If you’re searching for a wedding band for that perfect partner, then you can’t go wrong with a moissanite wedding band. If you’ve never heard of moissanite before, it’s because big-name jewelers have tried their best to suppress the diamond-like stone.
Although moissanite is far rarer, just as clear, and can be cut the same, diamonds still retain the title of “a girl’s best friend.” These jewelers often try to write-off moissanite wedding bands as “rip-off diamond rings” or “low-quality gems.” However, these allegations simply aren’t true.
While moissanite wedding bands are considerably less expensive than diamond rings, they can still be a costly gemstone when compared to other cheaper alternatives. In this post, we’re going to show you why moissanite wedding bands are so valuable and why you should consider them as an alternative to traditional wedding bands.
Why Moissanite Wedding Bands Are So Valuable
When most people hear of moissanite wedding bands, their first question is often, “if it’s not a real diamond, then why do I still have to pay so much?”
Moissanite is still around 30% cheaper than diamond, but a high-quality moissanite wedding band can still cost upwards of $1,000 or more. The price you pay typically depends on the quality of the cut, the clarity of the gemstone, as well as the quality and weight of the metal used to create the band.
What makes moissanite so valuable, though?
Let’s take a look.
Their Clarity And Effervescence
On the clarity scale, moissanite is typically between D and K. “D” represents the most transparent moissanite stones with no traces of color, while “K” represents a slightly less clear gem that often contains traces of other colors. While colors are often desirable in ornamental jewelry, most people are looking for a D-grade stone for their moissanite wedding bands.
What most people don’t know is that the same clarity scale is also used for diamonds. D-grade diamonds are considered to be the clearest diamonds on the market and can run upwards of $10,000 or more for a single gem. When it comes to moissanite, however, D-grade is expected.
We all learned in high school that diamonds are the hardest stone in the world. On a 1-10 scale (with 10 being the hardest), they’re ranked a 10, which means only other diamonds can scratch them.
That being said, though, moissanite stones are ranked at a 9.25 on the same scale, which means that they’re still harder than almost every other gem on the market. They’re actually the second-hardest stone in the world.
This, in turn, means that they’re incredibly durable. A moissanite wedding band can easily last a lifetime! You’ll never have to worry about it getting scratched or losing its beautiful sheen and clarity over the years.
Moissanite was first discovered by the Nobel prize winner Henry Moissan. The French scientist discovered moissanite in the remains of a meteorite that burned up in the atmosphere and crashed in Arizona in the late-1800s.
Since then, the stones have been found in few other places on earth, making them incredibly rare. In fact, they’re so rare, that 95% of all moissanite wedding bands are lab-made.