Updated: Apr 21
Moissanite has become very popular in the past few years. With many choosing this glittering gem for their engagement rings or as special gifts instead of the traditional diamond. Moissanite is the "go to" for anyone who wants a beautiful made not mined diamond at a fraction of the price.
So what's the appeal? It's eco friendly, conflict free, affordable and have all the same if not better brilliance and fire than a traditional mined diamond. Let's take a further look at the benefits.
Everything is expensive, as we move into inflated prices of everyday living, from owning or renting a home to groceries, the costs add up. When you are looking to buy an engagement ring or a beautiful special piece of jewelry for someone you love you want to make sure it's perfect but don't want to spend years paying it off.
If you buy a one carat diamond, it could cost you thousands! A one-carat moissanite stone is only a few hundred to start. So you can afford to pop that question or give your special someone a beautiful piece of jewelry that much sooner without breaking the bank.
2. Brilliance and Fire
When you buy a diamond, the first thing you look at is how much it sparkles. Basically it's how much light reflects off of it. Compare it to a moissanite and you will see that a moissanite diamond sparkles so much more! The refractive index of a moissanite diamond (2.65) is slightly higher than a traditional diamond (2.42).
3. Hardness and Durability
Diamonds are very hard and durable, ranking a 10 on the Mohs scale for hardness. However, moissanite ranks just shy of a diamond at 9.25, meaning it will stay beautiful no matter how much you wear it.
4. Feel good about what you are wearing
Moissanite is environmentally friendly. Even though moissanite does occur naturally, it’s actually quite rare. As a result, moissanite is grown in labs, considering it a "lab made" gem. Lab-made gems have a smaller carbon footprint than mined diamonds.
Unlike natural diamonds there is no mining involved, so no erosion, no ecosystems damaged by damming or rerouting rivers, and no mining pits left behind.
Since lab-made gems like moissanite don't require physically demanding human labor, there is no concern with illegal or unethical practices. Buying a moissanite diamond helps reduce your carbon footprint.