A gorgeous pop of color and a one-of-a-kind engagement ring style, it’s no surprise why gemstones have become more and more popular amongst many brides-to-be. Moss agate is no exception, as its green inclusions, which range from light to dark green, offer an eye-catching style that will pair beautifully with a variety of metals, cuts, and settings. While most engagement rings may stray from the tradition of diamonds, this gemstone is a statement choice that is thought to have many spiritual and natural properties.
What Is a Moss Agate Engagement Ring?
Moss agate is a semi-precious gemstone that is a type of chalcedony quartz. It typically has a milky white or clear base with green dendritic inclusions (created by the oxidation of minerals) which give the stone its unique tendril patterns.
“Many consumers these days are drawn to alternative gemstones for their engagement rings for a variety of reasons, but most often I find that they are seeking a reflection of who they are as people and what values they hold,” says Megan Bea, founder of The Bea Line. “The inclusions in moss agate are reminiscent of forest floors and seaweed on the waves, making it a beautiful choice for nature-loving and outdoorsy couples.”
Interested in learning more? Discover the history of moss agate, what makes it a great choice for an engagement ring, and where you can purchase this unique style.
History of Moss Agate
Moss agate is also known as the mocha stone—an alternative name that was derived from the Arabian city of Mocha in Yemen, which was an ancient source of gemstones.
As far back as 18th century Europe, moss agate was known as a stone of good luck or fortune. People would often place it around the house and in other areas to attract wealth, prosperity, and abundance. Farmers at this time also used moss agate as a talisman, believing that the green inclusions of the stone would help their crops thrive.
What's more, moss agate has been thought to have many spiritual properties as well. When used as an amulet, moss agate is believed to encourage tranquility and emotional balance. This stone is also presumed to clear blockages and balance the heart chakra so love and abundance can flourish. While this stone has been traditionally used as a lucky talisman, its ties to the heart chakra make it very fitting for an engagement ring that symbolizes the start of a lifelong partnership.
Pros and Cons of Moss Agate Engagement Rings
Moss agate is an excellent choice for anyone looking for an affordable and one-of-a-kind engagement ring. "When you choose a moss agate engagement ring, you are choosing a ring that is as unique as yourself,” says Bea. “No two stones will ever be quite the same, and I think that's a beautiful metaphor for your unique union with your partner.”
Bea also notes that this engagement ring style is less costly than a diamond option, which can be an added draw for couples who plan to save for a wedding or a home. However, affordability varies based on the design you choose. “Pricing will vary widely, and the cost will be mostly dependent upon the other features of the ring like the type of metal used and any other accompanying gemstones used in the design,” explains the jewelry designer.
While there are not many cons when it comes to moss agate engagement rings, Bea notes that you should be aware of the durability of this gemstone. “Moss agate is a bit softer than a diamond, meaning more care should be taken when wearing the ring.”
What to Look for in a Moss Agate Engagement Ring
Considering moss agate for your engagement ring? Here’s everything you need to know.
- What metals and cuts pair well with moss agate? “While moss agate looks beautiful set in any metal tone, I personally love to pair moss agate with rose gold,” advises Bea. “The green and red tones are complementary to one another, and everything just pops a little bit more.” When it comes to the cut, there are almost no limitations because of the versatility of the stone. “Moss agate can be cut into an incredible variety of shapes. The 'best' cut is the one that you like," she adds.
- What kind of wedding band would pair well with a moss agate ring? “A wedding band with gemstones that will complement the green tones of moss agate would be ideal,” shares Bea. “I'd suggest a wedding band with gemstones like alexandrite, emeralds, or green tourmaline. If you want to create a set that [incorporates more fine jewelry], you can't go wrong with diamonds.”
- Where should I look for a moss agate ring? Because moss agate is such a unique gemstone, you typically won’t find them in a chain jewelry store. Bea recommends turning to the internet to search Instagram hashtags and online marketplaces like Etsy, in order to find a ring that resonates with you.
- Are there any stones that give a similar look to moss agate? “One of the most alluring features of moss agate is the individuality of each stone,” says Bea. “Some similar gemstones that also have intriguing patterns and color play to them include strawberry quartz, rutilated quartz, and dendritic agate.”
How to Care for a Moss Agate Engagement Ring
Since moss agate is considered a softer gemstone, Bea recommends treating your ring with more care than you would a diamond ring. “I would recommend removing the ring whenever there is a risk of impact to the stone,” shares Bea. “For example, when using gym equipment, doing household chores, gardening, etc.”
Moss agate should also be cleaned using a soft-bristled toothbrush, warm water, and a few drops of natural soap. “Gently clean around the stones and the setting, and then rinse clean and polish with a soft cloth or jewelry cleaning cloth,” Bea recommends. “Avoid any cleaners that contain harsh chemicals or alcohol.”
Check out 22 moss agate engagement rings you can purchase today, from minimalist designs to more bold settings.
The Bea Line Oval Faceted Moss Agate Solitaire Ring
If you're looking for a simple setting, this minimalist solitaire option is a perfect pick. Featuring an oval-cut moss agate stone and four prongs, this ring is elegant and sleek.
Price at time of publish: $160
Capucinne Victoria Emerald Cut Moss Agate Ring
This Art Deco-inspired ring stands out for its modern look. The moss agate emerald-cut stone is flanked by baguette-cut tourmalines and round-cut white sapphires. The tourmalines emphasize the green accents in the main stone.
Price at time of publish: $1550
Capucinne Moss Agate Cluster Ring
Go even more out-of-the-box with this moss agate cluster ring. The stones are interspersed with round diamonds for an unexpected result that is chic and cool.
Price at time of publish: $1650
Giliarto Bezel Set Emerald Cut Moss Agate Engagement Ring
Not every engagement ring has to have a sparkle factor. This bezel-set option puts the moss agate stone on full display, for an emerald-cut style that is simple and sophisticated.
Price at time of publish: $1350
The Bea Line Trilogy Ring with Moss Agate and London Blue Topaz
This minimalist three-stone ring has multiple pops of color for an artful design. The blue of the topaz brings out the green inclusions of the moss agate, which keeps the ring feeling modern and unique.
Price at time of publish: $595
Sunday Island Lindsey Vintage Inspired Emerald Cut Moss Agate Ring
While moss agate is a modern choice, this emerald-cut ring has a classic feel to it. The center stone is framed by a halo of round-cut diamonds and sits on a scalloped band for the perfect elegant touch.
Price at time of publish: $1850
Midwinter Co. Orion Ring
This ring brings a bit of sparkle to a simple cut. The round moss agate stone is accented by natural white diamonds and a four-prong setting that lets the gemstone take center stage.
Price at time of publish: $1850
Felicegals Oval Moss Agate & Moissanite White Gold Ring
This statement ring effortlessly combines a unique setting with an alternative gemstone. The moissanite accents around the moss agate center stone create a floral design that is both whimsical and stylish.
Price at time of publish: $799
The Bea Line Hera in the Garden Bridal Set
Why settle for one distinctive ring when you can have two! This bridal set features a hexagon-cut, moss agate ring with baguette diamond side stones, and a matching band of Alexandrites for a beautiful stacked look.
Price at time of publish: $2445
Giliarto Moss Agate Snowflake Halo Engagement Ring
The snowflake design of this ring is fitting for a gemstone that resembles the mossy ground of a forest. We love the icy look of the side stones, and 14K white gold band, which makes it the perfect choice for a bride who loves the outdoors.
Price at time of publish: $1350
Midwinter Co. Imogene Ring
An elegant and timeless design, this pear-shaped ring with diamond accents has an effortless quality to it. It can be worn alone or stacked for a fashion-forward touch.
Price at time of publish: $1350
Staghead Designs Octavia Hexagon Moss Agate Engagement Ring
An uncommon cut, this hexagon-shaped ring has three diamond accents on each side for a setting that will stand out. It’s available in 14K white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold for a customizable look that is handmade to order.
Price at time of publish: $1450
Hiddenspace Maeve Ring
Make your engagement ring your very own north star with this intricately shaped design. The kite-cut center stone is covered on all sides by princess-cut diamonds that offer some glitz and glam to an otherwise minimalist ring.
Price at time of publish: $1910
Capucinne Blue Flora Round Moss Agate Ring with Black Spinel
Amplify the unique appearance of your ring with this floral-shaped setting. The black spinel side stones perfectly compliment the dark green accents of the moss agate center stone for a playful engagement ring design.
Price at time of publish: $260
ShyGems Oval Moss Agate with Pearl and Moissanite Engagement Ring
The unexpected combo you didn't know you needed for your engagement ring! This moss agate ring is accented by two pearls and a moissanite encrusted band for a gorgeously unique design that will surely stand out.
Price at time of publish: $405
Newado Jewel Oval Moissanite Engagement Ring
A pared-back take on a moss agate engagement ring, this one uses the gemstone as marquise-cut side stones. This ring also features an oval-cut moissanite stone and can be paired with a white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold band to fit your preference.
Price at time of publish: $710
1stDibs Moss Agate with Diamond Cocktail Ring
If you're a size 6.5 and searching for a kite-cut ring, you're in luck! This moss agate ring has round diamond accents and a rose-gold band for a modern design with a vintage twist.
Price at time of publish: $1100
Molly Jewelry Round Cut Moss Agate Wedding Ring
This delicate ring combines both round-cut and marquise-cut stones for an art-deco-inspired design. An affordable choice, you can choose between moissanite or diamonds for side stones that fit your budget.
Price at time of publish: $255
1stDibs Dendritic Moss Agate Signet Ring
This gold-band signet ring is a family heirloom in the making. Whether you choose to wear it on your pinky as is custom or on your ring finger, the geometric-shaped moss agate stone is eye-catching and gives the design a vintage feel.
Price at time of publish: $1900
Meet the Expert
Megan Bea is a jewelry designer and owner of the jewelry brand The Bea Line. She received a degree in jewelry design from FIDM and creates pieces that include unusual gemstones.