perfect engagement ring
Diamonds have traditionally been set into engagement rings. But, as consumers become more educated about diamond cartels, which seek to hold the price of diamonds artificially high, blood diamonds, which illegally finance oppression and wars in the Third World and the confusing tradeoffs when buying them between the five Cs of clarity, cut, color, carat and cost, some people are starting to consider alternatives.
However, if you love the look of diamonds and want something like a diamond for your engagement ring, there are many faux diamonds to choose from and you can do a lot better than moissanite.
Moissanite hit the market in the late 1990s. At that time it was hailed as better than the real thing! In tests, it seemed it even trained jewelers could not distinguish it from genuine diamonds. It looked stunning and yet came at a fraction of the cost of a real diamond! It was surely a cash strapped lover’s miracle stone!
Sadly, not so. In fact, moissanite is a poor imitation of real diamond.
The reason why it apparently fooled so many jewelers originally was simply because they had never encountered anything like it before. At that time, jewelers used a thermal probe to categorically identify a fake diamond, such as a cubic zirconium. At that time, only real diamonds were known to possess thermal conductivity, so only real diamonds could pass the thermal probe test. However, moissanite has a thermal conductivity virtually identical to diamond, so it also passes the test. Even though jewelers could see that it looked very different from real diamond, because it passed the thermal probe test, they were forced to identify the odd looking stone as a genuine diamond.
Now its properties are widely known, no jeweler is fooled. Moissanite and diamond simply look too different. And you can even see three differences for yourself!
- Diamonds refract light. Moissanites refract it twice. This means that as the light bounces around the internal surfaces it causes an apparent doubling of the stone’s back facets. To anyone looking closely, the stone’s interior looks blurred as in double vision.
Gemstones get their fire when they disperse light. Moissanite disperses light extremely well; almost 2.5 twice better than real diamonds and makes them flash with intense brilliance. This beauty made them very popular in the early years. But as the stone became better known, the “disco ball effect” identified it as a fake diamond, and it is now thought to be cheap and tacky.
Moissanites fluoresce under natural light, which makes them look grayish or greenish. This is a serious drawback and why you should never set them into an engagement ring, unless you never intend wearing it during the day!
Although beautiful in their own right but if you want to save money and buy a faux diamond engagement ring, there are far better choices out there.