If you're currently considering choosing a moissanite engagement ring, we've listed off some facts that might help make the decision a little easier for you.
10 REASONS TO CHOOSE A MOISSANITE ENGAGEMENT RING
1. MOISSANITE IS SUPER AFFORDABLE.
If you're looking for a gemstone that's gives you the most bang for your buck, it's more than an ideal choice. Whereas round diamonds can range anywhere from $2,500 to $18,000 for a colourless 1 carat, moissanite is just a fraction of the cost.
At ARMEDfine, a 6.55mm round moissanite gemstone, the equivalent size to a 1 carat diamond, will cost you under $1000. That means that, depending on your budget, you can afford to go even larger with the rock on your finger. Whether you're looking for a diamond alternative or a temporary stone for your engagement, moissanite is a great choice.
2. IT'S ONE OF THE HARDEST SUBSTANCES ON EARTH.
The Mohs Scale of Hardness is the scale that judges a gemstone's durability and ability to withstand surface scratching — something that's very important for a ring that you plan to wear every day. On the Mohs scale, moissanite ranks at 9.25, making it one of the hardest, most durable substances on earth. It ranks just 0.75 lower than a diamond. White sapphires, another diamond alternative, sit at 9 on the scale.
3. MOISSANITE HAS MORE SPARKLE THAN A DIAMOND.
If you're looking for a stone with an amazing sparkle, moissanite is the perfect choice for you. Its sparkle is different than that of a diamond's. While both emit brilliance (flashes of white light) and fire (flashes of coloured light), moissanite has more fire and is often described as giving off more sparkle than its pricier counterpart and is especially noticeable in larger cuts.
4. IT'S A LAB-MADE GEMSTONE.
Over the years, there's been a growing popularity in lab-created gemstones and it's no secret why. Like many industries, the ethics of how diamonds are mined and priced have come into question. While there are steps being taken to protect the lives and ecosystem that are effected by diamond mining, lab-made gemstones like moissanite are becoming a more favourable pick as it's free of social and environmental issues.
5. JUST LIKE A DIAMOND, YOU CAN PICK YOUR COLOUR AND CLARITY.
Colourless moissanite is a popular choice, but you can also find near colourless, faint coloured, and coloured moissanite. What's great about moissanite is that because it is lab-created, a colourless moissanite stone has the perfect clarity. Not to mention, whatever you choose will never change, unlike more porous stones which can change colour overtime due to its age and environment.
6. MOISSANITE COMES IN A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT SHAPES.
Whatever your vibe, you can find it in moissanite. From oval and round, to marquise, cushion, heart, trillion, and beyond, the choice of cut is yours.
7. IT ALSO COMES IN A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT SIZES.
Unlike diamonds, the size of moissanite is often referred to in millimetres. Carats refer to the weight of a diamond and moissanite is actually lighter. When choosing your stone size, you'll typically be shown the millimetres and the equivalent to the size of carats, which makes things easier to envision. But as mentioned above because moissanite is more cost-friendly, many shoppers choose to level up to make the most of their budget. Some of the more popular moissanite sizes are 2 and 3 carat equivalents, but you can choose whatever best suits your style.
8. THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT CUTS TO CHOOSE FROM.
These cuts are brilliant and crushed. A brilliant cut will give you a more defined sparkle and shine, while a crushed cut offers facets that look "broken up" and angles that bounce light all around. Most noticeably, a crushed cut gives the illusion of a dark band running across it.
9. IT LOOKS NEAR IDENTICAL TO A DIAMOND.
To the untrained eye, moissanite looks near identical to a diamond. While the molecular structure is different, it behaves and looks almost exactly the same. As noted above, there are many differences and similarities. But whether you want to wear your moissanite loud and proud or are choosing it temporarily until you can invest in your dream stone, it's a choice you won't regret making.
10. YOU CAN CUSTOMIZE IT TO PERFECTION.
When it comes to your engagement ring, it's something that you'll have forever so it's important that you can grow with it and that it's unique to you. Whatever speaks to you, whether it's a signature design or something completely bespoke, when you choose to make ARMEDfine a part of your special moment, you can customize the shape, clarity, and cut of the stone as well as the material and style of the band.