May 21, 2019

This Engagement Ring Trend Will Save You Money

Want to save money on your engagement ring? Embrace the trending gemstone of the moment, moissanite.

Have you ever heard of moissanite? It’s a glittering, clear white gemstone that is also called a “space diamond” or “stardust.”

The Scarlett 3 Carat Moissanite Solitaire Engagement Ring

Moissanite gets its celestial nicknames from its origin story. This sparkling gem was first discovered in 1893 by a man named Henri Moissan. Mr. Moissan, a French scientist, investigated a meteorite inside a crater in Arizona and found what he thought were diamonds. However, on closer inspection, he realized that the crystals in the meteor were made of silicon carbide and were a totally new kind of gemstone, which he named Moissanite after himself.

Natural moissanite is incredibly rare, so most of the moissanite you see today has been created in a lab. This moissanite looks the same as natural moissanite and has the same chemical composition.

Moissanite has become a trending engagement ring option for a few different reasons. One is that this dazzling gemstone looks very similar to a diamond but has a much nicer price tag.

The Merilyn Halo Moissanite Engagement Ring

When compared to a diamond, moissanite stacks up very well. It’s similarly hard and just as brilliant. However, the shimmer that comes from a moissanite has a different pattern. It’s much more fiery (which means the light it reflects splits up into rainbows).

And, like we said above, the price of moissanite is amazing. For example, a one carat diamond with respectable 4C gradings would likely run you upwards of $4,000. A comparable moissanite, on the other hand, would likely only cost around $600 or less. For something that looks so similar, that’s a steal.

The Athena Vintage Inspired Moissanite Engagement Ring

Think of all the things you could do with all the money you’d save getting a moissanite engagement ring instead of a diamond engagement ring. You could go on an incredible trip or dine at the finest restaurants. Or, you could put that money toward a new car or a down payment on a house. These are just ideas— you could always spend your original budget on a moissanite ring and just get a much larger, flashier ring. The choice is yours.

One last thing in moissanite’s favor? It’s eco friendly. Since most moissanite you’d see today is created in a lab, it creates far less environmental impact than a natural diamond would. So, moissanite is not only a gemstone that will save you money, it’s also one that helps to save the environment. That’s a win-win.

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February 18, 2019

Moissanite Vs. Diamond

Have you heard of moissanites? Moissanites are precious gemstones that look remarkably like diamonds— yet cost far less. Moissanite is also extremely durable, making it great for everyday wear, and it’s very environmentally friendly. Let’s take a closer look at how moissanites compare to diamonds and whether or not moissanite may be right for you.

What is Moissanite?

Moissanite, the “Space Diamond,” shines brilliantly in this glamorous yet chic engagement ring.

First, let’s talk a little bit about what moissanite is. Moissanite is a gemstone that was discovered fairly recently. This colorless, fiery gemstone was first discovered in 1893 by Henri Moissan, a French scientist, who found what he thought were diamond particles in a meteorite crater. Upon further inspection, however, he realized that he’d found particles of a gemstone made from silicon carbide, an entirely new gemstone that would eventually be called moissanite.

The celestial origin of moissanite has earned it the nicknames “Space Diamond” and “Stardust.” Natural moissanite is extraordinarily rare, so almost all of the moissanite you’ll find today is lab created. Over the course of many years, the lab creation of moissanite has been perfected and scientists are now able to produce spectacularly brilliant and beautiful moissanites.

While moissanites look quite similar to diamonds, these two gemstones do have some visual and compositional differences. Next up, we’ll talk more about the differences between these two dazzling gemstones.

Moissanite Vs. Diamond: Their Differences

A one carat diamond vs. a one carat moissanite. Can you spot the difference?

Let’s break down the differences between moissanites and diamonds. The main differences are in brilliance, durability, color, price, and creation.

Brilliance: Moissanite has a different faceting pattern than diamonds do, giving them a unique kind of brilliance. Moissanite has a noticeably more fiery, rainbow-colored light pattern than a diamond. This is a big plus to many who love this mesmerizing rainbow effect. However, for those who prefer the more varied, and often more “white,” light of a diamond (which can have three kinds of light reflection: brilliance, dispersion, and scintillation), they may see this as a drawback.

Durability: Diamonds are the hardest mineral on earth, earning a 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Moissanite is slightly less hard, coming in at a 9.25, but is still extremely durable and is excellent for everyday wear.

Color: White diamonds range from colorless to faint yellow. Colorless white diamonds are truly colorless and have no trace of yellow, brown, or gray. Moissanite, on the other hand, is labeled as colorless but can have a very slight yellow or grey look in certain lights. This effect is maximized in larger moissanites.

Price: Moissanites are much more affordable than diamonds, especially natural diamonds. On average, a moissanite will cost 90% less than a diamond of similar size and quality.

Creation: Diamonds can be either lab created or naturally created, though natural diamonds are generally more popular for jewelry. Moissanite, on the other hand, can be naturally created but natural moissanite is so rare that almost all the moissanite available today is lab created. Not only does this make moissanite more affordable than natural diamonds, it also makes it more eco friendly. Lab created gemstones have a much smaller impact on the environment than natural ones.

Buying Moissanites Vs. Buying Diamonds

The stunning Coral engagement ring features a large center moissanite and dazzling round diamond accents.

If you’re drawn to the ultra fiery (and ultra affordable) moissanite, there are few things you might want to know to help you pick the right moissanite. First, moissanites aren’t graded in the same way as diamonds. While diamonds are graded on the 4Cs (color, cut, clarity, and carat), moissanite is only graded on color, as moissanites are all very similar in cut and clarity. Moissanite isn’t graded on the standard diamond color scale, either. Instead, moissanites receive a color grading of either colorless (equivalent to a D, E, or F diamond), near colorless (equivalent to a G, H, or I diamond), or with faint hues of color (equivalent to a J or K diamond).

So, color is the main thing to look for when buying moissanite. There is a commonly asked question we see about moissanite, however, that we wanted to address in this section. Many people wonder if moissanite looks good with diamond band settings. And the answer is yes! Moissanite looks beautiful when paired with diamond side stone bands and diamond halo settings. Moissanites and diamonds, while different, look gorgeous when paired together.

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December 19, 2018

Budget Friendly Engagement Rings

An engagement ring doesn’t have to break the bank to be beautiful. Today, there are many gorgeous and affordable engagement ring options. And, as an added bonus, these more affordable options can give you a much more unique look. Wondering which gorgeous engagement rings can help you save the most? Here are four of our favorite budget friendly engagement rings.

Morganite

Merilyn Engagement Ring With Pear Shaped Morganite

Morganite has been incredibly popular for engagement rings in recent years, thanks to its gorgeous pink hue and excellent price tag. This glimmering, blushing gemstone adds a romantic look to any setting.

While morganite looks lovely with any precious metal, it looks particularly beautiful with rose gold, which echoes the gemstone’s lovely color. The Merilyn ring pictured above is the perfect example of that. In this design, an exquisite pear shaped morganite is surrounded by a shimmering pave diamond halo. Additional pave diamonds run along this ring’s slim yellow gold band, adding beautiful brilliance to this ultra-romantic ring.

Moissanite

Alena Engagement Ring

Moissanites look so similar to diamonds that the scientist who first discovered this beautifully clear white gemstone at initially thought that’s what he had found. Yet, upon further inspection, he realized that he had found an entirely new gemstone.

And because the moissanite found in jewelry today is lab created (natural morganite is incredibly rare), it has a much better price tag than diamonds. On average, a moissanite costs 90% less than a diamond of a similar quality. That’s an enormous price difference for such a similar look.

As you can see in the moissanite ring above, this gemstone pairs beautifully with classic settings like the Alena setting.

Black Diamond

Maya Engagement Ring

If you love a dramatic, mysterious look, a black diamond engagement ring is perfect for you. Black diamonds are genuine colored diamonds, just like yellow, blue, or pink diamonds. But unlike other colored diamonds, which are generally more expensive than white diamonds, black diamonds are very affordable.

And black diamonds look stunning in an engagement ring. Take the Maya ring, pictured above. Here, a gorgeous cushion cut black diamond is surrounded by a luxe halo of pave diamonds. Pave diamonds also run down this ring’s white gold split shank band. In this design, the richness of the black diamond contrasts with the airy, shimmering beauty of the rest of the ring’s materials, which creates a bold and unique look.

Sapphire

Double Halo Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

Sapphires are known for their deep, rich blue color. While this classic gemstone has long been associated with royalty, it can also help you stay inside your budget if you opt for a sapphire center stone for your engagement ring.

Sapphires are a budget friendly option that look extraordinarily luxurious. The beautiful sapphire and pave diamond ring pictured above is the perfect example of this. Here, a breathtaking blue sapphire has been enclosed in an ultra glamorous double pave diamond halo setting. Pave diamonds continue along this ring’s elegant split shank band, adding even more brilliance to this stunning design.

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September 14, 2018

8 Amazing Facts About Moissanite

Moissanite is a having a major moment. This gorgeous gemstone has been making waves on the engagement ring scene, with more and more style savvy brides choosing this dazzling clear white gemstone. However, many people haven’t heard of moissanite, as it was only discovered a century ago. Want to know more about the hottest gemstone of 2018? Here are eight amazing facts about moissanite.

1. Moissanite Fell From The Stars

Moissanite was discovered around 100 years ago when it fell from the stars. In 1893, the French scientist Henri Moissan was inspecting a meteor crater in Arizona when he found what he thought were diamonds. However, upon closer inspection he realized he had found something completely new, a gorgeous form of silicon carbide that he dubbed moissanite.

2. Moissanite Has Two Enchanting Nicknames

Thanks to its celestial origin story, moissanite has two enchanting nicknames among jewelry enthusiasts: Stardust and the Space Diamond.

3. Moissanites Look Incredibly Similar To Diamonds

When moissanite was first discovered by Henri Moissan, he first thought he had simply found diamonds. That’s because moissanites look incredibly similar to diamonds, with their clear white radiance.

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4. Moissanites Are Even More Brilliant Than Diamonds

While moissanites look similar to white diamonds, they do have some differences in appearance. One difference is something that many would consider an advantage: moissanite’s higher brilliance. Moissanites have a faceting pattern that allows them to reflect and refract even more light than diamonds, giving them more shimmer and more fire (the rainbow light produced by gemstones).

5. Moissanite is Incredibly Durable

One of the things that makes moissanite such a great choice for an engagement ring is its excellent durability, which makes it perfect for everyday wear. It’s ranks at a 9.25 on the Mohs scale of hardness, making it harder than almost every gemstone (the one exception: diamonds, which is slightly higher at a 10). It’s also highly resistant to heat, which means it has less of a chance of getting damaged during jewelry repair (or a house fire, for that matter).

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6. Moissanites Are Even More Rare Than Diamonds

Naturally occurring moissanites are incredibly rare— even more rare than diamonds. Because of this, most of the moissanites you see in jewelry today have actually been grown in a controlled lab environment.

7. Moissanite is a Bargain

One of the advantages of moissanite being grown in a lab is its very attractive price point. A moissanite usually costs about 90% less than a diamond of comparable quality!

8. Moissanite is Highly Ethical

Another advantage of moissanite being lab created is that it is highly ethical. Moissanites are always conflict-free, with easily traced origins, and they create a much smaller environmental impact than natural gemstones.

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