Everyone has heard of diamonds. They're often sought after for their beauty and used in jewellery, such as wedding rings. A holy matrimony of two people only happen once in their life and it's only normal for them to want to have the best wedding ring to commemorate and symbolise their joining. However, diamonds can be terribly expensive, despite their beautiful appearance. For those who dream of having a diamond ring, be it for a wedding or everyday wear, you can consider Moissanite, the better alternative to diamonds!
Moissanite is a gemstone born from the stars. Discovered by Henri Moissan in 1893, it was initially thought to be diamonds but it was later confirmed that the crystals composed of silicon carbide, which was unlike diamonds. The microscopic particles of the gem found in a crater created by a meteorite that fell to Earth would birth the beautiful formation that is Moissanite.
There are a few reasons why I consider Moissanite to be the better alternative to diamonds.
Moissanite scores a 9.25 on the Mohs scale, compared to the 10 that a diamond would score. That is the official measurement for the hardness of a gemstone. Their scores make both gems a great gem for everyday wear due to their durability. You needn't be too afraid of chips or scratches on your jewellery. While diamonds definitely score higher at a 10, a 9.25 isn't that far off and if you think about the price that you'll be paying for both, Mossanite definitely takes the cake.
Moissanites exhibit a different kind of brilliance than diamonds do, due to their difference in faceting patterns. The fiery, rainbow flashes emitted by moissanites are charming and beloved by some, but others feel that moissanite’s heightened brilliance can create a “disco ball” effect, especially in sunlight. Diamonds reflect light in three different ways. The white light reflected back is referred to as brilliance, while the rainbow of colors refracted through the diamond is referred to as dispersion. The surface sparkle of a diamond, known as scintillation, is a third type of diamond light return. The combination of these three gives diamonds their famous sparkle. Moissanite, however, has a refractive index from 2.65 – 2.69, which is higher than a diamond.
This is the only category where you can set Moissanites and Diamonds apart physically. While the Moissanite might not necessarily pale in comparison to the diamond, it does indeed have slight differences.
Price & Customisation
One very important reason is their value. Moissanite is less expensive per carat than many other gemstones. Besides that, it opens up possibilities to your wedding ring or other jewellery that you would have never considered with diamonds! With Moissanite, you can consider getting your jewellery customised, from the gemstone itself to the band. Since Moissanite is a versatile white gem, you can play with the tones to the cuts, the base, the prongs, the settings, tappers, the polish, the style, the weight, and choose from various shades of 18K gold in white, yellow, rose and champagne! You can do this with LeCaine.
LeCaine, a Singaporean home-grown talent, is owned by a new generation of jewellers who inherited decades of craftsmanship and procurement experience in the watch and jewellery industry.
LeCaine has a dedicated and experienced design team where you can draw inspiration and advice from. For men who wish to surprise their partners, this is an especially sweet way to burrow your way into her heart. What's better than a customised piece of jewellery that she can always wear with her to remind the both of you of the love you share! You just need to get her ring size and throw in some ideas about how you want the ring to look like. Can't get her ring size? Fret not, because LeCaine can even estimate the ring size from a picture! They're that experienced and good.
With a design studio, you can then expect a 3D mock-up of the custom ring design to ensure you like it before getting the final product! For people who don't wish to break the bank but still get something special for their significant other, this customisation service is truly something to consider, especially with the use of Moissanite, considering that it does not pale in comparison regarding to the brilliance and durability. Best of all, it's more reasonably priced!
Diamonds are mined, meaning they are extracted from the earth. This may require heavy-duty equipment that emit carbon emissions and the destruction of certain locations where diamonds are located. This means that while the end product, the diamonds itself, are extremely pretty, the process of obtaining them aren't. For Moissanites, LeCaine creates them in labs, utilising the latest technology, which is an appealing option for those seeking an eco-conscious gemstone as they require no mining.
Since natural Moissanite is extremely rare, most Moissanites available in the market are ethically lab created but not all are done as well as the ones by LeCaine.
Overall, I would definitely consider Moissanite to be the better alternative to Diamonds, especially after this comparison.