Diamond Jewelry are definitely loved by all the women out there. But, what if you can't afford them? We bring you the ultimate alternative to diamonds, which isn't just an excellent choice for wedding bands and engagement rings but also very cost-efficient. Ladies! We present you, Moissanite! Here’s a brief guide to this mineral before you decide what you need for your big day!
The mineral silicon carbide which is what Moissanite is made of was discovered by Dr. Henri Moissan in the late 1800s, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist at a meteor strike site in Arizona. Silicon carbide is a very rare mineral that has a very brilliant façade. By the 1980s, a process to crystallize Moissanite was first developed, and since then, it has become a popular choice in the world of jewelry.
Here are the properties of the Moissanite crystals compared to diamonds to help you make an informed choice:
When it comes to the Mohs scale of hardness, Moissanite scores as high as 9.25, while the score of a diamond is 10. Hence, Moissanite is an excellent alternative to diamond for engagement rings, as it is very close in hardness to diamonds, which means these crystals are durable and can withstand scratches, making them perfect for everyday use.
Brilliance is defined as the ability of a gem to reflect light and sparkle. Moissanite is very different compared to diamonds when it comes to reflecting light. Moissanite, when hit with light, refracts into two rays which makes it emit much more fire and glimmer displaying rainbow reflections. Diamonds, on the other hand, emits single rays and refracts the light differently.
In the early days of growing Moissanite in laboratories, even what was classified as “colorless Moissanite crystals” displayed hints of grey and yellow shades. With the advancement of technology, colorless Moissanite or DEF colorless are now just as pure and clear as colorless diamonds and as prestine as a drop of water.
The ultimate question when choosing a ring is that of price. The price of a Moissanite ring will depend on the size and the stone quality used in it, just like the price of a diamond is also dependent on its clarity, cut, and carat. However, there is a huge gap between these minerals’ prices and Moissanite is much more affordable compared to diamonds. For instance, a 1-carat loose diamond will cost approximately $4,000 to $5,000, while a 1-carat Moissanite will only set you back around $600 to $800.
Benefits of Buying Moissanite for your Engagement and Wedding Rings
Moissanite is Ethically Produced
Moissanite is an ethically produced material. While natural diamonds are obtained through mining. The process of diamond mining is very controversial as it involves heavy-duty machines that cause pollution as well as the annihilation of the natural environment. Moreover, the miners are underpaid for their difficult jobs while they work in such dangerous conditions. If you are looking for an ethical option, Moissanite is the way to go.
Moissanite is Amazingly Radiant
Moissanite crystals are very brilliant and displays beautiful rainbow-like reflections. Moissanite’s brilliance refractive index (BRI) is between 2.65 to 2.69, which makes it even more dazzling than diamonds that have a 2.42 BRI.
Moissanite is reasonably priced
Get more bling for your bucks with Moissanite by spending only 10% of a diamond ring’s cost.
So, what are you waiting for? Explore the amazing engagement and wedding ring options at Halley Reh Custom Luxury Moissanite Jewelry and surprise your special someone!