Moissanite is a gemstone first found in 1893. Today moissanite that is used in jewelry is laboratory-created since the natural gemstone is incredibly rare. Often referred to as the most scintillating gemstone in the world.
Moissanite vs. Diamond
Moissanite is known as a diamond simulant, it is engineered to look similar to diamonds but its make up is quite different than that of a diamond.
Diamonds are the hardest known mineral on earth and are rated a 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness - Moissanite is rated a 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness making it a great alternative to diamonds.
When it comes to light reflection a moissanite gives a beautiful rainbow flash and it is actually higher on the refractive index than a diamond. Moissanites have a different faceting pattern than diamonds which give them their difference in brillance.
When it comes to color- diamonds that are labeled colorless will contain no hint of brown, gray or yellow and only have a bright white appearance. A colorless moissanite can have a hint of grayish blue or even yellow in some lighting. The larger the moissanite the more chance of noticing.
Since moissanites are laboratory created they are dramatically lower in cost than a natural diamond. Another option for clients looking for a diamond but wanting to help keep the budget in check is to explore a laboratory grown diamond.
Can someone tell a moissanite from a diamond from just looking?
Using a diamond tester is the best way but another way to check is through a jeweler's loupe. Jewelers look for double refraction, this tell tale sign of moissanite is two blurred lines that can be seen under magnification.