What is Moissanite?

What is Moissanite?


Moissanite is made of the mineral silicon carbide. Strong covalent bonding holds the crystalline structure together, similar to diamonds. Moissanite has become an excellent diamond imitation since it gives a positive reading on a thermal testers, unfortunately some people use this property to fake unsuspecting diamond buyer out of their money.

How does Moissanite reflects the light?

Moissanite reflects light very well and it is actually more brilliant than a diamond! (brilliance refers to a stone’s ability to reflect white light caused by the higher dispersion and refractive index of it).

What's the hardness of it?

Moissanite has a hardness of anywhere from 9.2 to 9.25 on the Mohs scale, putting it closer to ruby and sapphire at 9, than diamond—at the top of scale—at 10.0.

How much does it cost?

Overall, moissanite costs less than a diamond. Also, while a diamond’s price varies based on cut, clarity, and other individual characteristics, moissanite varies only with type and size. It's usually measured in millimeters. This is because their weights are different. For this reason you’d want to order a 6.5mm Moissanite to get one similar in size to 1ct diamond.

What are the reasons people might not buy it even though it's cheaper and hard enough?

 Diamond is the symbol of everlasting love and can be passed down to future generations as a precious piece of jewelry and Moissanite isn’t. As I mentioned above because of its rainbow sparkles some people think it looks "fake" and is the tell-tale sign that the stone isn't a diamond.

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