Where is the best place here in Chicago Illinois or United States to buy or order a good moissanite 1 carat stone diamond and is moissanite better than Diamond Nexus for engagement ring purposes like being worn every day on a woman’s finger?
If you decide to order a 1 carat moissanite, or a large moissanite engagement ring online, two of our top recommendations include:
Moissanite Wedding Rings by Brilliant Earth: Here you will find ready-made moissanite rings in variety of styles, you can choose which ring metal you would like (platinum, 14k gold, 18k gold, rose gold) and Brilliant Earth also maintains a selection of Loose Moissanite Stones that you can select for a custom designed ring.
Moissanite Rings by Gemvara: At Gemvara you’ll find an extensive selection of Moissanite Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands in styles that can be modified by moissanite gemstone size and metal (platinum, gold, rose gold, silver).
Another reliable resource for quality moissanite jewelry and rings is Charles & Colvard moissanite. Private retailers sell this designer’s brand, you can also find a wide selection of Charles & Colvard moissanite rings on Overstock – many on sale.
On our Man Made Diamonds page you can see a comparison of moissanite to stones like Diamond Nexus (or Asha or Miadonna).
It’s important to understand that these are two very different products. Moissanite is a real gemstone (synthetic lab-created moissanite has the exact same properties as natural moissanite) which has it’s own characteristics. Typically it has more fire and flash than a diamond, moissanite sometimes has a slight color tint too which is why moissanite by reputable sellers is the best choice.
Stones like Asha, Miadonna and Diamond Nexus are made with re-enforced cubic zironia that is usually treated with a strong carbon-particle coat. These stones can have a flash and fire that is more similar to diamonds.
Which is best in terms of strength? That is still debatable considering that carbon-coated CZ has not be around as long as moissanite, so it’s difficult to know if this type of stone can hold up to long-term durability compared to moissanite.
Moissanite rings are known to stand up to daily-wear, especially when combined with strong metals like platinum and gold.