Beauty, Affordability and Durability- Moissanite By Charles & Colvard
Moissanite stones look almost identical to diamonds but are a fraction of the cost. Moissanite is constructed from the chemical, silicon carbide, which has the same chemical composition as the crystal-like substance found only inside meteorites.
Moissanite has a more luminous refractive index, more brilliant fire dispersion and greater specific gravity than a mined diamond. A diamond on the Mohs Hardness Scale rates at 10. Moissanite’s hardness is just a fraction lower than a diamond but more than rubies, sapphires, emeralds and even cubic zirconias. You can find a beautiful selection of Moissanite solitaire rings online. These range from $499 for a one-half to one-carat Moissanite ring, all the way to a 6.68-carat Moissanite solitaire ring for $4,500. When comparing a diamond’s price with the price of a Moissanite, Moissanite wins hands down.
Take this example:
A 1.00 round, very good cut, I color, VS1 clarity diamond would run for around $4,565. A 1.0 carat Certified Moissanite would cost $735. That is a savings of $3,830! Only a jeweler will be able to tell the difference, and even then, only with a jeweler’s loop!
When young couples look at the high cost of mined diamonds, averaging out at $3,500 per engagement ring, most choose the Moissanite stone for their engagement rings. Moissanite rings will last for a lifetime and even beyond. They make excellent heirlooms to pass down from generation to generation. Before purchasing a diamond, take a look at Moissanite for beauty, affordability and durability.