Spring and summer are the most popular months for couples to get engaged. Traditionally, a diamond ring symbolizes a couple's love; a love that will last a lifetime. These days, diamonds aren't the only stone used for engagement rings. There's a gemstone that's just as hard, just as brilliant, and has more fire than a diamond.
Just looking at the two next to each other you can't even tell the difference. That’s exactly why this story could leave you looking down at your hand and asking, “Is it real?”
It's called moissanite and it’s a popular option when buying an engagement ring because it's so similar to a diamond with one huge difference!
“If you compared a moissanite in the same quality to a diamond of the same quality in a one-carat, it could probably run some where in the ballpark of $4,500, verses $500-$700 for a moissanite,” master jeweler, Tom Sellers explained.
To the naked eye it's near impossible to tell the difference between a moissanite and diamond stone. That's why when purchasing your engagement ring you should go to an experienced jeweler you trust - so you know exactly what you're getting and protect your investment.
Moissanite was first discovered in 1893 by French chemist, Henri Moissan, who was investigating a meteorite that had landed in Arizona.
Today, they are created in a lab and sold in most jewelry stores. The gemstone's price sounds attractive, but would people consider buying a moissanite engagement ring instead of a diamond?
Tony Bahr isn’t completely sold on the idea.
“I don't think I could. I mean, if I brought her along, the whole point of it is to make her feel special, you know? She's gonna be your future wife and I don't think I could do it. I think I'd have to go with the diamond because I'd want to spend money on something that's gonna be with her forever,” Bahr said.
On the other hand, Blake Cvengros may consider it.
“I would consider buying it, but I couldn't call it a diamond. If I was gonna buy it I would have to be honest with my future wife hopefully," Cvengros explained.
"I might have considered it (a moissanite). I would have considered it and stuff and researched it - so yeah probably," newly engaged, Haley Parrish said.
It's all about personal preference.
“It really depends on the individuals and their budgets. Of course the ladies they always want the larger diamonds and the men they like the larger diamonds too, but they don't like to pay the price," Sellers said.
“If she didn't have a problem with it I wouldn't have a problem with it at all and definitely not my pocket book," Cvengros agreed.
Put yourself to the test! Which one is the real diamond? Click your choice to see if you are correct.