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Moissanite Engagement Rings: The Perfect Alternative

Many people venturing into the world of engagement rings mistakenly believe there are only two options for their stone choice, if they love the look of a diamond. Either a real, and very costly, diamond, or cubic zirconia, which is far less expensive. Unfortunately, it also looks far less expensive than a diamond, because it lacks the brilliance and lustre of a real diamond. But there is another option, one that many are not familiar with. Moissanite engagement rings offer the best of both worlds.

Moissanite engagement rings have the strength, brilliance, and lustre of a diamond without the high price. But what is Moissanite? Moissanite was discovered in the 1800s in a meteor crater in the United States. At first, it was mistaken for diamonds, but further studies showed that it was not. Studies on this mineral also showed that it was nearly as hard as diamonds and more durable, and that it actually had a more refractive appearance than diamonds. Moissanite is ten percent more brilliant than a diamond. Because there are not a lot of meteor craters all over the world, scientists figured out how to make this mineral in a lab, and now we have all of its benefits and it is readily available.

The other option many look at when diamonds are not an option is cubic zirconia. There are actually two different types: machine made and hand-cut. Many agree that hand-cut cubic zirconia does look much more like a real diamond, but it cannot compare with moissanite in strength, brilliance or lustre. The only downside to moissanite is that this mineral can sometimes appear grey or have a greenish tint, so when you are looking at moissanite engagement rings, be sure you have a chance to see it in all possible lights so that you know exactly what you are buying.

Every bride wants a beautiful ring, one that catches the light from her eyes and reflects the fire in her heart. Not every bride wants a diamond, for whatever reason, and moissanite engagement rings offer an amazing alternative, one that can be everything she wants in an engagement ring without the high price of a costly diamond.

Posted on December 19, 2011 by Admin