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Moissanite vs. Diamond


Moissanite is a gemstone born from the stars. It was first discovered in 1893 by a French scientist named Henri Moissan, who later won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He discovered microscopic particles of the gem that would eventually bear his name in Arizona, in a crater created by a meteorite that fell to Earth. He initially thought that he had discovered diamonds, but later determined that the crystals were composed of silicon carbide.

Natural moissanite is incredibly rare, so moissanite available today is laboratory-created. After many years of trial and error, the particles Moissan discovered were successfully synthesized to produce what is now one of the world’s most scintillating gemstones.

Moissanite is engineered to give the illusion of similarity to diamonds, but is compositionally and visually quite different from a real diamond. The durability, brilliance, and color of the two gems are quite distinct.

benefits of Moissanite

Eco friendly

Moissanite is lab created with minimal environmental impact.


Moissanite is less expensive per carat than many other gemstones.


Moissanite is a 9.25 on the Moh’s scale, so it is suitable for everyday wear.

Moissanite vs. diamond



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 that makes it one of the hardest substances on earth, and very suitable for everyday wear as an engagement ring.Diamonds are the hardest known mineral and receive a 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Because of this exceptional score, diamonds are very durable and ideal for everyday wear. This contributes to their popularity as engagement rings’ center gemstones.


Moissanites exhibit a different kind of brilliance than diamonds do, as their faceting pattern is different. The fiery, rainbow flashes emitted by moissanites are beloved by some, but others complain that moissanite’s heightened brilliance can create a “disco ball” effect, especially in sunlight. The bigger the moissanite, the more likely it is that the difference will be noticeable.A different type of brilliance is what makes it possible to distinguish a moissanite from a diamond. Diamonds reflect light in three different ways. The white light reflected back is referred to as brilliance, while the rainbow of colors refracted through the diamond is referred to as dispersion. The surface sparkle of a diamond, known as scintillation, is a third type of diamond light return. The combination of these three gives diamonds their famous sparkle.


Moissanites touted as “colorless” can still project a yellow or grayish hue in certain lights. Here again, the larger the moissanite, the more noticeable the color and the easier it is to identify it as a simulant.A colorless diamond, whether natural or lab created, has a natural body color that contains no traces of yellow, brown, or grey, resulting in a dazzling, bright white appearance.





Diamonds are the hardest known mineral and receive a 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Because of this exceptional score, diamonds are very durable and ideal for every day wear. This contributes to their popularity as engagement rings’ center gemstones.
Moissanites exhibit a different kind of brilliance than diamonds do, as their faceting pattern is different. The fiery, rainbow flashes emitted by moissanites are beloved by some, but others complain that moissanite’s heightened brilliance can create a “disco ball” effect, especially in sunlight. The bigger the moissanite, the more likely it is that the difference will be noticeable.
Moissanites touted as “colorless” can still project a yellow or grayish hue in certain lights. Here again, the larger the moissanite, the more noticeable the color and the easier it is to identify it as a simulant.



Diamonds are the hardest known mineral and receive a 10 on the Moh’s scale of hardness, making them an ideal choice for everyday wear. Diamonds have a sought- after brilliance, and are singly refractive, whereas moissanite are doubly refractive. Diamonds are very durable.
A different type of brilliance is what makes it possible to distinguish a moissanite from a diamond. Diamonds reflect light in three different ways. The white light reflected back is referred to as brilliance, while the rainbow of colors refracted through the diamond is referred to as dispersion. The surface sparkle of a diamond, known as scintillation, is a third type of diamond light return. The combination of these three gives diamonds their famous sparkle.
A colorless diamond, whether natural or lab created, has a natural body color that contains no traces of yellow, brown, or grey, resulting in a dazzling, bright white appearance.


Most Sought After Moissanite Engagement Rings

Discover the most popular settings to pair with moissanite.

Moissanite Origins

Because they are grown in controlled environments using advanced technology, moissanites require absolutely no mining to produce. Their origins are therefore traceable and entirely eco friendly.

Compared with natural gemstones, synthetic moissanites have a much smaller carbon footprint and result in less environmental impact. Fine jewelry made with moissanites and eco friendly metals meets the very highest environmental standards.

Affordable Diamond Alternatives

If you are considering a moissanite engagement ring, you’ll find dazzling options in our Moissanite Collection that can be set in your favorite Brilliant Earth engagement ring settings. If you’re attracted to the lower price point in comparison to diamonds but have concerns about the color or brilliance, 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 beautiful options:


Lab diamonds are more affordable than their naturally mined diamond counterparts—typically you’ll save about 30% for a diamond of similar size and quality. Unlike moissanite, 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. What’s more, they are an appealing option for those seeking an eco-friendly gemstone as they require no mining. Browse our collection of lab created diamonds to see the wide variety of lab created diamond options currently available.



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 distinctive look at a smaller price. Sapphires are prized for their stunning colors and durability. Our sapphire engagement rings are stunning and unique, and we offer an even broader range of sapphire colors and shapes in our colored gemstone gallery. We also offer luminous green emeralds, which are treasured for their depth of color and historic place as the gemstone of royalty. Our rubies and semiprecious gemstones are also a distinctive choice in an affordable price range. All of our unique colored gemstones can be purchased individually or set in a Brilliant Earth engagement ring setting.


Vintage Rings under $2500

A vintage ring can be a beautiful and budget-friendly choice. Our collection of vintage engagement rings ranges from bold and geometric Art Deco engagement rings, to delicately detailed Art Nouveau rings, to stunning Retro-era rings that evoke the glamour of golden age Hollywood. Choosing one of our vintage rings is an excellent way to stretch your budget. A vintage ring is also an ethical choice, as it requires no new mining.



A gorgeous way to find an engagement ring within your budget is to select a smaller center diamond and amplify its visual impact with a more detailed setting. Smaller accent diamonds are much more affordable than larger center diamonds, so surrounding your smaller center diamond with accent diamonds creates a dazzling look for less. One great option is a halo engagement ring, which features a center gemstone completely encircled by sparkling diamond accents that make the center gem appear larger. Another great option is a three stone setting, featuring one smaller gem on each side of the center diamond.


Join the Conversation

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.

Catherine Says:
November 24th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

What a completely biased article. Moissanite is not a “diamond simulant”, it is its entirely own gemstone. Anybody that knew anything about jewelry would know that moissanite is its own unique gemstone with its own unique properties – and there really is no comparison to diamond except the fact that they are both “colorless” stones.

If someone is looking for a less expensive diamond alternative, honestly, CZ is a much better choice. Anybody looking for a stone to match the visual properties of diamond will be sorely disappointed with moissanite.

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: https://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 (https://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 (https://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: https://www.brilliantearth.com/lab-created-diamonds/.

Joy Says:
June 7th, 2014 at 1:44 am

I have a diamond engagement ring but I’m looking at a moissanite wedding ring, would there be a big noticeable difference when they are together on my finger? Thanks

B. Earth Says:
June 11th, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Hi Joy, we do not typically recommend mixing the two. Depending on the size of the moissanites used in the wedding band, you may be able to clearly see a difference. Moissanite has a higher refractive index than diamond, which means that they can often look even brighter than your center diamond. Being that the wedding band should compliment and not compete with your engagement ring, we would exercise caution in pairing the two.

Suresh Kumawat Says:
June 19th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

It was a good read about moissanite stone. As moissanite is very cheap and almost similar to the Diamond in look n feel so now I am thinking for a moissanite bling. Thanks

Henrietta Says:
July 19th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Hi, I want to get a real diamond band for my fiancy for our upcoming wedding, I am scared of falling a victim buying a lab diamond, I live in chicago and I want to know if u have representative or a store in chicago to make my choice of ring..

B. Earth Says:
July 22nd, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Hi Henrietta, at this time our only showroom is located in San Francisco, CA. However, our jewelry specialists would be more than happy to assist you with any questions on the phone at 1.800.691.0952 or via email (https://www.brilliantearth.com/contact/). All of the diamond accents featured in our wedding bands are mined, natural diamonds. You can learn more about our diamond accent origins here: https://www.brilliantearth.com/diamond-accents-origin/. Thank you for your interest!

Amanda Says:
August 24th, 2014 at 6:30 am

Uggggg I’m so frustrated! My bf bought me the most beautiful virago engagement ring. Just so happens the diomond in the middle is over a carat and extremely expensive! We have been looking at the moisanite diamonds. I see that they tend to have a disco ball affect. I don’t know what to do. And reading the comment that when the one lad dropped hers on the floor the whole center of the diomond popped out. I truly don’t know what to so

Cheryl Says:
October 13th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

i have all three diamonds, moissanite, and lab created pieces and nothing compares to my moissanite pieces that I just love love love. I must admit that the bigger the moissanite the greater the sparkle in an array of refractive colors. The lab created diamonds are colorless and beautiful, however since they are so perfect in color it looks fake so I purchase them if they are in a pave setting. In my opinion the moissanite has more fire, brilliance, and looks more like a natural diamond compared to a diamond stimulant, or lab created. I do agree not to mix moissanite with a real diamonds because moissanites will outshine the diamond any day. When I wear my 2 carat moissanite ring I get a lot of compliments, and no one knows it’s not a diamond, they think it’s an absolutely fabulous diamond ring.

tanya Says:
November 3rd, 2014 at 4:37 pm

I really didn’t care for this piece. I looked up moissonite on Brilliant Earth because I like your company and your designs. I want moissonite because I love the look … I personally think that the optical properties of moissonite exceed those of diamonds, so its just a no-brainer for me. I was planning to ask for one of your designs in this stone. However, this article is obviously trying to get the reader to go for a ‘real diamond’ instead. You’re positioning moissonite as classless, gaudy, and fake, and diamond as an elite status symbol. This is the DeBeers trick. Please respect consumer preferences enough not to disparage them so openly.

iola Says:
November 16th, 2014 at 11:44 pm

hello, I had the choice of diamond or moissanite. I jumped at the beautiful colors of moissanite! I have several diamonds but wear the colors, of moissanite! People love my ring, I wear it 24/7 handling horses the rings sparkle is beautiful! I have warn my ring and had no problems with chipping dulling. I love this ring! Ola

Kira Says:
December 2nd, 2014 at 8:29 pm

I am disappointed in the biased tone of the article as well. I have long respected Brilliant Earth for your eco-friendly mission and trustworthy reputation, yet I find it amusing that the same company that will rave about the brilliance, fire, and scintillation of a diamond will refer to the same reflective and refractive qualities in another stone as “gaudy” and “disco ball”-like. It is unfortunate that the desire to advertise your product has clearly outweighed the desire to present neutrality here. There are upsides and downsides to all stone choices, and, if your products are of a high quality, then it should not be necessary to slight other choices. For what it’s worth, I own a diamond.

Krista Says:
December 17th, 2014 at 12:10 am

This is an extremely biased article.

I was set on getting a massive, diamond ring when I get engaged. Then I discovered moissanite.

They’re gorgeous! I don’t think they’re “gaudy” at all. The sparkle is what makes them pretty.

I love how brilliant they are. The diamond is pale in comparison.

The 9.25 on the hardness scale should not be off putting either.
Because moissanite is lab created it doesn’t have natural flaws that a diamond would, making it comparable as far as damage is concerned.

I also love that they were from a meteorite! And lab created means they’re ethical!

& 1-10th of the price!

I don’t understand why anyone even buys diamond rings anymore.

Moissanite has won me over. (& that’s saying something! I am (or was?) a diamond girl!)

Mendy Manzanera Says:
December 30th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

I think the moissanite look pretty real. I just bought mine and even though I bought both solitaire and wedding band, the wedding band came in first and when I paired it with my real diamond engagement ring, it looked fine. However, the moissanite solitaire has since come in and I have now paired both moissanites. They look beautiful. I AM concerned with the lady who said hers cracked. I did buy a 3 year warranty though, so hopefully this will not be the case with my rings. My real diamond engagement ring was only about 1/3 carat and I always wanted a larger stone, so I went with the moissanite.

Mendy Manzanera Says:
December 30th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

I am happy with the moissanites.

Michael Says:
January 1st, 2015 at 1:03 am

Well, everyone certainly has their own opinion and are absolutely entitled to it. After reading through the comments here, I felt compelled to leave my own. I recently purchased an engagement ring, well, in reality, two engagement rings. The first with a moissanite center stone, the other with a diamond:
Moissanite – graded as “forever brilliant,” looked absolutely fabulous, flawless even, in the store, at home in the kitchen, in the bedroom, in the car under the overheard lighting, the garage at night…what’s missing here? Sunlight. My opinion of the stone did a 180º when I took the ring into direct sunlight; it looked cloudy, greyish, but the pave stones (diamond) looked amazing. I really could not believe the difference I saw between the stones when taken into direct sunlight.
Diamond – GIA grading; color G, clarity VS2, cut Excellent. WOW, exquisite, direct sunlight, candlelight, flashlight, moonlight, pale light, pink light, red light, green light…ok, you get it.
Now, my search started out with completely shunning diamonds. I was on a mission, totally determined to go against the decades long, entrenched “DeBeers marketing scam” I had grown to despise. I don’t need to pay these outrageously, over-inflated prices for a measily little stone to put in a ring around the love of my life’s finger! Our love is enough, right?! Right! And she agrees, death to the socially-accepted-through-marketing diamond engagement ring!! Well, I tried, let me tell you, I tried. What I came up with in the end, what is on my fiance’s finger, is a diamond. Not because anyone said that it should be, but because that is what I decided on after eight months of searching and comparing. Now, don’t get me wrong, I certainly paid for it, and not everyone has that luxury. I’m not trying to say what is good for me and mine is good for you and your’s. However, what I do want to convey, ALL I want to convey, is that there are very distinct differences in every stone, be it diamond-to-diamond, diamond-to-moissanite, lab created-to-diamond, saphire-to-cubic zirconia, etc, etc, etc…YOU just need to determine what YOU are willing to spend for what YOU like, and it doesn’t matter the size, the make, or the model. Make your search for the perfect ring and stone not about “gaudy” or “biased” or “socially accepted,” but about you and your love, because those two people are the ONLY ones that REALLY matter.

Tanya Says:
January 2nd, 2015 at 11:27 am

I appreciate your attitude, Michael. It should be about personal preferences and relationships; we don’t need the emotional loading and judgmental attitudes pervading the market.

Teresa Says:
January 27th, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Michael, after reading many other comments, I was seriously considering looking at moissanite. Then….pow! Your comment about taking it into direct sunlight. And the fact that you wanted to avoid the DeBeers hype, yet still chose diamond. That’s a powerful testimony. The one thing missing in jewelry showrooms is direct sunlight. Thanks for pointing out that “brilliant” (pun intended) observation.

Teresa Says:
January 27th, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Thanks to everyone who commented. It was very helpful as I begin my comparison journey.

Michelle Says:
January 28th, 2015 at 5:33 pm

I used to sell Moissanite and have loads of it set in both silver and gold. The color of the stone changes a bit in different light, sometimes showing off more colors, sometimes less. I wish I could post a photo because I have photos of large Moissanites that look beautiful in the sunlight. I disagree with the previous gentleman. Moissanites look best in the sunlight. You will get more color ranges on stones larger than 7mm in width, so if you like a ring with three-stones, it is the perfect choice. I have a ring in gold that has three round 6 and 5mm stones and it sparkles like there’s no tomorrow. It looks EXACTLY like diamonds, but better, and my friends mostly wear big diamonds, and they RAVE about this ring. It was only $1,300 and it would cost $13,000 (Moissanite costs about 10% of equal quality diamonds.) in diamonds. Don’t get sucked into the idea that you have to wear diamonds. This ring looks as stunning as my $40,000 ring.

Sue Says:
February 28th, 2015 at 4:27 am

I just received my engagement ring and the center stone is a 1.5 ct moissanite. There are also small diamonds around the band. It is stunning. I have no idea why someone would tell you not to mix the two stones. Don’t be afraid to go with moissanite. They are lovely stones. This is an extremly biased site.

Sallie Davis Says:
March 14th, 2015 at 8:38 am

My diamond fell out of my ring and was lost. Can you place one of your stones in my setting if it was sent to you?

B. Earth Says:
March 17th, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Hi Sallie, if you purchased your ring with Brilliant Earth, our jewelry specialists will be happy to assist you. You can reach them at 1.800.691.0952 or via email (https://www.brilliantearth.com/contact/).

Emm Says:
April 27th, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Very disappointed in the biased tone of this article. I’m trying to get information on both stones and I feel the piece tries to convince the reader about how they should feel about moissanites vs diamonds before they’re able to decide their personal preference for themselves, based on the language they use to describe each.

Nisha Says:
May 2nd, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Interesting that the original post by Brilliant Earth does not use the word gaudy (unless it was edited). Rather, the commenter used that word and everyone followed suit.

Pedro Says:
May 3rd, 2015 at 12:54 pm

I bought my wife a moissanite engagement ring. She knew it’s heritage, and loved it regardless. She got compliments on it all the time; even our female finacial planner said “I know my diamonds, and THAT’S a nice diamond”. Why spend more for an inferior product (diamonds). Take what you will spend on a diamond product, and go buy the same in moissanite, and then add another piece of moissanite jewelery and you’ll still spend less than the diamond. You won’t regret buying moissanite. (Please note … I “don’t” work for moissanite or jewelery industry.)

Ashley Says:
May 20th, 2015 at 10:32 pm

I am looking for a in expensive stone and similar in look to diamond. Ideally I wanted a 1.5 to 2 ct centre stone and a smaller halo. Would the colour be noticeably different from diamond with this size of stone?

B. Earth Says:
May 27th, 2015 at 11:25 am

Hi Ashley, our jewelry specialists would be more than happy to advise you on your options and answer your questions in more depth via email (https://www.brilliantearth.com/contact/) or at 800.691.0952. Thanks for your interest!

Ron S. Says:
June 7th, 2015 at 12:29 pm

I am a first-time reader of your “Moissanite vs. Diamond” article. The article is very informative; answering the exact questions I had. I surely didn’t read a biased opinion within it. What I did read was an honest opinion on how a real diamond could be out-shined by a Moissanite stone/stones which in turn could create a disapointment for the buyer. The bottom line of the article…Don’t mix the two. Not that diamonds are (in your opinion) the preferred purchase. Thank you for clarifying the difference. No pun intended.

Louise Says:
September 9th, 2015 at 6:26 pm

I just got engaged and I absolutely love my moissanite ring! I catch myself staring at it all the time, ESPECIALLY in sunlight because its brilliance is remarkable. It does have a slightly yellow color to it, but only under certain light conditions, and for me it’s barely noticeable. I get compliments on it all the time, and one of my clients even remarked, “that must have been an EXPENSIVE ring”. 😉 I can’t speak on behalf of anyone else, but I’m thrilled not only to have a beautiful 2.0 ct princess cut moissanite ring, but to have saved my fiancé thousands (we’re saving the big bucks for a mind-blowing honeymoon!). If you’re really concerned, definitely find one in person and take a good look, but unless you’re a diamond snob, I doubt you’ll be disappointed. I’m not a jeweler or a moissanite rep, just a fan.

Imary Says:
September 11th, 2015 at 12:37 pm

It is disappointing to see how people tend to misunderstand an information thus leading others to follow their own ideas. I agree that not everyone possess good understanding and communication skills, however we should definitely be careful when letting others know about our opinion. The article is not biased at all, instead it provides with information about the differences in both stones in order to offer good options for those who seek in having one of the two.

I would like to support Michael’s comment by adding few points: “People’s opinion SHOULD NOT play an important role on your desires, or should I say “preferences”! It doesn’t matter if you like a white, red, yellow, green, silver, gray… stone because at the end of the day you will be the one buying it either for yourself or someone else! Do your research instead, evaluate the options available to you and try to learn with other people’s comments instead of basing on unclear thoughts or supporting them without doing the most important job here: “your research”.

For those who already bought one of the stones and want to buy another, do it because you like the way it is and feels and not because someone else told you to. After all, if you can afford thousands of expensive or cheap stoned rings, why not go for it! I hope it helps. Good day for you all…

Lysha Says:
September 15th, 2015 at 8:45 am

A Diamond is singly refractive and a Zircon is doubly refractive, so how does a Moissanite compare to Zircon?

B. Earth Says:
September 16th, 2015 at 11:03 am

Hi Lysha, moissanite is doubly refractive like natural zircon. It has a higher refractive index however, so produces even more intense brilliance with a higher level of dispersion (the bright rainbow flashes). It is also a much harder and more durable stone than natural zircon so is a great choice for everyday wear!

Carolyn Says:
September 17th, 2015 at 12:20 pm

I was given an engagement ring 10 years ago, and it’s a 14 k white gold band with a 2 carat Moissanite stone. It is still absolutely stunning. I cannot tell you how many compliments I have received. I wear it all the time. My previous husband bought me a near perfect diamond engagement and wedding band, all diamonds, and it was over $25,000. The Moissanite looked just as beautiful. I would never pay the price of a diamond. I love my Moissanite ring. I have since purchased Moissanite earrings and necklaces, they are all fabulous, and I feel just as special in them as I would diamonds. The stones look beautiful in every light.

Dianna Says:
September 26th, 2015 at 6:40 pm

I do have a 1.5 ct moisanite ring which cost me about $1,000. I love it, it is beautiful. I also have a 2 ct diamond which doesn’t shine as the moisanite, but, hey, I also tell myself…”I am worth it!” This diamond costs around $25,000. I think the beauty stays in moisanite, the pride of being worth stays with the diamond.

patty Says:
October 23rd, 2015 at 8:49 pm

I’ve had a huge moissanite(3k diamond eqivalent) ring for about 10 years now. It is still just as sparkly as the day I bought it. No chips or scratches. I wear it every day. I work in my garden, kitchen, and am an artist. My moissanite has withstood it all, just like a diamond would. It looks as good as the day I bought it. The other great thing is that I bought it when gold was cheap compared to now. I have a heavy gold band that holds my huge moissanite stone. It looks like a 40k ring. Nobody has ever asked me if my diamond was real. I think they assume it is. Works for me. I paid $800 for it. A bargain if you ask me. I also bought a 2k equiv. pair of earrings with a basket setting in white gold. I paid $400 for those. They would cost me 3x that much now because of the gold. I love them and wear them everyday.

Mary baty Says:
November 12th, 2015 at 11:10 am

I can tell you just how beautiful and diamond-like moissanite is. For the past 10 years, I have been wearing what I thought was a diamond. Paid diamond prices for it. Flash to last year at this time when my trusted jeweler was arrested for swapping moissanite for diamonds. He’s in jail for 60 years, and a lot of people, including my husband, are out a lot of money — but I still have a beautiful ring, with all the memories attached to it. If you want moissanite — it’s beautiful. If you want a diamond — make sure it’s a diamond you are getting.

Laura Says:
November 20th, 2015 at 6:23 am

I think I have read every one of the posts here, and I am still confused. Are any of these comparisons between diamonds and Moissanite referring to the new C&C “Forever One” version of Moissanite? My understanding is that it has few if any of the concerns re: the greenish or yellowish color in the stone? But I assume it still has the same higher refraction properties? I believe this stone was released just this fall. I have not seen it in person but am wondering if it would now be considered the ‘best’ simulated diamond on the market today?

B. Earth Says:
November 20th, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Hi Laura, none of the previous comparisons are specifically between diamonds and the new Forever One Moissanite, as it was just released this fall in very limited sizes and shapes. You can expect the Forever One to share the same basic properties of Moissanite, specifically the same higher refraction properties. While they are being pitched as being in the colorless diamond range of D-E-F, most people would still find them a bit warmer in color than a GIA certified diamond of the same color range.

Char Says:
December 2nd, 2015 at 12:35 am

I have been married for 40 yrs. My original engagement ring was a .50 ct diamond solitaire. My wedding ring was a ring guard with 1.00 ct. diamonds encircling my engagement ring. As the years passed, the trend towards larger stones caused me to start looking around. I briefly looked at Zirconia, but found them to be flat & glass like with little brilliance. Ick. It was soon obvious to me that Moissanite was what I wanted. A 2 ct. Moissanite solitaire 26 yrs. ago cost 200.00. It was placed in the same ring guard that I had worn originally. I took the set into my local jeweler for a size adjustment & they required an estimate of value be placed upon it. I asked what they thought & was told $20,000.00! They were shocked when I told them it was Moissanite. I have received countless compliments & many, many stares. The combination of small, accent diamonds in the guard encircling the 2 ct. Moissanite is stunning in any light & shows no difference. Considering inflation over 15 yrs, 200. for Moissanite/20,000.00 assumed diamond value, you do the math. MOISSANITE ALL THE WAY!!

Terry Says:
December 3rd, 2015 at 11:23 am

I inherited two 1/2 ct. diamond solitaires from my mother. I purchased a 1 ct. Moissanite stone 18 years ago and had the them set into a platinum three stone setting. It looks absolutely stunning! I have had more compliments on this ring. After a year or so, I had the ring cleaned at a well known jewelry store. The jeweler asked if the ring was insured. When I told him that it was not, he advised me to insure it for at least $10,000. replacement value. I love it.

Cheryl Says:
December 7th, 2015 at 10:53 pm

My husband bought me a beautiful 3-stone Moissanite anniversary ring, however I somehow chipped one of the smaller stones (not even sure how…. Perhaps accidentally hit my hand against something)? The jewelry store where we bought it has gone out of business. Is there any way to have it repaired?

B. Earth Says:
December 10th, 2015 at 11:49 am

Hi Cheryl, unfortunately we do not repair rings that were purchased outside of Brilliant Earth. Thank you for your interest!

Kalahari Says:
January 5th, 2016 at 2:13 am

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Once people really grasp what the concept of that truly means, is the day they’ll understand how truly meaningless this conversation has truly become!
However, everyone understands the term BLOOD DIAMONDS… People should be more concerned about the stones origin rather than the 3 C’s “color, cut, clarity
No one has ever died from simulated, or lab created diamonds… Think about it.

Debra Says:
January 7th, 2016 at 10:51 am

I recently purchased a 9mm Forever One Moissenite stone. I am a lover of anything that sparkles. I have diamonds of different sizes and shapes and love them. Having said that, it is true the Moissenite has far more sparkle and the Forever One is pretty white. I haven’t noticed any yellow coloring. You really need to see them and make your choice on what you like. People all the time refer to my Moissenite as a diamond. I usually correct them as I have no problem letting them know it’s Moissenite. Choose what you love and wear it proudly!!!

Gina Says:
January 10th, 2016 at 1:58 am

I had (still have & never wear) a Moissanite engagement ring – about 1.25 carats. When it was appraised the color was described as a “K” which made perfect sense as it is a grayish yellow and very murky. This was 10 years ago so maybe they’ve improved the larger stones. I currently have an emerald cut natural diamond and couldn’t be happier – it’s just under 1.25 but is a VVSI/G and absolutely gorgeous! Just choose what you love and really enjoy wearing – that’s all that matters. As far as the “Blood Diamond” comments not all stones fall into that category but if they do it’s the wearers choice and a lecture is not necessary. Lighten up.

Ray Says:
January 10th, 2016 at 5:47 pm

Does a Moissanite stone have any resale value or is it like CZ in that aspect?

B. Earth Says:
January 11th, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Hi Ray, the resale value of moissanite is currently unknown, as it is with all lab created gemstones. The technology that produces these types of gems is ever increasing and expanding and due to those future unknowns, it is extremely difficult to estimate.

Audrey Says:
January 11th, 2016 at 8:28 pm

Hello. I’m considering a ring with a white sapphire gemstone with your white gold alvadora setting. However, for the setting I would like moissanite stones rather than diamonds. Is this possible and is this something you recommend? You said you would not recommend mixing diamonds with moissanite; does the same go for sapphires?

B. Earth Says:
January 19th, 2016 at 11:11 am

Hi Audrey, we are not able to substitute diamonds with moissanites, as we do not have access to moissanites that small. Moissanites have even more fire and brilliance than diamonds, while white sapphires do not exhibit any fire or brilliance. If you are leaning towards a white center sapphire, pairing it with moissanites could potentially make your center stone look dull. Our jewelry specialists would be more than happy to advise you on possible variations and answer your questions in more depth via email (https://www.brilliantearth.com/contact/) or at 800.691.0952. Thank you for your interest!

Tallet Violette Says:
January 26th, 2016 at 5:39 pm

S’il vous plaît, j’aimerais acheter une superbe moissanite en bague de 1 carat ou 1 carat 50 montée sur or 750 millième ou platine, taille doigt 57. Et demi. Merci de votre gentillesse. Cordialement

B. Earth Says:
January 27th, 2016 at 10:40 am

Hi Violette, you can view our collection of moissanites here: https://www.brilliantearth.com/moissanites/. Our jewelry specialists would also be more than happy to answer your questions in more depth via email (https://www.brilliantearth.com/contact/) or at 800.691.0952. Thank you for your interest!

Andrea Says:
May 27th, 2016 at 5:35 pm

Hi B.E.,

I would like a moissanite engagement ring but I was thinking of getting it set in a halo setting. Would it look bad with a diamond halo around a moissanite?? I was thinking the added brilliance of a moissanite would just make it look nicer.. I really like the contessa ring!

B. Earth Says:
May 31st, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Hi Andrea,

You can view our recently purchased moissanite rings here, by choosing “Moissanite” under the gemstone filter: https://www.brilliantearth.com/recently-purchased-sapphire-engagement-rings/. Some of these rings feature halo settings, so you can see examples of what a moissanite set in a halo setting would look like. Our jewelry experts would love to help you make your decision at 1.800.691.0952. Thanks for your interest!

Lori McIntosh Says:
June 1st, 2016 at 9:45 pm

I just recently purchased my first Moissanite rings and eagerly await their arrival. I have a stunning wedding ring that is over 2cts of fine diamonds. However, Moissys sparkle and fire and color draws me like a moth to flame! It’s simply beautiful. And to the gentleman asking about its resale value…my friend just sold her 2 1/2 ct on eBay for over 2,000.00! eBay has thousands for sale that will show you that Moissanite is a great investment. As a matter of fact- it’s investing in more than cash. It’s investing in our planet and our fellow human beings lives- we do not ever want to contribute to the possibility of accidentally buying a conflict diamond. I am NOT disparaging diamond owners- I am one. I just have learned quite a bit over my years on this planet and find that being a victim to a DeBeers mentality is beyond goofy. If you like the “bling” you will want Moissanite. It’s stunning.

Carlos Peixoto Says:
June 18th, 2016 at 2:51 am

Hello good Morning!!! There moissanite in nature? I am in Brazil and found a mineral with greater hardness than topaz, will be able to be mossanite?
Thank you
Carlos Peixoto

Amy Says:
August 11th, 2016 at 12:43 am

May I ask what supplies do you purchase your super premium moissanite from?

Lily Says:
August 13th, 2016 at 2:06 pm

I realize that this is an old thread, but would like to point out that the authors of the article pointing out some possible differences in opinion regarding the flash of moissanite does not a biased piece make.

To the point: my comment is for those wondering about moissanite resale value. I had a gorgeous forever one moissanite ring that was a little over a 1 ctw equivalent (8×6 mm) with natural diamond halo on a diamond eternity band. I bought it for $1800 something and could not get anyone interested in it for less than $1200 ? . Moral of the story is, I would personally not purchase moissanite as an investment piece based on personal experience, but it sounds like others have had more luck than me.

Roger Says:
September 10th, 2016 at 9:27 pm

I just inherited a gorgeouse gold ring from my Dad with a cheap worn out cetrine stone in it. The ring has 13 grams of 14 k yellow gold and I love it, not to mention that it holds huge sentimental value.

I am in the process of getting the citrene stone removed and having a 1 carat moissanite stone set into 14 k white gold to make the ring two tone gold. This was my jewleres reccomendation.

My question is; will the white gold background lessen the amount of yellow light coming from the moissanite and help it refract more white light?

I’ve never been into jewlery before but find myself really looking forward to wearing my Dad’s ring with a shiney moissanite in it?

B. Earth Says:
September 12th, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Hi Roger,

Yes, a white gold setting will cause a moissanite to appear whiter. Many Brilliant Earth couples have also chosen yellow gold to pair with moissanite and have been happy with the results. Both metals are a great choice! Thanks for your interest.

Leanna Paranto Says:
November 3rd, 2016 at 5:36 am

Are the moissanites you sell forever one moissanites?

Lyndol burns Says:
December 12th, 2016 at 4:35 pm

I’m going to pint something out here you keep saying that in your tests the mossys are indistinguishable from your real diamonds which is leading people to believe that they can pass off one of these as a real diamond which is false. I don’t know how faulty your tests are but take a mossy to any jewelry store or even show it to amy woman that knows jewelry and they are going to be able to tell it is a fake diamond by looks and tests. You can not pass off a mossy as a diamond. To say a mossy will pass the diamond test is false advertising. A mossy will NOT pass the test for a diamond.

B. Earth Says:
December 13th, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Hi Lyndol, yes you are correct about moissanites! We acknowledge that moissanite is engineered to give the illusion of similarity to diamonds, but is compositionally and visually quite different from a real diamond. The durability, brilliance, and color of the two gems are quite distinct. Lab created diamonds on the other hand, do have the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as mined diamonds and exhibit the same fire, scintillation, and sparkle. Thanks for your interest!

DiamondHunter Says:
February 9th, 2017 at 2:16 am

pretty nice diamonds i have to say!

Betty Says:
March 13th, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Is part of the moissanite trait to have dark, almost black refractions in certain lighting, at least compared to diamonds? I’ve noticed that with these dark refractions, the rest of the stone stays clear/white with a little bit of color. Is this a good way to help distinguish between the two?

B. Earth Says:
March 16th, 2017 at 4:46 pm

Hi Betty, this is most likely just the contrast you are seeing due to the faceting of the gem. The best way to tell the difference between a diamond and a moissanite is the level of refractive index. Moissanites will display a higher refractive index and create a higher rainbow dispersion of color, we sometimes hear this called a “disco ball effect.” Diamonds will have more white light return and more contrast between the facets. Thanks for your interest!

Ms. Pierre Says:
April 6th, 2017 at 9:20 am

Good morning. I know this thread is old, but I wanted to share my story. I got engaged 1.5 weeks ago. My fiancé got me the verragio week I’ve been drooling over for more then a year. A girl I follow on IG has posted about her engagement ring diamond being blood free. I started doing research on blood free diamonds and came across brilliant earth. While checking things out on this site, I also some across massionite and started doing research on that as well. It’s 9.25 on the mohs hardness scale, which is tougher then emeralds, rubies, and sapphires; as opposed to a diamond that’s a 10. I dont get a disco ball affect from my ring nor do I see or notice a green/yellow/gray tint in the stone. I know that are not chemically the same, but I love my mossy centerstone and wouldn’t have it any other way. The reason why diamonds are so loved and overpriced is because of their hradness (it’s good for daily wear) and the clear sparkly look I gives off. My friends dad owns a jewelry store she he said wholesale diamonds are actually worth less then other Jews like rubies and sapphires but they’re priced so high because of demand. I love that my mossy sparkles much brighter and that it’s basically cruelty free and sustainable to the environment. No one who has seen my ring so far has had anything negative to say about how pretty and sparkly it is, they all think it’s just a diamond. I even went to my jeweler for sizing issues and she said my ring puts others to shame.

I def respect Brilliant Earth as a company and what you are standing for, but if you really want to ease people out of blood diamonds, especially their center stone, you really should think about rephrasing this section of your website and making sure you paint miossionite in a better light so people can be aware and excited about their choices and options to get a blood free, more sustainable gem stone for their E-ring.

Eddie chang Says:
April 10th, 2017 at 10:27 pm

I like to have some more information about the product .

Dom Says:
April 28th, 2017 at 10:24 pm

Are the super premium moissanites you sell equivalent to forever one moissanites?

B. Earth Says:
May 2nd, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Hi Dom, our Super Premium moissanites are equivalent to the Forever One moissanites, while our Premiums are equivalent to the Forever Brilliant moissanites. For more information, please contact our jewelry specialists at 1.800.691.0952 or through the live chat on our site. Thanks for your interest!

Lea Says:
May 16th, 2017 at 3:05 pm

If I want to buy a moissanite on line, what do I do to ensure it’s genuine moissanite and what questions should I be asking, in order to get a stone that really looks like a diamond, not grey, not dull, not green, and all that. I guess you could say that I’m new enough that I don’t know what to look out for. Thanks for your help!

Brenda Says:
July 30th, 2017 at 12:13 pm

I traded in my real diamond from my wedding set and got a moissanite. Even though I had a high quality diamond I never got one compliment on it. Keep in mind that I did not change my setting, only replaced the diamond with the Moissanite. Now on a daily basis total strangers walk up and compliment and my ring. I will never buy real diamonds again.

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