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Instagram has released their 2018 list of top searched wedding trends, and the most popular ring does NOT feature a diamond!

Instead, people are lusting over rings that include a Moissanite stone.

If you’re not sure what a Moissanite is or what it looks like, but really want to know, then look no further.

It essentially looks a lot like a diamond, but isn’t one. The rare stone was discovered in 1893 by a French scientist named Henri Moissan.

Pinterest reported that searches for the stone had spiked by a whopping 294%, suggesting that this is soon to be the norm.

According to brilliantearth, these are the key similarities between the two stones. 

Brilliance

Both stones are incredibly brilliant, but the type of brilliance they emit varies slightly. Moissanites emit a “fiery, rainbow flash”, which can create a “disco ball” effect, especially in strong sunlight, whereas Diamonds reflect light in three different ways. 

Colour

Moissanites tend to have a more yellowish hue, whereas Diamonds are more bright and white in appearance.

And now for the really important part…

Price

For stones of the same size, moissanites are far less expensive than diamonds. Even lab created diamonds, which are less expensive than natural ones, dwarf the moissanite in price.

Moissanites do vary in price, depending on whether they are premium or super premium.

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For a 1.0 carat diamond, you are looking to pay upwards of £2,800, whereas a classic moissanite will cost you just £192! A Forever One moissanite (the best kind), will cost you £428.

A 1.5 carat diamond would set you back over £7,000, while a classic moissanite of the same size would set you back £321.

With price differences like that, this gemstone is certainly not something to be sniffed at!

Other trends on the rise were Art Deco rings (+173%), as well as Oval Stones (+125%).

Now all we need is someone to propose to us!