**This post contains sponsored products, however all opinions and reviews are entirely my own**
Hi everyone, are you enjoying your long weekend? As much as I’d love to be out and about with the kiddos, our whole house is plagued by the cold and are slowly recovering/re-contagious (the never ending cycle). On Friday when I picked up my son from school, he happily tells me that they will be doing Valentine’s crafts and it suddenly daunt on me that VDay is only a month away!! Of course, I need to drop subtle hints to husband that not only the Vday is coming up, it is also going to be our 5 year wedding anniversary.
I had jokingly said to him in the past that I want an “upgrade” to my ring when we hit the 5 year mark. Of course, it was only a joke and I’m perfectly happy with my ring, but a girl is always allowed to browse around right? While “browsing” I had discovered Moissanite! What is Moissanite you ask? Well, it is a gemstone with more fire and brilliance than a diamond! Made from pure silicon carbide, moissanite’s hardness rivals that of any substance on Earth and its refractive properties exceed that of a diamond. Not only that, it is both environmentally responsible as well as more affordable than traditional fine jewelry.
Not to be mistaken for cubic zirconia, moissanite is composed out of silicon and carbon, whereas CZ in its crystal lattice contains zirconium and oxygen. And since a diamond is pure carbon, moissanite stones are that much closer to a genuine diamond vs. a cubic zirconia, but only cost 10% of the price of a diamond per carat weight. For example, a 1.5 carat engagement ring made of moissanite would only cost around $1500 versus tens of thousands. Em, hello? Diamond-like gemstone for a fraction of diamond’s cost? Sign me up asap!!
Charles & Colvard is the leading producer of moissanite and I had the wonderful opportunity to experience first hand the quality of their design and moissanite craftsmanship when I received a pair of Forever One Square Moissanite Four Prong Solitaire Stud Earrings to review. I know everyone is thinking sure, the picture on the web always look better than the real product. But I’m going to let my photos of the actual product that I received speak for itself and you be the judge. Charles & Colvard carries not only engagement rings but also fashion jewelries from stackable rings to dainty bracelets to halo necklaces all made from top quality moissanite.
Ladies, I think it is time to show your significant other that piece of sparkler you’ve been eyeing on doesn’t have to break the bank. And to my male readers, you guys can thank me after your lady love opens her shiny and brilliant VDay present. Now go do some socially conscious shopping just in time for the Valentines holiday!