When we think about expensive rings, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is a golden band with a bright, shiny diamond gem. Of course, a diamond ring is beautiful, and anyone who owns one is a very lucky person. However, not everyone can afford to purchase a diamond-encrusted engagement ring, even if they believe that it’s only right to get one to mark their special moment. Before you pawn your car or take out a credit card loan, consider buying a moissanite ring instead. This gem looks exactly like a diamond, but is ten times cheaper. Here are some comparisons between a diamond and moissanite ring:
It is common knowledge that a diamond is the hardest naturally occurring substance on earth. In fact, diamond is so hard that it ranks at the maximum number on the Mohs scale with a 10. Clearly, no other naturally occurring mineral can beat the durability of the diamond. However, ranking only slightly behind at 9.25 on the scale is moissanite. Both stone minerals are scratch-resistant and are able to retain their clarity over time. What is interesting, however, is that moissanite is more heat-resistant compared to diamonds. Looking at the grand scheme of things, there isn’t much difference between the durability of diamond and moissanite stones.
Everyone knows that if you want a diamond ring, it will make a big dent in your bank account. Diamond is an expensive stone, but newly engaged couples are still willing to spend their hard earned money on such a tiny piece of one. Maybe it is the media hype, or maybe it is because diamonds are genuinely beautiful, but a one-carat diamond ring can cost about $5000. This eye-watering price doesn’t even include the ring! There comes a point when you have to ask yourself, is it really worth it? If your answer was no, consider buying a moissanite ring instead. With a one-carat ring only costing around $400-500, this is a much more affordable alternative.
✓ Appearance Difference
To the average person, it is almost impossible to tell the difference between a diamond and moissanite stone. Both are bright and clear stones with the ability to sparkle due to their refractive properties. While a diamond will provide a beautiful sparkle with a refractive index of 2.42, moissanite is more refractive with 2.65 on the index. Both stones have beautiful fire and scintillation when expertly cut. But what differentiates diamond easily from moissanite is the color of light that it refracts. Moissanite creates a rainbow spectrum of light under natural light, which makes it easy to identify as not being a real diamond. This effect is more pronounced on larger moissanite stones. Therefore, if you want your moissanite to look like a real diamond, get a smaller stone cut to reduce the amount of rainbow color light produced.
✓ Sustainability and Ethical Considerations
There is a well-known dark side of diamonds. Some diamond stones sold are the result of “blood diamonds” where children and innocent civilians are forced by warlords to mine for these precious stones. They are then sold to fund the weapons and rebel soldiers who are fighting against their government and committing human rights violations. Apart from this ethical issue, mining diamonds also destroys many natural habitats through deforestation and mining.
On the other hand, moissanite stones are often created in labs (although there are some that are naturally occurring). Lab-created moissanite is a common practice and is much more ethical and environmentally-friendly. Buying a moissanite stone means that your conscience can remain clean.
As you can see, a moissanite stone is a much cheaper and more ethical choice than a diamond. Not only do the two have very similar properties, but moissanite is also more environmentally friendly. If you are looking for an affordable alternative to a diamond, visit our store today.