Frequently Asked Questions
Silicon carbide is the main component of the nearly colourless gemstone known as moissanite. French scientist Henri Moissan made the initial discovery of moissanite in the crater created by a meteor that had fallen.
Although they look similar at first glance, moissanite is very different from a diamond. Diamonds are made of carbon, whereas moissanites are made of pure silicon carbide — an extremely rare, naturally-occurring mineral.
It is virtually hard to use the natural moissanite that Moissan found in 1893 for jewellery since it is so scarce. As a result, laboratories generate the moissanite that is currently for sale.
Although it’s made to seem like diamonds, moissanite varies from diamond in both composition and in appearance.
The similarities between moissanite and diamonds in terms of internal structure, numerical value, and look are unexpected. It will still be identified as diamonds even if a diamond tester pen is used to identify it, which makes it tough to discern. However, moissanite has more beautiful fire colour and can sparkle brighter than diamond. The cost is also only one-tenth that of a diamond. Morsonite's fire colour can look so lovely due of its unique physical, chemical, and optical characteristics.
The answer is that moissanite will pass the diamond test. Since diamond testers evaluate thermal conductivity, moissanite can be mistaken for a diamond because of how similarly moissanite and diamonds conduct heat.
You can tell a moissanite from a diamond using a particular Moissanite tester that measures electrical conductivity.
However, using a loupe to peer through the top of the jewel at an angle is the simplest way to tell a diamond from a moissanite. The distinctive feature of moissanite stones is a twofold refraction, which appears as two slightly blurred lines.
From a distance, moissanite and diamond can look quite similar, especially when each stone is inside an engagement ring or other piece of jewelry. With this said, there are several ways that you can tell moissanites and diamonds apart when they’re viewed up close:
- Brilliance. Moissanite tends to refract light more than diamond, producing a stronger level of brilliance. In simplistic terms, this means that a moissanite will usually appear sparklier than a diamond of similar cut and size.
- Fire. Moissanite usually has stronger fire — the breaking down of light into noticeable spectral colors — than diamond. If you place a diamond and a moissanite next to each other under strong lighting, the moissanite will likely produce stronger flashes of color.
- Clarity. Because moissanites are made in a lab, the average clarity level is higher than that of naturally-produced diamonds. It’s common to see diamonds with blemishes and inclusions, whereas most moissanites have few obvious internal imperfections.
- Color. As we mentioned above, moissanites aren’t completely colorless and often show noticeable yellow, green or gray tints when viewed under light. In comparison, diamonds come in a range of colors, from strongly tinted to entirely colorless.
- Weight. A moissanites will weigh approximately 15% less than a diamond of the same size. While this isn’t perceptible when either stone is held in your hand, a high precision jewelry scale will easily show the difference in weight.
- Value. Moissanite is significantly less expensive than diamond, meaning you can buy a larger stone for less money. It’s also far less valuable, meaning you’re ultimately buying a stone that’s worth very little over the long term by choosing a moissanite.
- Electricity conduction. This isn’t something you can easily check by eye, but diamond and moissanite conduct heat and electricity differently. Some diamond testing tools use electricity to detect whether a stone is a real diamond or a different type of gemstone.
No, moissanite cannot be scratched. Moissanite is one of the earth's most resilient materials and is very hard to scratch or shatter. A moissanite stone can only be scratched by a diamond or another moissanite stone, which is highly unlikely to happen, and has a hardness value of 9.25 to 9.5, making it harder than any other gemstones outside diamonds.
Yes. Moissanites are durable, powerful jewels. A moissanite should remain flawless and undamaged for the duration of your life. A moissanite ring will last a very long time if you choose a setting made of a high-quality metal, such platinum or gold.
Nope. There is no cloudiness in moissanite. The stone may become cloudy from daily use, but this is nothing that a thorough cleaning can't remove. I'll admit it; one of the reasons I adore moissanite is that it resists stains better than real diamonds.
Yes, Moissanite is worthwhile investing in due to its enduring beauty, affordability, and origins free from conflict. Moissanite is a sustainable gemstone option because it is a lab-created stone with easily traceable origins and no need for mining. You can get your dream ring for a lot less money if you choose moissanite instead of diamonds of the same size and grade because of how much less expensive it is! Your moissanite stone is incredibly tough and will keep its brilliance throughout regular use thanks to its high clarity grade and hardness rating of 9.25–9.5 (second only to a diamond at 10).