9 Reasons to Choose Moissanite Over Diamonds

Value v. Price

The thought of opportunity cost comes to mind when considering the gem of your choice. What have you to personally gain from choosing one over the others? Well, with the perks of cancelling out ethical concerns pertaining to the mining of natural gems, moissanite is as beneficial for the wallet as it is for the earth! You'll have the advantage of not having to narrow down your choices just because of budget. Purchasing an engagement ring should not have to be a taxing process. It should just be a matter of preference!

Hardness

The Hardness MOHs scale for gems refers to each their measure of hardness, or “resistance of a material to being scratched.” Moissanite is resilient which is important for the practicality of fitting into the everyday of life. In direct comparison to the latter, moissanite has hardness of 9.25 to that of a diamond's 10.

Fire & Brilliance

It is solely comprised of silicon carbide, which means its abundance is limitless. Its double refractive index enhances its fire and brilliance. Fire dispersion refers to the measure of how much "white light disperses in the gem and reflects on its inner surfaces." A gem's brilliance refractive index refers to the measure of how much a gemstone refracts light at various angles. This means you'll be seeing even more sparkle than you would in a standard diamond (2.4 times more, to be exact).

Check out the chart below for reference. 

Type Color Range Brilliance Refractive Index (ri)* Fire Dispersion* Hardness MOHs Scale Price
FAB Moissanite Near Colorless and Colorless 2.65-2.69 0.104 9.25 $
Forever One Moissanite Near Colorless and Colorless 2.65-2.69 0.104 9.25 $$
NEO Moissanite Near Colorless and Colorless 2.65-2.69 0.104 9.25 $$
Diamond D to Z 2.42 0.044 10 $$$$


Environmentally 
Conscious

Moissanite is a very eco-friendly choice. There unfortunately is no way to reverse the effects of gem mining, no ctrl+z or undo button, but choosing moissanite and sharing about it as an alternative may create more demand for the lab-created and eventually reduce the need or reliance for mining. It is solely comprised of silicon carbide, which means its abundance is limitless.

Conflict-Free

A term coined because of the blood diamond industry, "conflict-free" was made to reference the controlled export and import of conflict goods as diamonds were once used for currency. Through use of the Kimberley Process, according to GIA, "today 99% of diamonds in the marketplace are conflict-free." However, one cannot be absolutely sure unless they own all of the working parts of the system from start to finish. With Moissanite, you can rest assured it is 100% as it is created in the lab.

Beautiful Choice

Long story short: more than 100 years ago, Nobel-Prize Winning Scientist Dr. Henri Moissan stumbled upon a fallen meteorite from the cosmos 50,000 years old, and it was in it that he found our beautiful, iridescent Moissanite. Its impressive qualities as a mineral beguiled Tiffany & Co.’s well-respected gemologist George Kunz, who saw a great potential in it as a gem stone (could not be mined and had to be made in-lab because the found material was scarce in supply) and gave it a name most befitting. Some even call it the gem of the stars. It certainly isn't a matter of settling when you can call a gorgeous gem a forever stone. 

Financially Savvy

With online shopping, it's crucial to find the best deal for your buck. The struggle can be real, but the case is not so with this diamond alternative. You won't have to dig very deep to save here (before you ask, yes, all of our puns are, indeed, intended) Moissanite's brilliant optical properties are a true testament to its worth in beauty and yet it comes at a fraction of the price. Sometimes (or maybe always) you want that extra ($$$) money so you can spend it on other aspects of your life like building a home and/or family, paying off college debt, travel, etc. Choosing this diamond alternative allows you to do just that and more.

Comfortability in Sizing Up

Fortunately, going big doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend big. In fact, a lot of interested moissanite fans are using the term "upgrade" to refer to setting aside their diamond center stone and investing in a larger, yet surprisingly more cost-efficient, moissanite gem. It's a pleasure you don't have to feel guilty about.

Great Diamond Alternative

Unless you're close pals with those who have a trained eye for these kinds of things, moissanite can very likely pass as the traditional diamond if that's the look and feel you're going for. Regardless, moissanite as a diamond alternative hits all the points above that make it sound like it's too good to be true, but the truth is that it's all very true and it is just that good.


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