If you were to set your eyes on these two gems lying next to one another, we’re pretty sure it’d be difficult to distinguish a diamond from a moissanite. It is not a surprise that many are opting for the latter instead of spending big bucks on a diamond.
But besides visual similarity, is there anything else that is identical between a diamond and a moissanite? To find out the answer explore this comparative analysis.
Good to Know: Moissanite was originally discovered in Arizona in a meteor crater over 100 years ago by Dr. Ferdinand Henri Moissan. The extremely rare availability of this gem, found only in upper mantle rocks and meteorites, caused much speculation. It eventually led scientists to find a way to synthetically create it using particles of naturally occurring moissanites. Currently, all moissanites are grown in sophisticated laboratories. Due to this, they have minimal impact on the environment which makes them an ethical and eco-friendly option.
Optically and physically a moissanite is more brilliant than a diamond, and other popular gems such as sapphires and rubies. It also has a dispersion of 0.104, which exceeds all other gemstones. So you can expect any jewelry adorned with moissanites to exude unrivalled fire and sparkle.
Verdict: There are four important factors that work in the favor of moissanites – affordability, unsurpassed brilliance and fire, resemblance to diamonds, and the fact that they are eco-friendly. If you wish to not spend too much on your wedding/engagement jewelry, but still want to enjoy the beauty of a diamond then moissanites are your best bet. However, a diamond carries an ‘heirloom appeal’. It’s a jewel that can be passed down to future generations with much pride.