Fake engagement rings: Moissanite Vs. Cubic Zirconia

By on March 22, 2013

Purchasing an engagement ring does not have to break the bank, so if you are on a tight budget, why not consider shopping for fake engagement rings instead? Although the word ‘fake’ often has negative connotations, in this instance it simply refers to engagement rings that do not feature real diamonds. Instead they feature man-made alternatives like moissanite and cubic zirconia stones. In this article we will examine the two replica stones, weighing up the pros and cons of each.

Fake engagement rings
Fake engagement rings usually feature stones made from moissanite or cubic zirconia

Fake engagement rings: Moissanite

Moissanite is a rare mineral which was discovered by Henri Moissan back in the early 1900s. It has a Silicon Carbide formula and contains various crystalline polymorphs. Seeing as the Earth lacks moissanite, scientists decided to create a synthetic version, which is used in jewellery designs today.

Moissanite stones have true brilliance, which makes it hard to tell the difference between them and diamonds. They also register at around 9.25 on the Mohs hardness scale, which is closer to a diamonds perfect 10, than cubic zirconia stones which register at around 9.0. As moissanite stones are produced with the intention of replicated diamonds, they also have inclusions, whereas cubic zirconia stones are flawless.

Fake engagement rings: Cubic Zirconia

Many fake engagement rings feature stunning cubic zirconia stones, which are much cheaper to purchase than diamonds. The commercial production of the imitation stones began in the mid-1970s and the stones have continued to grow in popularity ever since. Although some cubic zirconia stones are hand-cut, they are more often machine manufactured, giving them a flawless look, which exceeds that of diamonds.

Cubic Zirconia stones are usually less durable than moissanite, as they have been cut by a machine, rather than by hand and are slightly softer. If you are on an extremely tight budget, it is best to look at fake engagement rings featuring cubic zirconia stones as they are even more affordable than the moissanite alternatives.

After weighing up the pros and cons of each imitation diamond formula, it appears that moissanite comes out on top. It is  certainly the better choice for those who are looking for a replica that bears a very close resemblance to real diamonds. If you can afford to spend a little more on your engagement ring, then moissanite is the stone to go for, as it will retain its beauty for much longer.

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