The Diamond Alternative
People are now looking at much more unique and affordable alternatives to the traditional Diamond engagement piece. There is no ‘perfect’ stone in this case, but more so the right stone that represents or resonates with the wearer. Whether it is the metaphysical properties or simply because you are drawn to it’s beauty, there are many precious alternatives that we have provided for you below.
All our gems originate from trusted sources and fair-trade dealers
What is a Moissanite?:
The first natural Moissanite was discovered in 1893 in a Meteorite (literally born in the stars). Due to it's rarity Moissanite is exclusively grown in a lab and the result is the worlds most scintillating gemstones that is comparable in many ways to a Diamond.
Moissanites measure 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness which ranks second only to Diamond, and is one of the hardest materials on earth (even harder than a Sapphire). Mohs Scale is essentially the ability for a gem to withstand surface scratching, making Moissanite very suitable for an everyday ceremonial piece.
Brilliance refers to the ability of a stone to reflect white light and is a measure for how much it will sparkle. Moissanites actually exhibit a different kind of Brilliance to diamonds due to their unique faceting pattern. The rainbow flashes (otherwise know as Fire) are unique to Moissanites and are often described to have a 'disco ball' effect in sunlight. This is much more noticeable in larger Moissanite stones and more distinguishable to a Diamond as size increases.
We use Charles & Colvard Forever One™ Moissanites, and are available in 2 colour grades: a near-colourless (G-H-I grading) and a colourless (D-E-F grading).
Not only are Moissanites an affordable alternative to a Diamond, but they have a minimal carbon footprint as they require no mining due to being grown in controlled laboratory environments. Their origins are completely traceable which means you will wear a stone of a the highest ethical standards.