Are you considering purchasing a Moissanite ring and want to know what to look for? You’re not alone! Moissanite engagement rings are slowly gaining popularity among couples today because of their beauty, affordability, and long-term durability.
There are, however, a couple of caveats to getting it correctly. Continue reading to find out what you should look for in a Moissanite engagement ring.
Moissanite: Is it a Real Diamond? Interesting Facts About Moissanite
Moissanite is its own different gemstone. It glows differently than Diamond, has a different hardness, and different chemical composition.
Diamond’s chemical makeup is pure carbon, while moissanite is carbon silicate. This means that your Moissanite is more resistant to dirt and oil than a diamond!
When it comes to hardness, diamond has a rating of 10 on the hardness scale while moissanite has 9.25. Lastly, moissanite has far more colored sparkle (“fire”) than a Diamond.
Moissanite is a natural gemstone but can also be man-made, which means it may be cut into any size or shape. Natural diamonds, on the other hand, are limited in size and shape by the Earth’s capacity to produce them.
As a result, choosing Moissanite as the center stone for your engagement ring gives you a lot of options. Last but certainly not least, moissanite is also extremely environmentally friendly; no mining is required!
Do Moissanite Rings Come In Different Grades?
Yes. When Moissanite was initially introduced, technology had only progressed to the point of producing yellowish-green stones. This Moissanite is known as “classic” and is still available.
However, because the public desired a good diamond substitute, gemologists continued to explore in the search for colorless Moissanite. Good news: They had a breakthrough in 2015!
In addition to “traditional” Moissanite, you can now purchase colorless and near-colorless Moissanite. Colorless Moissanite has the appearance of an E color diamond, whereas near-colorless Moissanite has the appearance of an H color diamond. These contemporary Moissanite engagement ring options are stunning.
Things To Be Aware of When Purchasing a Moissanite Ring
1. Is Your Engagement Ring Fully Sustainable?
Moissanite may be sustainable but what about the side stones, are they sustainable? Were they lab manufactured or are they real Moissanite? Did you take your entire ring to a Moissanite Stone Center for sustainability checks?
I believe this is something that many people overlook when selecting a Moissanite engagement ring. You should ask yourself whether the metal is recycled as well. If you want to make sure your ring is super sustainable, make sure the entire ring is responsibly sourced, not just the Moissanite.
Pro Tip: If you want to get the maximum sparkle, choosing Lab Diamond side stones is the way to go.
2. Does Moissanite Have Resale Value?
For obvious reasons, the yellowish-green classic Moissanite had no resale market. On resale sites, however, near-colorless and “gently used” colorless Moissanite is becoming more popular. (Of course, there will be initial depreciation, like with other fine jewelry and automobiles.) That said, it appears that a colorless Moissanite aftermarket is forming.
3. Are You Going To Regret Moissanite?
Not if you appreciate Moissanite for what it is rather than what it isn’t. Couples who chose Moissanite because they like the super-firey look of it or because it is extremely durable will adore their Moissanite for the rest of their lives. Those who purchase Moissanite only for “passing it off” as a Diamond, on the other hand, may wish they had that Diamond in the long run.
4. Do You Think Moissanite Will Last Forever?
Yes, it certainly will. Moissanite is a lovely gemstone with a high hardness rating of 9.25 on the Mohs scale! So, just like a diamond, Moissanite is indestructible.
5. Is It Ethical To Use Moissanite?
Yes! Moissanite is one of the most ethical and environmentally friendly engagement ring options available. This is because Moissanite is a man-made stone. As a result, no mining is required to obtain a flawless Moissanite.