The Ultimate Guide to Purchasing a Moissanite Engagement Ring

Aug 28, 2017
The Ultimate Guide to Purchasing a Moissanite Engagement Ring

Congratulations, you’ve found the perfect one and you’re ready to get engaged! Now you just need to choose the perfect ring for your proposal.

There’s a lot of pressure in finding the right ring since it should match their style and symbolize your love for each other. They’ll look at it and wear it every single day and will likely flaunt it to their family and friends, so you’ll want them to love it just as much as they love you!

But don’t worry, this engagement ring guide will walk you through some of the most important steps you need to know to find a ring that they’ll cherish forever.

Learn the 4C’s of Moissanite

  • Cut. The cut of a gemstone is not synonymous with shape, rather, it refers to the symmetry, proportions and polish of the gem. Cut is one of the most important C’s, as it determines the amount of light or “sparkle” reflected from the stone. Each of our gemstones are hand-faceted by our expert gemcutters into the shapes most conducive to each stone’s natural attributes – so every gem will remain just as brilliant as the day you received it.
  • Color. If you’re considering moissanite, know that it comes in two colors: colorless and near-colorless. Moissanite uses a color grading scale that is based upon a diamond color grading scale. Forever One colorless (DEF range) will give you the added sparkle you’re looking for and the near-colorless (GHI range) will have a slight icy hue. Regardless of which one you choose, moissanite’s color will never fade or change over time.
  • Character. What guided you or your soon-to-be fiancé in your decision to purchase moissanite? Is it that moissanite is non-traditional, sustainable or more budget-friendly? The same principles you used to make this socially responsible choice are the characteristics that make moissanite exceptional. Each piece of moissanite has its own character, just like the unique person you’re giving it to.
  • Conscience. When you decide to buy moissanite, you are making a conscientious choice to purchase an ethically sourced, socially responsible and sustainable gemstone. By choosing moissanite, you are helping to reduce the negative impact on the earth and change the environmental standards set by the fine jewelry industry.

Determine a Budget

It’s okay if you can’t afford to spend the "normal" three month’s salary on a ring – spend whatever you feel comfortable spending without breaking the bank. If you buy a ring that balances size and quality, your future fiancé will appreciate the time and effort you put into choosing a ring meant just for them.

You should also look for a jeweler where you can take advantage of payment options that best fit your needs. Don’t forget you’ll need to be saving up for the big day and the honeymoon too!

Choose a Gemstone Shape

Currently, there are ten different cuts of moissanite gemstones available:

Asscher Cushion Emerald Hearts & Arrows Oval
asscher cushion emerald H&A oval
Pear Princess Radiant Round Square
pear princess radiant round square

Choosing the right shape is arguably one of the most important steps in the engagement ring buying process. According to our research, most women prefer a timeless round or cushion cut, but more men actually like oval and emerald cuts!

Take note of the jewelry that your future fiancé currently wears… Is it trendier or more classic? If they wear stackable rings or fashion rings then they probably like trendy jewelry. You may want to choose a fancy shape that fits their unique personality like a pear or Asscher. Or if they tend to wear stud earrings and pendants, they may like the classics and prefer a round or cushion cut.

Choose a Metal Type

The metal on your engagement ring can be as traditional or as modern as you like. The most common metal choices include white gold, yellow gold and rose gold as shown in this solitaire setting below:

white yellow rose

Forever One Round Moissanite Four Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring (starting at $679)

White gold is a more traditional choice for bridal jewelry as it has a sleek, silver-toned appearance. White gold engagement rings are also a great choice for those who admire the look of platinum, but not the expense.

Yellow gold is an ever-popular metal choice for engagement rings due to its warm, rich color and association with wealth and beauty.

Rose gold has recently become more popular as it’s versatile, stylish and more neutral than white and yellow gold. Its pinkish hue is the result of mixing copper with pure gold, so rose gold engagement rings are the most durable and least expensive of the three metal types.

Have you seen your significant other typically wearing one metal type over another? A safe bet will be to choose a metal they are already comfortable wearing.

Choose a Band Setting

The next step in your engagement ring journey is to choose a band setting or style. The number of ring styles can be overwhelming, so we created a separate blog just to dive into 12 of the most popular settings.

Today’s most popular settings include halos, solitaires, and three stones:

Solitaire. A solitaire is an engagement ring with one main stone. This timeless setting is perfect for a simple, yet classy and sophisticated look. Even though round cuts are typically paired with solitaires, square and cushion cuts are becoming a new modern favorite.

solitaire

Forever One Square Moissanite Solitaire Engagement Ring (starting at $739)

Halo. Halo rings have a large center stone surrounded by a “halo” of smaller stones. If your significant other is the bold type, choose a double halo like this ring below to accentuate the brilliance and beauty of the main stone. Just like the gemstone at the center of this setting, the person receiving this ring will be the center of your attention.

halo

Forever One Round Moissanite Double Halo with Side Accents Engagement Ring (starting at $1,269)

Three Stone. Three stone rings typically have a larger stone in the middle. The three stones represent the trilogy of your relationship: friendship, love and fidelity. This style is meant for someone who wants to stand out and display their love story.

three

Forever One Emerald Moissanite Three Stone Trellis Engagement Ring (starting at $1,659)

Choose a Carat Size

Carat is the traditional unit of measurement for the weight of diamond and other popular gemstones. Since moissanite weighs about 10% less than diamond, it not measured in carats but rather in millimeters and diamond equivalent weights (DEW). For example, a 6.5mm round diamond would weigh 1.0ct, while a 6.5mm round moissanite would weigh 0.88ct. When selecting a carat size, choose something that not only speaks to your significant other’s style preferences, but fits within your budget.

Choose a Ring Size

This may be one of the trickiest steps yet if you’re planning a surprise proposal. You can subtly ask them or ask one of their friends or family members for a little help. If you’re able to get a hold of one of their rings, you can trace it onto a piece of paper or take it to a jeweler for professional sizing.

If you can’t find out by asking or they don’t normally wear a ring, you can always return or exchange the ring later to find a size that fits them best.

Just remember that putting your time and money into the ring and proposal should be well worth the surprise and investment. Congratulations! You’re about to pop the big question and now that you’ve learned how to choose the ring meant just for them, hearing them say “Yes!” will feel even better.

For more ideas and tips to help with planning, check out these other guides:

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