Moissanite Rings

If you have start getting frustrated for not being able to afford a diamond ring for your loved one, then you have probably not heard of moissanites. Moissanites are naturally occurring stones that are synthesized by jewelers for commercial purposes. Discovered in 1893 by Henri Moissan in a meteor remnant, moissanites have now become popular substitutes for diamonds.

Chemically known as silicone carbide, moissanites are not only several times cheaper than diamonds, but are also even more brilliant. The properties of moissanites are very similar to those of diamonds in terms of their durability, brilliance and hardness. Although moissanites may sometimes have a bluish, greenish, or grayish tint, almost all moissanites have a brilliance that exceeds that of diamonds. This is because they are less dense than their more expensive counterpart and have a refractive index that is almost equal to that of diamonds. Because of their low density, moissanites are light and are cheap. A 1-carat moissanite has a diameter that is more than that of a 1-carat diamond by at least two-tenth of a millimeter. Although this difference in size may not seem very significant, it produces a significant effect on its brilliance because of the greater width. One reason why moissanites are very durable is their hardness. On a hardness scale, if diamonds score a 10 in a 1 to 10 scale (where 10 is given to the hardest substance) moissanites would score a 9.25. Durability is especially important for gemstones such as these, which are used for engagement and wedding rings since they are worn regularly.

Although moissanites have a considerably greater sparkle and radiance, they should be examined carefully before purchase. This is particularly because some moissanites display a tint that varies from blue-white to green-white in daylight. It is also better to understand the return policy of the jewelry store before the purchase in case one wants to reconsider.

Diamonds are expensive – even the smallest ones, although diamond rings are more traditional when it comes to engagement and wedding rings. Instead of a small diamond, with the same amount of money, one can easily get a few times larger and a much more radiant moissanite ring.

Moissanites have now replaced the closest competitors of diamonds – the cubic zirconia. Cubic zirconia – both hand-cut and the ones cut by machine lack the radiance of a diamond. Moissanites, on the other hand, are the perfect substitutes for diamonds, and so brilliant that even many jewelers cannot distinguish between a diamond and a moissanite.

Although moissanites are gemstones on their own, many people think they are fake diamonds because of their similarity with diamonds. Because of the controversy of conflict diamonds, many people are now trying to be socially responsible and are getting conflict-free diamonds. However, due to the growing demand for conflict-free diamonds, jewelers mark the prices of these rings up solely because of their moral value. Not many people can afford conflict-free diamonds because of their high prices. So before buying a moissanite ring, it is important to get rid of the stigma surrounding moissanite rings. For people who are worried whether their fiancées’ would like a moissanite ring, it is better to discuss the possibilities beforehand.

Moissanite rings are perfect if you do not wish to have a slit in your pocket. It is economical and looks brilliant especially if you choose an elegant design. Many jewelry stores including online stores offer elegant and spectacular designs for moissanite rings. Before purchasing an engagement ring, it is important to understand whether one wishes to stick to tradition and get a diamond ring or a larger, even more brilliant and a few times cheaper moissanite ring. Perhaps it would help if one does not associate moissanite rings as “fake diamonds” and think of these pretty rings as simply moissanites.

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