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There are many traditions for getting married, and one of the biggest is for the bride-to-be to wear a diamond engagement ring. Because of their impressive appearance and strength, diamonds are widely known as the stone to buy when proposing. But diamonds are also widely known for their high price tag, not to mention their social and environmental impact, so it’s no surprise that many people opt for something more unique. This year, brides are obsessing over n on-diamond engagement rings that are much cheaper than diamonds. It’s called the moissanite gemstone, and according to Pinterest, it’s the biggest ring trend happening right now. In fact, searches for moissanite engagement rings are up 294% since 2017!
At first glance, moissanite gemstones and diamonds are easy to confuse – they look very similar. But moissanite is actually completely different. According to Brilliant Earth, it was first discovered in 1893 by a French scientist named Henri Moissan. Moissan discovered tiny particles of the gemstone in a crater on Earth formed by a falling meteorite. At first, Moissan thought he had hit the jackpot and found a diamond, but later he realized that it was a crystal composed of silicon carbide.
The moissanites you find today are not expensive, but that is because they are not actually real. Natural moissanite is extremely rare, so today’s gems are laboratory-made. Eventually, after years of practice, the particles found in Moissan were synthesized to produce the gems that are popular today.
It’s no coincidence that moissanites look like diamonds – they just do. But they also have some big differences: moissanite is very durable, but diamonds are more durable (they are the hardest known mineral on earth!) . Moissanite also has a different brilliance than diamonds, and according to Brilliant Earth, many people feel that it produces a “disco ball” effect when exposed to light. Finally, moissanite is more likely to be yellow or gray in color, whereas diamonds are not.
The great thing about this stone is that it is much cheaper than diamonds. It is also more environmentally friendly, which is always good to remember. Because of its durability, it is a great choice for engagement rings. It’s no surprise that these are becoming so popular! Look how beautiful these rings are:.
We can definitely see why people are choosing moissanite rings – it’s a great way to have the feel of a traditional ring without spending a lot of money. Let’s hope these stick around!