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Moissanite Engagement Rings – A Man’s Guide to Buying One
If you haven’t heard of Moissonite Engagement Rings, join the club. This new type of diamond simulant (a.k.a. not a real diamond) only hit the shelves in the late 1990s, so it’s only been around for a few years. Probably one of the reason’s it hasn’t gotten mainstream acceptance until now is the social stigma surrounding imitation diamonds.
Moissanite is a laboratory manufactured mineral that has a hardness and luster that is very similar to a diamond. In fact it’s so close to being a diamond many jewelers have a hard time identifying moissanite engagement rings. The cost of moissanite is much cheaper than a diamond (although more expensive than cubic zirconia) and has a hardness rating of 9.25 (as compared to diamond at 10 and cubic zirconia at 9.0). The best part about moissanite is that it is a cheaper alternative to traditional diamond engagement rings, it can be cut into any shape and size that a diamond is, and it’s able to stand up to the wear and tear of everyday use. The only reported drawbacks are that there are some instances where the moissanite ring has a yellow or green hue.
So how do you decide if you should go with a moissanite engagement ring?
Well, it’s obviously a personal decision between you and your fiancé to be. I’m not going to judge anyone here, but to some girls (and guys too) having the real deal diamond is very important, and of course the jewelry retailers reinforce that. Meanwhile, some people love having a gorgeous ring knowing that it was a thoughtful and pragmatic symbol. In either case, know that moissanite engagement rings are very suitable as an engagement ring and will become more accepted as time goes on.
While the prices of moissanite engagement rings are much cheaper than traditional diamond engagement rings, they are still a significant part of your budget. For a 1 carat moissanite ring expect to pay in the neighborhood of $700-800 (as compared to $2500+ for diamond). Because they’re laboratory grown and have more control over the shape and size, you’ll see fewer fractional carat sizes as most come in 1 or 2 carat weight.
There are a lot of good resources online for researching moissanite engagement rings. You’ll want to shop around to the various online retailers to get a good feel for what the proper price range is for each carat weight that you’re looking at. If you find something you like, you should have no problems ordering one online through a website with a certified secure shopping cart system. Also, most online retailers have excellent return policies should the ring not be the right one for her.