Moissanite vs Diamond: 4 Key Differences

While the center stone of an engagement ring is often a diamond in the United States, there are other options that can make an engagement ring just as beautiful. Another clear gemstones that is extremely durable is Moissanite. Let’s compare Diamonds vs Moissanite in color, hardness, brilliance, and price.


One Moissanite and Two Diamonds

* Can you tell which one is the Moissanite and which two are the diamonds?

Moissanite vs Diamond, Color:

Mined Diamonds come in a variety of colors ranging from icy-white clear to yellow or gray hues. Like snowflakes, no two mined Diamonds will be the same. A mined gemstone's range of color variation is due to environmental factors the gemstone was naturally growing in. The more clear or white a Diamond appears, the more valuable and desirable it is considered to consumers.

Moissanite on the other hand, originates from space meteorites and is not a gem you find naturally on Earth. Due to this fact, all Moissanite gems are lab created because sourcing its natural form is nearly impossible in nature. Since new Moissanites are grown in labs, the environment the gemstone grows in can be controlled and regulated for more the most consistent and best production results.

Moissanites available on the market today are colorless. Moissanites range from colors equivalent to D-I range, or the two highest tiers on the color scale. All Moissanites and Moissanite engagement rings found on our website are from Charles and Colvard's Forever One collection, which are the highest quality stones available on the market today. They are guaranteed to be DEF in color and VS2 clarity or better.

Moissanite and Diamond Hardness


Moissanite vs Diamond, Hardness:

The harder a material, the more difficult it is to scratch or chip. While no gemstone is indestructible, some gemstones are slightly harder and more durable for daily wear. On the Mohs Scale of Hardness, Moissanite is rated as a 9.5 out of 10, which is higher than any gemstone used in jewelry besides Diamond itself. Diamonds are the hardest known mineral, scores a 10. For reference, rubies and sapphires have an Mohs score of 9, and emeralds have a score of 7.


Oval Moissanite


Moissanite vs Diamond, Brilliance:

Brilliance, which refers to the gemstone's ability to reflect white light, is a good measure for how much  ‘sparkle and fire’ a gem has. Brilliance relies on the gemstone's refraction. Moissanite disperses light very well and has higher light refraction than Diamond and will appear more brilliant. Additionally, Moissanite is less likely to attract grease or dirt over time than a Diamond due to its crystalline structure which should help keep the ‘sparkle’ longer in between cleanings.

Moissanite vs Diamond, Price:

Overall, Moissanite is a fraction of the high cost of a Diamond, and this is due to supple and demand since Diamonds are still fairly popular in the US for engagement rings. While a Diamond’s price varies based on cut, clarity, carat, and other individual characteristics, Moissanite stones are usually the same price and varies incrementally with the size and shape of the stone.

Moissanite vs Diamond, The Conclusion:

From a logical point of view Moissanite and Diamond have nearly identical visual characteristics. Both gemstones are clear and are two of the hardest gemstones known to man. Both exude incredible beauty, will last a lifetime, and are excellent options for everyday wear.

At the end of the day, Moissanites is a viable and equivalently beautiful symbol of love for those not wanting to purchase a Diamond due to ethical, environmental, or price concerns.

Diamond and Moissanite


Gema&Co Moissanite Rings

Gema&Co jewelry use only the most brilliant colorless Charles & Colvard Forever One Moissanite stones and our own premier lab created Moissanites (offered upon request). Amongst our jewelers and staff, our company features a deep history in collective experience in fine jewelry manufacturing, design, and sales; which will be evident the moment you see and wear our Moissanite jewelry. All of our Moissanite rings, solitaires, necklaces, stud earrings, bracelets, and other items use only the highest industry standard 14k / 18k yellow, white, and rose gold mixtures.

All of our standard rings can be fully customized with your preferred center stone - such as: diamonds, sapphire, ruby, etc. You can also create completely new styles or embrace classic and vintage looks (please visit our bespoke page for additional details)

We offer our men and women's rings at the best possible price year round so that you don't need to worry about timing your engagement or anniversary gift with special sales and other shopping gimmicks. Anytime is the perfect time for celebrating your love and life!

You can be 100% confident when shopping on our site that your order will receive the upmost care and attention from start to finish.

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