As you look for an engagement ring, you’ll find that there are more gem choices than you thought. Moissanite is one of your choices. This gem can be found in nature, but because its crystals are so small, you don’t see them very often. When you buy moissanite, you usually buy moissanite that was made in a lab. This is a better choice for the environment.
Silicon carbide, a naturally found mineral, is used to make moissanite in a lab. Most of the time, you can’t find silicon carbide in nature that is big enough to cut into a 1-carat centre stone. It has to be made in a lab so it can be cut into bigger carats.
Read on to learn more about our beautiful moissanite and diamond stones that are ethically found and made in the lab.
MOISSANITE VS. DIAMOND
Moissanite is often used to look like a diamond, but it is not the same thing. Diamonds are known for their brightness and toughness. They are a 10 on the Mohs scale, which measures hardness. Moissanite, with a 9.25, is not too far behind them. It is the second most durable gem. Because of this, they are a great option to diamonds.
Just like a diamond, moissanite is defined by its Cut, Colour, Clarity, and Carat Weight. Because of this, choosing a moissanite can be a lot like choosing a diamond in some ways. The 4Cs of our 2-carat round moissanite are shown below.
Now, SLATE & TELL’S expert jeweler breaks down the four Cs so you can understand them better.
Cut: Moissanite and diamond are both cut in the same way. When talking about the four C’s, cutting your crystal does not mean deciding what shape you want it to be. The cut is the exact shape you use to make taps in your stone. These designs on the tap reflect light, which makes your gem look bright and fiery.
Colour: The colour grade scale will help you choose the stone you want. During colour grading, we look at the stone’s actual colour, not the flashes of colour that move around in the light.
Moissanite comes in three different colour grades today:
Without colour (D-E-F)
Nearly without colour (GHI)
Almost white (J-K)
The colour grading system for diamonds is different because diamonds come in many different colours, from D to Z. Because there are so many different colours of diamonds, it takes a trained eye and skilled tools to figure out a stone’s colour grade.
Clarity: To figure out a stone’s clarity, we look for flaws and inclusions. Those can make it hard for light to get through a stone. Inclusions and flaws in gems can be so small that they don’t affect the quality grade. Since moissanite is mostly made in a lab, we can control how clear it is. This makes it possible to grade moissanite perfectly.
Here is a perfect example of a round Moissanite stone from Slate & Tell.
Carat Weight: Carats are used to measure the weight of a diamond. At our Slate & Tell class, we measure carat weight with accurate digital scales. We use these scales to measure every diamond, jewel, and moissanite we work with. Moissanite is not the same as a diamond in terms of carat weight, so millimetres (mm) are the best way to measure it.
You would choose an 8mm moissanite if you wanted it to look like a 2-carat diamond. This is because moissanite is a lot lighter than diamond. This makes it easy to choose a carat size that gives you more for your money.
The price of your moissanite or diamond is based on all four Cs. When looking for an engagement ring, you might be shocked to learn that moissanite is much cheaper than a diamond.
HOW TO PICK A MOISSANITE?
There are a lot of things to think about when picking a stone, but mostly it comes down to what you like. Do you want to make yourself look like a diamond? Or do you just like what moissanite has to offer and want to accept it? At Slate & Tell, we love every beautiful thing this stone has to offer. Our team is proud to help you choose the right moissanite for your dream piece.
The top grading scale is used to choose each stone. If you want to look like a diamond, we suggest getting a moissanite that is about the same size as a 1–2 carat diamond.
Moissanite that is bigger makes more fire, which causes flashes of colour when light goes through it. If you love moissanite stones as much as we do, then the bigger the better!
This 4 carat moissanite and diamond engagement ring is a great example of how beautiful moissanite can look when it is bigger.
SETTING YOUR RING WITH MOISSANITE
We call the small stones that are used as accents in fine jewellery settings “melee stones.” The same grading scales are used to choose melee stones as centre stones. So that you can get the best jewels.
The sizes of melees run from 0.8mm to 2.9mm. These stones are often used as accent stones in the setting of your engagement ring or any other piece of fine jewellery. Melee Stones are often used to bring out the colours of centre stones.
You can add accents to your fine jewellery in many ways, such as with halos and side accents. Our fine jewellery expert at Slate & Tell breaks down the differences between the two, making it easier for you to decide which style you prefer.
Halos: Your centre stone can have a halo made of small attack stones wrapped around it. This gives your centre stone the look of a halo, which makes it look bigger.
Side Accents: Side accents are for people who like extra bling. These melees go all the way down the shank of your engagement ring, giving it more sparkle. Depending on the look you want, side details can be different sizes and shapes.
It’s fun to choose moissanite for your engagement ring, and we want to give you all the information we know about this valuable stone. If you have any questions about our moissanite and diamond jewellery, Slate & Tell suggests getting in touch with our team at email@example.com.
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