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Moissanite Engagement Rings: The Complete Guide

By Hillary Hoffower  Updated on 07/21/21

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They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but does that ring true for you? The search for moissanite gems has increased over the years—and with good reason. This gem is an eco-friendly bride’s best friend.

What Is Moissanite?

Moissanite is a precious gemstone that has become an increasingly popular and less expensive alternative to diamond engagement rings.

“Moissanite is a great alternative to diamonds for several reasons,” says Don O’Connell, the CEO and President of Charles & Colvard. “With moissanite, you don’t have to sacrifice color, clarity, or size of the gemstone due to an astronomical price tag. Since it’s lab-grown, the quality is fantastic and you can feel good about wearing a socially responsible gem.”

MEET THE EXPERT

Don O’Connell is the CEO and President of Charles & Colvard, the original creator of moissanite.

Ahead, learn more about moissanite engagement rings.

Pros And Cons Of Moissanite Engagement Rings

One of the most prominent pros of a moissanite engagement ring is the durability of the ring. “On the Mohs scale, moissanite scores a 9.25, a very good score that makes it one of the hardest substances on earth, and very suitable for everyday wear as an engagement ring,” Brilliant Earth reported.

Beyond the exceptional qualities of moissanite, one of the cons is that some jewelers may not work on the ring if it needs repairs. Since moissanite is not an actual diamond, some diamond experts may not be able to fix cracks or damage that the ring withstands.

Brilliance is another appealing quality of moissanite stones. Although these stones are different from diamonds, they are still full of shine and radiance. There are more intricate patterns in the stone that allow them to have more rainbow-like colors.

What To Look For In A Moissanite Engagement Ring

Considering a moissanite engagement ring? Here are a few questions and answers you should know before you look for the perfect stone.

  • How can I tell if the ring is high quality? “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.”
  • What carats pair best with a moissanite stone? “People should also keep in mind that moissanite weighs less than a diamond,” explains O’Connell, “So carat weight can be confusing to those only familiar with diamond carat weight. Many times, moissanite will be described using “diamond equivalent weight” or DEW, so people understand how it compares.

How To Care For Your Moissanite Ring

Like any other stone, maintenance is key. Take your ring to a professional at least once a year—this will help keep your ring looking its best. The expert will deep clean the ring, remove any buildup for the stone, and underneath the setting. You can also upkeep the ring on your own at home with a gentle cleanser. 

To keep the ring looking radiant, try not to play with the stone. It’s natural to want to admire your ring, but lessening how much you touch the ring will also assist in keeping the ring buildup free. Moissanite vs. Diamonds: What’s the Difference?

Insuring your ring is also another component when caring for your engagement ring. In case anything happened to the ring, it’s best to have some protection. Insurance will cover damages and, in the worst-case scenario, theft. It’s best to have a plan so that your ring will always be taken care of, no matter the circumstances.

“Moissanite is a great alternative to diamonds for several reasons,” says Don O’Connell, the CEO and President of Charles & Colvard. “With moissanite, you don’t have to sacrifice color, clarity, or size of the gemstone due to an astronomical price tag. Since it’s lab-grown, the quality is fantastic and you can feel good about wearing a socially responsible gem.”

Sold on this beautiful stone? Keeping scrolling to see 20 moissanite engagement rings you’ll love.01of 20

Gemma & Co. The Princess Solitaire

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A simple design does not diminish the shine of this moissanite ring. The princess solitaire setting holds the stone in place with four prongs, creating a delicate and dainty shape. Although the ring is simple, its durability is unmatched. 02of 20

Olive Ave Nora Ring

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Thanks to the brilliance in the moissanite stone, the ring has intensely pigmented sparkle. The two accent stones perfectly complement the centerpiece moissanite gem.03of 20

Olive Ave Kensington Ring

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The intricate detailing in an engagement ring gives it character and elegance. This uniquely crafted ring has a moissanite stone that is highlighted by round marquise diamonds for additional radiance.04of 20

Kobelli 3-Stone Round Moissanite In Gold

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What’s better than one stone? Three! This engagement ring has three moissanite stones as the focal point of the design, paired with a thick and simple band.05of 20

Allurez Moissanite Engagement Ring With Side Stone Accents

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Shared prong moissanite stones work up the band of this ring to showcase the moissanite center stone. The surrounding rows of stones add detailing to the minimalistic ring.06of 20

Charles And Colvard Forever One Marquise Moissanite Engagement Ring

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This art deco-inspired ring is perfect for the vintage-loving bride. Moissanite holds incredible shine, and with this distinguished vintage setting, the radiance is elevated. The stone sits between two flank baguette stones.07of 20

Bario Neal Custom Moissanite Linear Cluster Ring

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This custom ring has a cluster of moissanite stones that add dimension and uniqueness simultaneously. Mixed with princess and baguette-cut moissanite stones, the ring is a statement maker without too many distracting elements. 08of 20

Fire And Brilliance Vega Asscher Moissanite Full Bezel Engagement Ring

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This particular style won’t be for everybody, but its brilliance will win over anyone admiring it. The ring has a bold stone in the center of the simple band. The ring is customizable and made-to-order so that you can add personal touches.09of 20

Brilliant Earth 18K White Gold Moissanite Reverie Ring

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The Reverie Ring is a perfectly classic ring for the timeless bride. The stone sits on top of two ribbon-like bands, while the claw prongs hold the moissanite in place. 10of 20

Kristin Coffin Jewelry Olivia Oval Moissanite Willow Leaves Ring

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The band on this ring was inspired by willow leaves which adds a whimsical touch. Not only is the ring’s band stunning, but the moissanite stone is too. The oval shape makes the stone stand out and compliments the delicate design of the rest of the ring.11of 20

Moissanite Rings Pear Moissanite Engagement Ring

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This engagement ring combines a classic pear shape with moissanite with a chevron band. The best feature of the ring? You can wear it two ways. The first way is to have the stone on top of the chevron setting. The second is reversing the ring, to have the chevron band as a halo on top of the pear-shaped stone. 12of 20

Gemma & Co. The Emerald Hidden Halo Pavé

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An emerald-cut moissanite stone is chic and modern. This ring encompasses the stone in a halo setting, and is held in place by four hidden prongs. Pavé moissanites wrap around the band and add a scallop detail.13of 20

Citrus Studio Krista Ring

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This ring has a combination of moissanite and diamonds. This mix of stones creates a highly durable ring. The moissanite sits at the center of the ring and is surrounded by other smaller moissanite stones and diamonds.14of 20

Flawless Moissanite Oval Cut Moissanite Engagement Ring

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If you like a simplistic look for an engagement ring, then opt for this oval shape, yellow gold option. The band is simple so that the stone can take all of the attention. The moissanite shines from every angle on the ring.15of 20

Keyzar Emerald Cut Moissanite Engagement Ring

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This handmade ring is specially crafted with elegance in mind. The band is minimalist and simple. The moissanite sits elevated on the dainty band and is highlighted by smaller stones that create a border around the center stone. Underneath the moissanite, there is a thin stone lining that adds extra details to the ring.16of 20

Brilliant Earth Moissanite Secret Halo Lab Diamond Ring

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Halo diamonds wrap around the center stone of this ring to add extra flair. The halo of diamonds sits underneath the stone and elevated it on top of the band. Other than the simple positioning of the stones, this ring is primarily minimalist, but don’t underestimate its shine potential—it’s full of sparkle.17of 20

Brilliant Earth Moissanite Valentina Lab Diamond Ring

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The moissanite stone is stunning on this ring, but the hang crafted engraving is what will captivate you. The band has a vintage-inspired engraving that decorates the ring and plays nicely with modern stones.18of 20

Diamondere Jessica Ring

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Held by a split-shank band, this princess-cut moissanite ring holds many surprise elements. The stone sits regally on the band, while smaller stones line the underneath of the band. There is one stone the sits at the center underneath the shaft for a final touch.19of 20

Kobelli Yellow Gold Antique Moissanite Engagement Ring

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This antique-inspired ring has a moissanite stone cushioned by other smaller moissanites. The gold metal looks radiant next to the rays of sparkle that the moissanite reflects.20of 20

Icing On The Ring Grey Moissanite Engagement Ring

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Moissanite stones don’t have to be clear. Choose a colored stone to add uniqueness to the engagement ring. This grey moissanite ring stands out against the traditional rose gold band. Diamonds line the band for extra shine.

The Historical Eras Of Vintage Engagement Ring

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.

Georgian (1714-1830)

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.

Victorian (1835-1900)

Inspired and named after the beloved Queen Victoriathe 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.

Edwardian (1900-1915)

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.

Retro (1935-1950)

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 (yellowrose, 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.

Modern (1950-Present)

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.

Find a vintage-inspired engagement ring that can be cherished today, and later become an heirloom for generations to come. Shop our diverse collection of vintage-inspired engagement rings.

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