Moissanite vs. Diamond


 You may be wondering...

Are Moissanite gemstones fake? Are they tacky? Will Moissanite stand the test of time?

Learn the key differences between moissanite and diamond including durability, brilliance, and color so you can select the ideal gemstone for you.


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Over the past few years, “diamond alternatives” like Moissanite have become a popular topic in the jewelry world. Although it is said that diamonds are a girl's best friend, some girls may disagree. It is no secret that natural diamonds come with a hefty price tag. This may be one of the reasons why Moissanite has gained in popularity. Moissanite is significantly more afforable than diamonds. Couple that with the fact that Moissanite stones can compete with diamonds in durability and beauty, and we have a noteworthy diamond alternative option.
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What is Moissanite?

Moissanite is a gemstone born from the stars. It was first discovered in 1893 by a French scientist named Henri Moissan, who later won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He discovered microscopic particles of the gem that would eventually bear his name in Arizona, in a crater created by a meteorite that fell to Earth. He initially thought that he had discovered diamonds, but later determined that the crystals were composed of silicon carbide.

Natural moissanite is incredibly rare, so moissanite available today is laboratory-created. After many years of trial and error, the particles Moissan discovered were successfully synthesized to produce what is now one of the world’s most scintillating gemstones.

Moissanite, referred to as a diamond simulant or diamond alternative, is engineered to give the illusion of similarity to diamonds. They are not fake diamonds. They are created to resemble diamonds, but they carry their own name and increasingly favored reputation. 

The reality is moissanite stones are one of the hardest substances known to man - they last forever. Moissanite gemstones also have incredible clarity and unmatched shine and sparkle. Moissanite’s rainbow colored fire in sunlight is just one of its exclusive qualities. Many people lack the budget but won’t consider anything besides a diamond, and end up settling for a lower quality diamond with more discoloration and inclusions simply for the ‘brand name’ that is ‘diamond’. Moissanite gemstones are all class with glistening eye candy that doesn’t fade over time - another reason why Moissanite is an option that is neither tacky nor cheap.  

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Moissanite Origins

Because they are grown in controlled environments using advanced technology, moissanites require absolutely no mining to produce. Therefore, their origins are easily traceable.

Compared with natural gemstones, lab created moissanites have a smaller carbon footprint and result in less environmental impact. Fine jewelry made with moissanites and recycled metals is a responsible choice.

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Moissanite FAQ

To the layperson, there is no distinct difference in appearance between a diamond and moissanite. In other words, no - you cannot tell moissanite from a diamond. You can, however, take your gemstone to a reputable jeweler for examination. Your jeweler will use specialized instruments to take a closer look at your stone to determine if it is diamond or moissanite. 
Moissanite will not lose its sparkle as time passes. The clarity and color of the stone won’t change through the years. Dirt and grime are the only common elements that may inhibit a ring’s sparkle until it is cleaned. Damaging the surface of moissanite can inhibit sparkle, as it would for any gemstone.
Moissanite is one of the toughest known gemstones which makes it perfect for an engagement ring, a piece of jewelry that is usually worn every day. Studies in high pressure research have shown that moissanite stone is highly resistant to breaking and chipping.
Moissanite is the only gemstone that passes as a diamond on a handheld point test. If you want a stone that resembles a diamond without a high price, moissanite is a great option. At the end of the day, preference comes down to budget and personal taste.
At derbecca.com, every piece of jewelry containing a single moissanite over 0.3 carats comes with a certificate of authenticity and a limited lifetime warranty card from The Gemological Research Association (GRA).
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