Discover Moissanite: The Engagement Ring Gemstone Millennials are Raving About
The Moissanite engagement ring is the modern alternative to the traditional diamond engagement ring, with a combination of beauty and affordability that can’t be matched. In fact, these lovely, shimmering rings have become the darlings of the millennial set. In 2018 - 2019, Moissanite Engagement Rings ranked at the top of Pinterest searches made by women.
Many young couples today are choosing to go with moissanite for engagement rings and they’re pleased with these beautiful symbols of love and commitment.
Moissanite Engagement and Bridal Set
1. What is Moissanite?
Moissanite is the rarest gemstone in the world - more rare than Diamonds, Rubies, Emeralds, and all other minerals that are used for fine jewelry. You can find naturally occurring Moissanite on the surface of the earth but in extremely tiny quantities. Because it is so rare, it originally can't be used in jewelry for a lot of people to enjoy.
The gem was originally discovered in a crater created by a meteorite that fell to Earth in 1893 by a scientist named Henri Moissan. It was discovered that Moissanite is composed of Silicon Carbide (Diamond is composed of only Carbon).
So why is it extremely rare? Because when Silicon and Carbon come together in the Earth's atmosphere, these two elements don't really have the opportunity to match up because of exposure to oxygen. In order to create Silicon Carbide, oxygen must not be present. This is why scientists believe that Moissanite was born from the stars because oxygen is not present in space and also as evidenced by its first discovery in a meteorite crater.
Since it is virtually improbable to have naturally occurring Moissanite in the surface of the earth, scientists discovered a way to grow Moissanite in a chemical laboratory. This scientific breakthrough was a pivotal moment and led to us being able to enjoy this one-of-a-kind gemstone. Since all Moissanite used in jewelry are grown in a laboratory and not earth-mined, you can be sure that it is conflict free, ethically sourced, and environment friendly. Not only is it rare, it is also pure and good.
2. Moissanite versus Diamond
Moissanite is different from a diamond scientifically, but there are many similarities between them. Both stones are extremely hard and appropriate for day-to-day wear. Both appear to be colorless or nearly colorless and have exceptional sparkle and shine. Both are considered genuine stones for use in jewelry.
They part company in several ways, however, including how they are sold and what they cost. Although a Moissanite is created in a lab, it does take several months to grow one, so they are not cheap; they are, however, far less expensive than diamonds of comparable size and quality. Another difference is the superior clarity of Moissanite. Some diamonds have very good clarity while others may be cloudy with lots of flaws and imperfections.
Moissanite has more sparkle with fewer flaws than Diamond!
3. So why are Millennials so in love with Moissanite Engagement Rings?
Moissanite is the most brilliant gemstone in the world. It has more sparkle with fewer flaws! The enchanting sparkle of this stone is sometimes referred to as “Moissanite fire” and is one of the most appreciated features of this jewel. This is its ability to break up light into a spectrum of colors. Moissanite engagement rings have more fire than diamond engagement rings because of this ability. For those looking for maximum brilliance, flash and sparkle, Moissanite is the answer.
4. Top Quality Moissanite
Moissanite stones are usually named based on their relative clarity, making it easy to understand what you’re looking at in terms of quality. The top Moissanite brands in the world are Forever ONE and SUPERNOVA.
Forever ONE Moissanite
The Forever ONE Moissanite needs really no introduction. It is by US based company Charles & Colvard. Charles & Colvard is the company that started the Moissanite revolution around the world and Forever ONE is the epitome of the company's 20 years of research and innovation.
Forever ONE is also graded as true colorless in the DEF range but the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) say that they lean towards D-E color giving it the gorgeous and famous ice-white look. These gems also fall in Internally Flawless to Very Very Slightly Included (IF-VVS) clarity range. Forever ONE, have a higher price point compared to SUPERNOVA.
The new-generation SUPERNOVA Moissanite is by Australian based company Moissanite International. They are graded as true colorless (DEF), without the undesired blue colour tint found in other colorless Moissanite. It is also cut perfectly to maximise brilliance. This gives the SUPERNOVA the natural look that is soulful. These gems also have VVS clarity which means even an experienced grader will have a hard time finding any inclusions with a 10x loupe.
These stones are stunning and are coined the best jewel ever. And one more thing about SUPERNOVA, it comes at a lower price point compared to Forever ONE Moissanite of Charles & Colvard.