Moissanite Engagement Rings – Things To Know

August 12, 2012 by  
Filed under MOISSANITE ENGAGEMENT RINGS

By Dirk Rendel

Moissanite Engagement Rings Are A Very Good Alternative

For a lot of people, buying an engagement ring can be a frightening idea, not because you would be committed to just one person for the rest of your life, but because of the cost associated with it. They say that you would have to spend three months worth of paychecks and that can be a very substantial amount. It can be very expensive to get engaged. Well, the good news is that there are ways that you can lessen the engagement rings cost in order for you to save money on other things that matter. After all, it doesn’t matter what the ring is made of and how much it cost, as long as your girlfriend truly loves you, right?

There are, of course, many different ways to spend less on your engagement ring. You could opt for an engagement ring style with several small diamonds instead of a big one, choose more inexpensive metals, or even select pseudo or synthetic diamonds. As for the last option, if your budget does not allow you to buy a genuine diamond, you best bet would be to go for moissanite engagement rings. Moissanite (silicon carbide) gemstones are  stones that have many traits that diamonds have, only without the cost. They are recognized for their hardness and brilliance and can offer you a lot of benefits, minus the high price tag of diamonds.

History of Moissanite Engagement Rings

The year was 1893 when a scientist by the name of Ferdinand Frederick Henri Moissan was analyzing a meteorite fragment in the Arizona desert that he discovered something truly amazing. What looked like diamond was later discovered to be crystalline silicon carbide. Soon after, this mineral was named moissanite, after the person who discovered it.

Scientists have achieved a breakthrough when they found out that they can create moissanite artificially. At present, moissanite is utilized as a substitute to diamond. Moissanite engagement rings are very popular today, because not only are they inexpensive, but they also look as good, if not better, as diamond engagement rings. Jewelers are extensively using moissanite gemstones nowadays to create moissanite rings, and their popularity has also increased among buyers. You can buy them in several different kinds of bands – made of gold, platinum, silver, etc.

Although not as white as diamonds, the color of moissanite stones is practically colorless. And as far as hardness is concerned, it is the second toughest stone, next to diamonds. Moissanite gemstones have a higher brilliance and more sparkle compared to diamonds. Even though they are naturally occurring, these stones cannot be found on our planet big enough to make jewelry, so they are made in laboratories.

The 4 C’s in Moissanite Engagement Rings:

Color

Moissanite gemstones, as mentioned earlier, are practically colorless. However, a number of them can possess a subtle yellow or green undertone in particular lighting. The most well-known cut of moissanite gemstones are round ones due to the fact that they appear the whitest. Decorative cuts have the tendency to flash more of the yellow or green undertones and the bigger the gemstone is, the more obvious the natural color of the gemstone is.

Clarity

The color of moissanite can be compared to that of a diamond ring. You would not be able to see any imperfection when looking at the gemstone. On the other hand, under a magnifying tool, you would be able to see additions from the manufacturing process.

Carat

The weight of a gemstone is identified as carat. Again, keep in mind that the bigger the stone is, the more susceptible it is to exhibit its natural color.

Cut

The cut of moissanite engagement rings is extremely vital, because unlike diamonds, the same cuts are not applicable to them. If a moissanite stone is cut in the same way as a diamond, it would appear less brilliant. If possible, it is recommended to get from a jeweler to find out what cut they would recommend.

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