Move over,diamonds. There’s another gemstone capturing hearts these days and it’s gorgeous, affordable and conflict-free to boot.
According toPinterest’s 2018 Wedding Report, searches for these stones are up 294 percent in the past year. They’re super sparkly andsecond only to diamonds in terms of hardness, making moissanite suitable for everyday wear.
“To the untrained eye, you cannot tell the difference,”Gemological Institute of America gemologist and jewelry designer Therese Nguyentold HuffPost.
Plus,they’re lab-created, which makes them a more ethical choice for conscious consumers. (Note thatmoissanites are naturally occurring but very rare, so the ones available today are made in a laboratory.)
“In my shop, you can buy a 1.25-carat moissanite solitaire with similar diamond grading ofE to F color,VVS1 to IF clarityfor $1,500. A diamond of the same specs would cost at least 10 times the price. It is also conflict-free, such as no child labor involved for the mining or cutting,” she said.
One downside to be aware of: Some say even “colorless” moissanites cangive off a yellow or gray tint in certain lights. That’s more noticeable in larger stones than smaller ones.
Considering buying a moissanite but not sure where to look? Below, we’ve rounded up 16 options that will razzle-dazzle you.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.