Did you know that diamonds were not the first choice for diamond rings until the late 1940s? Although other gemstones were used before the popularity of diamond rings in the 1940s, diamonds have become a classic choice for engaged couples.

Ever since diamonds have become popular for engagement rings, the industry has boomed. The diamond market was valued at 89 billion US dollars in 2019 and has continued to grow.

However, a new gemstone has become increasingly popular as diamonds are famously expensive and hard to come by. Moissanite rings are a gorgeous alternative to diamond rings and come with many benefits comparable to diamonds.

Keep reading to learn more about moissanite rings, diamond rings, and how to find the perfect ring for your partner.

What Is Moissanite?

Moissanite is a gemstone that was discovered from a meteorite that fell to earth in 1893 and created a crater. The French scientist who discovered this gem, Dr. Henry Moissan, first believed he had found diamonds but discovered that wasn’t the case. He received a Nobel Prize for his findings and the stone was named after him.

The gemstone is a mineral made up of silicon carbide and has many similarities to a diamond. It became an engagement ring option in 1998 when it hit the market and has surged in popularity ever since.

Similarities Between Moissanite and Diamond

The first similarity between these two gemstones is their rating on the Mohs hardness scale. Diamonds are known for being a 10 on the scale—the hardest and most durable mineral on the planet. This is one of the reasons why they’re so expensive and have become an engagement ring favorite.

Moissanite’s Mohs rating is between 9.25 and 9.5. This means that moissanite is durable and ideal for daily wear, just like diamonds. This also means that you’ll never have to worry about a diamond or a moissanite gemstone losing its shine over time.

The second similarity is the brilliance of the gem. Diamonds are known for their impeccable shine and sparkle. But what’s interesting is that Moissanite’s refraction index is higher than a natural diamond. This means moissanite shines and sparkles as beautifully (if not more) than a diamond.

It’s important to note that the colors and faceting patterns are different. For example, a diamond tends to give off a white light, while moissanite will reflect a yellow or green tint in the light. The reflection of the moissanite tends to look more like a rainbow or a disco ball.

A major similarity is that both of these gems are rare. Naturally made diamonds have been mined for years and as a result, have become rare. Moissanite is also rare to find naturally made because it came from a single meteorite and isn’t mineable.

Moissanite gems are often confused with diamonds due to the similarities in hardness, brilliance, and color. However, there are some differences between the two to consider.

Differences Between Moissanite Rings and Diamond Rings

The first and most important difference between the two gems is the price. Diamonds are extremely desired, especially for engagement rings. Because of this, as well as the desirable qualities of the gemstone, they are expensive. The high demand for a diamond ring increases the price—along with the desired sizes and cuts.

Lab-curated diamonds are much more affordable than naturally made diamonds. However, they are still more expensive than moissanite because of the high demand for diamonds in general.

Moissanite is much more affordable. A moissanite gem cut to the same size and shape as a diamond will have a drastic pricing difference. Depending on the quality, carat, size, and cut of the stone, moissanite will be a much more affordable choice.

Another difference between the two stones is that Moissanite is more lightweight than diamond. This not only means that it’s lighter on your finger, but that the comparable carat and size of the stone will be larger than a diamond.

In addition to weight, moissanite is a bit softer than diamond. This means that it’s more possible to scratch a moissanite diamond than a real diamond. Although this is true, moissanite is still incredibly durable and with a little bit of extra care, can last you decades through your marriage.

An unforgettable difference between the two is that moissanite is more customizable. When comparing a naturally mined diamond and a lab-made Moissanite, you will have a much easier time finding the perfect shape and size for a ring.

If Moissanite is not a real diamond, why has it become so popular? Doesn’t everyone dream of a real diamond ring?

Moissanite has become popular for multiple reasons. One of the main reasons is that it tends to have a more brilliant shine than a diamond—whether the diamond is lab-made or naturally mined. The colored sparkle is a desirable trait of this gemstone.

Moissanite has also become a popular favorite because of its price. An affordable ring is always a favorite choice—especially when you’re able to completely customize the ring, without veering off of your desired budget.

The best part about this budget-friendly gemstone is that the quality of the stone isn’t compromised. The durability of a moissanite stone makes it that much more attractive to purchase. By purchasing a moissanite ring, you’re receiving the best benefits of a diamond ring, without having to overspend for a real diamond ring.

Another desirable factor about moissanite rings is the origin of this gemstone. Found from a meteorite, the stone “comes from the stars”. This creates a romantic theme around the gemstone, making it a desirable engagement ring for those marrying their soulmate.

Moissanite is sometimes known as “the star diamond” or stardust. Its rarity in nature and origin makes this a romantic gemstone. No wonder people love moissanite!

Benefits of Moissanite Rings

Although moissanite is incredibly rare to find, scientists have perfected a moissanite gemstone when creating it in a lab. This means that all of the favorable qualities of moissanite are included in every single stone.

Some additional qualities are that it’s less likely to attract dirt and dust. This means you can go longer between professional cleanings. Another great benefit to moissanite is that it can resist heat damage and can survive extreme temperatures. It’s an incredibly durable stone!

Moissanite can be traced back to its origins since it has been created in a lab. This means you’ll be able to find out how and when the gemstone was created. Knowing the origins of your ring may make it much more sentimental for you and create a meaningful experience when buying the ring.

Celebrating your love story with a ring often includes the thought that goes into choosing a ring for a partner. When choosing moissanite in your ring, the time, effort, and thought that went into finding the perfect ring will be so much more meaningful.

To the untrained eye, moissanite can look exactly like a diamond. Having a ring that is durable for everyday wear and never loses its shine are extremely desirable traits in an engagement ring. A moissanite gemstone may have everything you’re looking for, without having to break the bank.

Does a Real Diamond Really Matter?

Everyone is different when it comes to imagining their ideal engagement ring. Some people see and understand the value of purchasing a real diamond, while others favor a beautiful ring, no matter the gemstone. The more informed you are on the gemstone, the better your decision on a ring will be.

It’s best to consider your priorities of a ring before purchasing one and understand where and how your desired gemstone was curated. With moissanite, you can rest assured that you are paying a budget-friendly price for a gorgeous and sparkly ring. If you prioritize your budget above all else, but you want a sparkly and durable ring, it’s possible to have the best of both worlds.

It all comes down to your preference. If having a real diamond ring is your dream, we can certainly make that happen for you. If you’d like to explore other options, there are many other choices to look for.

Whether a real diamond matters to you or not, nothing will ever beat a customizable ring.

The Process of Purchasing a Customized Ring

Now that you understand the benefits of moissanite or lab-curated diamond rings, it’s time to tell you your options for customizing a ring.

Here at Finer Jewelry, we offer customizable rings. This means you’re able to create the exact ring your partner has in mind. You can make their dreams come true and bring tears to their eyes with the perfect ring to say ‘yes’ to.

We’ll explain the process of creating a customized ring and what you can expect when working with us.

1. Consultation

The first step of the process is scheduling a consultation. This is where you’ll discuss your ideas with the jeweler to curate the perfect ring. This is also the perfect time for us to tell you more about our process and to explain how we’re able to bring your ideas to fruition.

2. Pick Your Gems

Once you have met with your jeweler, they will provide you with their knowledge on gemstones to help you meet your budget-goal, while helping you choose from our collection of gemstones and diamonds. We will then create a mock-up of the ring to show you at a second meeting.

3. Moving Forward With the Design

You will be able to see the mock-up our team creates to approve the design. This curates a hands-on experience for you and will ensure you’re happy about the design you’ve chosen.

It’s important for us that you’re informed about our process, along with other vital information that will help you choose the right design. Our blog offers helpful information for you to get started before booking a consultation. This can help you finalize a design and feel good about the choices you’ve made.

4. Revealing Your Ring

After it’s approved, the ring will be hand-crafted right here in the United States and will be beautifully wrapped for gifting when it’s finished.

What Are the Benefits?

Our diamonds pass the GIA standard, a standard for how a diamond is curated, ensuring the excellent quality of the gemstone. The rings are hand-made here in the United States, making your customized ring one-of-a-kind. All of our gemstones used to create beautiful engagement rings meet our high standards to deliver you the most beautiful ring.

Try not to cry when reading the love stories that vouch for the wonderful work we strive to do to make your proposal day the best day of your life.

The biggest benefit of choosing us to create your ideal ring is that our main priority is you, the client. Instead of selling you mass-produced rings, we help implement the uniqueness of your love story to your desired ring. We care about educating ourselves and our clients on rings and making the best decisions that will benefit you as the client.

You can read more about us and our story to understand the full benefits of working with us.

The Perfect Ring

We understand the time and thought that go into choosing the perfect ring for your partner. We also understand the uniqueness of every client and the importance of making their dreams come true.

Choosing the perfect gemstone also comes with an understanding of the stone’s source and why it’s the perfect stone for your ring. Consider choosing moissanite rings when shopping for the perfect ring.

Contact us to book a consultation today to get started on your ring journey!


Our Happy Customers

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Harmony GreenHarmony Green
23:13 01 Apr 24
Shimon is absolutely amazing at what he does and such a pleasure to work with. We had a custom wedding band made to complement my center stone and the design is quite unique. My fiancé was very apprehensive and worried about not going with a classic wedding band but we both couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! Going to be hard not to wear this for the next few months! 😅
Dylan KuchanDylan Kuchan
21:42 19 Mar 24
Shimon was absolutely amazing. He not only was professional and courteous, but was understanding of my questions and made my visits very easy. Would highly recommend his services at Finer Custom Jewelry.
Alana VAlana V
22:15 18 Mar 24
We had a wonderful experience creating a custom engagment ring with Shimon. Shimon took the time to truly show us our options and helped shape our vision throughout the process.Shimon did a phenomenal job finding the perfect unique stone including similar stone options so we felt confident in our choice. It was such a fun process exploring our options and designing the perfect ring. Shimon is truly a master of his craft!
Ena DuriezEna Duriez
19:48 18 Mar 24
I absolutely love their jewelry, they have beautiful pieces. Highly recommend 👍
Monica J HairMonica J Hair
19:50 15 Mar 24
I had a custom bracelet made by Shimon and his team. From start to finish the process couldn’t have been more seamless. Genuinely a pleasure to work with Finer Custom Jewelry
Steven TocciSteven Tocci
02:32 07 Mar 24
Just got a new watch and needed a link removed. I found this store on Google and decided to stop in and see if they could help. Shimon doesn’t typically do watches, but he didn’t hesitate to stop what he was doing to help me. He took the time out of his day to help me and wouldn’t accept any payment. You can tell he takes extreme pride in his work and he will do whatever it takes to help his customers. I will absolutely be coming back and using him in the future!
Pamela SpearsPamela Spears
21:21 12 Feb 24
Shimon was very helpful, grand place finer jewelry sales. Would definitely recommend to everyone. Will definitely be back to this location
John HuntJohn Hunt
17:59 23 Jan 24
Great experience! Shimon helped me get a salt & pepper engagement ring. He understood exactly what I was looking for and the finished product greatly exceeded my expectations. Highly recommended!!
Sara TurnbullSara Turnbull
22:30 22 Jan 24
Shimon cleaned my wedding ring for me and made it look better than new. I couldn’t stop looking at it in the sun! I had forgotten its potential to shine like that. And Monica was a great help as well, they have an amazing and dedicated team 💍
01:24 05 Jan 24
My fiancé and I cannot say enough about Shimon and Finer Custom Jewelry. I had an heirloom ring from my mom, and two bands that I wanted to use to create a very specific ring, the ring of my dreams. After a lot of research, we found Shimon. Throughout the entire process, he was incredible. From our very first meeting where we went over my vision, to the final product. I feel so lucky to have found such a caring and talented jeweler. You can tell he takes such pride in his work, as he should because it is truly flawless. I would recommend Shimon to anyone I know. We are so thankful to have him to make our forever ring so incredibly special. It exceeded all our expectations and then some.
Laura VargasLaura Vargas
20:26 30 Dec 23
My fiance and I had a fantastic experience going through Finer Custom Jewelry for our wedding bands. Shimon and Monica both worked to create our dream rings within our budget. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for affordable, high quality, fast, and wonderful service.
Jacquie LymanJacquie Lyman
04:17 28 Dec 23
10/10 would recommend Finer Jewelery! I needed a repair on my wedding ring, and also wanted my engagement ring and wedding band soldered together. The service was incredible and the communication was as promised. Shimon is so kind and warm and friendly! My ring came back looking brand new!
Paige DimakosPaige Dimakos
23:15 04 Oct 23
Wonderful experience and customer service. Look forward to working with Shimon in the future.
Homa NikoHoma Niko
22:23 26 Sep 23
It was very nice meeting Shimon, he was very helpful on pricing my sister's ring. Very understanding and knowledgeable on jewelry. Thank you so much Shimon.
Kyle RootKyle Root
20:13 21 Sep 23
Shimon is a great guy super knowledgeable and I will definitely be coming to him again for my jewelry needs.
Lauren Van GyselLauren Van Gysel
18:18 18 Sep 23
Shimone was SO helpful and accommodating when I was selling jewelry! 10/10 experience and will be back!! :)
Roman MendezRoman Mendez
22:55 06 Sep 23
Great place. Shimon really helped me get a great offer on my diamond bracelet
Matthew RamirezMatthew Ramirez
18:25 01 Sep 23
Shimone was a pleasure to work with. He was both reasonable and fair when it came to selling a ring that I had been sitting on for a while. I would highly recommend Finer Custom Jewelry if you’re looking to sell any pieces. Shimone will treat you well.
denise drakedenise drake
22:23 29 Aug 23
Great experience working with Shimon. He had expert ideas about how to manage some antique jewelry and was super and helping us find the right rings!
Pure Air Service AZPure Air Service AZ
18:36 29 Aug 23
Thank you Shimon for your patience with me.I called finer custom jewelry to find a diamond ring to Propose my girlfriend and Shimon was really helpful and profesional.Really recommend.She said yessssss 😊
17:17 29 Aug 23
This place is absolutely amazing. The Jeweler Shimon did a wonderful job when pricing and inspecting the jewelry I brought in for sale. Extremely knowledgeable and very personable. recommend everyone comes here!!
Shelby KarrelsShelby Karrels
23:14 21 Aug 23
My experience with Finer Curation Jewelry was nothing short of phenomenal. Buying, selling, and creating custom jewelry can be a stressful and pressuring experience. However, from the moment I walked into Finer Custom Jewelry, I felt like a valued client. Shimon was patient, knowledgeable, and made the process so much easier than I had expected. If you are looking for a jeweler you can trust, you will find them here!
Sarah KanitschSarah Kanitsch
18:35 15 Aug 23
Amazing service! Helped immediately with the ring I had. Wonderful guy!!
Shane CsiszarShane Csiszar
23:49 07 Aug 23
Shimon was a pleasure to work with! Made the process very easy and enjoyable. We picked a beautiful emerald diamond, and I could not be happier with the quality of his work! I highly recommend Finer Jewelry!
Lauryn ScusselLauryn Scussel
03:27 20 Jul 23
Thanks to Shimon I was able to give my mom her dream Mother’s ring. It was done quickly and efficiently with great communication and a stunning product. A great company for your custom jewelry needs!!
Ryan BerryRyan Berry
17:19 11 Jul 23
Shimon was great to work with. We made a custom ring exactly how I drew it and my fianceé loved it. Will definitely come back for my ring!
Lisa HilchieLisa Hilchie
20:37 09 Jul 23
Shimon was very kind and professional. He responded quickly to my initial email, worked with my schedule to make an appointment, and took the time to answer any questions I had. I'm very happy with my decision to go to him.
Eli Garcia (ELI)Eli Garcia (ELI)
18:32 26 Jun 23
Ring came out perfect my Fiancé loved it, it fit perfect, I’d highly recommend this jeweler, also Shimon was very communicative and gave updates on the ring every chance he had, couldn’t have had a better experience.
Michael NedlerMichael Nedler
00:17 19 Jun 23
I had a big wedding anniversary coming and wanted to do something special for my wife. A friend suggested Finer so I contacted them. What a wonderful experience...Shimon led me through the process of picking an amazing diamonds as well as the perfect ring. My wife couldn't have been happier and I felt like a hero. I feel like a got an incredible ring for the money and will be back for the next occasion!
Arianna DohertyArianna Doherty
16:51 14 Jun 23
I needed to get two rings appraised and the process was easy and convenient. Shimon was able to meet with me the same week and got me the written appraisals within 3 days. I did not need to leave the items with him as some other jewelers require. I'm very pleased with the ease of working with Shimon.
Kayla ThurberKayla Thurber
02:32 16 Mar 23
I would give Shimon at Finer Custom Jewelry 10 stars if I could! He created an entirely custom ring for my fiancé just based on one Google image photo that she provided me. Before working with Shimon, I assumed I would not be able to afford a custom ring, but I was able to choose everything for the ring and stay perfectly within my budget. It was a very personal experience to create this ring and I felt heard by Shimon the entire time. (He even texted me to congratulate me on my engagement!) And he produced the most wonderful, amazing ring that will last for a lifetime! One final note: as a woman proposing to another woman, I was nervous to be judged when purchasing a non-traditional engagement ring. Shimon made me feel SO comfortable and validated. I could not recommend his services enough.
Daniel GoldbergDaniel Goldberg
00:55 03 Mar 23
My entire experience with Shimon was incredible start to finish. I came in with just an idea of what I wanted for an engagement ring. He took the time to explain the different options, settings and styles that would match my idea. Needless to say, the ring turned out beautifully and she loved it. Most importantly, Shimon was honest and fair. We will definitely be going back for all of our future needs.
Sarah RisiSarah Risi
18:47 14 Feb 23
Shimon helped me elevate my engagement diamond to a beautiful channel set band with my birthstone sapphires. I couldn’t be happier with the quality of his work!
Kyle BelskiKyle Belski
23:50 07 Feb 23
Shimon is the man! He took the time to help us design my fiancé’s ring just the way she wanted it. She now gets compliments on her ring on a daily basis. Shimon also got us a high quality diamond at a more than fair price. I recommend Finer Jewelry for all of your jewelry needs!
Aalia FuellerAalia Fueller
19:49 07 Feb 23
I’ve been working with Shimon for a year. I had all my mother’s diamonds reset. He helped me recreate a ring setting that joined my mom and dads diamonds so I have them with me at all times. He repaired many pieces and restrung my mom’s pearls. He’s a true professional and an amazing person. He and his wife have created an awesome business.If you want to design your own piece or buy one, Finer Jewelry is the place to go!
Lena GonzalezLena Gonzalez
17:10 25 Jun 22
Thank you to Shimon for this amazing diamond ring!! If you’re struggling looking for a jeweler in Arizona, you have to choose Finer Jewelry! He was very attentive to what I wanted and made me feel listened to throughout the entire process. He was truly a pleasure to work with, I could not recommend him enough!
Dania KassabDania Kassab
18:43 09 Jun 22
I’ve been looking for a yellow diamond ring for a while now and I’m so glad I foundation Finer Jewelry!!! Shimon showed me a variety of diamonds and made sure I was in love with the specific stone and shade of the diamond. Shimon made sure to educate me on my purchase which I really appreciated because I honestly didn’t know much about diamonds before meeting with him. I could not be more obsessed with this ring, so thank you so much Shimon for helping me find my dream ring!!!
Ashley BoldAshley Bold
07:24 29 Jan 22
If you are looking for a jeweler in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, look no further. As we began shopping for an engagement ring we went to a number of different jewelers in the area but no one offered the same level of customer service as Shimon at Finer Jewelry! He was so helpful and caring throughout the entire process of designing my dream ring. I get so many compliments on my ring and it’s all thanks to Finer Jewelry!!
22:48 24 Dec 21
I was gifted diamonds from my mother and both grandmother’s wedding rings and I wanted to make my own wedding ring with them. I was able to schedule an appointment the following day and began working on the ring design. They were so thorough in making sure the fit and design was just right by making 3D imaging and wax molds for you to see before the ring is actually made. The whole process took about a month from start to finish and you can’t beat the price! I’m beyond happy with what they made for me. It’s truly something special.
18:36 14 Dec 21
After sharing our diamond CCC wish list with Shimon we sat back and waited. Shimon took us seriously and carefully watched the exchanges for "our stone". He found us a nearly flawless diamond that presented 30% larger than its weight! We then asked Shimon to craft a setting that required specially cut supplemental diamonds. Shimon's relationships with diamond cutters and his goldsmith made it possible for him to deliver our dream setting with our own "hope" diamond! Shimon is personable, very fun to work with and completely transparent. He and his stones are priceless!
Deanna HuntDeanna Hunt
17:35 04 Nov 21
Amazing experience. My favorite diamond jeweler in Scottsdale. A custom experience, fair prices, honest, top quality. What more can I say!
Candace HagermanCandace Hagerman
00:03 08 Sep 21
Shimon did an amazing job understanding what I wanted in my ring. After picking out my main stone he found two that perfectly coordinated. It turned out so much more than I hoped. Will definitely recommend and return.
Robbie BurtonRobbie Burton
23:20 03 Aug 21
I found the staff to be more than happy to assist in the design and creation of a true family heirloom. The process of collaboration with this jeweler was such a joy. Me and my family will treasure this for a lifetime. Thank you so much. A truly happy customer.