They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but does that ring true for you? The search for moissanite gems has increased over the years—and with good reason. This gem is an eco-friendly bride’s best friend.
What Is Moissanite?
Moissanite is a precious gemstone that has become an increasingly popular and less expensive alternative to diamond engagement rings.
Moissanite vs. Diamonds
“Moissanite is a great alternative to diamonds for several reasons,” says Don O’Connell, the CEO and President of Charles & Colvard. “With moissanite, you don’t have to sacrifice color, clarity, or size of the gemstone due to an astronomical price tag. Since it’s lab-grown, the quality is fantastic and you can feel good about wearing a socially responsible gem.”
Meet the Expert
Don O’Connell is the CEO and President of Charles & Colvard, the original creator of moissanite.
O’Connell recommends evaluating color, cut, and clarity—no different from a diamond. “There are different grades of moissanite on the market and some are better than others.,” he says. “For the best quality, you want to purchase a colorless stone. You should also look for flawless or very slightly included moissanite gems to get the most fire and brilliance.”
“People should also keep in mind that moissanite weighs less than a diamond,” adds O’Connell, “So carat weight can be confusing to those only familiar with diamond carat weight. Many times, moissanite will be described using “diamond equivalent weight” or DEW, so people understand how it compares. ”
We’ve rounded up 14 of these eco-friendly moissanite engagement rings to sparkle on your finger.
The two accent stones perfectly complement this centerpiece moissanite gem.
SHOP NOW: Olive Ave, $1,600
An oval-cut version is both simple and unique.
SHOP NOW: Olive Ave, $1,060
3-Stone Round Moissanite in Gold
A yellow gold band isn't necessarily expected for an engagement ring and that's exactly why we love it so much.
SHOP NOW: Kobelli, $960 from $2,100
Moissanite Engagement Ring with Side Stone Accents
Surrounding the moissanite center are rows of additional shared prong moissanites.
SHOP NOW: Allurez, $1,199 from $2,310
Forever One Marquise Moissanite Engagement Ring
An art deco-inspired ring is perfect for the vintage loving bride.
SHOP NOW: Charles & Colvard, $1,419
Custom Moissanite Linear Cluster Ring
A chunky trio of gems.
SHOP NOW: Bario Neal, $3,900
Brie Halo Moissanite Ring
Just because you're not getting a diamond doesn't mean you have to forego the glamour.
SHOP NOW: Andrea Bonelli, $1,248
Womens 5 CT T.W. White Round Moissanite Engagement Ring
There will still be plenty of sparkle on your finger with this multi-stone ring.
SHOP NOW: JCPenney, was $2,874.98
Bel Viaggio Designs Emerald Cut Moissanite Halo Engagement Ring
An emerald cut gives the moissanite gem some serious presence.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, was $1,710
Fire and Brilliance Vega Asscher Moissanite Full Bezel Engagement Ring
This particular style won't be for everybody but it's brilliance will win over everyone admiring it.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $1,275
Forever One Round Colorless Moissanite Engagement Ring
Equal parts elegant and romantic.
SHOP NOW: Charles & Colvard, $2,769
18K White Gold Moissanite Reverie Ring
A perfectly classic ring for the timeless bride.
SHOP NOW: Brilliant Earth, $1,940
Olivia Oval Moissanite Willow Leaves Ring
The band on this ring was inspired by willow leaves which adds a whimsical touch.
SHOP NOW: Kristin Coffin Jewelry, $2,050