Ah, the choices seem endless these days. Not only do you have figure out what kind of ring you want. Which in it of its self is a huge task! But then you have to wade through all your center stone options: natural diamonds, lab diamonds, moissanite, gemstones? What's a lady to do?
A really common one we are hearing right now is how do I pick between lab diamonds and moissanite! So never fear, we are here to give you the straight truth on these two options.
Let's talk price first because we know everyone is always about that dollar. Yes, both moissanite and lab diamonds are relatively more affordable than natural diamonds. A one-carat lab diamond that is J color, VVS2 is going for around $2,500. A comparable size and good color Moissanite goes for about $400 (we are talking loose gems to loose gems here no settings included). So you can see moissanite does offer substantial savings compared to a lab diamond.
So if moissanite is so much cheaper why doesn't everyone do that?
Well, moissanite even though made in a lab, like lab diamonds is not a diamond! Chemically moissanite is silicon carbide while a diamond is made of carbon. So why does that matter? Because these two materials have different physical properties you should be aware of.
Diamonds are 10 on the Mohs scale meaning they are the hardest mineral on earth (technically, this not true anymore there are some minerals that are harder but they ain't used in jewelry so who cares).
Moissanite is a 9 so it is not as hard a diamond, meaning basically it won't take abuse quite as well as diamonds BUT if you consider emeralds are an 8, they will fair better than other gemstones commonly used in fine jewelry and are still pretty tough.
Sparkle Factor. Moissanite actually has MORE sparkle than diamond. The trained eye can probably tell moissanite vs. a lab diamond for this reason. This is a differentiating factor in appearance is something to consider if you like the sparkle of moissanite or that of a lab diamonds. Also, worth noting the bigger the stone of moissanite the more you can see the sparkle is different than that of a diamond.
Weight. One interesting thing about moissanite is it is lighter a diamond. If you don't like heavy things on your fingers or a highly sensitive this might be a selling point for you or not. We would encourage you to try on a moissanite ring before you buy so can see the difference in feeling wearing it. Some people don't this aspect because they feel it doesn't feel substantial on like a diamond.
Resell Value. This is a biggie. Often proponents of natural diamonds really hammer this point home and it affects both these gemstones. At the moment, lab diamonds and moissanite really don't have an established resale market. So unlike diamonds which have historically held their value and gone up over time, these products we are talking about right now aren't really holding their value, and it is expected they won't in the future by industry experts. Because, they can be readily made, what is really the point in buying a used one? That doesn't mean this might or won't change in the future but it's the state of the union right now and something to consider.
What's the bottom line? As always just do what makes your heart sing!