Moissanite v. Diamond - What's The Difference?

Welcome to our page! Here we provide answers for any inquiries you might have concerning your interests in what we have to offer at Fire & Brilliance. We hope that the information listed below might make your decision-making a little easier. If there is a question you have that we have not yet answered, feel free to contact us!

For your convenience, GIA Grad + Founder and Front Man of F&B Michael walks us through a 5-point deconstruct of moissanite, diamond alternative and gem of the stars.

What is Moissanite?

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 and gave it a name most befitting. Now, through the advances in technology and proprietary processes, Moissanite is made readily accessible to the public as a diamond-simulant by Charles & Colvard, whose unwavering faith in it can be seen in their devoted purpose to always improving the product.

There are numerous reasons why Moissanite has drawn so much press in pop culture and why it might be the right one for you. It is solely comprised of silicon carbide, which means its abundance is limitless. Its double refractive index enhances its fire and brilliance, or measure of sparkle visible to the human eye. We find that Moissanite might also pique the interest of those who wish to help decrease the amount of gem-mining on Earth as it is a very eco-friendly choice. And what’s more is that this gemstone is resilient, which is important for the practicality of fitting into the everyday of life. Charles & Colvard has a wide selection of Moissanite varieties to choose from, and with the very new addition to the Forever family, their collections help give Moissy fans a choice for every voice.
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What is Diamond?

Most loved for its notable difference among other natural minerals, the Diamond is a treasure that many have come to know and love as a classic beauty. Through use of the Kimberley process, F&B ensures customers that our diamonds are certified, ethically mined, and conflict-free. It is comprised of only carbon, and is available as Colorless or with added color like the two above.

Although high in price, the reasons to follow make sense of its worth. Because Diamond is mined and labor-intensive, it is an incredibly rare find (which makes each one that much more special)! Oftentimes, its crystals can be found in quantities more than enough, but there are certain requirements in sizing, proportion, and etc. that they must meet to be marketed in jewelry. Diamond has inspired many alternatives, simulants that have very similar if not the same properties, but there is no denying that this particular gem is unique in its completely natural state.
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Color Brilliance
Index (ri)*
Forever Classic J-K 2.65-2.69 0.104 9.25 $
Forever Brilliant G-H-I 2.65-2.69 0.104 9.25 $$
Forever One D-E-F 2.65-2.69 0.104 9.25 $$$
Amora Gem D-H 2.71 0.104 9.5 $$$$
Diamond D-Z 2.42 0.044 10 $$$$$
*Brilliance refractive index (ri) – The measure of how much a gemstone refracts light at various angles.

*Fire dispersion
– The measure of how much “white light disperses in the gem and reflects on its inner surfaces”

*Hardness mohs scale
– The measure of hardness, or “resistance of a material to being scratched”

What is the difference between Forever Classic, Forever Brilliant
and Forever ONE moissanite gems?

There are 3 lines of moissanite gems by Charles & Colvard that construct the Forever Family: One, Brilliant, and Classic. The fire, brilliance, scintillation and luster are the same between each; the difference is in the color of the gems.

Since Charles & Colvard released their new line of Forever One moissanite gems in October of 2016, there are now just 2 types of "Forever One" moissanite that are being categorized as "colorless" and "near colorless," the latter a cooler version of its original in "Forever Brilliant."

F&B's current Forever Brilliant gem listings will soon be replaced by the upgraded "near colorless" version of C&C's Forever One stones.
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