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Marriage is beckoning, and with it, an engagement ring. But what if you have a strict budget? There has to be a better diamond alternative than cubic zirconia, right? Look no further than the tour de force which is the moissanite. It’s the perfect solution to get all the sparkle and radiance of a diamond (if not more!) without breaking the bank.
What is it?
Also known by the name of silicon carbide, moissanite is a naturally occurring compound, that was initially discovered at the site of a meteorite impact in Arizona. Although it is a naturally-occurring mineral, it is easily recreated in a synthetic environment, making it suitable for meeting high demand.
In a laboratory setup, silicon carbide is cultivated into large crystals that are cut into gemstones. A company named Charles & Colvard are the only legal source of moissanite in the US, and anything of a different origin can be assumed to be fake.
Why should I have it in my engagement ring?
Moissanites are setting the engagement ring scene on fire. They are a particularly good alternative to diamonds, as they are naturally white gems with extreme sparkle value, and can be made in a range of shapes and sizes.
A definite benefit is their ability to adapt to larger settings without costing too much – and just like that, a cheap moissanite ring was within your reach!
What’s the difference?
Although it is in many ways similar to diamonds, moissanite is best considered a separate and totally individual choice of gem. Some of its many benefits include that it is hard and durable, meaning that even a cheap moissanite engagement ring has a significant life expectancy, making it an excellent diamond alternative. It can also withstand very high temperatures, which leaves it less susceptible to damage from a jeweller’s torch, as it is less vulnerable to damage that emeralds, rubies, or cubic zirconia.
Moissanites score 9.25 on the Mohs hardness scale, a hair’s breadth behind diamonds, that score a 10. This proves that moissanite is extremely durable and strong enough to withstand everyday use.
A bit of sparkle
Brilliance refers to a gem’s ability to reflect light, and is what gives it its sparkling appearance. Although moissanite and diamonds are both very good at reflecting light, they way they do it differs, as their faceting patterns differ. The fire (also referred to as dispersion) of a gemstone relates to how it breaks and splits light into colors of the spectrum, often resulting in a rainbow effect.
Moissanite has a way of bending a single ray of light and refracting it into two, resulting in far more fire. This phenomenon does not occur in a diamond, where only single refraction takes place. The decision of which gem to choose will be based on whether you prefer rainbow reflections, or a more subdued radiance. Moissanite is more than double as radiant as diamonds, which makes them appear they appear much more “sparkly” than a diamond.
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