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Moissanite engagement rings are considered to be one of the best diamond alternatives. Despite moissanite being almost identical with its optical features, it is in fact a unique gemstone. With original chemical and physical properties that originate from meteorites. It is exceptionally rare in nature, therefore chemists discovered an innovative method to grow this stunning gemstone in a lab. This allows us to widely use moissanites for engagement rings and fine jewellery. So what are the benefits of opting for a moissanite engagement ring? Here are 5 reasons you should consider a moissanite engagement ring.
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5 Reasons You Should Consider a Moissanite Engagement Ring
Moissanite gems are made up of the chemical silicone carbide. This can occur naturally but is extremely rare in nature. It only occurs in very small quantities. It was first discovered in a meteorite in Arizona, United States by the acclaimed Nobel prize winner doctor Henri Moissan in 1893. Over one hundred years later, scientists successfully recreated a moissanite growing process in a lab. And shortly after the original creators Charles and Colvard produced the first commercial quality lab grown moissanite gemstones for jewellery use.
Moissanite is super sparkly!
Moissanite is extremely sparkly due its high refractive index score of 2.65 – 2.69. This is higher than a diamond. The refractive index of a mineral refers to the speed at which light can travel through it. That’s why moissanite is an amazing alternative as a colourless stone. And due to these visual properties, it displays a remarkable fiery brilliance.
However, when comparing a diamond and a moissanite stone side by side the visual appearance is strikingly similar! To the naked eye and untrained viewer, there’s generally no difference in terms of how that moissanite ring looks on the hand, when compared to its diamond counterpart. And whether that be a mined or lab diamond.
Moissanite is very durable
It is commonly known that diamonds are the hardest mineral on the planet. Which is why they are so commonly used in engagement rings. Moissanite is the second most durable mineral on the planet, with a score of 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of hardness. Moissanite is partly made up of carbon similar to diamonds. It is the second hardest gemstone on the planet. This makes it a perfect option for engagement rings designed to last a lifetime.
Moissanite is sustainable and ethical!
Another major benefit of opting for a moissanite ring is its ethical and sustainable credentials. Unfortunately, due to the nature of mined diamonds there can sometimes be a community cost involved. The impact on the planet is also dramatically reduced when choosing a moissanite stone over a mined diamond. Mining can cause a reduction in biodiversity, ecosystem damage and soil erosion. Whereas, almost all moissanite is produced in a lab, the need for mining is completely eradicated. Thus cutting out these harmful practices.
Moissanite is affordable
If you are on a tight budget but desire a large carat weight, a moissanite engagement ring could be the perfect option for you! This gemstone equates to roughly 90% less than your conventional diamond ring. The reason for this dramatic reduction in cost is due to the smaller supply chain and production timescale. Less people are involved in the production of growing moissanite in comparison to mined diamonds.
Traceability and transparency of moissanite
Do you know where your gemstone has been sourced from? Most of the time the supply chain of natural gems is inaccessible. However, at Lily Arkwright, they are proud authorised sellers of premium Charles and Colvard forever one moissanite. Which always comes with a certificate of authenticity. As Assay Assured retailers they can always guarantee that all of their jewellery meets and exceeds legal requirements having been independently tested. Proving their outstanding quality to customers.
Still wondering whether to choose moissanite after seeing these 5 reasons you should consider a moissanite engagement ring?
If the above has piqued your interest why not take a look at the Lily Arkwright’s lab grown ethical and eco-friendly engagement ring collection. Simply call them on: 0161 537 6773. Or alternatively you can email their jewellery consultancy team at: firstname.lastname@example.org or book an in-person consultation.