Moissanite vs Diamond: 4 Differences to Know Before You Buy
January 4,2023
Vintage moissanite engagement ring and pavé moissanite engagement ring.
Moissanite and diamonds may both be colorless, but that’s where the similarities stop. When set side by side, you may start to notice their differences. Moissanite engagement rings and wedding jewelry are a hot item today, and for good reason. But how does it compare with diamond engagement rings? Let’s find out.
#1: Origin
Natural moissanite is extremely rare. It’s so rare, you can expect all moissanite jewelry to be lab-made today. This diamond alternative was discovered in a crater by a French scientist named Henri Moissan.
Moissan initially thought he had found diamond within a meteorite found in a crater in Arizona in 1893. Henri Moissan had spent many years of his career trying to create diamonds using small flecks of stones from meteorites.
A researcher is studying Moissanite
Instead of tiny diamond crystals, Dr. Moissan discovered silicon carbide, and named it after himself, calling it moissanite. It may also be nicknamed as the Space Diamond or Stardust because of its otherworldly origins from outside our atmosphere.
Can you imagine owning an engagement ring from space? While natural moissanite is basically non-existent, you can have your very own Space Diamond from our wide selection of brilliant moissanite rings.
The first successful synthesization of moissanite was done by Charles and Colvard, often called the Father of Moissanite. However, many retailers carry moissanite gemstones as a diamond alternative. The moissanite we see in jewelry stores today is all lab-grown. Some gemstones have both a lab-grown and natural form, but moissanite is not labeled as such.
Natural diamonds are formed within the earth over billions of years. There’s a lot more natural diamonds in the world than there is natural moissanite. Diamonds are made of pure carbon, the ingredients are basically the same as our common coal, pencil lead and sugar ingredients. In the earth, bits of pure carbon have been subjected to extremely hot conditions with lots of pressure, after a long time they crystallize into diamonds.
Since diamonds were discovered in India 3,000 years ago, diamond mining has become one of the important activities for jewelers. At present, more than 30 countries have diamond resources with an annual output of about 100 million carats.
The annual output of diamonds in the world is about 100 million carats, while only 4 million carats are processed into diamonds. According to rough estimate, about 250 tons of ore would need to be mined to get 1 carat of a polished diamond.
Because of the high profits of diamonds, some diamonds are mined in war zones and sold to finance an insurgency, an invading army's war efforts, terrorism, or a warlord's activity. These diamonds are called blood diamonds (also called conflict diamonds, brown diamonds, hot diamonds, or red diamonds). It is everyone's duty to reject blood diamonds for the ethical origins.
People are mining for diamonds
#2: Brilliance
At first glance, you might think a moissanite engagement ring is a diamond. But when comparing brilliance and light performance, you’ll notice the difference pretty quickly.
If you have a premium or super premium quality moissanite, it will sparkle more. However, moissanite in its entirety is compared to the light performance of a disco ball. Some love the flashy rainbow light that emits from the stone while others find it overwhelming.
The brilliant difference between moissanite and diamond
But if you’re looking for more bling in your engagement ring, a moissanite engagement ring like this nature style moissanite engagement ring in the diamond shape of your choice! This moissanite ring setting style is a favorite of many and will sparkle more than a diamond engagement ring.
Diamonds have more of a subtle brilliance when compared to the moissanite. When light enters a well-cut diamond, it’s able to reflect a balance of rainbow light and white light reflected out.
It can be difficult to imagine the sparkle of a diamond vs the sparkle of moissanite wedding jewelry. Both are beautiful, so you really have to decide which sparkle is more your taste.
If you love the fire and brilliance of a diamond, a brilliant cut engagement rings will be an excellent choice. Brilliant cut shapes like round diamonds, princess cut, and pear cut diamonds are all examples. They are cut with many facets to give a glittering effect.
Diamond shapes like emerald cut, asscher cut, and baguette cut diamonds are all step-cut. They still sparkle, but with long dramatic flashes of light, rather than the glitter look.
#3 Durability
Moissanite hits a 9.5 on the Mineral Scale of Hardness, also known as the Moh scale. The Moh scale rating of a mineral lets you know its resistance to scratching. The dust in the air is made of microscopic minerals like quartz.
If you want to wear your wedding jewelry everyday, you’ll want a gemstone that can resist being scratched by the dust in our air. Softer gemstones with a lower Moh scale rating will not hold up as well for an engagement ring or wedding jewelry you’ll wear every day.
Moissanite has the second highest mineral hardness. A sapphire hits a 9 on the Moh scale and they are recommended for everyday wear. The same is true for a moissanite.
One of the biggest concerns about buying a diamond engagement ring is the risk of it chipping. Diamonds have a high hardness, but are brittle. They can break if dropped hard enough. Not with a moissanite engagement ring. They have an excellent hardness and tenacity. Therefore, moissanite is the perfect center stone for a solitaire engagement ring.
A diamond is the hardest mineral in the world. It reaches a 10 on the Mohs scale. Only a diamond is capable of scratching a diamond. Though diamonds have an excellent resistance to scratching, they are still vulnerable.
Many faceted gemstones have cleavage, which contributes to the breakability. A lot of people confuse hardness with overall durability. There are a few different factors that contribute to the overall durability of a stone. Most faceted gemstones have a vulnerability to chipping or breaking if struck hard enough.
Compared to a moissanite engagement ring, a diamond engagement ring has an increased chance of chipping if struck hard. Does it mean it absolutely will break? No. But you’d be more likely to see the diamond chip compared to the moissanite.
Moissanite vs Diamond
#4 Price
Moissanite stones are graded much differently than diamonds. They will often come as standard moissanite, premium moissanite, and super premium moissanite. Not every retailer will categorize them.
On average, the super premium moissanite engagement rings are meant to be the highest quality cut and color for moissanite wedding jewelry. Moissanite engagement rings are often much larger as well, which doesn’t impact the price nearly as much as a diamond.
That being said, moissanite gemstones are not the least expensive diamond alternative in the jewelry industry. White sapphire, white topaz, white zircon, and cubic zirconia are usually makes a more affordable engagement ring than a high quality moissanite engagement ring. However, natural white sapphires can compete with the price of a moissanite.
Moissanite is also the most popular diamond alternative in the industry today. Though they may not be the most expensive diamond engagement ring alternative, moissanite is the best in terms of wearability and price.
If you’re looking for more bang for your buck, you can find lots of excellent choices for engagement rings under $1000 with super premium quality moissanite inlaid.
Though it may seem that diamonds aren’t rare because they’re littered all over the place in jewelry cases, that’s not quite the case. Natural diamonds graded with high clarity and colorless diamond grades can be very expensive, especially if the carat weight is high too.
The price and value of a diamond has a multitude of different factors that contribute to its price and value. The biggest ones are the cut, clarity, color, and carat weight. The higher the diamond grades are, the more expensive they can be. That’s why it’s good to choose a balance of grades and prioritize what’s most important to you in your diamond.
Difference between natural diamond, lab diamond and moissanite.
The other big factor is the origin of the diamond. Lab-created diamonds are much less expensive than natural diamonds of the same quality. But they are real diamonds, just created in a lab instead of the ground. They have the same durability and brilliance-and they’re graded in the same way.
They don’t have the same price or value either. The price of lab diamonds can be 20-60% less expensive. The prices are always fluctuating for lab diamonds, so they don’t usually have any jewelry store resale value.
At the present time, moissanites are preferred to diamonds as they have more advantage in price, durability and brilliance, it also has less impact on the environment. If you loved a custom moissanite engagement ring, VANCARO only offers colorless with Excellent cut and VVS1 and above clarity grade moissanite, it would be a fantastic choice!
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