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

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, its 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

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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Where Should I Buy Moissanite? – 6 Benefits of Buying Online

Where Should I Buy Moissanite? – 6 Benefits of Buying Online

Moissanite can provide a gorgeous ring, at an incredible price—but where can you buy with confidence, knowing that you won’t end up paying too much or regretting the purchase? This article will help you avoid wasting time and money on this really important purchase.

Where should I buy Moissanite? It’s best to purchase Moissanite online if you can find a trustworthy site. It’s often difficult to find local jewelers that carry Moissanite because it detracts from more lucrative diamond sales. Even if you find it locally, prices, selection, and return policies will likely be much better online.

The popularity of Moissanite engagement and wedding rings is exploding, so more retailers than ever offering it. In the paragraphs that follow, I’ll guide you through important considerations that will help you find the right ring and your best overall value.

Buying Moissanite Online is Your Best Option

Not all online retailers are not created equal, but you’re generally going to be much better off buying online. I’ll help you find the ideal online retailer a little later, so you can avoid the pain of a poor purchase.

Online beats the in-store experience for the following six reasons:

  1. Selection
  2. Flexibility
  3. Cost
  4. Reviews
  5. Return Policy
  6. Convenience

I’ll provide more information on each of those benefits below, but I first wanted to mention that I’ve done extensive research to find the best online source for Moissanite. Click here to find out specifically who we trust to deliver the very best value and why we chose them. This is the group that I buy my Moissanite from. Hopefully, this saves you many hours of research time.

Selection: 

When you find the right ring, you know it! The ring just feels perfect—like it matches their personality. With something as special, and long-lasting, as an engagement ring or wedding ring, you don’t want to just ‘settle.’ This is why the amount of selection available is SO important.

You want the shape and color of your Moissanite stone to be perfect. You also want a band design and material that will be durable, but that also feels like a perfect styling for the person that’s going to be wearing it.

Even local jewelers that carry some Moissanite, typically don’t have much variety on hand. When you’re choosing from a selection of 5 or 10 rings, you probably won’t find a ring that feels like THE perfect one. The online retailers that carry Moissanite vary wildly in terms of selection, but Moissanite is a side business for most—just ONE of the things that they offer. Yes, their selection might be better than your local jeweler, but they’re FAR more limited than some retailers that focus EXCLUSIVELY on Moissanite.

Again, when I talk about the importance of selection, that relates to the size, cut, and color of the Moissanite stone—but also the band that the stone is mounted to. When you’re given the option to choose from materials like silver, gold, and platinum, you can match your style and durability preferences with your budget. Retailers that ONLY offer silver or gold, for example, may not have what you really need.

The actual styling of the ring is also a HUGE consideration for finding the RIGHT one. A robust selection means that whether you want something traditional or unique, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for.

Flexibility:

While some jewelers might carry a limited selection of pre-assembled Moissanite rings in their showroom, they’re unlikely to offer the loose Moissanite stones that you can buy without the ring that it’s normally set in. Loose stones provide the flexibility to set a new beautiful stone into a setting that might have been inherited or purchased separately elsewhere. Buying your stone and mounting separately can sometimes provide additional savings. I posted an article about buying loose lab-created diamonds. It’s worth reading because loose Moissanite really works the same way. You’ll learn the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of buying a loose stone instead of a pre-finished ring.

Buying online can also provide a lot of additional flexibility to customize the look of your ring. Instead of choosing among finished rings, you can pair the stone that you like with the metal type and color that you prefer. You can then choose the color of the side-stones and other accent stones that adorn other parts of the ring. If you want a colorless center stone with pink side-stones, for example, you can have it! These customizations leave you with a very affordable ring that feels completely unique and stylized by the time you’re done designing it online.

Cost: 

Local jewelers have to pay for spacious showrooms, displays, local advertising, and sales staff. They sell to a local crowd. Online retailers can benefit from economies of scale. That essentially means, that since they can sell to buyers around the globe, and therefore deal in higher volumes, their cost can be driven down. They also don’t need showrooms or sales staff. The savings that online retailers realize can be passed on to their buyers in the form of lower prices.

In some cases, buying online can also save you from having to pay the sales tax that you would normally need to pay if you purchased a ring locally. The sales tax rate where I live is around 6.85%, so if I purchased a $1200 Moissanite ring, my taxes would end up costing me an extra $82.20. That’s a big deal if all your wedding-related expenses are adding up and you’re on a tight budget. It might be nice to put that $82 toward the cost of your cake or invitations, right?! Buying your ring online could allow you to realize those tax savings (depending on the laws where you live).

For those that live in really rural areas, buying online allow you to avoid excessively high prices at local establishments. Because some of these stores in very small areas serve a fairly captive audience (people without many local businesses to choose from), They can sometimes get away with inflated prices. Shopping online gives you much more affordable options and a great deal more choice.

Reviews:

Product reviews from past customers can give you insight into common problems that have surfaced over-time with a particular ring. Positive reviews might touch on what they love most about the ring and offer reassurance. Negative reviews might point out issues that you weren’t aware of and never considered.

Not all online retailers collect and display reviews for individual products. While I wouldn’t necessarily avoid shopping with an online retailer that didn’t have them, I’d certainly favor buying from one that did. Even the sites that collect and display reviews may not have them for every ring style. A relatively small percentage of buyers tend to leave reviews. It’s typically only buyers that are extremely happy or very angry. Lack of reviews on a particular ring isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I tend to feel like no news is good news. In other words, if there are no reviews on a particular ring, at least I know that none of their buyers have been so disappointed in their purchase that they felt compelled to leave a review about it.

Reviews are less commonly available through a local retailer. They just aren’t as important when clients come into your store to buy. Couples try on rings until they feel comfortable with a particular ring style and then buy it. It’s far more common for the online buyer to want to take time to read about the thoughts and experiences of past purchasers before buying. Local retailers often serve a much smaller audience, and also have different dynamics. If someone buys in their store, that customer is unlikely to take time to go online to find and review the same product later.

Return Policy:

Have you ever purchased some clothing item off the rack that you LOVED in the store, but hated once you got it home and actually tried it on? The same thing often happens with rings. Whether you purchase online or in a store, you might have second thoughts in the days following your purchase—maybe the ring your picked ISN’T the right one. It’s in these moments that return policies are important.

Did you know that jewelry stores often use special lighting in their showrooms to make their rings look more appealing and sparkly? Knowing that, is it any wonder that your feelings about a particular ring might change once you get it home (under normal lighting conditions)?

Policies definitely vary by store, but oftentimes, local jewelers won’t accept returns on their rings once you leave the store. Online retailers, on the other hand, almost always allow returns if you aren’t satisfied. That only makes sense, when you make your buying decision based on the pictures. You may need to SEE the ring in person, or try it on, to see if you really love it as much as you thought you would.

The return policy protects you in case you (or your sweetheart) doesn’t love the style of the ring after all, but it also could protect your money in the unlikely event that things don’t work out and you no longer need the ring.

TIP: Pay for your ring with a credit card…even if you can afford to pay cash. Paying with the card, and then using your cash to pay off the card gives you some added protections. If you later find that there’s a serious quality issue with the ring, that the ring isn’t made of what they told you it was made of, or the ring breaks in some way, you might be able to force a refund by disputing the transaction through your credit card company. It’s not a certain route to a refund, but it’s a great back up plan, and helpful added protection.

Convenience:

Driving from store-to-store shopping a thin selection of Moissanite rings can be nerve-racking and time-consuming. Buying online allows you to shop and compare several reputable online retailers before choosing your ring. Once chosen, your ring is shipped straight to your door—you literally never have to leave your home to access to the largest inventories, and best values, available anywhere.

If you make a mistake on the size, returns and replacements are also incredibly easy and efficient! Even if you just end up wanting something like a different stone color, shape, or type of metal you can return the ring you have to get the ring that you want.

Avoid Risky Sellers Online

The larger and more established the retailer that you’re buying from online, the better. Ok, you’re not necessarily safer with a company that’s been open 7 years over a company that’s been open 5 years, but you may be taking a risk if you purchase from a fairly new or unknown organization.

I would also STRONGLY recommend NOT buying from individuals online (rings being shipped from other locations after you pay an individual for them). There are a few platforms that act as intermediaries for private sellers (verifying that the product is what the seller claims it is), I’d be much more comfortable in that type of transaction. I wouldn’t want to buy a ring off an auction or crafting site though—I’ve heard too many horror stories! Sometimes sellers on those platforms intentionally deceive their buyers, delivering a different stone or material in the ring they deliver than what they advertised. The problem is that few people are going to have a Moissanite ring graded…so they may never learn that their ‘Moissanite’ stone is actually made from thick glass or CZ for example. Buyers might think they scored the deal of a lifetime, but they may have actually been taken advantage of.

Some sellers on these platforms accidentally sell something that isn’t a genuine product. They source their rings through China just believe that they received the product that they purchased (high-quality Moissanite rings). I’ve seen this happen a lot actually. Individual resellers don’t always do the due diligence that they should on the inventory that they buy. There are two victims when this kind of scam surfaces, but that’s little consolation because you’re still out whatever you spent on the ring.

Warranties for Moissanite Rings

When you purchase from small or independent sellers, the item that you get may not look like the images on their site. If you aren’t happy with the look, you might find yourself stuck with a ring that the seller refuses to exchange. If it breaks or you discover a manufacturing defect, you may find it difficult to get help and support to resolve the issue.

You’ve heard the expression, a warranty is only as strong as the company that issues it, right? Well, small independent sellers generally aren’t strong or stable, so it’s very much a roll of the dice when you purchase from them. Again, I’d suggest that you stick to buying from larger, more well known, and reputable sellers.

The Disadvantages of Buying Online

While there are MANY advantages to purchasing online, there are a few inconveniences too. For example, you can’t go down to a local business location to deal with a problem in-person if an issue arises when you buy from an online-only retailer. You probably wouldn’t want to do that anyway—but when you buy online, you typically don’t have a choice other than email (and possibly phone) communication.

For those that are either spontaneous…or major procrastinators, a shipping delay of even a day or two can be an issue. In those cases, you might be willing to pay more or choose from a more limited selection in order to have immediate access to your ring.

The inability to see and feel the ring on your hand immediately might also be considered a disadvantage of buying online. While the images, and sometimes even videos, of rings that you’re interested in, are incredibly helpful, nothing beats seeing and feeling the ring in person. The compensating factor for online buyers is the fact that they can easily return a ring if they don’t love the way it looks or feels, but that requires a little shipping time. If you’re planning to propose in a day or two, you might not have time for returns and replacements (unless you present the ring you have when you propose and exchange for the more ideal ring afterward possibly).

In Summary

You can probably find something RIGHT NOW at the mall or a local jeweler, but you’re more likely to find something RIGHT when you shop the much larger selections and lower prices available online. You’ll also have greater peace of mind when you purchase online because return policies are typically much more generous than you’ll find with a local retailer. You can find info on the online Moissanite retailer that we trust most here. I purchase rings from them. They offer the highest quality Moissanite that you can find anywhere, a great selection of loose stones and beautiful settings, really fair prices, and the most solid reputation in the industry!

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