Fabulous fakes for your true love -- Page 2
Moissanite (pronounced MOY-san-nite) is a mineral
that's been transformed into a stunning gemstone as a result of
art and proprietary science. Introduced as a jewel in 1998 by Charles
& Colvard, a North Carolina-based company that is its sole-source
manufacturer, it has a fiery brilliance that makes it a formidable
diamond rival. It rates an impressive 9.25 on the Mohs scale --
harder than emeralds and rubies. A moissanite gemstone will, like
a diamond, doubtlessly outlive and outshine many a marriage (less
blessed than your own, of course). To find shopping channels and
jewelers near you that carry it, visit www.moissanite.com.
Know your priorities
Are you looking for a ring with fire and brilliance? If so, moissanite
and a quality CZ can provide that at an astonishing level and a
Would you rather partake of a hallowed tradition with
a rich heritage? Diamonds have first dibs on that.
Do you want a symbol of promise and commitment? Indeed,
any stone can symbolize that bond, if sincerity is its foundation.
Still tentative about bucking tradition?
Consider that new traditions are being made all the time. The trend-setting
show "Sex and the City" featured sexy Samantha with a
knockout non-diamond sparkler on her hand.
"Oh, who cares," she tells buddy Miranda
about the scintillating stone. "All that matters is what it
looks like." From Samantha's mouth to how many ears of the
An average of 25 percent of those responding to the
National Jeweler 2003 Bridal Fine Jewelry Consumer Buying Survey
said they would consider buying an engagement ring with a moissanite
How convincing are the un-diamonds?
A one-carat moissanite ring was shown to 10 jewelers in the Washington,
D.C., area for ABC TV's show "20/20." Half of the jewelers
thought they were looking at a diamond worth thousands. The moissanite
reportedly even tricked an electronic diamond detector -- but not
some brides-to-be at the Great Bridal Expo in Manhattan, who had
the ice down cold.
As always, do your research and comparison shop before
making a purchase. If you don't have jewelers in your area that
inspire your confidence and trust -- and even if you do -- you might
wish to visit the American
Gem Society's Web site. The site is a mother lode of jewelers
nationwide who must pass rigorous tests and maintain the highest
ethical standards to become a member.
Speaking of confidence and trust -- be worthy of that,
yourself, if you are the ring-giver. It's always best not to tell
your beloved that the ring you offer is a diamond if it is not.
There's nothing wrong with giving an un-diamond ring -- indeed,
it's cool and trendy -- but deceit and deception are always out
One last bit of advice. Don't forget that the first
act does not have to be the final one. I know a woman -- OK, full
disclosure: She's my mother -- who got a diamond engagement ring
to accompany her lovely "engagement watch," after 49 years
A patient woman, but hardly alone. Her local jeweler
estimated that about one-third of diamond engagement rings he sells
are to those who have been long married and who have decided the
time was right.
Now, do what's right for you -- in your time. And
Laura Shanahan is a freelance writer
based in New York City.