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Moissanite vs. Diamond

Moissanite vs. Diamond

 
As you search for an engagement ring, it can be overwhelming to sort through all of the options available. And as technology advances, so too does the number of choices—as well as the confusion. There’s a budget to set, styles to consider, settings to envision, and—perhaps most important—gemstones to compare.
 
Although naturally-mined diamonds are still the engagement ring standard, they are not your only option. Many couples wonder how simulant diamonds, especially materials such as moissanite, cubic zirconia, and Asha simulant diamonds, compare to genuine diamonds.
 
With so many decisions involved in choosing an engagement ring (to say nothing of planning a wedding!), we’d like help clarify some of the differences between a genuine diamond and the diamond simulant moissanite. Additionally, we’d like to share some ideas for lower-cost alternatives to naturally-mined diamonds that might really dazzle you.
 
What is Moissanite?
 
Moissanite was first discovered in 1893 by a French scientist named Henri Moissan. Originating as a meteorite that fell to earth, natural moissanite is now incredibly rare. Mossanite as we know it now is a laboratory-created mineral composed of the substance silicon carbide. It is engineered to give the illusion of similarity to diamonds, but is compositionally and visually quite different from a real diamond.
 
Moissanite vs. Diamond: Durability
 
Gemstones are measured on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, which assesses a gem’s ability to withstand surface scratching. On this scale, moissanite scores a 9.25, a very good score, though diamonds are the hardest known mineral and receive a 10.  But there are many more factors that influence the look and feel of your diamond, gemstone, or simulant.
 
Moissanite vs. Diamond: Brilliance
 
Moissanites exhibit a different kind of brilliance than diamonds do, as the faceting pattern is different. When comparing the two in this category, it can be easy to distinguish a moissanite from a real diamond, since some complain that moissanite’s heightened brilliance can create a more gaudy, disco ball effect, especially in sunlight and as stones increase in size.
 
Moissanite vs. Diamond: Color
 
Even those moissanites touted as “colorless” can project a yellow or grayish hue in certain lights. A colorless diamond, whether natural or lab-made, has a natural body color that contains no traces of yellow, brown, or grey.
 
Here again, as the as moissanite increases in size, it becomes easier to identify it as a simulant.
 
Lower Cost and Appealing Alternatives
 
If you are considering a moissanite engagement ring because of the lower price point, but have concerns about the color or brilliance, then you may want to consider other diamond and gemstone options. We understand that it can be daunting to try to find an affordable engagement ring, but here are some alternatives for your consideration.
 
Lab-created diamonds
 
Laboratory created diamonds are entirely distinct from diamond simulants and are slightly more affordable than their naturally-mined diamond counterparts.  They are also an appealing option for those seeking an eco-friendly option as they require no mining. What’s more, all of the lab created diamonds at Brilliant Earth are physically, optically, and chemically indistinguishable from our natural diamonds. They exhibit the same properties of sparkle, fire, and scintillation.
 
Browse our collection of lab created diamonds to see the wide variety of lab created diamond options currently available.
 
Sapphires
 
If you like the idea of adding some color to your engagement ring, consider a sapphire—available in all colors of the rainbow—for a lot of look at a smaller price. Brilliant Earth carries a large selection of pre-set sapphire engagement rings that are stunning and unique. To see a broader range of colors, visit our colored gemstone gallery. Here, you would select a loose gem and then set it any way you want.
 
Settings
 
A gorgeous way to amplify your engagement ring is to select a more detailed setting. Smaller accent diamonds are much more affordable than larger center diamonds, and smaller center gems dazzle with these special settings. Another great option is a halo engagement ring, which features a center gemstone completely encircled by sparking diamond accents that make the center gem seem larger.
 
Final Thoughts on Mossanite vs. Diamond
 
If you decide a moissanite engagement ring is for you, then our jewelry specialists are happy to assist you with sourcing a moissanite by special request at 800.691.0952.
 
With any of these options, you can feel confident in the beauty and authenticity of your ring.  At Brilliant Earth, we understand that setting a budget and buying an engagement ring are very personal decisions. With that in mind, we take an incredibly personal approach to the selection and purchasing processes. We delight in sharing our passion, expertise, and creativity with our customers.

 

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Dan Says:
May 31st, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I find lots if info on moissonite and some on lab created diamonds. Are they the same?


B. Earth Says:
June 3rd, 2013 at 10:07 am

Hi Dan, Good question! Moissanite and lab created diamonds are not the same. Lab created diamonds are physically, optically, and chemically indistinguishable from natural diamonds, while moissanite is composed of silicon carbide and compositionally and visually quite different from a real diamond. Our jewelry specialists would be happy to explain the differences in more detail at 800.691.0952. Thanks for your interest!


Luke Says:
August 19th, 2013 at 6:43 am

Do you sell moissonite? can they be placed in your settings?


Dailen Says:
October 24th, 2013 at 10:18 am

Rather interesting way to skew the article: “some complain that moissanite’s heightened brilliance can create a more gaudy, disco ball effect, especially in sunlight and as stones increase in size”.

Having worked in the jewelry industry I find the spin on that to be peculiar because I never knew anyone to complain about this effect but rather it giving off more brilliance was a plus.

Another way of wording it might be “moissanite’s heightened brilliance is shown in how it refracts twice as much light, therefore sparkling and glistening twice as much especially in sunlight and as stones increase in size”.


B. Earth Says:
October 25th, 2013 at 9:22 am

Hi Dailen, That’s a great point! I guess it just depends on how much you love sparkle!


Erin Says:
November 3rd, 2013 at 8:34 pm

I recently got an moissanite engagement ring. I would completely disagree with the term “gaudy” for how it sparkles. There needs to be a description on how it sparkles. I love the rainbows that my stone makes compared to the white flashes of a diamond. I would suggest having a video on this page that can exhibit the differences between the two. I spent many hours watching videos of moissanites and diamonds side by side to decide if a moissanite was the way that I wanted to go and the longer I have the happy I get with me and fiancé’s choice.


sean Says:
November 18th, 2013 at 7:36 am

Moissanite is a fine gemstone and I just had an 80mm placed in a tension setting. It looks fantastic. It refracts beautifully and its a princess cut to boot. Its a matter of choice and the only way to make that choice is to physically see the difference in outside lighting not under store lighting or on a web page. Be informed and you won’t be disappointed either way.


Nora Says:
January 15th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

My ring fell off my finger and hit ceramic tile flooring. It chipped the large center stone and now there’s a black disfigurement in the large center stone. I am very saddened by this. I would like to know if there is any replacement the seller can offer? We were sold on the brilliance of the stones which, we were very pleased with. The hardness of the stone was also a selling point vs. a diamond.
Any information or feedback is appreciated. I love my ring!!


B. Earth Says:
January 16th, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Hi Nora,we’re so sorry to hear about your ring! Did you purchase your ring from Brilliant Earth? If so, our jewelry specialists would be more than happy to assist you. You can reach them here: http://www.brilliantearth.com/contact/ or by calling 800-691-0952.


Jenny Says:
February 2nd, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Hi! My fiance surprised me with a lovely 1.5 ct moissy in a simple 14K prong setting. I’d love to have the stone reset into a different ring — is this something Brilliant Earth’s artisans can do?


B. Earth Says:
February 3rd, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Hi Jenny, congratulations on your engagement! Unfortunately as a company policy we can’t set outside stones. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our expert jewelry specialists. You can contact them via email (http://www.brilliantearth.com/contact/) or by calling 800-691-0952. Thank you for your interest!


Nicole Says:
February 26th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Do you sell loose colorless moissanite ‘Forever Brilliant’ diamonds? And do the Forever Brilliant still have more fire, or do they flash more of a white light? Thank you.


B. Earth Says:
February 27th, 2014 at 11:32 am

Hi Nicole, Forever Brilliant Moissanites are a trademark, so we do not carry them. However,our jewelry specialists would be happy to help you find a loose moissanite or diamond that matches them in brilliance and color. You can reach them via email (http://www.brilliantearth.com/contact/) or by calling 800-691-0952. Thank you for your interest!


Michelle Says:
April 13th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Your “lab created diamonds” are pretty expensive. Where do they lie on the Mohs hardness scale?


B. Earth Says:
April 14th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Hi Michelle, good question! All of our lab created diamonds are physically, optically, and chemically indistinguishable from our natural diamonds. So, like natural diamonds, our lab created diamonds are at the top of the Mohs hardness scale. You can learn more about lab created diamonds here: http://www.brilliantearth.com/lab-created-diamonds/.


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