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How Much Is A 1 Carat Moissanite Worth?
POSTED ON JULY 4, 2021 BY BELLA PELLEGRINO04
Beautiful, Long-Lasting And Extremely Durable, Moissanite Is A Gemstone That Is Rapidly Rising In Popularity. With The Same Lifetime Guarantee As A Diamond To Maintain Its Fire And Brilliance But At The Fraction Of The Cost, It Is No Wonder Why So Many Couples Are Choosing Moissanite For Their Engagement Ring Stone. But How Much Is A Moissanite Stone Actually Worth? Read On To Find Out!
What’s All The Fuss About Moissanite?
Moissanite is a beautiful, extra sparkly stone that is swiftly gaining recognition in Australia for its incredible similarities to a diamond.
Moissanite is a beautiful, extra sparkly stone that is swiftly gaining recognition in Australia for its incredible similarities to a diamond. With a 9.25-9.5 hardness rating on the Moh’s hardness scale, moissanite is the second-hardest gemstone in existence, second only to a diamond. This means a moissanite stone is incredibly stable, highly resistant to scratches and able to survive a lifetime of daily wear without ever losing its sparkle. Increasing the allure of this beautiful gemstone is its ethical origins and affordable price tag.
As a lab-created stone, moissanite costs a fraction of the price of a diamond with the same properties. Despite the attractive price tag, it’s understandable if you’re hesitant to rush into purchasing a moissanite engagement ring – it almost sounds too good to be true! If you’re wondering whether moissanite is worth buying, I’d highly recommend checking out our recent article here. Otherwise, let’s jump into how much this stunning diamond alternative actually costs!
How Much Does Moissanite Cost?
How much a moissanite costs is dependent upon a number of factors. Similar to diamond pricing, moissanite is priced according to its size, colour, cut and clarity grading.
Colour Grading (Scale)
Like with diamonds, moissanite stones can vary in the amount of colour that they exhibit. Some may display yellow, grey or green tones while high-quality moissanite will be near-colourless and beautifully clear. Every moissanite stone is evaluated and graded according to the following grading scale:
Grade D, E and F – colourless
Grade G, H and I – near colourless
Grade J and K – displays tones of colour
Like with a diamond colour grading system, the less colour a moissanite displays, the higher the grade and the more expensive the stone. At Cullen Moissanite, we exclusively supply colourless moissanite, graded as “DEF”.
The cut of a moissanite stone refers to how the proportion, polish and symmetry is balanced to optimise the stone’s light performance. When moissanite is cut to a specific shape, there is an ideal way to do it in order to maximise the stone’s ability to reflect and refract light. Rated from Fair, Good, Very Good to Ideal, all of our moissanite has an Ideal cut.
Clarity relates to how clear a gemstone is and measures how many surface blemishes or internal inclusions are present. As a lab-created stone, the clarity of moissanite can be carefully controlled to ensure the highest quality gemstone is created. Moissanite clarity is graded according to the following scale:
FL-IF: Flawless to internally flawless
VVS1-VVS2: Very very slight inclusions
VS1-VS2: Very slight inclusions
SI1-SI2: Slightly included
Since moissanite weighs a little less than a diamond of the same size, moissanite is measured in millimeters rather than carat weight. When compared to a diamond of the same size, moissanite may measure differently in weight but it will measure close to or the same in diameter.
Okay, so now you know what the pricing is actually based on, let’s look at how much a moissanite stone actually costs – and how it compares to a both a natural and lab-created diamond of approximately the same quality and size!
Carat SizeNatural Diamond Round, DEF-colour, Ideal cut, VVS1-VVS2 clarityLab-Created DiamondRound, DEF-colour, Ideal cut, VVS1-VVS2 clarityLab-Created MoissaniteRound, DEF-colour, Ideal cut, VVS1-VVS2 clarity1.00$8,900$3,000$5951.25$13,000$4,300$7251.50$19,000$6,600$9002.00$35,100$13,000$1,2202.25$48,000$16,000$1,5202.65$65,600$21,000$1,7903.10$94,300$26,000$2,0953.65$111,500$40,000$2,4004.25$149,300$51,000$2,9704.85$393,000$76,000$3,290
As you can see, depending on the stone’s carat size and distinct specifications, you can expect to make significant savings by purchasing a moissanite over a natural diamond. Though more expensive than moissanite, lab-created diamonds are a perfect alternative if you’d still like to have a diamond ring but can’t afford the extravagant pricing of natural diamonds. If you’re interested in purchasing a lab-created diamond, feel free to get in touch with us today!
The Historical Eras Of Vintage Engagement Ring
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Vintage designs are statement makers in their own right. Couples looking for an unique engagement ring with charming details fit to match the brides’ beauty and shared romance should consider a vintage or vintage-style engagement ring.
Engagement rings from this particular time period are extremely rare. Majority of Georgian antique rings are handmade, typically from 18k gold and silver. One distinguishing factor of the Georgian Period is the use of many different stone shapes and sizes in one single piece.
Because gemologists lacked the technology we have today, rose cuts and table cuts were commonly used on diamonds, sapphires, garnets, precious topaz, and amethysts. Many Georgian rings also include intricate floral, bow, or scrolling motifs.
Inspired and named after the beloved Queen Victoria, the Victorian Period consists of jewelry trends that resembled the stylish fashion and jewelry tastes of the Queen. Married in 1840, Queen Victoria wore a snake motif ring set with her green emerald birthstone as her engagement ring.
In the Victorian era, it was very common for birthstones to be used instead of diamonds for engagement rings. Victoria went into a period of mourning when her dear husband died in 1861, inspiring the use of gold lockets and darkened, rustic-like pieces. With the discovery of diamonds in South Africa and the rise of an industrial revolution, diamond solitaire engagement rings were created and jewelry reflected the birth of a new modern age.
Once Queen Victoria passed away in 1901, her son Edward took over the throne, introducing the Edwardian era. During this era, there were huge advances in metal fabrication (cutting, burning, welding, machining, forming, and assembly to create the final product) allowing jewelers to finally work with platinum to produce intricate yet durable pieces.
Jewelry from this period was light, detailed and delicate with diamonds as the gemstone of choice and ‘milgraining’ as THE metal decoration of this time. With these advancements, it is much easier to date jewelry that was manufactured in the early 20th century or later.
Art Nouveau (1985-1915)
As an artistic resistance movement against technological advances, the Art Noveau was born which overlaps the Victorian and Edwardian eras. However, jewelry from this period was praised for hand-craftsmanship, creativity and designs using Japanese themes (birds, dragons, nature) as inspiration.
Diamonds were used scarcely, and gemstones like opals, agate, and moonstones became the highlight of a piece. The most notable design technique of this time was enameling which adds a stained glass effect of rich colors to artistically complement the nature themes.
Art Deco (1915-1935)
Men were off at war while women were taking up roles as the breadwinner, earning their own money and learning valuable skills which later led to the independence of women. Such a bright new perspective on life brought about bold characteristics in jewelry and engagement rings such as a heavy emphasis on geometric designs. Lines were straight and linear, and the gemstone shapes matched.
Sapphires, rubies, and emeralds were precisely cut and used to add splashes of color. Often times, black onyx and red coral were used as accent colors, white gold was the metal of choice and long strands of pearls worn complementing the “Roaring 20’s” flapper-style.
All the jewelry of this era was influenced by Hollywood and all its glamour, making it easily identifiable. With the use of bright, highly polished gold (yellow, rose, and green gold), jewelry was big, bold and three-dimensional. Large semi-precious gemstones like amethyst, aquamarine, and citrine were the often accented by small diamonds and/or calibre cut rubies and sapphires.
Common design themes from this era include big flowing ribbons and bows, as well as the use of flowers and even animals. Wide gold bracelets, oversized dress clips and earrings that were worn high up on the ear were all popular styles.
The economy grew which lead to the rise of the upper middle class after the war. Jewelry from this era reflected this growth by featuring an abundance of gemstones set in flashy, dramatic designs, with an ultimate focus around diamonds once again.
Though 1950’s jewelry was similar to those of the 1940’s, its execution of designs was different. Opposed to the bulky, high polished look of retro jewelry, modern designs were now more light and textural with engraved finishes and braided rope accents.
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