How Much are Moissanite Rings? | Finding Inexpensive Options

How Much are Moissanite Rings? | Finding Inexpensive Options

Moissanite is now a popular alternative to traditional diamonds. It’s one of the hardest stones on the market, it looks very similar to diamond, and it’s far more budget-friendly for those that need, or want, to keep their costs down.

How Much are Moissanite Rings? Moissanite is often about 90% less than earth-mined diamonds. The savings on some very large, or fancy colored, diamonds can be even higher. Top-quality Moissanite mounted to a gold ring often starts at less than $750. Stone size, ring design, and metal choice can drive the cost higher or lower.

If you’re seriously considering a Moissanite engagement ring or wedding ring, you may be wondering how you can locate the right one and get your very best value. In the paragraphs that follow, I’ll give you advice and information to help shortcut the process for you.

The Main Influencers of Ring Cost

There are a few main components of your ring that influence its cost. One of the most significant is the type, size, and quality of the stone that you choose. If you choose Moissanite as your stone type, you’ll still need to decide between a variety of different colors and other qualities. Completely colorless stones will be more expensive than stones that have a slightly yellow hue, for example.

I’ve priced out loose moissanite stones of various sizes with a reputable manufacturer that’s known for quality. The chart that follows is intended to give you a general idea of cost, each retailer will have pricing that’s a little higher or lower.

Size in Carats
Colorless (DEF)
Near Colorless (GHI)
.23
$129
$99
.33
$169
$129
0.5
$269
$179
0.6
$349
$249
0.8
$459
$319
1.0
$599
$419
1.2
$789
$549
1.5
$1,049
$699
1.9
$1,349
$899
2.2
$1,609
$1,099
2.7
$1,909
$1,299
3.1
$2,319
$1,599

I used this manufacturer for the prices outlined above. Feel free to visit their site if you’d like to take a closer look at their selection of loose Moissanite. Lower-quality stones from some other manufacturers may not look the same or last as long.

The stone isn’t the ONLY consideration for the total price of a Moissanite ring though. Another major component of total cost, is the metal that you choose for your ring. I’ll quickly run through the common options and considerations for some frequently used metals. I’ll also outline the general price difference that you can expect to see when you choose one metal over another.

Silver:

Sterling Silver is a semi-precious metal that’s used in many very inexpensive promise rings, engagement rings, and wedding rings. As I’m writing this, the cost of precious metals are trading at the following price per ounce:

Metal Type
Cost Per Ounce
Silver
$18
Gold
$1,490

Platinum
$934

There’s a HUMONGOUS difference in the cost of ‘precious’ metals like Gold and Platinum and the cost of Silver! In fact, at these rates, Silver is nearly 99% less expensive than gold! There is a downside to silver though, it’s harder to maintain in a continually beautiful state, because silver tarnishes as it’s exposed to moisture in the air. That means that you need to polish your Sterling Silver ring regularly to keep tarnish away.

Silver is also a fairly soft metal, like gold, which makes them both much more susceptible to scratching than a harder metal, like Platinum, would be. You’ve probably heard of Mohs Scale of Hardness. It’s a 10 point scale that ranks various materials based on their hardness, so it’s easy to compare their relative hardness. The scale arranges materials in order of hardness, assigning it’s lowest number (1) to it’s softest material, and it’s highest number (10) to it’s hardest material. All other materials fall somewhere in-between and are assigned a number that reflects their relative hardness. Here’s how the metals that we’ve been discussing compare.

Metal Type
Mohs Scale of Hardness Rating
Silver
2.5-3
Gold
2.5-3
Platinum
4-4.5

Relative hardness is an important consideration because it means scratch resistance, however, hardness obviously has to be a consideration that’s balanced with style preferences, cost, and other factors to find your ideal metal option.

Gold:

Gold comes in several varieties. There’s traditional yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold. It’s common for pricing to be the same (or close to the same) for these color options. There are also different quality levels based on the purity of the gold (the percentage of the metal that is made up of gold versus other metal additives). The common options are 10k (karat), 14k, and 18k, for rings. The higher the number, the higher the quality—and the higher the price!

Jumping from 14k to 18k, for example, will likely cost 20% to 30% more.

Platinum:

Platinum has a beautiful light look and is very hard and scratch-resistant. It’s interesting that gold is more expensive than Platinum when you buy it by the ounce, but Platinum is more expensive than gold when you purchase it as a ring.  There are two potential reasons for the strange price discrepancy. First of all, pure gold is very soft. Gold has to be mixed with other metals to make it harder for jewelry applications. By essentially diluting the gold with harder, and less expensive, metals, it brings down the amount of actual gold that goes into each gold ring—and therefore the cost of each one.

Second, it’s very difficult to work with Platinum versus a much softer metal like gold. Platinum typically costs 30% to 60% more than 14k gold, depending on the design of the ring and where you buy it.

If you’d like to explore the best selection of gold and Platinum Moissanite rings that I’ve found, click HERE. They have a really beautiful collection of rings and great prices. After finding a ring that you like on the site, you can click the “See this style in other options” link beneath the ring to view the same ring design with other Moissanite and metal options! Looks like for a limited time, they’re also offering a $75 discount on $500+ purchase, when you use the coupon code DAZZLE at checkout.

Plated rings:

Plated rings have a coating of one metal that’s covering a base (or core) that’s composed of some other (typically less expensive) type of metal. Plated rings can have the appearance of being far more expensive than they actually are—because the plating gives the impression that the entire ring is made of the same material as the topcoat.

Plating can help you to ‘have your cake … and eat it too’!

Imagine crafting a ring with Sterling Silver at $18/ounce and then just plating it with whatever precious metal you find most attractive (Rose Gold, Yellow Gold, Rhodium, or Platinum). Or taking an inexpensive, but soft, metal (like silver) and plating it with a MUCH harder metal, like Platinum or Palladium—you end up with an inexpensive ring that’s as scratch resistant as a solid Platinum ring.

Because plating doesn’t use a lot of material, you can have the look of a solid gold or platinum ring without the cost. If the plating is done well, the ring should last you for several years before you’ll have to worry about replating. It’s sometimes the ideal solution for couples on a tight budget.

Here’s a great example, I found this 1-carat (6.5 mm) Moissanite ring that’s mounted on a Platinum plated silver ring (meaning that the Sterling Silver base metal is coated in Platinum). The ring is an incredible value at just $199! When you’re saving so much, a quality plated ring, with great reviews from past buyers, could make a lot of sense.

Some couples also stick with unplated Sterling Silver. That’s a viable option, especially if you’re willing to clean the ring regularly, and you plan to upgrade the ring within the next few years.

Here are a few potential challenges with plated rings:

  • Thin plating won’t last very long
  • Cheap and sometimes dangerous metals can be underneath the plating
  • Plating has to be periodically reapplied

Buy from reputable retailers and manufacturers that have a solid history of happy customers, and reputation to protect. If possible, read product reviews related to the specific ring that you’re thinking of purchasing. Buy from a company with a return policy or a solid warranty if possible. Avoid plated mystery metal at all costs, meaning that you simply shouldn’t buy a ring if you don’t know, or aren’t comfortable, with the base metal that it’s made out of.

I purchased an inexpensive ring last year and gave it to my wife to wear daily. I wanted to see how it would hold up to everyday use. It had a CZ stone that was set on a copper ring with Rhodium plating. I thought the solitaire was really pretty when it arrived. I thought it looked like a much more expensive ring when it initially arrived.

As requested, my wife wore the new ring every day—the same way that she would normally wear her diamond or Moissanite rings. By the time she reached the end of the first month, the Rhodium plating had already worn off the ring, exposing the copper base metal. Not only did it look TERRIBLE, but it also started to turn her finger green!

I don’t mean to say that you should NEVER get a plated ring, there’s definitely a time and place for plating, but you have to be aware of the risks going in.

If you’re on a REALLY tight budget and NEED to save as much money as possible on your ring, a plated ring might make sense, but please follow these guidelines as you shop for the right ring.

  • Buy from a retailer/brand you trust. This is my favorite source for silver rings that are sold as-is or plated.
  • Read buyer reviews (especially updated reviews from past buyers that are updating their experience several months or years down the line). If their ring fell apart a few months after buying it, they may come back to warn others.
  • Make sure that Sterling Silver is the base metal for your ring.
  • Look for information on how thickly the plating was applied (ie: triple coat).
  • The plating should typically use a metal like Rhodium or Gold.

Again, just be mentally prepared for the fact that you’ll likely need to replate the ring again in 3 to 10 years (give or take). The cost of replating will depend on the style of your ring, how manual the application will need to be, the material used for plating, and how thickly it needs to be applied. In general, replating will generally run anywhere from $40 to $200.

Strategies For Keeping Costs Down

We’ve discussed some of the components of Moissanite ring cost, so you can better understand the areas where you can save money on your ring if you need to. Here’s a summary of those options (as well as a few additional items that haven’t been mentioned so far).

  • Choose a thinner band. Less metal means a lower overall cost.
  • Go with a plated ring. Sterling Silver plated with either gold or Platinum is best.
  • Use a very small Moissanite center stone to keep things simple and save costs.
  • Get a smaller center stone, and then add a halo of tiny stones as well if needed.
  • Buy a used Moissanite Ring (but BE CAREFUL).
  • Buy your Moissanite stone and your ring separately, then have a jeweler assemble the ring for you. Sometimes you can buy the components cheaper than the finished ring.

Sometimes there important factors unrelated to the physical characteristics of the ring that also influence the ultimate price of your Moissanite ring in a significant way. For example, where you buy your ring. There are some brands that have a lot of public awareness and brand recognition because of effective marketing efforts. Buyers are sometimes willing to pay a premium for products from known (recognized) suppliers because they have familiarity and assume higher quality.

You can sometimes come out ahead when you purchase from a lesser-known brand, if you end up saving money and getting a high-quality piece of jewelry. Reading buyer reviews will help you gauge the quality of the product and the satisfaction level of past buyers.

Part of the premium that you pay with certain retailers covers benefits like generous return policies, warranties, and other perks (like resizing or engraving) that might come with your ring. To view the price objectively, you should determine how important each of those inclusions is to you, and what it might cost you to purchase them separately (if they’re even available elsewhere). In other words, there’s a real value with some of the benefits that some sellers offer, that should be considered.

Of course, these are just ideas. You can pick and choose the suggestions that seem to fit best and get you to your target price range. Some of these strategies can be utilized with the list of Moissanite rings outlined below.

Here are some examples of Moissanite rings that fall in a very frugal price range of $100 to $800:

Moissanite SizeRing Construction
Ring Price
 
1 Carat Modern
Sterling Silver, plated in Platinum.
$59
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1 Carat SolitaireSterling Silver, plated in Platinum.
$89
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1 Carat HaloSterling Silver, plated in Platinum.
$99
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2 Carat SolitaireSterling Silver, plated in Rhodium.
$149
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1.5 Carat SolitaireSterling Silver, plated in Platinum.
$159
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1 Carat Solitaire10K White Gold.
$199
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1 Carat Solitaire10K Yellow Gold.
$199
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2 Carat SolitaireSterling Silver, plated in Platinum.
$299
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2 Carat Solitaire10K White Gold.
$299
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1.25 Carat (CTW) Half Eternity Band14K White Gold.
$399
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2.7 Carat Solitaire14K White Gold.
$449
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1 Carat Halo14K White, Yellow, or Rose Gold.
$498
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.75 Carat Moissanite + .25 in diamonds14K White or Yellow Gold.
$565
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1.5 Carat Solitaire14K White Gold.
$648
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2.7 Carat 3 stone ring14K White Gold.
$674
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1 Carat Cushion Cut Halo14K White Gold
$684
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2.4 Carat Cushion Cut Halo10K White Gold.
$799
Click Here

In Summary

A 6.5 mm (1-carat) loose Moissanite stone will typically cost between $400 and $600 depending on the characteristics of the stone you select, and where you make the purchase. The cost of a fully finished Moissanite ring of the same size will vary based primarily on the type and amount of metal used, but as seen above, you’ll see rings ranging from under $100 up to several thousand and beyond.. By looking for slightly smaller stones or following the other options mentioned above for decreasing the cost of your Moissanite ring, you can bring your total costs down even further if needed.

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Moissanite, How Big is Too Big? | Balancing Big & Believable

Moissanite, How Big is Too Big? | Balancing Big & Believable

Moissanite is much less expensive than diamonds, so it’s often tempting to buy a much larger stone than you could have afforded if you had chosen a diamond. Before you do though, take time to consider the following question …

With Moissanite, how big is too big? It’s best to purchase a Moissanite stone that’s 6.5mm (one-carat) or smaller if you want people to assume it’s a diamond. Very large diamonds are extremely expensive, so they’re often assumed to be fake even if they look real. Color related issues can also be more pronounced for larger stones. 

If you want a Moissanite ring that looks almost identical to diamond, keep reading. We’ll discuss the various elements that you’ll want to give thought to so you can find the perfect stone and setting!

Will People Assume Your Moissanite is a Diamond or CZ?

When an ‘A-List’ celebrity walks the red carpet wearing a ring that has a diamond the size of a watermelon, few people question whether it’s real or not. It’s believable that they could own the world’s largest diamond ring because they’re uber-wealthy (or the ring is on loan from some designer). If you wore the same ring to work tomorrow, everyone would instantly assume it’s a Cubic Zirconia (CZ). Why? Because you probably aren’t uber-wealthy, and they know that.

It doesn’t matter how diamond-like the giant rock on your ring appears to be, because you aren’t the Queen of England, they’re going to assume it’s some kind of cheap imitation. CZ is probably what comes to mind first for most people when they think of diamond look-a-likes. There’s nothing wrong with Cubic Zirconia—unless you’re wearing Moissanite—and would prefer that people assume it’s a diamond.

Consider the flip side of the scenario that was just outlined. If you walk into the office tomorrow wearing a beautiful non-flashy ring with a .75 carat Moissanite stone that appears to be a diamond, is anyone likely to question what it’s made of? Nope, probably not! Why? Because a diamond of that size is something very common and believable. If it looks like a diamond, and isn’t an uncommonly-large size, they’ll typically assume that it is. They have no real reason to assume that it might be made of CZ or anything else.

So with that simple understanding in mind, we’ll come back to the question, how big is too big? According to one large-scale study, the average diamond ring is about 1.2 carats (and costs a little over $6,300). Based on those findings, if your ring is 1.2 carats or smaller, your ring is unlikely to stand out as being unusually large (and automatically presumed ‘fake’). I would advise that you even go a bit smaller than 1.2 carats though. Instead, keep your ring to 1 carat or less if it’s important to you that others believe you’re wearing a diamond. I’ll explain why in more detail below.

The stone size also depends on the size of your hands to some extent. If you’re buying online, you’ll want to try the ring on when it arrives to see how it feels and looks. Don’t be surprised if it feels too large (or small) initially. It often takes a week or two to really settle in and get used to your ring. If you have really petite hands, a smaller ring might make sense. A very common ring size can look A LOT larger on very small hands.

The opposite is also true, that larger hands might do well with a larger piece of Moissanite. The size relationship between the size of your hands and the size of your stone does influence size perception. A 2-carat Moissanite, for example, isn’t ALWAYS too large. Too large is often dependant on the specific styling of the stone and ring—and the size of the hands wearing the ring.

Issues With Huge Moissanite Stones 

There are three potential issues with wearing huge moissanite stones. What do I mean by huge? At the most basic level, I mean wearing any Moissanite that’s very far beyond the diamond size you would be able to afford, right now, if you were to decide to purchase a diamond instead.

For example, very few people could afford to purchase a 5-carat colorless diamond—it would likely cost around $250,000. This 5-carat Moissanite stone, on the other hand, can be yours for just $479. Can you see why it’s so easy for people to overdo it on ring size, and ultimately buy a, very diamond looking, ring—that no one believes to be diamond? It happens all the time.

Here are three common issues related to oversized Moissanite stones:

  1. It isn’t financially feasible that you have a real diamond ring that’s so large—so the ring must be fake. We’ve already discussed this, so I won’t spend more time on the idea here. Here’s a good example of a ring with a nice 1-carat Moissanite stone that most people would probably assume is a diamond. This beautiful Moissanite ring is slightly larger, but still very believable.
  2. Slight overtones and undertones of yellow or brown can be more obvious in large Moissanite stones that aren’t completely colorless. The smaller the stone, the more colorless it will appear to be. If you get an Enhanced Moissanite (something treated to make it more colorless, this shouldn’t be an issue. It’s also less common for round cut rings than it is for more square shapes.
  3. ‘Moody’ Moissy qualities are more frequently observed in larger stones. Moissanite (which is sometimes unofficially referred to as ‘Moissy’) can take on a strange temporary color tone when viewed from just the right angle under very bright natural light. Some feel like the change of hue is like a changing mood, so they’ll say their Moissanite is ‘moody.’

When my wife is driving, for example, she’ll sometimes glance as her hand and notice that her Moissanite ring has a greenish hue to it. If she moves her hand or walks indoors, the look of her ring will return to normal. Other people in the car can’t see the same color phenomenon that she can when she catches this effect because they’re seeing the stone from different angles.

Again, this phenomenon is only occasional, it’s only noticeable from a particular angle, and only under certain lighting conditions. This is also something that far more common with Moissanite stones that are larger than 6.5mm (1-carat). Sticking with a Moissanite stone that’s 1-carat or smaller will reduce the frequency with which you notice this temporary change in hue.

These three ‘issues’ are just things that you’ll want to be aware of if you want a ring that ultimately looks as similar to a diamond as possible.

How to Stand Out With a Smaller Moissanite Ring

Here are a few ideas to help your ring stand out without mounting an unusually large stone. If you want a moderately-sized ring that gets noticed, consider buying a colored Moissanite. You can get Moissanite in almost any color you can imagine. These stones essentially look like fancy colored diamonds. I wrote this separate post about all the fancy Moissanite colors that are produced. A pink or blue Moissanite stone could be a beautiful, and eye-catching, piece—without being oversized. For example, This pretty pink Moissanite ring is just under 1-carat and is set against white gold. It’s a head-turner, but costs less than $250! In reality, fancy colored diamonds are typically quite expensive too, but most people aren’t familiar with what they cost—because you don’t see them very often at your neighborhood jewelry store. Fancy colored Moissanite certainly does bring a splash of color and added personality to your ring though.

Creating a halo ring might be another good option to use (with or without colored stones). A halo around your center stone (essentially a circle of small diamonds that wrap all the way around the stone) often makes your ring look a little fancier and bigger, without causing people to instantly assume your ring has a ‘fake diamond’ on it. Here’s a great, and inexpensive, 1-carat Moissanite ring with a halo that I came across, for example.

A three-stone ring is another way to get more total carat weight on your ring (with each one being 1 carat or less), without having an unusually large center stone that screams “fake” at first glance.

What Will YOU Feel When You See Your Ring?

If you LOVE the look of a huge solitaire (something much larger than 1-carat), you should buy one and enjoy it. What matters more than what your ring is made of, and what OTHERS think of your ring, is what YOU think of your ring, and how it makes you feel every time you look at it.

The purpose of your ring really isn’t to impress others or win their approval. It’s something that’s a symbol of your love and commitment. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting your Moissanite ring to look just like a diamond ring. There’s also nothing wrong with being ‘loud and proud’ about the fact that you’re NOT wearing a diamond. Moissanite is a really cool diamond alternative with an incredible backstory and some really rare and interesting qualities.

So, If you really want to wear a softball-sized Moissanite stone, go for it. No, your family and friends won’t believe it’s a diamond, but if YOU love it, and it makes YOU happy to look at—that’s what matters most.

In Summary

Moissanite stones that are larger than 6.7mm (1.2 carats) or so could appear to be larger than average, and therefore, potentially fake to others. In order to stay in a more common (and believable) size range, I recommend that you purchase a ring with Moissanite stone that’s no larger than 6.5 mm (1-carat). Of course, what you think of your ring is FAR more important than what others think of your ring, so don’t hesitate to purchase a much larger ring if it makes you happy, or you don’t particularly care whether other people assume the stone on your ring is a diamond or not. Your ring is a representation of your love and commitment. If you’re filled with warm feelings every time you look at it—that’s what’s ultimately most important!

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Can Moissanite Rings be Resized? | The Cost, Process, & Risk

Can Moissanite Rings be Resized? | The Cost, Process, & Risk

Wearing a ring that’s the wrong size can be unsafe and isn’t comfortable. Some metals and stones are more easily resized than others. If you already own, or are considering, a Moissanite ring, you may be wondering …

Can Moissanite rings be resized? Yes, Moissanite rings can typically be resized, however, there are certain ring designs that don’t lend themselves well to resizing (like rings with channel set stones). Any difficulty resizing these rings has to do with the ring design, and not the type of stone that is mounted to the ring. 

While Moissanite rings typically can be resized, finding a jeweler to do the work on your Moissanite ring can sometimes be challenging. We’ll talk about why and how to get your resizing done below.

What is Ring Resizing and Why is it Done?

Jewelers resize rings by making them larger or smaller so they can more comfortably fit their owners. Resizing might need to be done for several different reasons:

  • Your partner guessed your ring size— but guessed wrong.
  • You’ve gained weight.
  • You’ve lost weight.
  • Your ring is a family heirloom from relatives with different sized fingers.
  • You purchased a used ring, and it doesn’t fit quite right.

Rings can typically be resized within a reasonable margin of 1 to 1.5 sizes or so pretty easily. Making a ring smaller is less expensive than making it larger. That’s because reducing the size of a ring involves removing some of the metal in the ring, while increasing ring size requires the addition of gold, platinum, or some other metal to increase the circumference of the ring. That work is more difficult, and the extra metal comes at a cost, so increasing a ring’s size can become expensive—depending on the amount of increase and the metal type. You can typically only enlarge a ring by a maximum of 2 sizes when extra material is added as part of the process.

Another option is stretching the ring when the needed expansion is only half a size or less, but stretching leaves the ring thinner and weaker, so it’s not always the ideal solution, and won’t work with all ring styles.

When I proposed to my girlfriend (now my wife), many years ago, I wanted it to be a surprise. I took a BIG risk and went shopping for her ring alone! I could have gotten it wrong on so many levels, but as it turns out, she loved the ring and it fit her well. Buying a ring to surprise someone with is a gamble. You don’t want to insult them by buying a huge ring or make them feel awkward when the ring you bought won’t fit on their finger. There are LOTS of ways that you can try to figure out their ring size before you start shopping if you plan to surprise them. Above all else though, if you’re going to guess, it’s better to get a ring that’s too big than to get one that’s too small.

Because increasing the size of a ring costs more than decreasing the size of a ring, it’s better to err on the side of buying a ring that’s too large if your guess is off.

Which Types of Moissanite Rings Can’t Safely be Resized, and Why?

Moissanite is a typically a highly durable stone that it’s known to be fussy or difficult, however, not all types of Moissanite rings can be safely resized. In fact, these same ring styles can’t be safely resized regardless of the type of stone that is mounted to them. The inability to resize is linked to the ring style and its ability to safely retain the stones that it holds after resizing … not the nature of the stones themselves. The following rings are styles that jewelers typically won’t resize:

  • tension set rings (or ‘tension rings’)
  • Channel set stones
  • Eternity bands (& half eternity bands)

Tension set rings, contain a gem (or stone) that’s held in place by tension. These rings essentially have a free-floating stone that’s pinched, and held in place, by the two sides of the ring that are applying opposing pressure to the stone that’s pinched between them. Resizing a tension ring could disrupt the tension and lead to a loose or lost stone.

Channel set stones are simply stones that are set in a channel that wraps around a portion of the ring. The stones are typically arranged to be side-by-side in a line. Because the stones are sitting down in a channel, only the top of each stone is visible. Channel set stones are held very securely by a channel that’s cut to very precise dimensions. Resizing can alter those dimensions, which could result in loose stones, so jewelers are often hesitant to adjust the size of these rings. The image below shows a couple of examples of channel-set stones.

Channel Set Moissanite Rings

Eternity Rings (or eternity bands) are often channel set, but the stones can also utilize prongs. Eternity bands are nearly impossible to resize. These rings feature stones that are side-by-side all the way around the outside of the ring. The ring on the left in the image that’s above is an Eternity Band. Resizing these rings is so difficult because stones can easily come loose, or the spacing between stones can become uneven if the ring size is adjusted.

Half Eternity Rings have diamonds that are aligned side-by-side around the surface of the ring (just like eternity rings), but on Half Eternity Bands, those diamonds only wrap halfway around the ring. It’s possible to resize these rings—but only to a very limited extent. Here again, the biggest risk with resizing this type of ring, is potential misalignment of the stones or uneven gaps after the resizing is completed.

Rings made of extremely hard metals—like Stainless steel, tungsten, or titanium. Those aren’t common metals for Moissanite to mounted to anyway, but I wanted to point out that because of their extreme hardness, they’re very difficult metals to work with for resizing.

Rose gold rings are often difficult to resize as well (especially when you need to make it larger). Rose gold can come in a wide variety of shades. Because of this jewelers often have trouble matching the color of the new material being added to the ring during the resizing process to the color of the original rose gold used for the ring. This type of gold is also much more delicate and subject to cracking.

Note: Stretching a ring to enlarge it will mess up any engraving that you have carved into the inside of your ring. It’s important to be aware of that. You can always pay a minimal fee (typically about $20) to have the engraving redone after the ring has been resized if you’d like.

Which types of Moissanite Rings Can Safely Be Resized?

Any Moissanite ring style, other than those referenced above, should be pretty straightforward and simple to resize (either up or down). Moissanite is generally very heat resistant. Some seasoned jewelers will tell you though that not all Moissanite is equally heat tolerant. When you buy low-quality Moissanite, it can more easily be damaged by heat applied during the resizing and repair process. One jeweler mentioned to me that much of the Moissanite that he sees people buy from direct sellers on crafting and auction sites is junk that he doesn’t feel safe working with. Because of a similar sentiment, many jewelers that you contact may tell you that they don’t resize or repair Moissanite rings. Don’t be surprised if that happens.

Moissanite from this manufacturer tends to have the best reputation for quality. If your jeweler knows that you purchased your ring from this source, they’ll likely be less concerned about heat tolerance. I found that if you enter the coupon code BRILLIANT100 at checkout, you’ll save an additional $100 off a purchase of $700+ right now. Here’s one other source for rings from the same manufacturer. By comparing prices between these two sources, you’re sure to find the very best value on a really high-quality Moissanite ring.

The other reason that some jewelers might refuse to resize or repair a ring that has Moissanite (or some other diamond simulant) on it, is that they’re worried a customer might accuse them of swapping stones and putting the simulant there. It’s helpful to understand their concern and where they’re coming from.

If you call a jeweler that tells you they don’t work on Moissanite, it’s nothing personal. They likely have one of the concerns listed above. You may be able to share information or find a solution to their concern if you have some understanding of the issues that concern them. Otherwise, you can just call another jeweler. Quality Moissanite is a ‘forever stone’ that’s highly durable and easy to work on.

The Typical Cost and Timeline

The exact cost that you’ll be quoted for resizing depends on your location and where the jewelry store is located that you contact, as well as the specifics of your ring (the style, the thickness of your band, the type of metal your ring is made of, whether you’re increasing or decreasing the size of the ring, how much you need to adjust the size, and more).

Having said that, we’ll give you a rough estimate that should be in the ballpark. Complication and cost of materials used is influenced by the type of metal that the jeweler is working with, so I’ll try to give you a cost estimate that’s specific to different types of metals.

  • Sterling Silver = $25 to $50
  • Yellow Gold = $50 to $100
  • White Gold = $60 to $150 (this cost includes reapplication of a Rhodium plating that most white gold has).
  • Platinum = $100 to $300 to increase the size (decreasing by one size would likely run $60 to $100).

The best place to have a ring resized may be the place where you purchased the ring. Some offer free, or heavily discounted resizing. You’ll also often have a period of time (typically 30 to 60 days) where you can return your ring for a refund or exchange if it isn’t fitting well from the start. That means, that you could guess on the ring size and then resize or simple exchange for a size that will fit better after your proposal if needed.

If you don’t have the time or money to get your ring resized at a certain point, there are other temporary solutions that could be helpful. For example, you can purchase these rubber ring size adjusters that simply twist around the bottom of your ring to make it fit more securely. They can make the fit of your ring up to 1.5 ring sizes smaller and cost less than $10! A metal version is also offered, but those can end up scratching your ring, so I’d recommend sticking with the rubber version (which works great)!

In Summary

Moissanite rings can typically be resized, except with the structure of a particular ring design won’t allow for safe resizing—regardless of the type of stone that’s mounted to the ring. Remember that buying high-quality Moissanite helps to ensure that your ring will be more heat resistant and durable through resizing and repairs than cheaper Moissanite can sometimes be. Again, if resizing isn’t practical at the moment, you might try adding some rubber size adjusters to your ring to help it fit morehttps://www.frugalrings.com/moissanite-for-an-engagement-ring/ snuggly until you can get the ring properly resized.

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Can Moissanite Scratch Glass? | 3 Implications of Hardness

Can Moissanite Scratch Glass? | 3 Implications of Hardness

You’ve probably heard that only diamonds can cut, or scratch, glass. Some people use that simple test as a means of identifying the gem—but what about other hard stones, like Moissanite?

Can Moissanite scratch glass? Moissanite can scratch glass. It’s the second hardest stone known to man, with a rating of 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Only diamond is harder, with a hardness rating of 10. Glass is only rated at 5.5 on the scale, meaning that both Moissanite and diamond can easily scratch, or cut, glass.

The ability for one object to scratch another (it’s hardness) has implications that can be important. We’ll cover those in the paragraphs that follow.

How Hard is Moissanite?

Anytime someone talks about the hardness of a stone Mohs Scale of Hardness is typically brought up. That’s because it provides a very simple way to communicate about the relative hardness of various items. I’ll give you a quick understanding of how the scale was developed, along with its strengths and weaknesses.

In 1812, Friedrich Mohs, a German Mineralogist, created the Mohs Scale of Hardness by collecting a group of 10 minerals and then organizing them in terms of hardness. He determined the hardness of each mineral by testing which other minerals were capable of scratching it. After determining the relative hardness of each item, he arranged them in order from softest to hardest, assigning a low number to the first softest item (1) and the highest number to the hardest item (10). The 10 minerals that Friedrich used in his scale are outlined below in order of hardness (arranged from softest to hardest).

  1. Talc
  2. Gypsum
  3. Calcite
  4. Fluorite
  5. Apatite
  6. Orthoclase
  7. Quartz
  8. Topaz
  9. Corundum
  10. Diamond

Once Friedrich had his original 10 items identified and arranged in terms of hardness, any new material could be tested against the 10 known items to see which other stones were capable of scratching it. Based on that experimentation, the new item could be assigned a number that showed where if fell in the scale.

Moissanite wasn’t a material that Friedrich had access to in 1812, so it wasn’t part of the original 10 materials used in his scale. When Moissanite was later tested, it was assigned a relative hardness rating of 9.25 to 9.5. That relative hardness, make Moissanite the hardest stone known to man aside from Diamond!

Cubic Zirconia is another example of a material that wasn’t around when Friedrich created his scale. It has since been assigned a hardness rating of 8-8.5. The reason that you’ll sometimes see a range given for hardness, is because some stones, of a particular variety, are a little harder than others.

Even items like glass can be rated using Mohs Scale of Hardness. The process of determining a number for glass, is the same as the process for rating stones. Various materials are used to try to scratch the glass, some do, some don’t. Those that don’t are softer than the glass, and those that do are harder. It turns out that glass comes in at 5.5 on the scale.

Three Important Implications of Stone Hardness

There are a few implications to the hardness of Moissanite, and similar stones, that are very helpful to understand.

1. Many Materials are Capable of Scratching Glass

Everyone has heard that diamond can cut glass. Without knowledge of the Mohs Scale of Hardness, many assume that it’s the ONLY stone that’s capable of doing that. Since you now know something about the scale, you can probably tell that diamond ISN’T the ONLY stone that can cut glass.

Based on the known hardness of glass (5.5), there are lots of things that won’t scratch glass—including Talc, Gypsum, Calcite, Fluorite, and Apatite (among many others). There are also MANY things that are harder glass, and are therefore able to scratch or cut it. Those harder materials would include Orthoclase, Quartz, Topaz, Corundum, and Diamond. It would also include stones that have come along since Freidrich assembled his scale—like Moissanite.

Because of all this, a simple scratch test against glass CAN’T positively identify a stone as diamond—it simply confirms that the stone is one of the many materials that is harder than glass. That might be helpful—but only to a very limited extent. Some unfamiliar buyers of used diamond rings might bring a small mirror with them when they consider a purchase, in order to verify that the ring they’re looking at really does contain a diamond. As you now know, that test wouldn’t be conclusive. The ring they’re trying to sell you could easily contain a stone like White Sapphire. That’s a variety that could look very similar to diamond, that is also capable of scratching glass.

A more telling test, would be trying to scratch the stone that’s being represented as diamond with a Moissanite, because Moissanite is capable of scratching any stone OTHER THAN diamond. The seller would need to be pretty confident that their stone is a diamond in order to allow for that test. You could also use a diamond tester device. I just posted another article on diamond testers (and Moissanite testers) that explains how they work, and how much they cost.

2. You Shouldn’t Mix Various Ring Types When You’re Not Wearing Them

My Wife has a diamond ring, a Moissanite ring, and Cubic Zirconia (CZ) ring. If she were to place them all in her pocket for several hours, or even in the same drawer of a jewelry box where they might come in contact with each other, guess what would likely happen. Yep, the harder stones would scratch the softer ones.

The diamond would scratch the Moissanite and the Cubic Zirconia. The Moissanite stone would also scratch the Cubic Zirconia. While the diamond itself would come out unscathed, the ring that the diamond is mounted to would probably be scratched up by both the Moissanite and the CZ. Most metals used for rings are substantially softer than both stones. Because of this, even storing rings of the same time in a place where they can come in contact with each other is a bad idea.

In order to protect your rings from accidental scratching damage, it’s a good idea to keep them in a place where they won’t come in contact with each other. There are two really good primary options. The first is a jewelry box. Ideally that box would have the velvety rows that are specifically designed to hold rings in place and separate from each other. This jewelry box, for example, is one of the best values I’ve found. If you’re looking for something a little larger, this huge jewelry box is my favorite—and an incredible value for the money.

One other option is a simple ceramic jewelry holder. It’s not as ideal for protecting your rings, and still leaves them exposed to collect dust, but it will do a much better job of keeping your rings from coming in contact with each other than a simple dish would. Here’s an example of a popular ceramic ring and jewelry holder that costs less than $14.

A good jewelry box is really inexpensive insurance. Many people pay a monthly premium for insurance coverage on their rings. It gives them peace of mind and helps them save money if covered damage should occur at some point. A jewelry box is a small one time cost, and it’s much cheaper than the cost of replacing a scratched ring.

3. Excessive Hardness Also Means Extreme Brittleness

While hardness helps stones resist scratches, it can also be an ‘Achilles Heel’ for stones that are the hardest. The harder a stone gets, the more brittle it becomes. That means that while it might not scratch as easily Cubic Zirconia, for example, CZ wouldn’t fracture as easily as an extremely hard stone, like diamond, if it experiences an impact—like being dropped on a hard surface.

For example, my sister had the diamond in her wedding ring crack in half when it accidentally fell from a counter onto the tile flooring they had in their bathroom. Not all diamonds would have cracked as a result of that same fall. It depends a lot on the inclusions that create weak points in the stone and the way that it lands when it falls. Diamonds are FAR more prone to fracture than stones that are less hard though.

Moissanite is actually well-positioned as a very hard stone that resists scratching … but is less brittle than diamond.

The Costs of Sacrificing on Hardness

I’ve talked quite a bit about Mohs Scale Hardness. Is it really that important? As we’ve discussed, hardness impacts scratch resistance. I’m not JUST talking about the resistance of one stone to scratches from another—I’m talking about resistance to scratches from thousands of things your ring might come in contact with, in your everyday environment.

Even in a home or office environment, your ring can, and does, accidentally brush or bump against things as you go about your normal routines. Using the same principle that we discussed for Mohs Scale of Hardness, if the item that your ring bumps or brushes against is harder than the stone in your ring, it’s likely to scratch.

Those little scratches can have a big impact on a ring over time. If a stone is too soft, the scratches quickly multiply and start to impact the way light enters and exits the ring. That interference can rob the stone of sparkle.

In addition, scratches on the surface of a ring can become collection points for dirt and oils in your everyday environment. As those elements collect in the groove that the scratch creates, it creates an even greater disruption to the flow of light into and out of the ring, causing the stone to look flat and lifeless.

While a ring with a relatively soft stone might look beautiful during the first day, week, or month that you wear it, scratches can significantly impact the look of the ring—and how you feel while wearing it over the long-term. You’d be surprised just how fast those scratches can accumulate on one of the softer stones … even when you’re trying to be careful not to allow your ring to come in contact with things—it’s ultimately unavoidable.

In Summary

Moissanite can scratch glass, but so many many other types of stones, so that isn’t a very reliable way to verify the identity of a given stone. While Moissanite is harder than all stones, other than diamonds, you still need to take some reasonable precautions to keep these ‘forever stones’ looking their best as the years pass.

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Will Moissanite Pass a Diamond Tester? | Best Test Options

Moissanite is the stone that’s most similar to diamond in terms of its look and other key characteristics. While your friends may not be able to tell your Moissanite from a diamond, can trained professionals with some common tools of the trade?

Will Moissanite Pass a Diamond Tester? Moissanite will often be misidentified as diamond by basic diamond testers because they only test heat conductivity and Moissanite is very similar to diamonds in that area. Testing electrical conductivity is a more certain way to distinguish the two stones. Some multi-testers can measure both.

Will your local jeweler or pawn shop have the right kind of tester on hand to positively distinguish Moissanite from Diamond? In this article, I’ll share the tools that can accurately distinguish the two stones—and those that simply can’t.

What Makes Moissanite Unique?

Moissanite is a natural material with a background that’s almost too incredible and mysterious to believe. The stone was first discovered in tiny fragments at the site of a meteor impact in an Arizona desert. Most natural Moissanite is still found at meteorite impact sites around the world—so it has obviously traveled quite some distance through space before making impact with earth. Moissanite is made of Silicon Carbide (SiC). There is evidence that the SiC grains that comprise most natural Moissanite “originates around carbon-rich Asymptotic giant branch stars. SiC is commonly found around these stars as deduced from their infrared spectra.” The French scientist that discovered it thought the specimen was diamond for many years. Eventually, it’s true nature was discovered. Synthetic production started soon after.

Moissanite is incredibly hard, in fact, the only stone that’s known to be harder is diamond. That made synthetic Moissanite a great (and more affordable) choice for many industrial applications (like industrial abrasives). Moissanite has been used in jewelry since the 1990s, but today’s quality standards are much younger. Over the past ten years or so, technology has advanced to the point that synthetic Moissanite can be truly colorless. This makes it a great diamond alternative for many jewelry applications. It has a beautiful diamond-like appearance and durability, but costs 90% less!

Moissanite has other characteristics that are worth noting. It conducts heat very similarly to diamond—but conducts electricity MUCH BETTER than diamond can. The difference in electrical conductivity is a more certain differentiator that can positively distinguish between Moissanite and Diamond.

The Value, and Limitations, of a Diamond Tester

The Diamond Tester has become standard gemological equipment. Your basic diamond tester only tests one thing—thermal conductivity, which means it can distinguish diamonds and moissanite from other stones, like Cubic Zirconia (CZ), but it typically CAN’T tell Moissanite and Diamonds apart (it registers both as diamond).

Heat conductivity isn’t exactly the same for Moissanite and Diamond, but it’s really close. Many diamond testers can’t perceive the small difference, others are fooled because they aren’t calibrated properly to pick up the slight difference in conductivity. Even with their limitations, Diamond Testers are still valuable tools for jewelers and gemologists, they just can’t be trusted to tell the full story. In order to differentiate diamonds from Moissanite, a second tool (or functionality) is required.

Moissanite is (very slightly) electrically conductive—so slightly, that you need specialized equipment to detect it. A device called a Moissanite Tester has been designed for that very purpose. Moissanite testers only measure electrical conductivity—so they can easily distinguish between diamonds and Moissanite because diamonds are not electrically conductive.

Moissanite isn’t unique as a stone that’s electrically conductive, there are a number of gemstones that share that quality, but, again, diamonds are not one of them. Having access to BOTH a Diamond Tester and a Moissanite Tester allows you to positively identify whether a particular stone is a diamond, Moissanite, or something else more consistently. If your Diamond Tester identifies a given stone as “diamond,” you’ll know that it’s either diamond or Moissanite. As a subsequent test, If your Moissanite Tester indicates that the stone is ‘Moissanite,’ you’ll have a positive identification (that it is, in fact, Moissy)—otherwise, you can be certain it’s diamond.

Again, because of the limitations of the standard Diamond Tester, you’ll also need to purchase a stand-alone Moissanite tester in order to get conclusive results.

The Advantages of a Multi-Tester for Identifying Moissanite

Multi-testers are the combination of a diamond tester and moissanite tester in one compact tool. They measure BOTH thermal AND electrical conductivity. Multi-testers are obviously more expensive, but there’s a convenience to only needing to have one tool on hand in order to get the information that you need on a particular stone.

As with all the tools that I’ve referenced so far, quality matters A LOT! You’ll find a wide range of instruments being offered. Accuracy and durability are obviously important considerations. The cheapest one isn’t always the one you want. On the flip side, the most expensive one isn’t always the best route either. Reviews from past buyers can be a huge help a lot. As you read those, you’ll be able to quickly weed out the models that won’t be a good fit.

Basic diamond testers start at about $15. A quality tester runs about $120. Here’s a link to the diamond tester that offers the best overall value. It’s available on Amazon and is accurate, small, and durable.

Moissanite only testers will likely cost a little more than $100. A multi-tester is probably a better way to go, overall, but this is the standalone Moissanite tester that I like best.

Most multi-testers start at about $250. Check out my favorite multi-tester on Amazon. It comes from a manufacturer with a solid reputation and offers the biggest bang for your buck, in my opinion.

Other Options for Testing Your Moissanite

You don’t always have to have a Diamond Tester and a Moissanite Tester (or a Multi Tester) in hand in order to differentiate diamond and Moissanite. There are a few simple tell-tale signs that you can look for to help you spot Moissanite when you don’t have your instruments with you.

You can look for signs of ‘double refraction’ through a jeweler’s loupe, for example, if you know what to look for. Double refraction happens when light is slowed, bent, and spit in two as it travels through certain stones. You only notice this characteristic when a trained eye views the stone under at least 10X magnification from the right angles (knowing what to look for). Double refraction makes the lines between facets look blurred and multiplied. When you look through a similar diamond, for example, from the same angle, you’d see one clean, sharp, line on the other side instead of multiple blurred lines.

Easy Ways to Tell if a Stone is Moissanite or Diamond

Moissanite is intentionally cut so that it isn’t doubly refractive through the top (the table) of the stone. When you look through the table of a Moissanite stone, you’re viewing a singly refractive stone (from that angle). In order to witness the effect, you have to look just a little lower, through the crown-facet (the angled surface around the top portion of the ring … just below the flat table of the stone).An illustration of the angles as which Moissanite is singly refractive and doubly refractive

Moissanite isn’t alone in this interesting characteristic. The following stones are ALSO double refractive:

  • Sapphire
  • Zircon
  • Peridot
  • Tourmaline

Critics of Moissanite (usually those selling diamonds or Cubic Zirconia), often talk about the double refractive properties of Moissanite as a bad thing. This is because double refraction is, at least partially, responsible for the abundance of colorful sparkle that Moissanite is known to produce.

The saying, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ comes to mind, because many faithful fans of Moissanite LOVE the fire (the colorful sparkle effect) that Moissanite produces. My mother is one that can NEVER get enough sparkle. Any characteristic that causes more sparkle is something she’s a big fan of! Double refraction doesn’t impact or diminish the beauty and charm of Moissanite in any way.

Another way to distinguish Moissanite from diamonds, without costly equipment, is by observing the amount of ‘fire’ that each stone has. In gemology, the term ‘fire’ refers to the colorful sparkles (or flashes) that you observe as you move the ring under light. A ring with a lot of colorful sparkles is said to be ‘fiery’. Diamonds have fiery properties, but they aren’t nearly as fiery as Moissanite.

Moissanites refractive index is considerably higher than diamond’s which is why Moissanite is more fiery.

Refractive Index

  • Diamond: 2.42
  • Moissanite: 2.63

The fiery nature of Moissanite is best observed with larger stones, as they’re being exposed to natural lighting. Some people (again, like my mother) LOVE the added colorful sparkle, but others aren’t fans because they think it makes their diamond look a little different than diamond might under certain lighting conditions. Some people refer to the fiery nature of stones as the ‘disco ball effect’ or the ‘rainbow effect.’ Identifying Moissanite, based on the amount of fire displayed by a given stone, becomes much more difficult as the stone size decreases.

One other, fairly low-tech, way to distinguish diamonds from Moissanite, is by comparing weight and size measurements.

The size of diamonds is communicated in terms of ‘Carats,’ which is actually a weight measurement. One-carat equals 200 milligrams (mm). Moissanite weighs 15% to 18% less than a diamond of equal size. This difference in stone density is why the size of Moissanite is typically communicated in mm rather than carats. If both were communicated in carats, then a 1 carat Moissanite would always be physically larger than a 1-carat diamond, for example.

Based on all of this, if you weigh and measure a diamond or Moissanite, you should be able to clearly distinguish the two.

In Summary

Standard diamond testers can’t be trusted to accurately, and reliably, identify Moissanite. You’ll need to add a separate Moissanite tester, or get a multi-tool that tests both thermal and electrical conductivity, in order to get a dependable identification. If all else fails, there are also several low-tech ways that you can distinguish diamonds from Moissanite.

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Will Moissanite Last Forever? | Frugal Family Heirloom Rings

Is it possible to get a ring that will last for generations without taking on debt to buy a diamond? In this post, we’ll talk about buying a ring that will stand as a symbol of your love long after you’re gone—something you can pass on to future generations.

Will Moissanite Last Forever? Moissanite is considered a ‘forever stone,’ meaning that it’s hard enough to resist damage and wear over the long-term if properly cared for. It is the second hardest stone known to man, with a hardness rating of 9.25 on Mohs Scale of Hardness, but just like diamond, the stone isn’t indestructible.

There’s a lot to consider when you’re buying a ring that’s intended to be handed down through multiple generations. In the paragraphs that follow, we’ll talk about the materials that are most durable, and the things that can be most destructive to your special ring.

The Sentimental Value Attached to Heirloom Rings

If you’ve done much reading about diamonds online, you’ll find the same general talking point rehearsed over-and-over. We’re told that diamonds are an investment. It’s insinuated that they hold their value—and even appreciate over time. The further insinuation, is that other stone choices are essentially worthless and have no resale value.

This has always been a frustrating contention to deal with because there is SO MUCH that’s wrong with it. This could be the subject for an entire post (a long one), but I’ll spare you my soapbox for now.

For now, I’ll just say that the typical diamond that’s used for jewelry DOESN’T even hold its value (much less appreciate). You’ll lose AT LEAST 30% of what you originally paid for your expensive diamond ring when you turn to resell it. That’s true whether you resell several weeks…or even several years after buying it. The appreciation line is pure garbage, to be honest. It’s a bald-faced lie that many people are surprised by this reality when they go to resell a diamond for the first time.

But wait … don’t diamonds appreciate? A SMALL portion of diamonds do (technically), but most won’t even be able to keep pace with inflation. If you buy a very unusual diamond (and these typically cost hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars) you may see some actual appreciation. If you’re not playing in that league, then you almost certainly won’t. If you want to learn a little more about the actual resale value of diamonds, and why they make TERRIBLE ‘investments,’ take a look at this article that I wrote on the subject.

Here’s my point, you CAN’T count on much monetary value from the ring that symbolizes your love, but you absolutely can build up a sentimental value that future family members wouldn’t trade for anything.

One aspect of the diamond lie regarding appreciation that has always bothered me, is that the monetary value of the diamond likely wouldn’t matter anyway. Why would you EVER sell your engagement or wedding ring? Why would your kids sell it if you left happy memories of love that they associate with it. It’s much more valuable as a symbol of the love that your kids and grandkids saw you share with your spouse.

Fortunately, Moissanite can hold that sentimental value as well as any diamond on the planet, and for a MUCH lower cost too!

An heirloom ring is one that’s passed down from generation-to-generation. It carries special significance because it represents the love of the people that future generations come from. That extra dimension of significance is truly priceless.

If a child, grandchild, or great-grandchild wants to make your heirloom ring part of their engagement or wedding, they could use the entire ring—or just the Moissanite stone in a setting of their choice.

The Greatest Threats to Ring Durability

While Moissanite is a hard stone, there’s no stone or gem that’s indestructible. With that in mind, here are the biggest threats to the longevity of most engagement and wedding rings.

  • Scratching
  • Chipping/Breaking
  • Clouding (haze)/Oil slick
  • Discoloration
  • Weakened prongs

Scratching: 

The hardness of Moissanite makes it more scratch-resistant than all stones other than diamonds. Since diamonds are harder, and can, therefore, scratch Moissanite, you have to be careful not to store diamonds and Moissanite together. If you mixed those stones together, the Moissanite could end up scratched. My wife has a diamond ring, a moissanite ring, and a CZ ring. When she takes them off, they all have to be stored in different drawers of her jewelry box so they never come in contact with each other.

Chipping or Breaking:

The harder a stone is, the more brittle it becomes. Hardness helps with scratch resistance, but makes the stone more vulnerable to damage from impacts. If you hit a diamond with a hammer, you can break it. You would actually have a more difficult time breaking a piece of Moissanite because it’s not as hard (brittle) as a diamond. By the same token, Cubic Zirconia would be more difficult to break with a hammer than Moissanite, because it’s a softer material.

Resistance to both scratching and breaking are, obviously, important. Since Moissanite is more scratch-resistant than any stone other than diamond, and less vulnerable to chipping and breaking than diamond, it strikes a good balance with the key qualities of durability.

Clouding:

This occurs when a stone takes on a white haze over time. The original Cubic Zirconia stones that were sold in the 1970s, for example, would cloud up, taking on a milky appearance, as they aged. That haze robbed the stone of its sparkle and cosmetic appeal. CZ manufacturers soon found stabilizing agents that corrected the issue, so that’s no longer a common problem for the stone. Moissanite is a stable stone that doesn’t cloud over as it ages.

A temporary clouding, or haze, can affect any type of stone as dirt and oils collect on the surface of the ring. A good cleaning is all that’s required in order to restore the original sparkle of the stone. Exposure to harsh chemicals can also affect any stone in various ways. It is possible for certain chemicals to etch, or affect the color, or some stones. Both Moissanite and Diamond are typically pretty fuss-free rings that aren’t extremely sensitive, but it’s still a really good idea to remove your ring before exposing your hands to cleaning agents and other chemicals.

A variation of clouding that can happen with Moissanite, is surface haze that looks like an oil slick on your ring. This isn’t common … but can happen. It’s believed that it’s caused, most commonly, by exposure to chemicals. The oil slick is a temporary condition. There’s a specific cleaning process to follow if you ever notice that developing on the surface of your ring. After following it, the ‘oil slick’ will be gone. We’ve never had this happen with my wife’s Moissanite ring, so again, it’s something that happens frequently, or that’s extremely common.

Weakened Prongs:

Weak prongs can lead to lost stones and a big replacement expense. The type of metal that you use for your ring will have a big influence on how strong and long-lasting the prong are that hold your stone in place. When prongs get caught on things (clothing, countertops, and other everyday items) it can bend them over time, leading to metal fatigue—especially if some sort of chemical reaction has already weakened it.

I recently posted an article about the damage that saltwater and Chlorine can do to some rings (particularly gold rings). You can find that here. Both saltwater and Chlorine can attack the connection points of your prongs, weakening them, and leaving your Moissanite susceptible to slipping out and getting lost.

A friend of mine told me a story recently about a diamond that he found lying in the middle of the floor in a busy airport. Some poor passenger much have had prongs bend or break, allowing her diamond to slip out of its setting. That kind of thing happens all the time!

How to Protect Your Moissanite Ring

In order for a ring (any ring) to continue to look new for generations, you need to take some reasonable precautions.

  1. Take your ring off before engaging in yard work or physical activities. This prevents accidental bumps and scrapes, but will also keep it much cleaner.
  2. Remove your ring before using strong chemical cleaning agents.
  3. Insure the ring (or self-insure) to protect the ring from loss, theft, or damage. Here’s an article I wrote on insuring lab-created diamond rings, but the process and information really works the same for Moissanite.
  4. Buy a cheap CZ ring to wear when you head to the beach or engage in physical activity.
  5. Clean your Moissy regularly and then dry it thoroughly.

Ring Metals That Can Stand the Test of Time

This isn’t a good place to cut corners if you’re looking for a ring that will really pass the test of time. You want something low maintenance and durable. Your best best is Platinum, but it can hardly be considered a ‘frugal’ ring option. Even though this metal is rather expensive, you may be able to fit it into your budget because of the money you’re saving by going with Moissanite instead of a more expensive stone. Platinum is a beautiful silvery metal that isn’t negatively impacted by many of the chemicals and agents (like saltwater) that Gold is.

Gold would be a less expensive option that’s still a good bet. It’s a softer metal that’s more susceptible to scratching, but gold rings can last for generations if properly cared for.

I would avoid buying any kind of plated ring if you’re looking for an heirloom legacy piece, simply because those will need to be replated occasionally (every 3 to 10 years). If you want a ring that can be handed down to future generations, it’s important to choose something that will be low-maintenance for you—and for them. For this same reason, I would also avoid Silver for rings you intend to keep in the family. Silver oxidizes over time, so it needs to be cleaned regularly in order to remain beautiful. Plating it in Palladium or another metal can be a good way to get a more expensive look on a less expensive ring, but again, we want to avoid plating for rings that you hope to keep in the family for generations.

In Summary:

Your beautiful Moissanite ring can become a family heirloom that future generations treasure, but you have to take reasonable steps to protect and care for it—so your ring can look its best through the decades. ‘Diamonds are forever,’ at least that’s what industry marketers want you to believe, but so is Moissanite. In reality, Moissanite can provide a similar multi-generational durability for roughly 10% of what the diamond typically costs!

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