While diamonds are wonderful, there are plenty of reasons to decide on a different option. Whether it’s just not in the budget or you’re against the diamond industry on principle, your ring does not have to be a plain band. If you want a sparkly alternative to diamonds, we have the answer: Moissanite.

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What is Moissanite, you ask? Moissanite is a gemstone that was discovered in 1893 by scientist, Henri Moissan. Interestingly enough, he discovered particles of this gem in a crater created by a meteorite that fell to Earth. While the natural occurrence of the gem is incredibly rare, scientists are now able to recreate this gorgeous gem.

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While Moissanite is labeled as “colorless,” the gems can still project a yellow or grayish hue depending on the lighting. Because they are lab produced, no mining is involved so you can feel even better about your purchase! After all, we have to leave Mother Nature something to wear!

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Their brilliance catches the light and has an incredible sparkle. The best part is they are a fraction of the cost of a diamond.

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So here’s to Moissanite: finding happiness in being environmentally conscious, saving a pretty penny, and not to mention…it’s so darn shiny!