What is Moissanite?
Many have heard of moissanite. But what exactly is this stunning yet super affordable gem?
Moissanite was discovered in a meteor crater in 1893 by the French scientist Henri Moissan. He initially believed what he had found was diamond but upon closer inspection determined it was silicon carbide (SiC) and crystalline polymorphs. Natural moissanite is incredibly rare, and most moissanite today is created in a lab.
Moissanite is a diamond alternative but not a "fake diamond" per se. Moissanite is an amazing gemstone in its own right. Unlike cubic zirconia, this lab-created gem provides more brilliance, durability and sparkle and is visually impossible to differentiate from a naturally mined diamond.
Moissanite vs. Diamond
Moissanite is an amazing stone that resembles a diamond in nearly every sense. In a simple traditional thermal probe, moissanite even shows up as a diamond. To the naked eye, it appears just as brilliant as its expensive natural counterpart, the diamond.
Side by Side: Diamond vs. Moissanite
When it comes to the moissanite versus diamond battle, you’ll see for yourself: it’s virtually impossible to tell the difference. Even trained jewelers need special equipment to tell a mined diamond from moissanite.
- Moissanite is the second-hardest stone in the world. It is so durable, it's nearly as hard as a diamond. While a diamond scores a 10 on the hardness scale, moissanite comes in just below at 9 1/4. In fact, it's harder than sapphire or ruby. When you shop our moissanite rings on sale, you never have to worry about them scuffing or scratching - just like a natural diamond.
- More brilliant than a diamond. It's true - moissanite actually offers more brilliance and fire than natural diamonds. When light enters a diamond, it bends and refracts back out of the gem. But moissanite goes one step farther. When light enters the stone, it breaks in two, increasing its refraction. So you get more dazzle from your moissanite jewelry.
- Nearly colorless. On the diamond color scale, moissanite appears in the near colorless range, making moissanite engagement rings a very popular choice. Ranging from nearly colorless to a very faint yellow, moissanite tends to appear nearly white in a gold, platinum or white gold setting.
- Your secret. Moissanite tests positive for diamond on traditional thermal probes, so even expert jewelers were fooled when the stone first came out. While today's more advanced testing can now detect moissanite, even a trained eye can't discern it from appearance alone. When you buy moissanite jewelry from Joseph Schubach Jewelers, it's just between you and us. Though we notice notice more customers--millenials in particular--who are proud to choose an eco-friendly and more affordable alternative.
- Safer and more affordable. You can buy moissanite jewelry online for one-tenth the price of a comparable diamond. Whether you're on a budget or simply want the dazzle of diamonds without the risk of wearing or travelling with such high-priced gems, moissanite is a brilliant alternative.
- Limited Warranty. Every piece of near colorless Charles & Colvard moissanite is guaranteed to maintain its fire and brilliance forever, so you never have to worry about your moissanite ring becoming dull and lifeless. All color enhanced moissanite is warranted by Joseph Schubach Jewelers for color and brilliance.
If you're looking for a super blingy engagement ring but are on a tight budget, moissanite is an affordable opportunity. It can truly be your secret. (Or shout it from the rooftops: "I chose eco-friendly moissanite and saved a ton of money!")
For brilliance, durability, beauty and price, our Scottsdale team believes there are simply no better diamond alternatives than moissanite. If you’re dreaming of an engagement ring with moissanite front and center, check out our collection of exclusive designs or contact us directly for a quick consultation.