These Non-Diamond Engagement Rings Are As Stunning As They Are Smart

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Move over,diamonds. There’s another gemstone capturing hearts these days and it’s gorgeous, affordable and conflict-free to boot.

Meetmoissanite.

This pear-shaped moissanite engagement ring by seller Sapheena on Etsy also features a moissanite halo. 
This pear-shaped moissanite engagement ring by seller Sapheena on Etsy also features a moissanite halo. 
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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.) 

Nguyen, who runs theEtsy shop TrudyGems, told HuffPost that moissanites are becoming a popular diamond alternative because of their price point, as well as thesocial responsibility factor.

“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. 

<i><span>Buy it from&amp;nbsp;BBBGEM</span> for&amp;nbsp;$1,125.</i>
Buy it from&nbsp;BBBGEM for&nbsp;$1,125.
<i><span>Buy it from&amp;nbsp;Sapheena on Etsy</span>&amp;nbsp;for&amp;nbsp;$805.18+.</i>
Buy it from&nbsp;Sapheena on Etsy&nbsp;for&nbsp;$805.18+.
<i><span>Buy it from&amp;nbsp;TrudyGems on Etsy</span>&amp;nbsp;for $3,200.</i>
Buy it from&nbsp;TrudyGems on Etsy&nbsp;for $3,200.
<i><span>Buy it from&amp;nbsp;RosadosBox&amp;nbsp;on Etsy</span>&amp;nbsp;for $2,145.</i>
Buy it from&nbsp;RosadosBox&nbsp;on Etsy&nbsp;for $2,145.
<i><span>Buy it from&amp;nbsp;PenelliBelle on Etsy</span>&amp;nbsp;for $1,729.</i>
Buy it from&nbsp;PenelliBelle on Etsy&nbsp;for $1,729.
<i><span>Buy it from&amp;nbsp;Sapheena on Etsy</span> for&amp;nbsp;$636.73+.</i>
Buy it from&nbsp;Sapheena on Etsy for&nbsp;$636.73+.
<i><span>Buy it from&amp;nbsp;DoronMerav on Etsy</span> for&amp;nbsp;$1,200+.</i>
Buy it from&nbsp;DoronMerav on Etsy for&nbsp;$1,200+.
<i><span>Buy it from&amp;nbsp;PenelliBelle on Etsy</span> for&amp;nbsp;$2,799.</i>
Buy it from&nbsp;PenelliBelle on Etsy for&nbsp;$2,799.
<i><span>Buy it from&amp;nbsp;LoveRingsDesign on Etsy</span>&amp;nbsp;for&amp;nbsp;$500+.</i>
Buy it from&nbsp;LoveRingsDesign on Etsy&nbsp;for&nbsp;$500+.
<i><span>Buy it from&amp;nbsp;Trabert Goldsmiths</span> for&amp;nbsp;$4,400.</i>
Buy it from&nbsp;Trabert Goldsmiths for&nbsp;$4,400.
<i><span>Buy it from RareEarth on Etsy</span> for&amp;nbsp;$1,195.</i>
Buy it from RareEarth on Etsy for&nbsp;$1,195.
<i><span>Buy it from&amp;nbsp;LoveRingsDesign on Etsy</span>&amp;nbsp;for $699+.</i>
Buy it from&nbsp;LoveRingsDesign on Etsy&nbsp;for $699+.
<i><span>Buy it from&amp;nbsp;TrudyGems on Etsy</span> for&amp;nbsp;$1,500.</i>
Buy it from&nbsp;TrudyGems on Etsy for&nbsp;$1,500.
<i><span>Buy it from&amp;nbsp;RosadosBox&amp;nbsp;on Etsy</span> for $1,745.</i>
Buy it from&nbsp;RosadosBox&nbsp;on Etsy for $1,745.
<i><span>Buy it from RareEarth on Etsy</span>&amp;nbsp;for&amp;nbsp;$1,735.</i>
Buy it from RareEarth on Etsy&nbsp;for&nbsp;$1,735.
<i><span>Buy it from&amp;nbsp;Louisagallery on Etsy</span> for $950.</i>
Buy it from&nbsp;Louisagallery on Etsy for $950.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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