This last Fall I had the honor of creating custom wedding rings for Stephanie and Brian just in time for their San Francisco City Hall wedding. Stephanie is a fellow maker (and friend!) with a love of sleek design. She fell in love with the Cigar BandRead More
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What is Moissanite and how does it compare to a diamond?
OK, so maybe you don’t want a diamond (I’ve talked about their ethically dubious status in the past), but you’d still like some sustainable and conflict-free bling, with similar hardness and durability. And maybe you don’t have the budget for a lab-grown diamond, or you’d like to spend your money in other ways (like a hella awesome honeymoon!). What to do?. If you are happy with lab-grown stones but don’t want the expense of a lab-grown diamond, then a Moissanite is the perfect sustainable solution.
What is Moissanite?
Moissanite is silicon carbide (different than a diamond, which is carbon) and has strong covalent bonding, which is what makes it so suitable for forming into gemstones. Plus, it originates from outside the solar system, so that’s pretty cool.
So where does Moissanite come from?
Moissanite was discovered in the remnants of a meteor crash in Arizona in 1893. Originally confused with diamonds due to its brilliance and hardness, it would be more than 100 years before this stone would finally be made available for jewelry use thanks to advances in lab-growing techniques. Now all Moissanite gemstones are created in labs. This amazing stone has greater fire than a diamond and is harder than a sapphire (it reaches 9.25 on the Mohs hardness scale). The Moissanite that I get for my engagement rings comes from North Carolina’s own Charles and Colvard.
How does Moissanite hold up compared to a diamond or a lab grown diamond?
Damn fine, if you ask me. It is highly scratch resistant (it can really only be scratched by a diamond). This gemstone is brilliant, has so much fire and for much greater value. Best of all, there is no destructive mining involved with Moissanite.
What can’t Moissanite do?
It cannot do your laundry. Trust me, I’ve tried.
Why get a small engagement ring?
When it comes to engagement rings, we have been trained to think that bigger is always better and that we should spend at least two months salary to buy an engagement ring. But this isn't the right choice for everyone, and there is much to love about choosing a small engagement ring.
Consider your lifestyle: Do you garden? Rock climb? Travel? Large engagement rings might be more of a hindrance than you had thought to everyday activities.
A small engagement ring is perfect for anyone who wants a lower profile ring, or anyone looking for a more affordable engagement ring. Best of all, small engagement rings are easy to stack with other rings, and you can always add on more rings later, giving you maximum flexibility.
Getting a small engagement ring also means that you can spend a little more to get a high quality stone - be it diamond, Moissanite, sapphire or the gemstone of your choosing.
Your engagement ring is for you, not for anyone else. Pick the one that you want and remember, good things come in small packages.
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Remaking an unused engagement ring
This custom project was a joy to work on. Her engagement ring and a pair of diamond studs were sitting unused in a jewelry box. The taller prong setting of her ring was no longer practical for a more active life, and the diamond studs were no longer to her taste. I pulled the stones out of their settings, evaluated them for major flaws, scrapped the 14 karat white gold for credit towards her project and finally I hand carved brand-new custom settings for an updated engagement ring that can be worn everyday! Best of all, this custom piece made use of existing diamonds, so no new diamonds were mined in this process.