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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.
What to Look for in Moissanite Engagement Ring
Considering a moissanite engagement ring? Here are a few questions and answers you should know before you look for the perfect stone.
- How can I tell if the ring is high quality? “There are different grades of moissanite on the market and some are better than others,” says O'Connell. “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.”
- What should I know about the carat weight? “People should also keep in mind that moissanite weighs less than a diamond,” explains 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.