What is Moissanite?
If moissanite isn’t a diamond, what is it? Moissanite’s chemical composition is silicon carbide, which is an entirely different mineral than diamond. It was initially discovered in 1893 by Nobel Prize-winning chemist, Henri Moissan, on a meteor that fell to Earth from outer space. However, naturally occurring moissanite is extremely rare and never gemstone-sized, so the moissanites you see today are all lab-grown. And while diamonds are the hardest material on earth, moissanite ranks at 9.25 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which makes it the second hardest gemstone. Moissanite also has a higher refractive index than diamond, which is why it sparkles so brilliantly! Moissanite engagement rings are the perfect choice for individuals seeking the best non-diamond alternative on the market.
Is Moissanite Good for an Engagement Ring?
Yes! As with any gemstone, what’s “good” for an engagement ring comes down to what’s “good” for its wearer. Below are some pros and cons of moissanite engagement rings so you can decide if it’s a good option for you: Pros:
Can You Tell Moissanite From Diamond?
Yes, but you’d have to know what you’re looking for: Faceting patterns are different since moissanites and diamonds are cut in a way that best showcases their unique qualities. Moissanite also has double refraction, which means you can sometimes see a doubling of facets under magnification. It also has a higher refractive index, so it can appear more sparkly. Moissanite is often higher in color and clarity than many mined diamonds on the market. Although moissanites aren’t the perfect dupe for a diamond, the Charles & Colvard moissanites used in our designs pair perfectly with the lab-grown and mined diamond accent stones we use. Check out our videos in each ring page to see for yourself!
Do Moissanite Rings Get Cloudy?
Moissanite won’t become cloudy in the sense that nothing is going to happen to the inside of your moissanite over time. That being said, it does take a little more additional upkeep or cleaning when compared to diamond. Moissanite can attract dirt and oil, which can leave a little layer of film on top of the moissanite. This film doesn't damage or change the moissanite itself in any way. It's just an accumulation of buildup from wear. The film can sometimes be hard to remove, so there are special cleaning products that are recommended to break it down. Diamond actually attracts dirt and oils as well, but less so than moissanite. Moissanite can temporarily lose its luster for this reason, but it's only temporary until the film is removed.
Does Moissanite Look Fake?
Moissanite looks extremely similar to a diamond. Moissanite is an excellent option if you’re hoping for a gemstone with a very diamond-like appearance, but at a reduced cost. However, as mentioned above, moissanite can be identified in certain scenarios. If you’re looking for a real diamond that is significantly lower in price than mined diamond, a lab-grown diamond might be a better option.
Best Place to Buy a Moissanite Engagement Ring
Our moissanite engagement rings are ideal if you are searching for the highest quality moissanite set in a one-of-a-kind design. We source all of our white moissanite from Charles & Colvard, who were the original makers of this gemstone. All the white moissanite we offer are D-F colorless and G-I near-colorless with eye-clean clarity. All of our moissanite stones come with a certificate of authenticity and warranty.
Here, you can learn more about how diamonds, moissanite, and other clear gemstones, such as white sapphire, compare.