Silver Moissanite Rings: A Guide
Silver moissanite rings are here to stay. Bright, high clarity and durable, moissanite is a lab-created gemstone that will make heads turn. To find out more about this unique gemstone and the silver moissanite ring trend, read below.
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What is Moissanite?
Gemstones are often referred to as ‘extraordinary’. With their unique appearances and bright colours, gemstones remind us of the dazzling hues of Mother Nature – she knows how to keep it luxe. However, unlike most well-known gemstones, the origins of moissanite really are ‘out-of-this-world’.
Discovered in 1893 by a French chemist, Henri Moissan, moissanite was found in a crater situated within Canyon Diablo, Arizona. Created when a meteorite fell to earth, this crater contained minerals formed in space, with moissanite being one of them.
Colourless, high in clarity and with a bright glowing appearance, when the gemstone was first discovered Moissan believed he had found diamonds. Little did he know that his discovery was far more out of the ordinary: instead of any old diamond, this one was straight from the stars.
Since its discovery, moissanite has become an ever more popular gemstone for engagement rings, especially as a diamond substitute. However, being ‘from the stars’, natural moissanite is extremely rare. So, almost all of the moissanite sold for jewellery is lab-grown. Affordable and with a minimal carbon footprint, silver moissanite rings combine show-stopping looks with sustainability.
Moissanite vs Diamond
At first glance, diamonds and moissanite look pretty similar. Both dazzle and sparkle in the light, with bright white appearances. As a result, silver diamond rings and silver moissanite rings are perfect options for those looking to add a statement to their stack. However, when these diamond and moissanite stones are examined in detail, the differences between them become clear.
Diamonds are known for their ‘brilliance’: the way in which they reflect light. However, when examined side-by-side, moissanite is even more ‘brilliant’. This means that when moissanite is illuminated, it will project patterns that are bigger, brighter and fierier than any diamond engagement ring. So, if you’re after that Tiffany look, silver moissanite rings are an option that will dazzle without breaking the bank.
These stones also differ in terms of clarity. The clarity of a gemstone depends on its amount of ‘inclusions’: small marks within the stone which make it look less ‘clear’. For diamonds, clarity famously varies, with the most flawless diamond engagement rings reaching prices into the tens of thousands.
For moissanite, clarity is not so much of an issue. Most of the inclusions for moissanite are not visible to the naked eye and can only be seen under a magnifying glass. So, with silver moissanite rings, you are guaranteed a high clarity gemstone, for a fraction of the price of a diamond.
When it comes to durability, diamonds really are forever. Rated a ‘10′ on the Moh’s Scale of Hardness, diamonds are the hardest mineral found on Earth, making them incredibly durable. Moissanite isn’t quite as hard as diamond but it is similarly durable. In fact, moissanite is only second to diamond in terms of hardness on the Moh’s scale (rating at 9.25).
The high durability of diamonds makes them the ideal choice for that all-important engagement ring. However, as with anything that is financially and emotionally valuable, the idea of losing a diamond engagement ring doesn’t bear thinking about. So, as an alternative, why not try moissanite? Highly durable, affordable and more visually striking, silver moissanite rings are ideal substitutes for daily wear.
How to Style Sterling Silver Moissanite Rings
Like any diamond piece, moissanite jewellery is designed to be a statement. High in clarity with eye-catching spectral patterns, sterling silver moissanite rings will make you stand out from the crowd. A sustainable statement, check out our tips on how to style moissanite:
What better way to make the most of your engagement ring than… more rings? Pair with a plain band ring for a low-key look, or if you’re more of a maximalist, why not add a gemstone piece to your collection? Birthstone rings make great companion pieces to engagement and wedding rings.
Up Your Earring Game
Another way to make that engagement ring pop is by coordinating it with earrings. Whether you’re into vintage styles or something more contemporary, why not pair your moissanite ring with a pair of cubic zirconia earrings. Stunningly lab-created, watch them shine with your moissanite ring.
Nail art is a great way to add an extra bit of you to your look while drawing the eye to your rings. We recommend opting for a subtle swirl pattern or a two-toned French manicure style.