Diamonds have dominated the jewel scene longer than anyone can ever imagine. Its worldwide acceptance traverses several centuries. Even the Imperial State Crown features 2,868 diamonds, including the popularly known Second Star of Africa, which weighs 317.4 carats. These gemstones are must-haves for every jewel lover. However, the tide has turned. There is a new challenger in the block – moissanite. Although not relatively new to the jewel market, this gemstone has been the centre of attraction lately, even in the engagement world. But what makes it special? Does it provide the same value? Is it affordable? This guide provides vital information in such regards.

Moissanite Garnering Momentum

Despite being around for some decades, the naturally-occurring gemstone goes toe to toe with the long-surviving diamond. How is that possible? For one, diamonds and moissanite look alike. A newbie may have a tough time telling them apart. However, they have unique properties. Since they are similar, does that imply that moissanite gemstones are diamond knock-offs? Are they fake? Of course, not. It is worth noting that moissanite is a gemstone in its rights. What makes moissanite different from diamonds? The gemstone has double-refraction properties that produce a “rainbow effect,” compared to diamonds with single-refraction properties. On this note, the moissanite jewel knocks out its counterpart. Another area worth noting is its toughness. Undoubtedly, diamonds are the toughest precious materials on the planet, having a Mohs hardness rating of 10. However, moissanite does not lag as well. With a 9.5 rating, it is the second toughest material. As such, your moissanite gemstone is durable, lasting beyond a lifetime.

Moissanite Colour Option

With moissanite, you can’t run out of colour options. They include green, grey, brown, gold, pink, purple, blue, and yellow. For a classic diamond look, I recommend Forever Brilliant®. This colour scheme has a natural look that appeals to many jewel lovers. If you want a warmer colour, kindly check out other moissanite colour codes, including:
  • D to F
  • G to I
  • J to K
Interestingly, moissanite offers you value for money. The gemstone has more brilliant, cheaper, and as tough as diamonds. You don’t have to break the bank or empty your life savings purchasing an ideal moissanite diamond engagement ring or wedding ring for you loved one.

What Else is There to Note About this Gemstone?

Moissanite has high heat resistance. It is impervious to heat damage. So, even if your jeweller carelessly uses a hand torch on your jewel, it will still come out radiant, unlike emerald, rubies and Cubic Zirconia (CZs). Additionally, the gemstone comes in different cuts, including:
  • Oval
  • Round
  • Princess or Square
  • Cushion
  • Pear
  • Marquise
  • Trillion
  • Radiant
When purchasing your moissanite gemstone, you can have your jeweller cut it to meet your desired specification. In terms of cost, moissanite is less expensive than diamonds. A .5 GIA-certified round diamond priced at $1,100, will only go for $89 if you are purchasing classic moissanite. A one-carat GIA-certified diamond costing $4,000 will only cost $269 for its moissanite counterpart. For a $10,000 1.5 carat GIA-certified diamond, you will get its moissanite version, paying only $449.