Synthetic Moissanite is a good choice for engagement rings as they are very close to diamonds in hardness and are actually more reflective due the higher refractive index. Moissanite stones display more fire and only slightly less brilliance than diamonds and it is this balance between brilliance and fire that gives it such an attractive appearance. The added appearance of fire in Moissanites is due to the fact that they are doubly refractive whereas diamonds are singly refractive. Fire is what causes rainbow colors to appear when a gem catches the light.
What is Moissanite?
Moissanite is a naturally occurring silicon carbide first discovered in the late 19th century by Charles Moissan. Only limited deposits of this extremely rare mineral have ever been found, mostly in kimberlite or as naturally occurring inclusions found in diamonds. Due to its rarity Moissanite is synthetically created in a laboratory for a number of applications, including as beautiful gemstones for jewellery. Synthetic Moissanite gem stones simulate the appearance of diamonds and because they are manufactured in quantity, are less expensive than diamonds while looking exactly like the real thing. Moissanite is a hard and long lasting gem that is particularly effective when set in custom-made jewellery such as engagement rings.
Moissanites typically have a slight yellowish or greenish tint but the latest available specimens are whiter in appearance and seem brighter as they have an excellent cut. That is why a Moissanite engagement ring is as beautiful as any diamond engagement ring. The properties of Moissanite make it an excellent choice for jewellery such as engagement or eternity rings that are worn every day.
As with any gemstone reasonable care should be taken to protect Moissanites. Because of its hardness it can be brittle and pieces can break of in layers. No gemstone, even a diamond, is indestructible so it is important to take good care of your Moissanite, particularly smaller stones that are more vulnerable.
Moissanite engagement rings are perfect for those who feel uncomfortable with mining practices as they offer a truly guilt-free choice without having to forego the beauty of a traditional diamond when getting engaged.
There are two options available for Moissanite engagement rings. You can source a Moissanite yourself and take it in to a jeweler to design a custom ring, or you can choose one of the many beautiful ready made designs available on the internet or at a jewellery store. Either way, a Moissanite is an ideal alternative to a traditional diamond for any piece of jewellery.