When it comes to choosing that perfect engagement ring, diamonds are always a popular and classic choice. However, the diamond industry has been rocked with many ethical questions, teamed with worries about the impact diamond mining has on the environment.
We always advise you ensure any diamonds you purchase are sourced conflict free but if you also have concerns on the environmental impact of your ring then moissanite could be the greener option.
What is Moissanite?
Similar in appearance to a diamond, moissanite comes from silicon carbide and is one of the hardest known substances, ranked just below diamond. Moissanite also comes in at a fraction of the cost of a diamond so is also a great budget friendly option.
Oval Moissanite Engagement Ring – £438.53, Molly Jewelry
Add some vintage style with this gorgeous moissanite engagement ring from Molly Jewelry. An oval moissanite stone is framed by real diamonds for some added sparkle. This pretty design can be created for you in gold, palladium, rose gold or white gold.
Rose Cut Moissanite Engagement Ring – £850, Lilia Nash Jewellery
This eco-friendly engagement ring from Lilia Nash Jewellery mixes classic design with a modern edge. The moissanite stone in the centre has a unique rose cut, giving plenty of raised facets at the top of the stone for a really unique shine. You can also choose from a yellow gold, rose gold or white gold finish.
Solid Gold Halo Cut Engagement Ring – £223.01, Yeefvm
If you are looking for maximum sparkle for your spend then a halo style will give the appearance of a larger ring without blowing your wedding budget. We adore this 14K white gold halo engagement ring which features a round cut moissanite in the centre, framed with intricate metalwork and smaller stones.
Cushion Cut Moissanite Engagement Ring – £479, Amazon
Cushion cut engagement rings have an elegant and regal feel and this gorgeous style from Amazon is no exception. A cushion cut moissanite is framed with small round cut stones and is held in a 14K white gold setting.
Moissanite Engagement Ring – £1,435, Lilia Nash Jewellery
The contemporary setting of this moissanite engagement ring is what makes it so unique. This eco-friendly engagement ring features hand-forged prong settings that give the ring its unusual style and you can choose from a white gold or yellow gold finish.
Moissanite Elodie Ring – £1,745, Brilliant Earth
If you want to keep your engagement ring choice a classic one then this premium colourless round moissanite is held on a polished 18K yellow gold band with a traditional four prong setting. Choose from a rose gold, white gold, yellow gold or platinum setting and you can also choose from a range of stone shapes – including round, cushion, oval, square and emerald cut.
Rose Gold Moissanite Engagement Ring – £427.92, NY Fine Jewelry
We adore the elegant and dainty style of this oval engagement ring from NY Fine Jewelry. This unfussy vintage design is perfect for brides who want a classic look but to also have something with a unique edge. The band can be be finished in rose gold, yellow gold, white gold or platinum.
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Moissanite Solitaire Engagement Ring – £367, Amazon
This gorgeous moissanite engagement ring is from Amazon believe it or not! The twisted band gives this simple solitaire ring a quirky edge and the heart arrows cut of the stone means it will have even more sparkle than a traditional solitaire diamond.
Sapphire and Moissanite Engagement Ring – £367, The Aladdins Cave
Why not have your engagement ring be your something blue? We are in love with this danity blue sapphire ring that is framed by two small moissanite stones. It’s the perfect way to add some colour to your jewellery and it would work beautifully with a rose gold wedding band.
Vintage Grey Moissanite Engagement Ring – £541.53, Handcraft Ring Co
Grey diamonds have been having a moment lately so it’s only fair that grey moissanite also take its turn in the spotlight. This vintage style ring includes a bold grey moissanite stone in the centre and is framed by your choice of diamonds or small clear moissanites. You also have your choice of a rose gold, white gold or yellow gold band.
Moissanite Engagement Ring – £153, Amazon
Keep things simple and elegant with this moissanite engagement ring – that comes in at a very budget-friendly £153. A sterling silver band is coated in white gold to give a high shine finish and three moissanite stones sit together to create this elegant design.
Moissanite Willow Ring – £2,210, Brilliant Earth
It’s the intricate design of this ring that makes it so special. A solitaire cut centrestone is accented with a sprinkling of emeralds and then wispy vines intertwine to hold the stones in place for a whimsical finish.
Antique Moissanite Engagement Ring – £449.13, Handcraft Ring Co
This pretty rose gold engagement ring oozes art deco style and would be ideal if you have been searching for an affordable vintage design. A centre stone is framed with a mix of smaller stones to give this elegant snowflake effect.
Pear Shaped Moissanite Engagement Ring – £528.65, Hello Ring
A pear-shaped engagement ring would be a beautiful choice for a bride who wants something a little out of the ordinary. This pear design comes surrounded by a halo of smaller cut stones and the raised setting makes it perfect for stacking.
Forever One Moissanite Engagement Ring – £781.79, Steve Art Store
We love the neat and precise design of this rose gold engagement ring. The moissanite centrestone is the equivalent size to a 1ct diamond and each ring is handmade to order. You can also choose a different centrestone and have a choice of metals so you can make this ring really feel like your own.
Emerald Cut Moissanite Engagement Ring, £790, Diorah Jewellery
Traditionally used as a cut for emeralds – hence the name – an emerald cut stone has step cuts that give it its unique finish. We love how this design has kept it classic with just two simple round stones either side and a gold band with a polished finish.
Everything You Need to Know About Moissanite Engagement Rings
Have you got questions about buying a moissanite engagement ring? We have put together a list of all those queries that you need to know the answer to before making that all-important purchase.
Is Moissanite Good for Engagement Rings?
Moissanite has many similar qualities to diamonds, including its look and durability. If you are deciding whether you want to choose a moissanite engagement ring over a diamond one, this is really up to personal preference. Some couples will prefer to save money and purchase this durable but cost-friendly stone, others will like the idea of a real diamond.
Can You Tell a Moissanite from a Diamond?
At a glance you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a moissanite and a diamond, but an expert jeweller could. It would also depend on the quality of stone you buy as the colour and cut can make a big difference.
Is Moissanite Conflict Free?
Moissanite can be found naturally occuring and also can be created in a lab and is conflict free.
Does Moissanite Fog Up or Yellow?
Moissanite will not yellow or go cloudy over time, making it a great choice for an engagement ring.
If you are still looking for your perfect engagement ring then our ultimate guide to buying an engagement ring will be able to help.