Diamond vs Moissanite - What's The Difference?
You’re buying an engagement ring, you’ve picked the perfect setting; now its time to select your center stone. The diamond specialist pulls out a few diamonds and your eyes explode! Then the diamond specialist pulls out a moissanite, you’re thinking, what is that? It looks the same as the diamond, what’s the difference? Diamonds and moissanites are similar in look but have many differentiating properties such as durability and brilliance. We are going to go through the differences between diamonds and moissanites so you can know all of the nitty-gritty details and can make the best choice.
Diamonds are the hardest mineral substance on earth! They are 58 times harder than anything else found in nature as it’s made out of 100% carbon. Diamonds get rated at a 10 on the Moh’s hardness scale; which is the highest level. High temperature and pressure conditions that exist only about 100 miles beneath the earth’s surface can create a diamond. The youngest diamond is approximately 230 Million Years old.
Moissanites are a gemstone born from the stars! They were originally discovered in a crater created be a meteorite in 1893 by their name sake, Henri Moissan. He originally mistaken them for diamonds, until he determined they were composed of a different material. His discovery was extremely rare since natural moissanites are not easily found. Moissanites that are available today are laboratory-created stones composed of silicon carbide and are what is now one of the world’s most scintillating gemstones. Moissanites are a 9.5 on the Moh’s scale for hardness, which is pretty close to diamonds!
The Main Differences
Brilliance - Moissanites have a higher refractive index than diamonds (moissanite is 2.65 – 2.69, diamond is 2.417), giving them a heightened brilliance, with fiery, rainbow flashes. Some people say that moissanites can give of a disco ball effect.
Hardness - Diamonds are the hardest substance with a 10 on the hardness scale, whereas moissanites are a 9.5, meaning they are just a little bit softer but still incredibly durable.
Origin- Diamonds are found in nature and mined, their journey is incredible. Moissanites are grown in a lab to imitate their natural state.
Price - Moissanites do cost less than a natural Diamond.
Now that you know the differences it’s up to you, and your soon-to-be fiance, to decide which is the best for you. Both a natural diamond and a moissanite are beautiful and we are here to help make the right decision for you. Whatever you decide it will be the right choice, our trained diamond specialists can help you through the entire process!
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