A girl’s best friend may be diamond, but its closest friend is moissanite. This gemstone has grown increasingly popular as a diamond alternative and is typically used as a replacement for diamonds in engagement rings and wedding bands. It has grown to become a popular, cost effective option within the last few years. So if you are considering moissanite as a beautiful ring for your loved one, here\s what you need to know.
What is Moissanite?
The Four C’S Of Moissanite
Like all gemstones, Moissanite is rated using the four C’s, which are color, cut, clarity, and carat. Professional gemologists evaluate moissanite gems for color and inclusions.
1. Moissanite Colors
Color refers to the gemstones’ natural color. The standard GIA diamond color grading scale was never intended for rating moissanite. While diamond colors range from colorless to brownish and fancy yellow, Moissanite can be colorless, mostly transparent, colorless, close to colorless, and light yellow.. As a beautiful, brilliant, and highly dispersive jewel, it is able to stand on its own.
Standard round cut remains the most popular moissanite cut, even though there are other fancy cuts that it come be shaped to. The best moissanite stones are masterfully calibrated and cut to produce the best brilliance and spark.
Internal characteristics are known as inclusions, and blemishes are the characteristics of the surface of the gem. Moissanite has needle-like inclusions that can easily be observed with minimal effort under 10x magnification. These inclusions can easily be seen by the naked eye.
The gravity of moissanite is slightly lower than that of diamonds. It is about 13% less dense than diamond. For example, a round diamond that weighs 6.5mm weighs 1.00 carats, but both the diamond and moissanite are of the same size -6.5mm in diameter.
Why Choose Moissanite?
Here are some great reasons for choosing a moissanite engagement ring.
1. Moissanite is an ethical and sustainable option
Unlike the diamond mining industry, which has come under serious criticism for funding conflicts, poor treatment of miners, dangerous working conditions, and more, Moissanites, on the other hand, are created in conditions that are more ethical and sustainable. It’s easy to trace their origin if you wanted to, and because of their impact on the earth and conflicts, this can be a great stone for you.
2. Moissanite is more affordable compared to diamonds
While moissanite and diamond look almost the same, it comes at a fraction of diamond’s price. This is the best choice for people who are seeking a diamond-like stone but don’t have to break the bank.
3. Moissanite is a durable gemstone for engagement rings
Diamonds rank 10 on the Mohs scale, which makes them the strongest gem there is, while moissanite has a 9.25 rating, slightly above the sapphires and rubies at 9. From this, it is clear that this makes them the second hardest stone in jewelry after diamonds. What this means is that they will provide minimal scratches and damages when worn.
4. Compared to most gemstones, moissanite is more elegant and brilliant
Moissanite is a great gemstone with a refractive index higher than that of diamonds. This is why they are a highly brilliant gemstone. One thing to note is moissanite like larger stones can have a colorful flash of light. So if you are going for a large stone, ensure you double check this as not everyone loves the “rainbow effect.”
5. Moissanite is a unique choice
Since natural moissanite is extremely rare, moissanite is created in the lab. As a gemstone believed to have fallen to earth from a meteorite, it can only be found in a few places on earth. This is why it is sometimes called “space diamond” and “stardust”.
How to Care for Your Moissanite Ring
Stones need to be maintained to keep them in top shape. To keep your stone looking its best, take your ring to a specialist at least once yearly. The ring will be cleaned by this specialist, removing any buildup around the stone. A moderate cleanser can be used to clean the ring at home.
Avoid playing with the stone as this can cause it to lose its beauty over time. Yes, you would like to admire your band, but you could help keep the band clean by reducing how frequently you touch it.