Getting engaged is a very exciting time with lots of important decisions to make – not least the decision about what type of engagement ring to choose – moissanite vs diamond. Both have their advantages and are available in beautiful designs but first of all, we all know that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” but what exactly is Moissanite? Most young brides to be will have heard of diamonds, they also know that sapphires are blue, rubies are red and emeralds are – well – they’re emerald green, but what about moissanite?
Moissanite is incredibly rare, it was first discovered way back in 1893 by Henri Moissan (do you see the connection) – it came from a meteorite which fell to earth, no wonder it’s so rare, well, the natural stuff is anyhow, these days it can be created from silicon carbide in a laboratory. Okay, enough of the science stuff, brides to be want to know different stuff about moissanite vs diamond rings so that they can make the right decision.
Brilliance of Moissanite vs Diamond – both are brilliant in their own way but moissanite rings have a different type of brilliance to diamonds, it’s pretty easy to tell them apart if you have one of each in your hands. Some people think that moissanite rings are a little too brilliant bordering on the glitter ball, particularly the bigger stones and when they are in direct sunlight. Some brides to be actually prefer this, the more “bling” the better.
Durability of Moissanite vs. Diamond – thinking back to science class, it’s a pretty well known fact that diamond is the hardest substance known to man with a credible 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, to be honest Moissanite isn’t far behind, at 9.25 it’s still pretty durable.
Colors of Moissanite vs. Diamond – both gemstones are described as colorless although some are definitely more colorless than others. Some moissanite gemstones may be described as colorless although in actual fact there is likely to be some trace of gray or yellowish hue in some lights. Once again this is more noticeable in the large moissanite gemstones. This is not as prevalent in a diamond; if a diamond is colorless then it’s colorless.
Price of Moissanite vs. Diamond – moissanite engagement rings are considerably cheaper than many diamond rings and although the price does play a very important part for most people (unfortunately the majority of brides to be have to stay within a certain budget) it may not be the best trade off. If a bride to be has set her heart on a diamond then she may not actually be satisfied with an engagement ring sporting a moissanite gemstone.
As with all aspects of getting engaged and planning a forthcoming wedding, personal preference is the most important part. It wouldn’t do for us all to be the same otherwise we’d all be fighting over one groom.
When it comes to choosing an engagement ring there are definite differences in the moissanite vs. diamond scenario, and it’s really up to the young couple to decide which is the best option for them.