Moissanite Engagement Rings, An Affordable Option

 If you are looking for a more affordable alternative to diamonds for your engagement ring or bridal set, consider the Moissanite collection at Ben Garelick Jewelers. Moissanite is a naturally occurring silicon carbide discovered by French chemist Henri Moissan in 1893 while examining rock samples from a meteor crater in Canyon Diablo, Ariz. We can thank the heavens for this discovery, and man for innovations that led to Moissanite being available for jewelry design. Over the years, experts developed a formula for creating man-made moissanite that’s also sustainable and conflict-free to fulfill our environmental and ethical responsibility. Now this gemstone is available for those desiring a beautiful, sparkling alternative to diamonds at a fraction of the cost.

What Is The Difference Between Moissanite, Diamonds, And Cubic Zirconia?

Nearly as hard as diamonds, Moissanite stands up to the wear and tear that naturally occurs when a much-loved ring is worn day and night. This makes Moissanite far superior to Cubic Zirconia, which isn't nearly as hard, for engagement rings. More brilliant than many diamonds, Moissanite offers sparkle and fire equal to the rarest and most expensive diamonds. Here is a quick look at the differences between these three popular gemstones used in engagement rings.


Made Of

Mohs Scale of Hardness

Refractive Index (Brilliance)


Silicon & carbon


2.65 - 2.69


Pure carbon



Cubic Zirconia

Zirconium & oxygen




At Ben Garelick, Moissanite is considered a better alternative to cubic zirconia. It is usually a little more expensive but it is also more durable and boasts more sparkle. While many cannot tell the difference between the three stones if viewed individually, side-by-side comparisons will reveal that the moissanite stone shows quite a bit more brilliance, especially in the sun. Our sparkle consultants can use electronic diamond testers to show you which stones are diamonds.

Moissanite In A Variety of Styles & Cuts

Ben Garelick recognized the value and usefulness of Moissanite as a diamond alternative very early on. We have offered Moissanite to our discerning clients for many years. Our expertise and relationships with Moissanite sources help us to bring the very best in style and value to our customers. A Moissanite can be set as the center stone for any of our engagement rings an in many styles, including vintage style, bypass twist, and halo. The Moissanite gem can be cut in a variety of sizes and shapes including marquise, emerald and princess cuts.

Sparkle & Shine Forever With Moissanite At Ben Garelick

Offering the "Forever One" Moissanite, we know our clients will have a stone that will sparkle and shine for years to come. At Ben Garelick, we love the sparkle of diamonds. But, sometimes a diamond can’t always be a girl's best friend. When the price is prohibitive, or social concerns preclude a diamond purchase, Moissanite may be the best friend she's looking for. We can help make her dreams come true with our layaway plan and 0% financing for your engagement ring. Give us a call at (716) 631-1584, visit our Buffalo, NY location or chat with our diamond experts online 24/7. Let our family of jewelry experts help you discover the perfect engagement ring.


Leave a comment

Comments will be reviewed before posting

More Like This

Free Gift Wrapping

Ben Garelick will gift wrap your purchase free of charge beautifully wrapped and tied with a luxurious blue ribbon. Boxes included on all orders.

Welcome Newcomer