Diamond has been the go-to precious stone for engagement rings for many decades and for a good reason. It is sophisticated and elegant in its simplicity. But there is one drawback, and that is its price. It is common knowledge that diamonds, even the ones that are not of quality, are quite expensive.
Fortunately, there are alternatives to diamonds that are less expensive. You can choose emeralds, rubies, or sapphires. However, if you do prefer the look of a diamond, but are unwilling to pay such a steep price for it, you can choose a moissanite over a diamond instead.
It offers the same elegance and brilliance (if not more brilliant) as a diamond.
What is Moissanite?
Moissanite is a natural silicon carbide that is almost as hard and dense as a real diamond. It is also not easily scratched or dulled. Discovered by Dr. Henri Moisson at the site of a meteorite strike over a century ago in Arizona, the named the stone after him.
You can manufacture moissanite in a laboratory these days, but it has a higher rate of refraction and dispersion which makes it more brilliant compared to a real diamond.
Why Choose Moissanite Over a Diamond?
Moissanite is a very popular alternative to diamonds for various reasons. First, it is less expensive because its supply does not conform to a monopoly of big companies. Second, moissanite has greater brilliance and fire. A diamond’s value does not appreciate, so it is not an investment.
Last, you avoid buying blood diamonds.
What is the cost of moissanite vs. diamond? A colorless two-carat diamond will cost around $20,000 or more while a perfect moissanite of the same carat will only cost around $600. Some would argue that the expense of a diamond is well worth it because it is an investment but, in reality, its value does not appreciate.
Engagement rings should be more than just about its monetary value; it should be about sentimental value. It does not make sense to start your marriage buried in debt because of an overpriced engagement ring.