Everything You Need to Know About Moissanite Engagement Rings

Moissanite diamond engagement ring.

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 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.

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Nora Ring

nora

The two accent stones perfectly complement this centerpiece moissanite gem.

SHOP NOW: Olive Ave, $1,600

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Lou Ring

Lou

Courtesy of Olive Ave.

An oval-cut version is both simple and unique.

SHOP NOW: Olive Ave, $1,060

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3-Stone Round Moissanite in Gold

Kobello

Courtesy of Kobelli

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

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Moissanite Engagement Ring with Side Stone Accents

Courtesy of Allurez

Surrounding the moissanite center are rows of additional shared prong moissanites.

SHOP NOW: Allurez, $1,199 from $2,310

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Forever One Marquise Moissanite Engagement Ring

Charles & Colvard

Courtesy of Charles & Colvard

An art deco-inspired ring is perfect for the vintage loving bride.

SHOP NOW: Charles & Colvard, $1,419

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Custom Moissanite Linear Cluster Ring

Courtesy of Bario Neal

A chunky trio of gems.

SHOP NOW: Bario Neal, $3,900

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Brie Halo Moissanite Ring

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Just because you're not getting a diamond doesn't mean you have to forego the glamour.

SHOP NOW: Andrea Bonelli, $1,248

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Womens 5 CT T.W. White Round Moissanite Engagement Ring

JCPENNEY

There will still be plenty of sparkle on your finger with this multi-stone ring.

SHOP NOW: JCPenney, was $2,874.98

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Bel Viaggio Designs Emerald Cut Moissanite Halo Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Bel Viaggio

An emerald cut gives the moissanite gem some serious presence.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, was $1,710

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Moissanite & Blue Sapphire Art Deco Ring

ICE

The sapphire additions take care of the "something blue" for your big day.

SHOP NOW: Ice, $1,962 from $1,224

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Fire and Brilliance Vega Asscher Moissanite Full Bezel Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Fire & Brilliance

This particular style won't be for everybody but it's brilliance will win over everyone admiring it.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, $1,275

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Forever One Round Colorless Moissanite Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Charles & Colvard

Equal parts elegant and romantic.

SHOP NOW: Charles & Colvard, $2,769

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18K White Gold Moissanite Reverie Ring

Brilliant Earth

Courtesy of Brilliant Earth

A perfectly classic ring for the timeless bride.

SHOP NOW: Brilliant Earth, $1,940

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Olivia Oval Moissanite Willow Leaves Ring

Oval

The band on this ring was inspired by willow leaves which adds a whimsical touch.

SHOP NOW: Kristin Coffin Jewelry, $2,050

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