importantly, you can easily bag it at almost ten percent price of a diamond.
Lastly, based on the above points, you may be rest assured that Moissanites are very much similar to the diamonds and also have much of the advantages. In terms of hardness, it is very close to diamond which is the hardest of all. Apart from the same, it also has a good resistance to scratches as well as breakage. Secondly, its high durability also ensures that it remains the same even after 25 years of your marriage and importantly, the above mentioned points also proves that you can easily wear it for everyday wear without any hassle.