Many people buy blue moissanite as an alternative to sapphires and blue diamonds. Genuine, naturally-occurring moissanite is exceptionally rare. In fact, it’s so rare, that until the 1950s, it was only found in meteorites. Therefore, the majority of moissanite jewelry you’ll find today is man-made.
If you’re considering buying a blue moissanite engagement ring, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll tell you everything you need to know about blue moissanite, how much it costs, and if it’s worth the money.
What Is Blue Moissanite?
Discovered by Henri Moissan in 1893, moissanite is a type of naturally-occurring precious stone that’s made from silicon carbide. It’s nearly colorless, which is why it’s so easy to mistake it for a diamond. However, not all moissanite gemstones are colorless. In fact, most of them have a yellow or green tint.
Although moissanite and diamonds may have the same optical properties, they vary in physical structures and chemical compositions. The main difference between diamonds and moissanite is that diamonds are carbon composites, while moissanite is made of pure silicon carbide. Diamonds are also harder than moissanite, scoring 10 on the Mohs scale for hardness. Moissanite, on the other hand, has a hardness of 9.25 on the Mohs scale.
Since there is no official color grading scheme for moissanite, most gemologists use GIA’s diamond color grading scale. D, E, and F grades indicate colorless diamonds, which are the most valuable. If you stumble upon blue moissanite, it’s most likely lab-grown. Man-made moissanite comes in almost every color, including yellow, green, purple, pink, orange, gold, brown, and blue.
How Much Does Blue Moissanite Cost?
Not only does blue moissanite cost less than diamonds, but it’s also more affordable than other precious and semi-precious gemstones. A moissanite stone that’s the same size and quality as a diamond can cost up to 10 times less, but that depends on many factors.
For example, the price for a one-carat diamond can cost between $2,000 to $16,000. The “four Cs”– color, clarity, cut, and carat weight – play the most important role in a diamond’s overall value. Colorless, clear diamonds cost much more than diamonds with a yellow tint or eye-visible inclusions. A one-carat moissanite stone that’s equally colorless and clear can cost from $200 to $800.
Colorless moissanite costs more than their colored counterparts. Carat weight also determines value. For instance, two-carat and three-carat moissanite stones can cost from $1,200 to $3,000.
It might be hard to compare the price of same-sized diamonds and blue moissanite because they don’t have the same density. Moissanite gemstones weigh 15% less than diamonds. Make sure to take this into consideration when you’re buying moissanite and want to compare prices.
Shop for Blue Moissanite Rings
There are lots of places where you can buy blue moissanite rings online.
A great place to start looking is Etsy, where you can find a wide variety of blue moissanite rings for competitive prices. You can also find different shades of blue, from dark-blue and navy-blue to gray-blue and greenish-blue. It’s also possible to find various cuts, like the round cut, the emerald cut, the cushion cut, the baguette cut, and more.
If you would rather buy your blue moissanite ring from an independent jewelry store, you can shop at Aadvark Jewelry or Diamondrensu. Although these engagement rings are pricier compared to Etsy, these shops are more reputable and trustworthy. Moreover, you can find plenty of information about the rings, including their carat weight, clarity, color, and other important details.
Of course, viewing the ring in person is always a good idea. If you prefer to buy jewelry this way, try visiting a local jewelry store that offers blue moissanite engagement rings.
Blue Grey Moissanite Engagement Rings
Blue and gray moissanite engagement rings are exceptionally beautiful. To make sure you’ve selected the right model, ask about the ring’s “four Cs.”
Like I said before, lab-grown blue moissanite comes in various undertones, so you can find a hue that looks best on your (or your fiancée’s) hand. Blue moissanite is a budget-friendly alternative to blue diamonds and sapphires. What’s more, they go beautifully with any skin color.
Lab-grown moissanite can be found in a wide variety of cuts because it’s so durable. You can usually choose between round brilliant, cushion, baguette, emerald, pear, princess, Marquise, and even antique cuts.
What you really need to look for is clarity, however. The goal is to find blue moissanite that has no inclusions visible to the naked eye. But since most blue moissanite gems are man-made, they rarely come with inclusions. Gem labs use various forms of treatment and enhancement to get rid of all the tiny imperfections.
Is Moissanite a Scam?
Before we talk about whether buying moissanite is worthwhile, it’s important to make a distinction between natural moissanite and lab-grown moissanite.
If you can get your hands on natural moissanite, lucky you! The sad fact is that most naturally occurring moissanite gems are exceptionally rare. For that reason, it’s almost impossible to find natural moissanite that hasn’t been treated in any way. Not to mention that natural moissanite can’t be made into jewelry because they are found in very small sizes. In fact, a naturally occurring moissanite usually can’t be cut into a one-carat gemstone.
Since moissanite and diamonds look similar, many jewelers try to sell moissanite as diamonds. In this sense, buying moissanite for more than $1,000 (if it’s a one-carat stone) is a scam. Real diamonds can cost up to $16,000 for just one carat. Moissanite shouldn’t cost more than $2,000 to $3,000.
Whether lab-grown or natural, moissanite isn’t the same as a diamond. But this doesn’t mean they’re fake gemstones. For example, moissanite is different to cubic zirconia, which is usually used to mimic diamonds and has no real value. Naturally-occurring moissanite is a precious stone, just like emeralds, rubies, and sapphires.
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If you can’t afford a blue diamond or a sapphire, lab-grown blue moissanite can be the perfect replacement. Just be careful not to get scammed and pay the price of real moissanite, or worse, a diamond.
If you have any questions about blue moissanite and how to shop for it, fill out the form below, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.