Whether you've found your soulmate; you've found a great bet; or you love fantasizing about your one day wedding, an inordinate amount of time can be sunk into the black hole that is Pinterest's "engagement ring" collection. From tiny, sparkly, dainty almost-nothing rings to the biggest rocks you can imagine, the internet has got it all on hand to overwhelm you.
Something that I, your blog writer, didn't think of was the variety of stones available for engagement rings. This may sound silly, because, any ring with any stone can be the symbol of your engagement, duh. But I mean classic, typical engagement rings—they don't all need to be diamonds. There's two other stones I'm talking about in particular.
Moissanite and morganite. Let's talk about them.
Moissanite is a naturally occurring mineral called silicon carbide. It was discovered by Dr. Henri Moissan at the site of a meteor strike in Arizona, and was broadly named after him. In the 90s, scientists figured out how to grow silicon carbide crystals. These crystals can be as brilliant as diamonds, if not more (yes, seriously), and they're far more durable than sapphire, ruby, or emerald. Depending on who you ask, they are almost as durable as diamonds themselves.
Here's the kicker: moissanite has a reflexivity index of between 2.65 and 2.69—which means it shimmers more than diamonds, which only have an RI of 2.42, on average. Now you know! Moissanite is often far more affordable than diamonds too.
Morganite is perfect for the trendy bride—someone who wants a different, more modern engagement ring. While moissanite is often bright and colourless, like diamonds, morganite is a glorious blushy stone. Morganite (named for JP Morgan, for some weird reason) is a mineral called beryl, and has an RI of about 1.59. Its pink-y/pink-orange colour is caused by traces of manganese. Morganite also forms beautiful flat hexagonal prisms—flatter than what is possible with stones like aquamarine.
Morganite can be cut to emphasize colour or grown synthetically to enhance durability, too. Similar to moissanite, morganite is often very affordable.
There you have it! Two easily accessible but often overlooked stones to consider for your engagement ring: a classic and a wild card. You can also check out our engagement ring Pinterest board for more inspo.