Moissanite vs Diamond Nexus

Moissanite: One of the most beautiful gems in the world

Moissanite is an exquisitely beautiful gemstone, and can be a good choice for an affordable engagement ring. First, it's nearly as hard as diamond and will last a lifetime. Second, it has much more fire and brilliance than a diamond, which makes it an eye-catching stone that will light up a room. If you are considering a moissanite gemstone as an engagement ring option, at about $300 a carat, a moissanite ring will save you thousands from an earth-mined diamond.

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Moissanite, however, does not look much like a diamond.

Moissanite is a beautiful stone in it's own right, but most people want a diamond engagement ring, and moissanite does not look much like a diamond. It has nearly double the fire and brilliance of a diamond, which is what makes them beautiful, but it also makes them easy to tell apart from a diamond side by side. This is especially evident when placing moissanite rings in sunlight. Moissanite gemstones are so sparkly that people in the jewelry business call them "disco balls". This is just one of several differences compared to diamond.

What are some good alternatives to a moissanite engagement ring?

It all depends on what your goal is. If you’re browsing for moissanite rings, you are probably looking for a beautiful diamond engagement ring but are trying to avoid the high cost. Or, perhaps you are interested in a ring that doesn't have the ethical and environmental concerns of a mined diamond.

One great alternative to moissanite is the Nexus Diamond™ alternative, which simulates the look, weight and wear of a diamond but costs up to 80% less. These patented lab created diamond simulants are also environmentally superior and conflict-free because they are not mined.

Nexus Diamond Ring

The Nexus Diamond™ Alternative

All the beauty, at a fraction of the cost.

Our Nexus Diamonds simulate a perfect traditional diamond, but are chemically distinct. No matter the carat weight you’re looking for or the cut of the center stone, you’re bound to find a gorgeous engagement ring that will be cherished for years to come. Our stones are D color (colorless), IF clarity and Ideal Cut for maximum fire and brilliance. Even an experienced jeweler can't tell them apart with a loupe. They also come with a Lifetime Stone Guarantee which ensures your stone will never chip, crack or discolor.

If something does happen, we'll replace it for free, forever. And for up to 80% less than mined diamonds, Nexus Diamonds are an amazing alternative option.

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Lab Grown Diamond Rings

Lab Grown Diamonds

Lab diamonds are in every way identical to mined diamonds. They have the same physical, chemical and optical properties but are grown in clean laboratory conditions. They are better for the earth, its people because they are not mined, and maybe best of all, your wallet, as they cost around 20-30% less than comparable mined diamonds.

We offer lab grown diamonds in engagement rings and as loose stones through our sister company, 12FIFTEEN Diamonds.

Note, if you see a setting you like on Diamond Nexus, but want it set with a lab grown diamond, just call our Customer Care team, they will be happy to help! (800) 509-4990

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If you want to go with moissanite, buy from a premier source.

Charles and Colvard™ are the creators and sole U.S. manufacturers of moissanite. There is great information about moissanite on their site.

The premier retailer of moissanite jewelry online, including moissanite rings, is They have a large selection of high quality moissanite engagement rings and other fine jewelry. They are a highly reputable company and do a great job.

If you prefer a lab grown diamond, build your own ring or shop loose diamonds from 12FIFTEEN Diamonds.


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