When you’re choosing an engagement ring, a high-quality stone is a must. However, quality mined diamonds are way out of the budget of many people, and also come with ethical concerns.
Lily Arkwright is pleased to be able to offer an alternative, in the form of premium moissanite, lab diamonds, and precious gemstone engagement rings.
All Lily Arkwright collections are crafted in the UK from 18k white, yellow, and rose gold, and platinum. All items of fine jewellery are available to ship globally.
Why Opt for a Moissanite Engagement Ring?
If you’re in the market for an engagement ring, you’re probably focused on diamonds and other precious gemstones. In fact many people haven’t even heard of moissanite. So what exactly is moissanite, and why is it a great choice for an engagement ring?
Moissanite is a naturally occurring gemstone that was first discovered in the late 19th century, and is actually rarer than diamonds.
While moissanite can be mined, most moissanite available for jewellery is lab grown. This means that a laboratory recreates the natural pressures and conditions that create moissanite naturally to create an ethically-produced and sustainable gemstone.
Moissanite looks incredibly similar to diamond, and is just as durable. Only experienced jewellers are able to tell the difference between the two.
So why should you choose moissanite instead of diamond for your engagement ring?
The first and significant consideration is cost. As you probably already know, diamonds are expensive. Most diamond set solitaire engagement rings range from £2,000 to £15,000, depending on the size, cut, colour, and clarity of the stone. We’re sure you’ll agree: this is a significant chunk of cash. While many consider diamonds to be an investment, the fact is that diamond jewellery has poor resale value of only 25 – 50% of the price you originally paid for it.
However, if you opt for a moissanite solitaire ring from Lily Arkwright, you can expect to pay between £400 and £1,000, depending on the style. This huge cost saving over high street jewellers means you have more money to spend on your wedding and Honeymoon, while still having a stunning engagement ring that will last you a lifetime.
The other reason to choose moissanite is that producing gemstones in a lab is highly sustainable, and does not involve any ethically dubious mining practices. If you care about the earth, and want to ensure that another human has not suffered for the sake of the ring on your finger, lab gemstones are the clear choice.
Types of Moissanite at Lily Arkwright
Lily Arkwright retails the world’s premium moissanite: Charles & Colvard Forever One Colourless D-F. These gemstones rank well above any other moissanite on the market today.
When you choose Forever One, you’ll get unparalleled quality and clarity from a process that has been perfected and refined over the years of development.
Each Charles & Colvard gemstone has a limited lifetime warranty, demonstrating that all its moissanite will maintain its clarity and brilliance for the lifetime of the wearer.
Lily Arkwright also sells their own brand Lumoie moissanite. These gemstones are visually very similar to Charles & Colvard; however, Forever One is rated as D-F and Lumoie has a D rating. As they produce Lumoie stones directly, they are able to offer them at a significant cost saving to Charles & Colvard gemstones.
Select Your Fine Engagement Ring from Lily Arkwright Today
You can browse the Lily Arkwright website directly to shop for moissanite, diamond, and other gemstone rings by shape and setting. There is also a bespoke service available, which enables you to design your own engagement ring with the help of a skilled jewellery designer.
It’s also possible to visit the Lily Arkwright showroom in Didsbury Village, south Manchester to meet with the design team for a consultation. All consultations and quotations for bespoke services are no-obligation.
Lily Arkwright is a member of the National Association of Jewellers, and is an Assay Assured jewellery retailer. All jewellery is crafted and hallmarked in the UK and ships globally.
Production usually takes between two and 14 days, with some custom orders having a delivery timescale of up to four weeks. Payments can be made by major credit and debit cards, Paypal, and Klarna, with the option to spread payments over a series of instalments.