For many people, a 2 carat center stone is the most desirable size for an engagement ring. Stones of this size stand out, since the average size for a center stone is about 1-1.25 carats. Rings that feature 2 carat stones make a statement; you can proudly show them off on your finger.
But there’s a hold up - 2 carat diamonds cost a pretty penny and then some a high quality 2 carat diamond can run upwards of $20,000! - far out of range for most people’s budgets. However, there’s a beautiful diamond alternative that puts 2 carat engagement rings back in budget…
Moissanite is the most popular diamond alternative on the market today, and for good reason. It’s known for its striking similarity to diamonds in both appearance and durability. It’s also known for its affordability - moissanite is much less expensive than diamonds.
Moissanite is a naturally occurring material that was first discovered at a meteor crash site in Arizona. So you could say, moissanite comes from the stars! This “space gem” is just about as hard as a diamond, and actually has even more brilliance and fire.
Since naturally occurring moissanite is so rare and small, most moissanite today is lab grown. This means that Keyzar has full control over the size, shape, and quality of each moissanite stone. Keyzar only offers high quality moissanite - colorless, flawless, perfectly cut, and durable.
Moissanite has a lot to offer as a center stone in engagement rings. Its appearance, affordability, durability, and the fact that it’s more environmentally friendly than natural diamonds make it a popular choice, especially among younger generations.
Moissanite’s appearance is extremely similar to that of a diamond, just a bit more brilliant and fiery. The larger the moissanite, though, the more apparent the difference. 2 carat moissanite is the perfect size - it still has a super realistic diamond like appearance, while still being believable in size.
Since moissanite is grown artificially, its clarity is top notch. Opting for 2 carat moissanite instead of a diamond means your stone won’t show any blemishes or inclusions. With a 2 carat diamond, on the other hand, you may have to sacrifice in the clarity department in favor of size.
While 1 to 1.5 carat center stones are most common, 2 carat center stones are most preferred. Larger stones stand out and offer more finger coverage, making your ring look more beautiful and expensive. 2 carat moissanite engagement rings offer the same sparkle and show that 2 carat diamonds do, but at a fraction of the price.
While a decent 1 carat diamond usually runs in the mid $1,000 range, a 2 carat diamond usually runs from the mid $10,000 to low $20,000 range! This is largely unaffordable for many people, even though 2 carat rings are the most desirable. That’s where our friend moissanite comes in.
Moissanite presents the opportunity to buy a larger center stone for a much lower price. If your heart is set on a 2 carat engagement ring, moissanite offers gorgeous sparkle and shine without breaking the bank. And no one will be the wiser, unless you choose to tell them it’s not a diamond!
Moissanite is not only gentle on your wallet, but gentle on the environment as well. Moissanite is grown in a lab, since natural moissanite is too small to shape into gemstones. Compared to natural diamonds, which are mined from deep inside the earth, lab grown moissanite has a minimal impact on the environment.
Mined diamonds also come with their share of ethical concerns. Lab grown moissanite eliminates those concerns, since there is no mining involved. If your heart is set on a 2 carat stone but you’re concerned about the ethics of mining, a moissanite engagement ring may be your best bet.
2 carat moissanite rings make a statement in any shape, but some are more popular than others. Round brilliant cut moissanite is a popular classic that will never go out of style. This shape emphasizes the stone’s fire and brilliance, and has a very diamondlike appearance.
2 carat moissanite also looks amazing in oval cut, which offers more finger coverage and flatters the finger. For a more unique look, pear shaped moissanite also gives the finger a slender, elegant appearance.
Princess and emerald cut moissanite offer a striking, geometric look that stands out from the crowd. For those looking for a shape that strikes a balance between geometric lines and soft elegance, cushion cut moissanite embodies both.
When it comes to choosing a setting for your 2 carat moissanite ring, you have a ton of options. Solitaire settings like the Solitaire Kamelie are the most popular, but there are many other settings that can give your ring a more unique look, personalized to your style.
Settings with vintage vibes like the Pave Miley and the Rebecca make a sparkly statement with diamond accent stones. If you prefer the idea of a more modern look with a boho twist, check out our Twig Emily setting.
Browse more settings to pair with your 2 carat moissanite here…
When it comes to center stones for engagement rings, 2 carat moissanite steals the show. Offering ethical, diamondlike sparkle at a tremendous price, this stone radiates “wow factor” and is becoming a more and more popular choice.
Take a look at Keyzar’s selection of moissanite here…