Purchasing a Moissanite engagement ring online is a wise choice, as there are a plethora of high-quality retailers, some of which even offer the opportunity to design your own ring! In this article, we will review the top three.
1. Forever Moissanite
Forever Moissanite is a top option to consider for moissanite rings as they are dedicated specifically to this category. They are also highly rated on TrustPilot, which is a key consideration with some of the questionable jewelry retailers out there.
Forever Moissanite offers a wide variety of engagement cuts and styles, including:
Side Stone Round Cut
Side Stone Princess Cut
Side Stone Cushion Cut
Solitaire Round Cut
Solitaire Princess Cut
Solitaire Cushion Cut
hey also offer fully customizable ring designs here. with custom consults, from concept design, CAD models, and your final approval and delivery.
Forever Moissanite also has separate offerings for Moissanite Bridal Sets and Moissanite Weddling Bands, so it can be used as a one-stop-shop.
Forever Moissanite Offers:
30 Day Return Policy
2. Brilliant Earth
Brilliant Earth is a well-established name in the ethically & sustainably sourced diamond industry, so it’s no surprise that they have an extensive moissanite diamond collection here.
Brilliant Earth Moissanite Cuts & Designs
Best of all, Brilliant Earth has a full complement of popular ring types, including:
Moissanite Solitaire Rings
Moissanite Accent Rings
Moissanite Luxe Rings
Moissanite Halo Rings
Moissanite Nature Themed Rings
Moissanite Vintage Style Rings
3. Charles and Colvard
When searching online for Moissanite engagement rings, one of the first results you will likely come across is Charles & Colvard.
They have a solid reputation and exist since 1995. They are unique in selling Moissanite as a diamond alternative, so you don’t need to worry about sifting through other kinds of jewelry. Their website is elegant, succinct and makes shopping a simple, lovely experience. It has three sections:
If you hover your mouse on the shop option, you will see several categories including:
Engagement rings, divided by sets and styles
Loose gems, in over a dozen styles including unique ones like radiant, heart and trillion
Featured, which includes their rare green Moissanite collection.
If you click on Why Moissanite? You will be directed to a page which includes a highly educational video on Moissanite as well as a table which compares Moissanite to Diamonds, Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds.
Where is the best place here in Chicago Illinois or United States to buy or order a good moissanite 1 carat stone diamond and is moissanite better than Diamond Nexus for engagement ring purposes like being worn every day on a woman’s finger?
If you decide to order a 1 carat moissanite, or a large moissanite engagement ring online, two of our top recommendations include:
Moissanite Wedding Rings by Brilliant Earth: Here you will find ready-made moissanite rings in variety of styles, you can choose which ring metal you would like (platinum, 14k gold, 18k gold, rose gold) and Brilliant Earth also maintains a selection of Loose Moissanite Stones that you can select for a custom designed ring.
Moissanite Rings by Gemvara: At Gemvara you’ll find an extensive selection of Moissanite Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands in styles that can be modified by moissanite gemstone size and metal (platinum, gold, rose gold, silver).
Another reliable resource for quality moissanite jewelry and rings is Charles & Colvard moissanite. Private retailers sell this designer’s brand, you can also find a wide selection of Charles & Colvard moissanite rings on Overstock – many on sale.
On our Man Made Diamonds page you can see a comparison of moissanite to stones like Diamond Nexus (or Asha or Miadonna).
It’s important to understand that these are two very different products. Moissanite is a real gemstone (synthetic lab-created moissanite has the exact same properties as natural moissanite) which has it’s own characteristics. Typically it has more fire and flash than a diamond, moissanite sometimes has a slight color tint too which is why moissanite by reputable sellers is the best choice.
Stones like Asha, Miadonna and Diamond Nexus are made with re-enforced cubic zironia that is usually treated with a strong carbon-particle coat. These stones can have a flash and fire that is more similar to diamonds.
Which is best in terms of strength? That is still debatable considering that carbon-coated CZ has not be around as long as moissanite, so it’s difficult to know if this type of stone can hold up to long-term durability compared to moissanite.
Moissanite rings are known to stand up to daily-wear, especially when combined with strong metals like platinum and gold.
We’re excited to be able to offer beautiful moissanites from three different companies! Two brands of white moissanite are available: Forever One™ by Charles & Colvard, and Supernova™ by Moissanite International. Both are great companies, offering gorgeous stones in a range of white color grades and price points. The third company, Iconic Moissanite, is my own brand of grey moissanite. Which brand you choose is truly a personal choice — you’ll have to weigh which factors are most important to you. Below is a summary and background of each white moissanite option:
Forever One (colorless, D-E-F)
The Forever One is by North Carolina based company, Charles & Colvard. Their stones are made in the USA, which may or may not be of importance to some clients. They were also the original creators of gem-quality moissanite, and have been producing it for over 20 years. Because they were the originators, they have greater brand name recognition. Their colorless stones grade in the D-E-F range, according to the diamond color grading scale. (If you’re unfamiliar with color gradings or how the scale works, read The 4 C’s to learn more.
The round shape of Forever One is also available in two faceting styles: their classic Round Cut, as well as the newer Hearts & Arrows cut. The difference between these two round cuts is discussed in greater detail in this blog post.
Supernova (colorless, D-E-F)
The Supernova is by Australian based company, Moissanite International. In decades past, Charles & Colvard was the only maker of moissanite since they held the patent. In 2016 their patent expired, thus opening the gates for other competitors. Moissanite International has been developing and fine-tuning their stones in anticipation of the patent ending. Their stones are stunning, and are truly on par with those from Charles & Colvard. The Supernovas also grade in the colorless D-E-F range, so they’re comparative to the Forever One D-E-F. However, the Supernovas come in at a lower price point than those from C&C. To learn more about the cut of the round Supernova and how it compares to the Forever One round, see this blog post.
Forever One (near colorless, G-H-I)
In addition to their colorless D-E-F moissanite, Charles & Colvard also offers a near-colorless option that grades in the G-H-I range of the color scale. It’s less expensive than Supernova, making it budget friendly. Unlike their older Forever Brilliant line (which was supposedly also G-H-I, but often was more like I-J-K for some shapes), the new Forever One Hearts & Arrows GHI are truly in the G-H-I color range. Most of the oval and rounds I’ve seen so far are even the higher “G” color grade, and honestly look nearly identical to the D-E-F to the untrained eye. The vast majority of diamonds you see don’t even grade as colorless; most are near-colorless, just like the new GHI moissanite. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting the new GHI to be that different from their old FB, but the whiteness is really incredible. I’m a believer.
Ask yourself these questions when choosing a white moissanite: ◇ Do you only like an icier/bluer stone, or do you prefer a little warmth? ◇ Are you working within a budget? ◇ Does it matter to you where the moissanite was made? ◇ Does brand recognition matter to you? ◇ Does cut matter to you more than color and/or brand name? ◇ Prefer a non-white stone? Skip below to “Grey Moissanite” section!
Forever Brilliant (near colorless G-H-I — but really closer to I-J-K)
Before C&C introduced the newer Forever One GHI, their near-colorless option used to be the Forever Brilliant, or FB for short. The FB’s were cut from a different material than the new GHI and were visibly warmer/yellower. Although C&C claimed the FB also graded in the G-H-I range, I actually think the fancy shapes (such as radiants, emeralds, pears, etc.) graded more in the I-J-K color range. Color isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it’s just something to be aware of. In fact, many clients actually prefer a warmer stone. Many antique rings from the Art Deco, Victorian, etc. periods are faintly yellow.
Iconic Moissanite (Fancy Grey color)
I founded my own brand, Iconic Moissanite, after realizing that not all couples are looking for a white stone ring. The Iconic line features rare fancy greys, a hue that occurs naturally during the moissanite crystal growing process. Iconic grey moissanites are perfect for those wanting something a bit less traditional. The wonderful thing about grey is that it’s still a neutral that goes with everything, but the grey shade lends a little something different and edgier. Iconic greys can range in shade from a warmer dove grey, to a medium smoky grey, to a dark steel-hued grey. Learn more about the Iconic Grey Moissanite here.
I plan expand the Iconic brand to include white moissanites in the near future, so stay tuned! I already have a few white Iconic moissanites cookin’ — a gorgeous Hearts & Arrows, and some insanely beautiful antique cuts of white moissanite as well, such as Old Mine cuts, and more. Keep an eye on my Instagram, where I always post sneak peeks of new offerings first!
What is a moissanite stone if not the best very of both worlds: decidedly premium quality and genuine affordability. With more than twice the fire of a diamond at a fraction of the cost, durable moissanite gemstone combines luxury and accessibility.
According to the International Gemstone Society, by spending less than $1,000, you can receive a moissanite stone the size of a one-carat diamond for three times less than the standard cost—and all without compromising on color or clarity. In fact, our lab-created diamond simulants cost up to 90% less than mined diamonds while featuring sparkling brilliance, long-lasting durability, and unique premium cuts. A stunning gemstone at a stunningly low price point? It’s no wonder that so many modern couples choose to commemorate their love with moissanite jewelry and engagement rings.
Pro: Ethical Origins
Every aspect of a moissanite stone shines, including its origins. Ethically sourced, lab-grown moissanite gemstone is renowned for its conflict-free nature and environmentally friendly processes, removed from unethical mining practices and engineered by scientists with sustainable practices in mind. Look and feel your best in diamond alternatives crafted with conscientious care and the utmost attention to clarity, color and cut. With eco-friendly simulants that dazzle just like diamonds—but don’t compromise your comfort or arrive with hidden costs—you can sparkle with confidence and enjoy beautiful peace of mind.
Pro: Irresistibly Sparkly
If you’re looking to turn heads and win hearts, it’s hard to find a more eye-catching or radiant stone than moissanite. This eco-friendly diamond alternative may even compete with the cut, clarity, and brilliance of comparable mined diamonds measured on the standard diamond carat size chart. But unlike mined diamonds which emit colorless flashes when exposed to light, silicon carbide is double-refractive, creating a multi-hued rainbow of shimmer with every turn of the stone or encounter with light. What does this mean for your premium Nexus Diamond™ jewelry? More fire, more brilliance and more sparkle in your go-to pendant, engagement ring or custom design.
Pro: Seriously Durable
Moissanite ranks a 9.25 out of 10 on the industry-standard Mohs Scale of Hardness, just a touch under the ranking of mined diamonds. The serious durability of moissanite makes it a perfect choice for the center stone in your fine jewelry pieces. Given their top-notch brilliance and incredible tensile strength, our lab-grown diamond simulants deliver elegance and dazzle, without the worries about breaks, chips and cracks. Keep in mind, however, that certain gemstone cuts and shapes may require more delicate handling than others. Pear cuts and other elegant shapes may benefit from special settings that can help protect against everyday stress and damage. Speak with one of our experts about your unique needs.
Pro: Visibly Flawless
Lab-grown moissanite will certainly make an appealing option if your gemstone’s clarity is a top priority. Our moissanite diamond alternatives must achieve a clarity grade of VS or higher to be sold on the market. In other words, when you choose moissanite, you’re guaranteed a gorgeous stone with no visible flaws, perfect in appearance to the naked eye. And, when it comes to this gemstone, good things do last forever. This sparkly stone keeps its brilliance over time, so your fine jewelry can live on as a stunning heirloom piece that dazzles for generations to come.
Con: Slightly Different Sparkle Than Diamonds
While lab-grown moissanite offers greater brilliance than mined diamonds, differences in composition between the two gemstones result in slightly distinct sparkle patterns. Moissanite’s superior clarity—free of the inclusions and color variations in its mined counterparts—comes from a shift in light refraction properties. Moissanite is doubly refractive, which means that it sparkles much more—and much more colorfully—than the single refractive diamond.
While many delight in the dramatic blaze of this lab-grown dazzler, moissanite’s rainbow shimmer is distinctive—it does not perfectly match the white sparkle of real diamonds. The difference can be extremely subtle, especially with smaller stones, but experts with a trained eye can identify a diamond vs moissanite center stone based on sparkle alone.
Con: Hints of Warm Undertones
Colorless moissanite makes a fantastic alternative for those looking to simulate the versatility of the diamond. To attain its prized colorless quality, each gem undergoes a whitening process during its development. However, the ultimate degree of moissanite’s colorlessness may vary slightly from stone to stone. Some gems closely compare to near-colorless diamonds, while others may be slightly warmer in color with hints of yellow and green.
If you’re concerned about the hue of your gemstone, our experts can help you find your perfect diamond simulant. Each of our carefully crafted moissanite stones earns D, E, or F grades on the color scale of D to Z, with D being colorless.
Con: Less Access to Repairs, Resizing, and Resetting
While moissanite is one of the most promising additions to the world of fine jewelry, its innovative nature may make it more challenging to find jewelers that specialize in your stone in the event that you’re interested in resizing or resetting—at least compared to the many jewelers who work with mined diamonds.
Additionally, certain critics of moissanite argue that the stone does not retain its value over time. But this critique is not unique to moissanite; the same has been said of mined diamonds and other diamond alternatives within the retail space. It’s even possible that—given its durable quality and forever brilliance—moissanite boasts unparalleled longevity. If you have questions about caring for your moissanite jewelry through the years, our experts are happy to share insights and resources.