Moissanite vs Diamonds – Engagement Ring Decisions

Moissanite vs Diamonds – Engagement Ring Decisions

Diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend. Their attractive lustre never fails to impress. Of course, everyone expects you to choose a diamond for your engagement ring, but what if there’s another option?

What is Moissanite?

Moissanite is a naturally occurring gemstone rival to diamonds. It was first discovered in the late 19th century inside a meteorite. This space gemstone as it is sometime reffered to, is made from silicon carbide, an incredibly rare mineral – rarer than diamonds, in fact.

Nearly all moissanite cut for moissanite rings today is from lab grown moissanite. The laboratory recreates the natural pressures and conditions needed for moissanite to form naturally. This creates a physically identical gemstone to the naturally occurring mineral.

Moissanite vs Diamonds

Why pick diamonds:

  • Diamond engagement rings are an old tradition.
  • They hold a status, exuding luxury and wealth.
  • Naturally formed in the earth from compressed coal and other unsustainable resources.

Why pick moissanite:

  • Moissanite rings are modern and carefully cut into new, fresh designs.
  • First discovered in a meteorite crater and created by intense heat, we can now grow moissanite in labs with sustainable, eco-friendly methods.
  • Lab grown moissanite has zero imperfections and unbelievable beauty.

When we compare moissanite vs diamonds in terms of shine, neither let us down. It’s the refraction of light that produces the shine. Diamonds have a brilliance refractive index of 242, while the moissanite engagement rings we have from Charles and Colvard can have a refractive index as high as 269.

In comparison, rubies, emeralds and sapphires have around half the refractive index of moissanite and diamonds.

The difference between moissanite and diamonds is very difficult to discern unless you’re a practiced jeweller – in terms of lustre, durability and shine, moissanite is just as worthy of gracing your engagement rings as diamonds.

Should I Buy a Moissanite Ring?

Any woman would be lucky to receive a diamond or moissanite engagement ring; both are magnificent gemstones with dazzling sparkle. It comes down to personal choice, and of course the price.

Moissanite offers you far more for your money! We urge you to consider moissanite alongside diamonds for your engagement rings, opting for Moissanite allows you to choose a larger comparable diamond carat and colour variant at a fraction of the price of a mined diamond.

Here at Lily Arkwright, we hold some of the most refined cut moissanite engagement rings from Charles and Colvard at an affordable price. We use the highest quality materials and British craftmanship to create sustainable, UK hallmarked moissanite rings.

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