Moissanite VS Diamond. What's the Differences Between the Two Gemstones?
The natural moissanite was found in a crater created by a meteorite that fell to Earth, which is extremely incredibly rare. The moissanite gemstones available in the market are 99% lab-created. So, their origins are easily traceable.
The natural diamond gemstone is a kind of polished diamond, which is a natural mineral. It’s the raw gemstone of the diamond gemstone. Simply speaking, the diamond is a kind of elemental crystal that is composed of carbon which formed at high pressure and high temperature inside the earth.
Moissanite VS Diamond--Component:
Synthetic moissanite is also known as Synthetic Carbon Silica. Its chemical composition is SiC.
Natural diamond’s chemical composition is Carbon, which is the only one gemstone consisting of a single element.
Moissanite VS Diamond--Durability:
The moissanite scores 9.25 Mohs, a very excellent durability that precedes any other gemstones except the natural diamond and makes it to be one of the hardest gemstones on earth. So, it’s ever so suitable for wearing everyday as an engagement ring, necklace pendant or stud earrings.
With 10 Mohs Scale of Hardness, the natural diamond is the hardest material known so far. Because of its transcendent hardness, the diamond is the most durable and ideal for wearing every day. That contributes to their popularity as the center gemstone in the engagement rings.
Moissanite VS Diamond--Brilliance:
With the assistance of the particular faceting pattern, 1 beam of light which enters inside the moissanite is turned into dozens or even hundreds of beams of lights with different colors, which makes the moissanite bright and colorful, and the brilliance the moissanite exhibits is also different from that diamond does. The bigger the moissanite, the more likely it is that the difference will be noticeable. With the special physical, chemical and optical properties, the moissanite can emit the fiery and rainbow flashes. This kind of gemstone has a very high refractive index of 2.65-2.69, which is higher than the diamond ( 2.42 refractive index).
Diamond reflects the light in 3 different ways. The white light reflected back is referred to brilliance, while the rainbow color refracted through the diamond is referred to dispersion. The surface sparkle of the diamond, known as scintillation is the 3rd tyle of the diamond reflected light. The combination of those 3 special lights makes the diamond emitting the famous sparkle.
Moissanite VS Diamond--Fire
Actually moissanite gemstones has more fire than diamond.
Moissanite VS Diamond--Color:
At present, moissante can achieve colorless. There’re mostly transparent colorless, nearly colorless, and light yellow. It has total 11 color levels: D, E, F (transparent colorless), G, H, I, J, K, L（nearly colorless）, M, N (light yellow). Like Trifairy, a famous jewelry brand, all moissanite gemstones it use all D color level.
Without any traces of yellow, brown or grey, the natural diamond is colorless and has a dazzling and bright appearance.
Moissanite VS Diamond--Price:
Moissanite gemstone typically varies in price only based on the size and purity, while natural diamond varies based on shape, cutting, carat, color and purity. With D color leverl, VVSI grace, perfect quality and dazzling brilliance, Trifairy has the enormous advantage on the price. Its price range is mostly $50.00-$200.00, much chearper than the natural diamond.
In a general way, based on the same diameter, cut, color and clarity, the moissanite are conspicuously cheaper than the diamond.
Moissanite VS Diamond--Sourcing:
Because it is lab-created, the moissanite is an appealing option for the ones who has the consciousness of environmental protection, as it doesn’t require mining.
The characteristics of the natual diamond determine that it’s the only way to get it by mining.
Above all, regard of the appearance based on the same color grade, the moissanite and the natural diamond are essentially the same, and even the professional jewelers cannot tell them apart. And the moissanite is birefringent, whilt the natural diamond is unirefringent, so compared with the diamond, the moissanite is more glaring and the brilliance of the moissanite looks more brighter and clearer. Attractive in price and quality, moissanite worth more to you than the natural diamond.
An supprise award winning question for you:
Look at the first picture in this page. After reading this blog. Can you tell me which one is moissanite? Left or right? Give me the answer in comment.