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Curious about Moissanites?

What is a Moissanite? We get this question lots.  I remember when moissanites first appeared on the market in 1998, they were so close in appearance to diamonds even a few seasoned jewellers were fooled.  Moissanites are a lab grown gem that very closely resembles  a diamond.  They have massive amounts of sparkle, excellent durability & elicit many a lady grabbing your hand and saying “wow! Your ring is gorgeous!!!”


Here’s a cheat sheet of quick facts:

  • Moissanites are lab grown from a natural crystal.
  • The crystal was first discovered in 1893 by Nobel Prizing winning chemist, Henri Moissan.
  • Charles & Colvard holds exclusives patents for moissanite used in jewelry.
  • Moissanites have a hardness of 9.25 (diamonds are only slightly harder at 10)
  • Forever Brilliant moissanites are up to four grades whiter than conventional moissanites, and they’re the only ones we use.
  • More details can be found at

We’ve seen a surge in clients who choose Moissanite for their engagement ring for 3 reasons:

  1. They look fantastic (yep, it’s that simple)
  2. They are very reasonable in price.  A 1.50 carat diamond in an average quality is an easy $10,000 (and can climb quickly depending on the quality).  A 1.50 Moissanite is a cool $950 (but as with anything, costs can change so take this detail with a grain of salt & don’t hesistate to ask for a price confirmation).
  3. Moissanites are ‘green’.  If you are concerned about the environmental impact of diamonds, this is for you!  Moissanite is a man-made gemstone and does not have the environmental or social concerns of mined diamonds.

The option of moissanite for a feature center stone has allowed many of our customers to choose their absolute dream ring (even luxury rings like Tacori) & still have a budget for the wedding, the honeymoon or even a down payment on a house! Just to give you an idea, we put together some of our favorite lux engagement rings and priced them with a moissanite center. What do you think?

Engagement Rings with Moissanite centers at

Visit us anytime to browse hundreds of engagement rings and see if moissanite is a good fit for you.  Remember we also carry an extensive diamond inventory… and if we don’t have it, we’ll be happy to shop for it!

– Lisa



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