Moissanite Ring Terms Explained
Shopping for a ring is an exciting time, but it can be an overwhelming process – particularly if you’ve never purchased an engagement ring or wedding band before. You’ll read plenty of terms you’ve maybe never seen before, and some are similar but different: carats vs karats, halo vs hidden halo…
In this blog, we’ll explain some of these terms so you can gain a deeper understanding to ensure you purchase the perfect forever ring.
While most people think of carats as an indicator of the visual size of a stone, the term carat (commonly abbreviated to ct) is actually a measurement of weight rather than dimensions. Because of the weight difference of diamond and moissanite, we utilise millimetre dimensions and ‘carat equivalent’ for our Moissanite engagement rings. You can read more about Carats in Moissanite in our blog here.
Gold is graded in karats (commonly abbreviated to K), which is a unit measuring the percentage of pure gold in your jewellery. Pure gold (24K) on its own is too soft for everyday jewellery, so other metals are mixed with it to create more usable grades of gold that are stronger and more durable - most commonly 18K, 14K and 9K. You can read more about metals and karats in our blog here.
A hidden halo is a design feature where the gallery rail that forms part of the basket securing a stone is lined with small stones. Not visible from directly above the ring, a hidden halo adds a touch of sparkle from a side view.
A halo refers to a style of ring where the centre stone is surrounded by a ‘halo’ of smaller stones, often round in size. A halo can be added to just about any shape or cut of moissanite, and we have a full range of halo moissanite ring styles available to order, which you can view here.
Pavé is a French word that translates to ‘paving stone’ in English. In ring terminology, pavé refers to a a ring band that is lined (or paved) with smaller stones set into the metal. This can be alongside a centre stone as an engagement ring, or on a band with no center stone, as a wedding band or ring for any occasion.
When a standard pavé band isn’t enough sparkle, a triple pavé band is an incredible statement feature. Instead of just the top side of the band being lined with smaller stones, all 3 visible sides of the band are, resulting in maximum sparkle from every angle. This feature is available via our Complete Custom design process which you can enquire about here.
The faceting of a stone refers to the way it’s been cut that determines the internal appearance of the stone itself. Depending on the cut chosen, two stones in the same shape can appear quite differently. The most popular facet styles in moissanite engagement rings are crushed ice and brilliant cut, but some others include old mine cut, emerald cut (which is both a shape and facet), or hearts and arrows. You can read more about these cuts in our blog here.
If you’re searching for an affordable, ethical alternative to a diamond ring, Moissanite is the perfect choice. Here at The Moissanite Company, we utilise our highest quality Moissanite and pair this with impeccable craftsmanship to bring your forever ring to life. We’re here to walk with you every step of the journey and can clarify any questions you may have about carats and sizing. Get in touch today to receive a no-obligation quote from one of our jewellery experts.