Wedding Planning On A Budget: Moissanite Wedding And Engagement Rings

By Chris Morton

One of the costs facing a newly engaged couple is buying the wedding rings. As you go down your wedding planning to-do lists and budget, you may realize that you do not have the money to buy that diamond and platinum ring you saw in an advertisement. However there are some great alternatives to diamonds that can help you save some money in your budget. One alternative that many modern couples are considering is Moissanite.

What is Moissanite?
Moissanite is a mineral that looks remarkably similar to a diamond. It was originally discovered in a meteor by Henri Moissan in 1893. While it is not a mineral found anywhere on Earth, scientists created a synthetic Moissanite in a lab.

How Does Moissanite Differ from Diamonds?
If you are planning your wedding on a budget, then Moissanite may be the best option for you. Moissanite has a great difference from diamonds, especially when it comes to price, as it is significantly cheaper. However, some experts also say that Moissanite is more durable than diamonds. It is also considered more brilliant than diamonds and cubic zirconia.

However, it is important that you are careful about buying your Moissanite ring. Sometimes the gemstone can be a little grey or green, and it may not be noticeable until you are in bright light. You should check out your Moissanite wedding or engagement ring in a number of different lights to be sure it is not discolored.

Is It Okay That It’s Not a Diamond?
Some brides and grooms choose to buy something less expensive at first and then choose to purchase a diamond when they can afford it. The important thing to consider is your budget. Don’t put yourself deep into debt just to have a diamond ring. If you are doing your wedding planning and see that there is little room for a diamond wedding ring, then consider other options.

It is, however, important to be honest about what you are buying and buy carefully. No one wants to find out years later that the ring they thought was a carat diamond is really another gemstone. Be honest about the Moissanite. Also, make sure that you can return the ring if you get it home and find out it has a discoloration. Even if you are buying an alternative to diamonds, you still want to get the best quality.

While Moissanite is not quite as inexpensive as cubic zirconia, many brides and grooms on a budget are considering this less expensive alternative to diamonds. With a high quality stone, most people will not be able to tell the difference, and you can lower your stress about that portion of your wedding budget.

About the Author: Chris Morton ran hotels and restaurants for 10 years, organising many successful weddings in the process. His wife Sue is a wedding coordinator who has help many nervous brides and their families. Visit for 100's of tips showing you how to plan a great wedding day

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