Moissanites: the diamond alternative

Do you love diamond jewelry — either for yourself or as a gift — but struggle to rationalize the expense? Moissanites offer an excellent diamond alternative.

What are moissanites?

They are laboratory-grown minerals used to simulate diamonds in fine jewelry and are:

  • Almost impossible to distinguish from a genuine diamond, especially for non-jewellers

  • Very affordable – 8 to 10 times less expensive than diamonds

  • Highest quality: the 2nd hardest stone next to a diamond. Lifetime warranty to maintain its fire & brilliance

  • An eco-friendly option for those opposed to mining or diamond marketing

Can moissanites really replicate diamonds?

ABC network’s news magazine show 20/20 did an interesting test in February 2014, bringing moissanite rings to 10 jewellers in Washington DC. A full 50% of them mistook the moissanites for diamonds. And even the electronic diamond tester got it wrong! Read more about how 20/20 fooled the experts with moissanites. 

And here’s how consumers reacted to a test that the Today Show set up on Valentine’s Day 2017!

Moissanites: suitable for fine jewellery

Retail jewellers may try to persuade you that these stones aren’t appropriate for engagement rings; that only a diamond can represent everlasting love. That’s the power of marketing.

I have many customers who prefer these lab-grown stones for their wedding sets…and not just because of the price. They are beautiful gems that truly replicate almost-flawless diamonds. I’ve made many pieces of fine jewelry with genuine Charles and Colvard moissanites – using both gold and platinum settings.

I always recommend that my clients upgrade to enhanced stones as the color is far superior to standard moissanites.  These are branded Forever Brilliant and Forever One. They include a certificate of authenticity; and if larger than 5 mm, are also laser-engraved.

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Durability

The hardness of  a gemstone is measured on the Mohs scale. Diamonds are the world’s hardest mineral and score a 10. Moissanites are the second most durable stone with a Mohs rating of 9.25. Rubies and sapphires are next at 9.00.

Brilliance

Lab-grown diamonds can actually be as much as 10% more brilliant than a diamond. People love the extra sparkle!

Color

Unlike diamonds, moissanites aren’t graded by color.  The newest enhanced stones – the Forever One – are almost colorless, similar to an E or F color diamond. Forever Brilliant are considered a G or H color. And the standard moissanites are comparable to K-color diamonds.

Price

Overall these lab-grown diamonds are a fraction of the price of a diamond – 8 to 10 times less expensive. While a diamond’s price varies based on cut, clarity and more, moissanite stones vary only by size (measured in mm’s) and type (enhanced or not).

Next steps

  • Do your research. There are plenty of articles – pro and con – to read. Learn more from the manufacturer here.

  • Talk to me; I’m happy to give you more information.

  • Take a look at them! I have both Forever One and Forever Brilliant stones on hand.

  • Spend the extra money and purchase enhanced moissanites. The color improvement is well worth the minor increase in price.