When buying a wedding ring set, every couple on a budget considers the price just as much or sometimes even more than they take into account the design of the ring itself. You definitely don’t want to go into debt by paying too much for a set you can’t really afford, right? What if we told you that you can now buy a beautiful ring set that would be well within your budget and you don’t have to travel to Russia for it!
If you’ve been dreaming of having a ring set with a lot of shine and glitz, you may want to consider moissanite gemstones. These gemstones boast plenty of brilliance. In fact, the total amount of light that is reflected by this gem is sometimes more than that of a diamond! Yet, they look just as beautiful. The only difference being that moissanite gemstones are much more affordable than diamonds. This is great news for brides on a budget because you can now afford a sparkling ring that will make you feel like a princess without having to burn a big hole in your pocket.
The Basics of Moissanite
If we have got you convinced and you’re considering a moissanite wedding set, you probably would want to know all about it. The first question on man people’s minds is whether a moissanite gemstone is just a fake diamond. If you’ve been wondering the same, here is your answer: No, they are not. While some jewelers do sell fake diamonds as if they were the real thing, moissanite gemstones are not fake diamonds. They are an entirely different type of gem that looks similar to diamonds in terms of appearance.
⤷ Vintage Moissanite Wedding Ring Set With Diamond
The Discovery of Moissanite
Moissanite was first discovered in 1893 by Henri Moissan, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist from France, who thought he had stumbled on diamonds while exploring a large crater in Arizona. Moissan was certain the gems he collected from the crater were diamonds until he put them under a microscope. He then realized that the gems he found were made out of silicon carbide, meaning they were fundamentally different from diamonds on a chemical level even though they looked pretty similar. Today, the gems discovered by Henri Moissan are named in his memory and have quickly emerged as a popular alternative to diamonds. One of the main reasons behind this is that moissanite reflects more light back to the human eye than diamonds do.
Differences Between Moissanite and Diamond
If you very carefully observe moissanite gemstones under natural light, you may notice they have a slight yellow or gray hue compared to diamonds. Both diamonds and moissanite gemstones are placed very high on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, (the standard measurement of hardness for all gems). Moissanite gemstones have a 9.25 rating, while diamonds have a perfect 10. This is actually a higher rating than any other gemstone used in jewelry, except for, well, diamonds. Moissanite gemstones are harder than emeralds, rubies, and sapphires, as well as imitation diamonds like the cubic zirconia. This exceptional hardness rating makes moissanite rings perfect for regular use.
⤷ Moissanite and Diamond Square European Shank Set
So Why a Moissanite Wedding Ring Set?
The differences between moissanite gemstones and diamonds are not very easy to distinguish, even to a trained eye. However, moissanite stones are significantly cheaper and will save you more money to spend on other things, like getting your married life off to a good start. So now that you are well-versed with the knowledge of the differences in brilliance, color, chemistry, hardness, and even the price, go ahead and get home a pretty moissanite ring. We are sure that you will not be disappointed.