Moissanite, a diamond-like gem is not commonly used in place of diamonds for rings. Scientists say it is made of silicon carbonate. And today, most of it is being artificially made in labs.
Moissanite stones are colorless like diamonds but can appear in different tints. In some light, it exudes a greenish tint. As they are grown in a lab, you have control over what the end product will appear like.
Diamonds, on the other hand, appear in the earth’s crust. They are pressurized and heated carbon. They may be colorless or appear in several colors.
Natural moissanite came thousands of years ago in a meteor shower. But, because natural moissanite is highly rare, it is usually created in the lab while diamonds are born deep within the earth, but it may take several years for it.
Though not highly rare, diamonds are costly stones and highly valuable. A perfect cut, colorless, flawless, 1crat diamond may cost around $14000, while moissanite, on the other hand, serves as a perfect alternative to a diamond.
A moissanite ring can cost around 90% less than a diamond ring. Also, remember just because it is lab create, moissanite isn’t a cheap gemstone.
It goes under an intricate and expensive procedure and may take several months to be created. It is a precious gemstone in its own way but is comparatively less expensive than a diamond.
When it’s about the appearance of moissanite vs diamond, both look the same in appearance from the point of view of a normal person. Even jewelers need special tools to reveal the difference.
While diamonds are famous for their brilliance, moissanite has a more RI (refractive index) than diamonds and is more brilliant. The sparkle of a diamond occurs because of its brilliance, scintillation, and dispersion while moissanite’s brilliance is colorful because of its diverse faceting pattern.
Both diamonds and moissanite have their own advantages and disadvantages. While the latter is affordable, long-lasting, and serves as a perfect diamond alternative, they are a perfect stone in their own right.
But, diamond enjoys an edge over it when you talk about value and prestige. So, keep factors like budget and values in mind and then decide.