The many advantages of moissanite
Diamonds have been the main choice of jewel in engagement rings and other commemorative jewellery for as long as anyone currently alive can remember. But a new arrival is busy moving in, and the steady stalwart of years gone by is systematically yielding to moissanite. Why moissanite? It is cheaper to buy, ethically produced, does not destroy the environment and is a suitable option for those who need a hard-wearing piece of jewellery that can be worn in any situation.
Why is moissanite becoming such a popular choice?
In its natural, unprocessed state, Moissanite is known as silicon carbide. This compound was first discovered at the end of the 19th centure in Arizona. Due to the fact that it was discovered near the impact site of a meteorite, many people believed for a long time that the compound came from space. This is however not true, as silicon carbide is easily found right here on earth. It is however fairly rare in its natural state, so for the purposes of creating moissanite, it is artificially created in laboratories to meet the demand of the greater market.
Although moissanite is very similar to diamonds, it should not be confused with fakes or replicas - they are an exceptional gemstone in their own right, and their particular claim to fame is their exceptional radiance and brilliance. Like a diamond, it is possible to buy a moissanite and have it cut to meet your specific requirements. Some of the most popular shapes include round, cushion, heart, pear, marquise, and radiant.
What does a Moissanite cost?
Where paying a certain amount of money toward a diamond might only have landed you a smallish stone, the value for money that you get when buying a moissanite is far greater. It is possible to get much more stone for the amount of money spent on it, when you compare it to a diamond purchase of the same value. Couples who do not have a large wedding budget can get far more bang for their buck when choosing moissanite as their stone.
Are there different colours?
Moissanite comes in various tints and shades, the most common of which include green, grey, and yellow. The most brilliant and neutral-coloured moissanite engagement rings is known as the for Forever Brilliant, which has a 10% brilliance rating and gives off more light than a diamond!
Moissanite is graded according to a colour scale, which is also affected by clarity. On the scale, D to F graded stones are colourless, and G through to I are mildly colourless. J to K on the colour scale represent moissanites with yellow tints.
Moissanite takes everything mankind has grown to love about diamonds, and put it in a more brilliant, equally durable stone that doesn’t break the bank. Individuals who value quality but do not fall into the budget scale for a diamond can opt for moissanite with a clear conscience, while enjoying its ethical sourcing and production background and environmentally friendly origins