Best for a budget-conscious couple: Moissanite Rings (2023)

Now that you’ve found the partner of your dreams, it’s time to announce your intentions--perhaps with a moissanite ring. We get it, when times are tough, finding a ring your partner will love, on a budget, is more important than ever. While some couples are meeting their budget with colored gemstone rings, others prefer something more traditional. After all, white goes with everything. If you want a high-quality white stone ring that meets your budget, consider moissanite. Let’s talk a bit about this unique, white gemstone and what your moissanite ring options are at With Clarity.

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Budgeting for an Engagement Ring

Before you even start looking for an affordable engagement ring, it’s important to know how much you should spend. At the same time, you should know your partner’s taste well enough to have an idea of what you can buy with your budget. Does your partner want something understated, yet elegant? Sophisticated metalwork? Tiny diamonds to go with a larger center stone? Are there any practical considerations? This information, in addition to affordability, should help you decide on a budget.

Why is it important to stick to your budget?

Once you’ve decided on a budget, it is important to stick to it. After all, nothing is worse than buying a diamond engagement ring you cannot afford, and your partner will not appreciate. Think about it this way: spending too much money on the ring will give you less money for the wedding. Worse, it can land you in potential debt. If your partner is the thrifty sort, they will object to the amount of money you spent on rings. Throw in some regret at spending so much money, and you have a disaster.

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How much does the average engagement ring cost?

Prices paid for engagement rings vary widely, with some couples spending under $1,000 for some gemstone rings, all the way up to millions for the diamond, ruby, and sapphire variety. However, the average spent on engagement rings sits at around $5,900. Couples can find that figure to be out of their budget, so they will need more affordable options. One alternative is lab diamond rings, where the prices are lower while still featuring a genuine diamond.

Why to know you/your partner’s gemstone preferences

When deciding on your budget, you should consider if your partner would approve of lab created diamonds or colored gemstone wedding rings. Although lab created diamonds are real diamonds, they have a different origin than mined diamonds. Moreover, this conversation also aligns with mined colored gemstones vs lab grown gemstones. Sometimes, it’s okay to spoil the surprise when looking for the perfect ring.

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Moissanite Rings: a popular option

Increasingly though, couples are considering moissanite engagement rings to help keep the cost down. Generally speaking, moissanite is a colorless gemstone that looks like a diamond. Couples can pick up a large moissanite at an affordable price. If your partner likes statement rings, but you don’t have much money, this is a great option to consider.

Chemically, moissanite is a gemstone called silicon carbide. It was first found in nature by Henry Moissan. He was exploring an Arizona meteorite crater during the late 1800s, and initially thought he had found diamonds. Later on, they discovered that the crystals were a different mineral. Later on, it would be named for Dr. Moissan and produced in a lab. Since it is a manufactured gemstone, consumers can easily buy an affordable moissanite engagement ring.

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Not only does this gemstone look like a diamond, but it’s nearly as durable. It’s partly made of carbon, lending it similar optical properties. However, its greatest asset besides appearance and price is durability: moissanite is the second hardest gemstone in the world, at a 9.5 hardness rating. For that reason, moissanite wedding rings in a good setting will last for many years. With all these benefits, it isn’t surprising that more and more couples are choosing to purchase moissanite solitaire rings.

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Choosing a White Stone: moissanite vs. diamond

Now that you understand what moissanite is, let’s look at how it compares with other affordable engagement ring options.

Moissanite vs. lab diamond

Lab made diamonds are real diamonds, because they are crystals of pure carbon. They also have the same hardness as a natural diamond, along with the same optical properties. Typically, lab diamonds are 15-30% cheaper than their mined counterparts. This is due to nearly unlimited supply, shorter supply chains, and reduced cost of production. Lab created diamond rings are a great option for couples looking to save a little money while still buying the “real thing.” They are neither natural diamonds nor cubic zirconia.

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On the other hand, moissanite has a different chemical composition, along with slightly different optical properties. To the untrained observer, there's generally no difference in terms of how that oval moissanite engagement ring looks on the hand when compared to its diamond counterpart. However, the price tells a different story. If you want a 2 carat moissanite ring, you will save a ton of money. In fact, for a round moissanite stone that size, you can expect to pay around $1,900, while the natural diamond will set you back over $11,000. Remember, you’ll spend 15 to 30% less for the lab diamond, which would be around $8,000 to $9,500. Either way, the savings are significant.

Moissanite vs. natural diamond

In addition to the differences from lab diamonds, a natural diamond is not man made. Rather, it is mined from the earth. It’s also the most expensive option. If you want an inexpensive natural diamond ring, you’ll need to choose one with very small stones.

Want a little bit of both worlds? Think about one of our moissanite diamond rings, which uses moissanite like a colored stone in the middle.

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Among the more popular options include moissanite halo engagement rings, which you can find on our website. We also offer lovely rose gold moissanite engagement rings if that’s the preferred style.

Tips on picking a white stone

At the end of the day, our advice is simple: pick something that you can afford, and that your partner will love. Whether it’s cheap moissanite rings that still hold the “wow” factor or a sweet lab diamond ring, you need to remember your loved one will wear it for a lifetime. We love the fact that you can buy a moissanite solitaire for affordable prices, whether it’s an emerald cut moissanite ring, a pear cut moissanite ring, or something else entirely. No matter your taste and budget, we’ll be happy to give you the advice you need without all the pressure. Contact us by phone at 1(844)-234-6463 or email at Our Live Chat is available during business hours Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 5:30 PM ET.

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Which moissanite brand is closest to a diamond? ›

Some Moissanite brands like Charles and Colvard sell a near-colorless Moissanite that is the equivalent of a GHI color diamond. Unlike diamonds, colorless moissanite often has a yellow, grey or green tinge under certain lights that is more visible in larger stones.

What is the downside of moissanite? ›

They're Way Too Shiny. Moissanite has a crazy amount of sparkle. Its refractive index is higher than a natural diamond's, producing more shine and a special kind of fiery rainbow brilliance. While some people go crazy for these sparkles, others turn up their noses at them.

What cut of moissanite sparkles the most? ›

The traditional cone shaped cut with a rounded top contains 58 facets, which allows for maximum light reflection making it the best cut for brilliance, fire and sparkle.

Can people tell if you have a moissanite ring? ›

The most effective way to tell Moissanite apart from a diamond is to use a loupe to look through the top, or the crown, of the jewel at an angle. You will see two slightly blurred lines that indicates a double refraction, an inherent quality of Moissanite. Double refraction is easier to see in some shapes than others.

What company sells the best moissanite? ›

Forever One Moissanite is widely recognized as the most premium brand of Moissanite in the market. Created by Charles & Colvard, a US-based company, it stands as the original creator of Moissanite gems, with a wealth of experience in creating and faceting Moissanite gems that is unparalleled.

Why are some moissanite so cheap? ›

Moissanite is cheaper than diamonds because it is created in a lab. Rather than going through countless hands and endless red tape, it is created on-demand in the exact quantity, quality, and location that the company requests. This is a tremendous cost-savings for jewellery shops and brands.

Can I pass off my moissanite as a diamond? ›

Unlike faux diamonds and other gemstones, moissanite is also an effective conductor of heat. For this reason, when using a diamond tester that detects thermal conductivity, moissanite will pass as a diamond.

What not to do with a moissanite ring? ›

Avoid Harsh Cleaning Solutions: Hand sanitizers with powerful chemicals might corrode the valuable metals in your jewelry over time. Your ring's mounting may become discolored and fundamentally damaged due to extended exposure to toxins, and the studs that keep your moissanite stone in position may break loose.

Does moissanite become cloudy? ›

We've got good news for you: moissanite does not get cloudy! However, chemical buildup and dirt can start to dull its shine; same as with diamonds and other precious stones. If you keep your moissanite clean, it'll be crystal clear forever.

What is the best carat size for moissanite? ›

As a guide, typically 1.0ct & 1.5ct are most popular for brilliant round cut moissanite engagement ring.

Does a 1 carat moissanite look fake? ›

Does Moissanite Look Like a Diamond? Yes, moissanite looks very similar to a diamond. It's near-colorless, has a similar refractive index to a diamond and the GIA deems moissanite the closest diamond imitation.

Do most jewelers carry moissanite? ›

Unfortunately, not many retailers carry Moissanite in physical stores which makes it difficult to commit to the purchase, despite the amount of research one can do online. We discuss a few reasons to why its tough to find Moissanite in retailers and share some alternative ways to see this gemstone in person.

Can a jeweler tell if moissanite is real? ›

However, the best way to spot a fake diamond is to take it to a jeweler for thermal and electrical conductivity tests. This requires an expensive machine, but it can tell the difference between diamond and moissanite.

Do diamond testers pick up moissanite? ›

Yes, some diamond simulants can pass a diamond tester.

For example, moissanite, a man made gem, may pass as a diamond on a standard tester pen. This is because moissanite also has very high thermal conductivity! Other diamond simulants, such as CZ, will not pass the tester.

Is moissanite worth buying? ›

Yes! Moissanite is among the most ethical, sustainable engagement ring choices out there. This is because Moissanite is a man made stone. So, no mining is needed to give you a perfectly brilliant Moissanite.

How do you pick a good moissanite? ›

“There are different grades of moissanite on the market and some are better than others,” says O'Connell. “For the best quality, you want to purchase a colorless stone. You should also look for flawless or very slightly included moissanite gems to get the most fire and brilliance.”

Why isn t moissanite more popular? ›

It isn't because Moissanite is a newly discovered gem, but Moissanite simply couldn't become popular until recent years, due to its extreme rarity, they do not occur naturally on Earth and can only be found in meteorites (more on that below).

What color moissanite is most expensive? ›

The most valuable Moissanite stones are colorless (grade D-E-F) and their value decreases as the color becomes stronger.

Does the brand of moissanite matter? ›

While unbranded Moissanite is more affordable than the top Moissanite brands we offer, you are unsure of its beauty, quality, and authenticity. SUPERNOVA and Forever ONE Moissanite will always have a higher price point than unbranded ones because of their beauty and heirloom quality.

How do you keep moissanite shiny? ›

Simply soak your ring in warm water with a mild soap and gently scrub with a soft toothbrush or cloth, paying attention to clean those hard to reach areas. Once clean, rinse off any soap residue and dry with a lint-free cloth for a freshly sparkling moissanite ring.

Is cubic zirconia or moissanite better? ›

Moissanite is harder and more durable than cubic zirconia, so it is less likely to chip and crack when in a ring setting. Choose cubic zirconia if you are shopping for earrings or a pendant, as this type of jewelry is less likely to be damaged.

Does moissanite lose its sparkle? ›

Moissanite does not lose its sparkle, and, with proper love and care, your grandchildren will also be able to enjoy this dazzling gemstone generations on!

Why I chose moissanite over diamond? ›

Moissanite also has the most brilliance of any gem in the world. Brilliance is measured by the amount of light reflected back at your eye. In other words, moissanite is measurably more beautiful than diamonds. In addition to its surface toughness, moissanite can also withstand much higher temperatures than diamonds.

Does moissanite glow under a blacklight? ›

The short answer is yes, moissanite can glow under a blacklight. However, the intensity and colour of the glow can vary depending on the specific moissanite stone and the type of UV light used.

Does rubbing alcohol damage moissanite? ›

Alcohol can be a secure and efficient cleaning agent for moissanite. In fact, for the majority of precious stones like diamonds, alcohol is an ideal choice to clean. Moissanite is the second most hard known gemstone following diamond. Therefore, it is able to be treated with alcohol, without causing harm.

What can damage a moissanite? ›

Exposure to the elements – Prolonged exposure to light and heat can seriously damage jewelry. For this reason, it's important to keep your moissanite ring in a cool, dark location, such as a closet. Likewise, don't keep your ring near a window or in the bathroom.

Does salt water ruin moissanite? ›

We recommend removing your moissanite engagement ring before playing or swimming in the ocean. In a similar way to chlorine, the sodium chloride (NaCL) from salt water can discolour the precious metals of your ring and weaken the joints of your ring's setting.

Why is my moissanite not shiny? ›

Moissanite tends to get dull from the oil from soaps, cosmetics, skin, and your activities throughout the day. Grease and oil can have much of an impact on them but nothing a quick cleaning can't fix!

Can hot water damage moissanite? ›

Yes, you can wear your moissanite engagement ring in the shower. On its own, water will not harm your moissanite stone. However, repeated exposure to soap, shampoo and conditioner can create a build-up of oils on the surface of your ring. This can give your stone a dull appearance.

Is moissanite good for everyday wear? ›

Moissanite gemstones are a 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, so they are suitable for everyday wear.

Can most people tell difference between moissanite and diamond? ›

Most people cannot tell the difference between moissanite and diamonds. The GIA has even stated that moissanite is “much closer to diamond in overall appearance and heft than any previous diamond imitation.”

What setting is best for moissanite ring? ›

There are usually two types of metal setting for moissanite diamonds. One is 925 silver setting, and the other is K gold setting. Moissanite is better with any setting. We recommend that you buy moissanite with k gold ring setting, because you wear it as a real diamond ring for a long time.

What size moissanite is equivalent to a 2 carat diamond? ›

Moissanite Size Chart
Moissanite SizeDiamond Equivalent Weight (DEW)
7.30 mm.1.50 ct.
7.50 mm.1.67 ct.
7.75 mm.1.75 ct.
8.00 mm.2.00 ct.
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Does moissanite sparkle like a rainbow? ›

Moissanite Has Extra Sparkle

When light hits a moissanite engagement ring, it sparkles rainbow colours in the surface of the ring and can produce almost a rainbow disco ball effect, which many people fall in love with.

Does moissanite shine in dark? ›

Moissanites' sparkle is as great as diamond, even in a dark room or when your ring isn't freshly cleaned.

What does VVS mean in moissanite? ›

VVS stands for "very, very small inclusions." That means they have fewer imperfections than other diamonds (which makes them more expensive).

Is moissanite affordable? ›

As a guide, you can expect to pay around $5000 for a nearly colorless 1-carat diamond, but completely colorless moissanite will cost you significantly less at around $600.

How much less expensive is moissanite? ›

“A moissanite gem is approximately one-tenth the cost of a mined diamond of equal size and quality,” O'Connell says. “The value of moissanite is greater with larger carat weights.” More specifically, if you want a large-carat white gemstone, but don't have the money for a large diamond, moissanite is the way to go.

Which is better moissanite or lab created diamonds? ›

On the Mohs Scale, moissanite gems score a 9.25, while lab grown diamonds receive a 10. Both scores are very good, making each stone well-suited for everyday wear in engagement rings and fine jewelry.

What color moissanite looks most like a diamond? ›

If you're buying Moissanite it will most likely be listed as colorless. This is the equivalent of a DEF color diamond. Some Moissanite brands like Charles and Colvard sell a near-colorless Moissanite that is the equivalent of a GHI color diamond.

Does all moissanite come with a certificate? ›

Each stone comes with a Certificate of Authenticity that will certify every gemstone is an original product manufactured in meticulously controlled laboratories by extremely skilled professionals.

How do you tell if a moissanite is natural or lab created? ›

Color. Lab Grown Diamonds occur in every color. So, they can be “colorless,” “near colorless,” or any of the rainbow colors, like blue, red, or purple! Moissanite naturally occurs in only colorless, near colorless, and yellowish-Green shades.

Does moissanite tarnish? ›

As one of the hardest substances on earth, it is the perfect option for your engagement ring stone. Highly scratch-resistant and sparkly, moissanite stones will never tarnish or become cloudy – and we can guarantee this with a lifetime warranty!

How can you tell if moissanite is high quality? ›

The most effective way to tell Moissanite apart from a diamond is to use a loupe to look through the top, or the crown, of the jewel at an angle. You will see two slightly blurred lines that indicates a double refraction, an inherent quality of Moissanite.

Are there different grades of moissanite? ›

Moissanite jewels have their own grading system. Similar to the four c's of diamonds, moissanite is graded by cut, clarity, color and carat.

Are all moissanite the same quality? ›

All moissanites, have the same fire, brilliance, hardness and toughness. The main differences between the varieties will be the color and price.

Will moissanite pass a diamond tester? ›

Yes, some diamond simulants can pass a diamond tester.

For example, moissanite, a man made gem, may pass as a diamond on a standard tester pen. This is because moissanite also has very high thermal conductivity! Other diamond simulants, such as CZ, will not pass the tester.

What stone most closely resembles a diamond? ›

Moissanites or white sapphires are most comparable to a diamond. While there are visible differences, these gems will look the closest to a diamond while offering a more affordable price. These stones are also high on the Mohs scale of relative hardness, making them suitable for everyday wear.

Who is the largest manufacturer of moissanite? ›

In year 2009, Charles & Colvard (USA), the largest and only producer of genuine Moissanite, appointed 'Created Gems' as one of the largest distributor in Asia.

Do moissanite rings get cloudy? ›

Unlike CZ stones or cubic zirconia's Moissanites don't change colour over time and they don't suddenly become cloudy. As these issues usually occur within the stone and especially in Diamonds are already apparent when they are formed, it doesn't develop over time.

Which is better CZ or moissanite? ›

Moissanite is harder and more durable than cubic zirconia, so it is less likely to chip and crack when in a ring setting. Choose cubic zirconia if you are shopping for earrings or a pendant, as this type of jewelry is less likely to be damaged.

Can moissanite be GIA certified? ›

Developed by the GIA, the diamond color chart gives each diamond a color rating ranging from a completely colorless D to yellow-tinged Z. Moissanite cannot be directly graded on the diamond color chart, however, natural moissanite is comparable to a GIA-certified K-color diamond.

Which fake stone looks most like a diamond? ›

Currently, lab-made cubic zirconia (CZ) is the most popular diamond lookalike. At a fraction of the price, it can rival diamond in brilliance (the light it reflects) and dispersion or fire (the colorful flashes that seem to come from within the stone).

What is the next best thing to a diamond? ›

Alternatives to Diamond
  • Moissanite. If you want something that has even more sparkle than a diamond, Moissanite is your best bet. ...
  • Swarovski Zirconia. If you're looking for an alternative to diamonds that can rival its brilliance, Swarovski Zirconia is the best option for you. ...
  • White Sapphire. ...
  • Topaz. ...
  • Opal. ...
  • Cubic Zirconia.
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