Moissanite vs. Diamond: Characteristics
On the Mohs scale, moissanite scores a significant 9.25, making it one of the hardest substances on earth, and suitable for everyday wear as an engagement or dress ring.
Diamonds are the hardest known mineral on earth scoring a whopping 10 on the Mohs Scale. With the top score in this class, diamonds are extremely durable and ideal for everyday wear. In addition to their beauty, durability has contributed to its popularity for engagement rings.
Moissanite has a refractive index from 2.65 – 2.69, which is notably higher than a diamond. They exhibit a different kind of brilliance than diamonds do, as their faceting pattern is different. The fiery, rainbow flashes emitted by moissanites are striking as its heightened brilliance can create a “disco ball” effect, especially in sunlight. The bigger the moissanite, the more apparent this difference becomes.
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 third type of diamond reflected light is the surface sparkle known as ‘scintillation’. The combination of these give diamonds their famous sparkle.
Even though moissanites are labeled as “colorless”, they can still refract slight yellow or grayish hues in certain lights. As most Moissanites produced are of a high quality this should not be seen as a negative attribute but more of a characteristic.
Most Diamonds on the market are not colourless and contain slight hues of yellow and brown (amongst other colors). 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 stunning, bright white appearance.
As mentioned above, this is one of moissanites most appealing qualities. For the same size, Moissanite is vastly lower in price compared to diamonds of the same size. Moissanites typically vary in price only based on size and whether the stone is Premium or Super Premium.
Natural and lab grown diamond prices vary based on shape, carat, cut, color, and clarity (“the Four C’s”). Lab created diamonds are more affordable than natural diamonds but can still attract a large price tag.
Due to the fact that moissanites are lab created, they are an appealing option for those seeking an eco and/or socially-conscious alternative as they require no mining.
Shiny Rock Polished takes pride in the fact that we go above and beyond the current industry standards to offer both conflict free diamonds, as well as lab created diamonds that are ethically grown with minimal impact on the environment.
So which one should I choose?
Is there a specific look you are seeking, but cannot afford that rock you had in mind, or would you rather have something more rare like a natural diamond? The decision lies in your hands and is based on your preferences. Both of these stones have their own unique qualities but one is no less spectacular than the other. Whether you decide on moissanite or a diamond, our skilled designers will advise you every step of the way and will ensure that your piece will be an absolute showstopper!