They say that diamonds are forever, but Moissanite is actually a far superior alternative. Even though it’s only starting to grow in popularity, this diamond alternative goes far back into the late 19th century, when Dr. Henri Moissan discovered a rock near a meteorite strike area in Arizona.
It was only until 2013 when Charles & Colvard, the first and most reputable maker of Moissanite gemstones, produced their Forever Brilliant line. Since then, Forever Brilliant engagement rings have begun to change the way couples seal their engagements.
Although diamond engagement rings will always be a class of their own, there are many reasons why Moissanite surpasses diamonds:
It’s Nearly as Hard as Diamonds, But it’s Tougher
On the Mohs scale of hardness, diamonds are a 10. Moissanite comes in close at 9.5. It’s a negligible difference that won’t matter in daily life. What’s more important is its structural toughness. Moissanite can withstand up to 2,000 degrees of temperature and chemicals that would damage other gems.
It Shines Brighter than a Diamond
Moissanite has more fire and brilliance than diamond, which means it attracts light and has much more sparkle than a girl’s best friend. You can hold up a Moissanite and a diamond in your hand, and you’ll see that the former is much brighter than the latter.
It is Conflict-Free
Although sellers will tell you their diamonds are conflict-free, you’re never sure if the diamond on your engagement ring was mined from war-torn areas and is used to fund warlord activities and hate crimes. With lab-grown Moissanite, you are completely sure you don’t have the guilt of having the blood of other people on your hands.
It is Much More Affordable than a Diamond
A 1-carat Moissanite stone costs only around $300 compared to a diamond of the same cut, color, and clarity, which can go anywhere from $4,000 to $25,000. Even if you’re choosing a diamond that has a lower color grade, you’ll still save more with a clear, colorless Moissanite stone.
In summary, Moissanite is nearly as hard as a diamond, but twice as tough and beautiful. It is also far less costly, which makes it an obvious choice for couples who wish to save on their engagement ring. Unlike other diamond alternatives such as cubic zirconia, Moissanite doesn’t lose its sparkle even after decades of use. When people say diamonds are forever, so is Moissanite.