When I first had an inkling that I would be getting engaged I started researching engagement rings, and went the traditional route of looking up the cost of a diamond ring. To say I was shocked at the price would be an understatement. I kept thinking “How could any of the people I know afford this kind of purchase?” I assumed that we (Cody) would be purchasing the ring outright because I don’t believe in using credit cards or going into debt, and the cost of a diamond would be entirely too much of an investment. I am also very open to alternative options and consider myself nontraditional in some ways, so I immediately started looking into non diamond engagement rings. This led me to moissanite rings, and here are a few things that I learned about it along the way!
- The sizing of moissanite is different than a diamond. Since we were getting a moissanite, I knew we could get a slightly larger stone for the price. Buttt, don’t expect to get a one carat moissanite ring because “carat” is a measure of weight and moissanite actually weighs a little less than a diamond. You’ll need a conversion scale and this one from moissaniteco.com is perfect! I ended up getting a 7 mm moissanite ring which is equivalent to a 1.25 carat diamond ring.
- Moissanite is slightly less hard than a diamond. One reason that a lot of people get a diamond ring is because it’s a very hard stone and can hold up to wear and tear of daily wear. There is actually a scale called the Mohs Scale of Hardness, and the highest rating a gem can receive is a 10. Diamonds have a hardness rating of 10, and moissanite has a hardness rating of 9.25, which is still very durable and will be highly resistant to surface scratches.
- Moissanite is synthetically made. It was first discovered in its natural form in a crater made from a meteor (cool right?), but now 99% of moissanite is manmade. It is created in a lab, not mined out of the Earth, so keep that in mind if lab-created gems aren’t your thing.
- You might have to search for a moissanite retailer. We went to Helzberg Diamonds and they have moissanite available. We ended up purchasing from BrilliantEarth.com, and I’m really happy with that decision. I’m not sure if all jewelry stores have moissanite available since we only went to one physical store, so you’ll probably have to do some research to see where it’s available.
- Moissanites are “shinier” than diamonds. I read somewhere that moissanites are considered “disco balls” and that they are too twinkly. That made me slightly concerned, like it was going to be a fake shiny ring, but NOTHING could be further from the truth. I don’t feel like my ring is “too shiny” and no one has made any comments about it. I haven’t looked at it next to a diamond but I really don’t think a layperson can tell the difference between the two – even with the difference in brilliance and fire (those are the technical terms for “sparkle”). More sparkly sounded like a good thing to me, anyway!
- Moissanite is eco-friendly! We here at the M&M household are super into the environment, and the fact that moissanite is manmade and didn’t require mining was a plus for us. Since it is manmade there’s very little environmental impact from their creation. This was important to us because we wanted ethically sourced gems in my ring.
Here’s a few pictures of my moissanite ring for reference! I don’t have a super high quality camera but I wanted to include these images for you to get an idea of how it looks indoors/in the shade, in natural sunlight, and on and off my hand.