What About Moissanite for Your Engagement Ring?

Dispersion of Light in Moissanite image

Do I like it and do I sell it? Read on and find out. What is this post about?

As a Santa Barbara Wedding Jewelry Designer, I’ve had more than my fair share of questions about Moissanite as an alternate to Diamond.

I’ll give you the history, what it is, the pro’s and con’s of Moissanite, and the advice on how best to select and buy it should you choose to go down the Moissanite path.

Moissanite Crater in Arizona

The Crater Moissanite was Found in.

Who the Hell Discovered Moissanite?

Moissanite was discovered by French chemist, Henri Moissan, in a crater in Arizona in 1893.

At first, he thought he’d found diamonds. It wasn’t until later that he identified the mineral as silicon carbide.

That was a seriously un-sexy name. Which no doubt, was why it was changed to Moissanite in honor of its discoverer.

For more about Moissanite from our friends at EHow.

Does an Amateur Rock Hound Stand a Chance in Hell of Finding His Own Supply?

Naturally occurring moissanite is rare on Earth. So much so, that unless you have your own space ship and access to an asteroid belt, your only commercial alternative are lab grown stones. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

What the Hell are Moissanite’s Properties?

A Piece of laboratory grown Black Moissanite

Moissanite is made from silicon carbide and a secret process. Depending on which scientific publication you read, Moissanite has a hardness of anywhere from 9.2 to 9.25 on the Mohs scale, putting it closer to ruby and sapphire at 9, than diamond—at the top of scale—at 10.0.

This means that it is a pretty hard stone and that, unlike softer, more scratch-able CZ, it isn’t going to scratch as much and look dull on your twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.

Moissanite also shows good fire and sparkle as well as typically having great clarity. Check out the light return picture at the top of the blog. Moissanite is very sparkly. And it still sparkles when dirty which makes it a great choice for a daily wear ring.

The company that makes it has a policy of only selling VS Clarity and above. So you probably don’t need to look at one under a loupe to know it has good clarity.

How (The Hell) Much Does Moissanite Cost?

Moissanite costs considerably less than diamonds. While a one carat diamond might cost $5,000, a similarly sized moissanite might only set you back $700.

Be aware, though, that while diamond size is measured by weight (in carats), Moissanite is usually measured in millimeters. This is because their weights are different. For this reason you’d want to order a 6.5mm Moissanite to get one similar in size to 1ct diamond.

Is Moissanite Suitable as Hell for Wedding Rings?

 

Appraiser/ Jeweler looking in a microscope

Inspecting the Laboratory Results.

It depends. If you’re a purist and insist on a traditional, naturally occurring gemstone for your wedding ring, diamonds are the way to go. Moissanites are lab grown.

Natural diamonds take millions of years to form and could be said to be part of the history of the planet. Moissanites haven’t been around for quite so long. In fact, the particular one you’re looking at might have only been around since last Tuesday. (Kidding, it takes longer than that to create them.)

Diamonds are relatively expensive compared to Moissanites. If you want a larger stone but can’t afford the former, you might get the latter. Down the line, if you decide you want to switch the it for a diamond, by all means, do so. Swapping one gemstone for another is common and easy to do.

Three Reasons People might Not Buy it even though It’s Hella Cheaper and Hard Enough

There are three reasons why people might choose a diamond first:

1. Diamonds are the symbol of everlasting love and Moissanite isn’t. So you’d be letting everyone think it’s a diamond because it acts like one. That might get to kind of bug you if all your friends have a diamond and you just pretend you have a diamond. Like you maybe have a hollow symbol of love.

2. One day your kids will get your wedding rings and they might be bummed to find out that it’s not a valuable diamond. If they ever need money in an emergency, that Moissanite will not get it for them. It’s just not valuable like a diamond is.

3. If you are a guy and you decide to get your girlfriend an engagement ring with the size of stone she wants and the design she wants and you put in a Moissanite, because that’s all you can afford,  and you don’t tell her, well she’s going to find out. And that could get ugly.

This Chart Compares Different Gemstones in Hardness and Brilliance

This Chart Compares Different Gemstones in Hardness and Brilliance

The Four Hella Right Ways to do Moissanite

1. If you are going to use Moissanite, ask your girlfriend if she’s OK with that. That takes care of reason number three up above.

2. Compare your Moissanite side by side to a diamond of a G color. Make sure you are comfortable with the difference in look and color of that Moissanite. The Forever Brilliant version costs a bit more, but has a wonderful white color that I love.

3. Look at the Moissanite under normal light, ugly light, and outdoor light, not just a bright store diamond light that makes any stone look amazing.

4. Do not choose an emerald cut shape as that magnifies the presence of any, different than diamond look, in the Moissanite gem. I like the round brilliant cut best as it maximizes the beauty of moissanite.

 

JCK MAG JCK Magazine recently published an article about how Moissanite is whiter now due to a newer technology.

The Three White Color Choices in Moissanite

Moissanites are not all the same. When  they were first on the market they had a slightly greenish tint. It was faint but it was there. Technology improved and now they have three choices.

Choice #1

Forever Classic – it’s color on the GIA (Gemological Insititute of America,) scale is between J and K. This is a gem with hints of green, grey or yellow.

Choice #2

Forever Brilliant – it’s color on the GIA scale is G, H and I.  The nice thing about this choice is the warmth that you get from this choice. I like Forever Brilliant for vintage style designs. 

Choice #3

Forever One – it’s color on the GIA scale is D, E and F. These are the highest colorless grades. This is their premium, most awesome moissanite. The optical properties of this style give you great sparkle with an icy brightness. It’s the one I recommend for my couples wanting a simple or modern design.

Each of these gem choices is internally flawless.

Colored Moissanite

Teale Moissanite Rose Cut

Jen J Sent me This Natural Light Picture of a Teale Moissanite in a Rose Cut

There is a surprise in the moissanite universe. They are offering their sparkle in colors. I am new to these lovelies. I found teale moissanite because I realized there is not a great deal of choice for my clients who want a teale colored gem.

Teale moissanite

Robert N Sent me This Close up Picture of a Teale Moissanite

The nice thing about a teale moissanite, besides the nice soft color is that it will hold its sparkle better than a typical colored stone because of moissanite’s ability to refract light more strongly than colored gemstones.

Light Aqua Color Moissanite, loose rounds

Light Aqua Color Moissanite

The other color I was shown is a lovely pale blue moissanite.

Hells Bells, Do You Have it?

Call me to see Moissanite and discuss it as a choice. I do sell them. 

Calla Gold
Hell of a Great Jeweler



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About Calla Gold

Calla Gold is a Personal Jeweler and Author who takes pride in working with clients one-on-one to integrate their personal sense of style and taste into custom designed jewelry and repaired jewelry pieces.   Unlike typical Santa Barbara jewelry businesses, Calla Gold has no brick-and-mortar location. Calla Gold comes to you, bringing you the jewelry collection you want to see and collaborating with you to create unique custom jewelry. Calla also works with at-a-distance clients.

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Rhonda Jacques

Thank you for your informative blogs, Calla ~

I have a small Moissanite pendant – you really couldn’t tell the difference. I would wear a Moissanite ring, …however, NOT for an engagement ring! Unless, of course, the girl doesn’t mind. It might be a good substitute to wear while traveling, or for that bigger upgrade that’s not within your budget.

Keep on keeping us informed! ~
Rhonda

Matthew Perosi
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Calla this is a great post! I don’t usually read up on individual gemstones so I actually learned something new here. In fact, I didn’t know that moissanite was even considered as a substitute for a diamond.

Congrats on your 175th post! You entertain and educate at the same time.
-Matt

Dr. Lynn K. Jones
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Calla,
I didn’t know about this stone and love the possibilities it presents! As usual, if I want to know the answer to a jewelry question, you are my go-to jewelry gal!
Appreciatively,
Lynn

Jerome
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Jerome

Being a on-a-budget guy, I gotta say this was one heck of a helpful blog to stumble upon!
I appreciate you talking about moissanite without shredding it. I spoke to a local jeweler about moissanite, who said it was junk and not to buy it. He obviously wanted to sell me a diamond.
After reading your post I discussed it with my girlfriend and she’d rather be my wife with moissanite, than my girlfriend waiting for a diamond.
She’s my true blue girl.
J

Ashish
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Dear Calla,

We are suppliers in diamonds and moissanites for many years.
The reason I am writing you here is thank you for blogging about moissanite.
I’m wanting to tell you and your readers that there are black moissanites and green moissanites too. They are pretty and you might want to consider them in a jewelry design.

God Bless you.
Prakash
Ashish

WANG
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WANG

I have a moissanite engagement ring. My fiance gave me a real diamond when he proposed. The design and setting was not my type( I prefer a simple band with one stone) and the stone was of a VS clarity, but due to budget, he can only afford a 1/3 carat for a G color. Since our 1st year anniversary was coming up, I asked him if he could just give it to me as an anniversary ring, and get me a 1 carat moissanite with the classic setting that I prefer as my engagement ring. He was shocked but… Read more »

Marcela
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Marcela

Ms. Calla,
It’s truly a nice and useful piece of info to read about Moissanite from you. I
am happy that you simply shared this helpful information
with us. Please keep us up to date on jewelry topics like this. Thanks for sharing.
Marcela

Gloria
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Gloria

Amazing blog, thanks for sharing such great information about moissanite on your blog. I ended up going with diamond but I felt informed by your blog. Last year i purchased a diamond ring for my engagement. I got a pretty and delicate ring.
G

Lisa Panger
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Lisa Panger

It’s nice to know, in this economy, there is an alternative. I honestly don’t know how young people can afford diamonds at all.

Jordan
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Jordan

I just read about a new silicon carbide (basically moissanite) ring called the Amora Ultra H&A. Apparently, it’s like moissanite, but they’ve been able to make it internally flawless with color D. I’m in medical school, and am on a limited budget. Will getting this “flawless” gem look “too good to be true”? I don’t want to intentionally lie to people, but if they can’t tell it’s lab-created, no reason to spoil it for them either! I’m asking here, because you condone moissanite for people in certain situations (like me), but not cubic zirconium (in another post). I know Amora… Read more »

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