The moissanite obsession has firmly established itself in the world of engagement rings. A staggering number of clients have been waiting in line for our custom engagement ring designs with a 2 carat moissanite ring rather than a standard diamond center during the past year or two. Because they are white jewels, have a lot of shine, and are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes, moissanites are an excellent substitute for diamonds. We appreciate that the moissanite option provides our clients more freedom to select elaborate bespoke setting designs and larger-looking center gemstones without going over budget. To help you make a more informed choice, we’ll outline some of the key distinctions between moissanite and diamonds in this section.
What is Moissanite?
Silicon carbide forms the basis of the nearly colorless gemstone known as moissanite. It was the French scientist Henri Moissan who first uncovered moissanite in the meteor crater.
Though superficially comparable to a diamond, moissanite has significant differences. Moissanites, in contrast to diamonds, are composed entirely of silicon carbide, a mineral so uncommon that it has never been artificially created.
It is nearly impossible to use the natural moissanite found by Moissan in 1893 for jewelry because of how scarce it is. Thus, modern moissanite is a lab-created gem.
Despite its diamond-like look and description, moissanite is not a diamond.
Moissanite vs. Diamond
One of moissanite’s most alluring features is its price. If you compare moissanite gems of the same size and grade to genuine diamonds, the price difference is significant. A 1 carat moissanite, for instance, can cost as little as $650 depending on quality, whereas a 1 carat GIA certified diamond can cost as much as $5,000 or more depending on quality. A 3 ct oval moissanite can cost as little as $1500, yet a top quality 3 carat oval diamond can cost as much as $30,000 or more. This is a great option that allows everyone more alternatives and possibilities when choosing an engagement ring style that suits them.
The 4 C’s determine the cost and value of a diamond (Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat). Together, they contribute to the stone’s unique radiance and elegance. Since most diamonds are natural rather than synthetic, they can range widely in cost, value, and quality.
In contrast, the price of a moissanite is typically consistent across the board, with the exception of when comparing two stones of different sizes or made from different types of moissanite (i.e., enhanced vs. unenhanced).
Diamonds are more expensive than moissanites, but you should know that the difference in price isn’t reflective of the diamond’s superior qualities, features, or beauty. Just because something costs less doesn’t imply you’re getting a better deal or a better value.
Moissanite ranks extremely high on the Mohs scale of hardness for durability. With a score of 9.25, moissanites are nearly as tough as diamonds, which have a grade of 10. Due to their exceptional durability, they are ideal for daily wear. On the other hand, other naturally occurring gems like sapphires and emeralds rate far lower.
Sparkle & Fire
The first thing you’ll notice when comparing a video of a diamond and a moissanite side by side is that the moissanite has more fire and spectrum hues. They outshine real diamonds in terms of brilliance and intensity. When compared to a perfectly cut diamond, moissanite’s superior dispersion means it will give off more vivid flashes of light. You can never go wrong with a little extra glitz and glamour.
Moissanites are available in a wide range of characteristics. Here, we’ll explain how to select a high-quality moissanite, which is a far less complicated process than selecting a diamond.
The clarity of a gem is defined by the presence or absence of internal flaws. Moissanites are nearly as clear as Flawless diamonds, although even the highest-quality diamonds in the world will contain flaws unless they are Flawless. Flawless, internal flawless, and Very Very slightly included (VVS) diamonds are the rarest and most expensive of all diamond grades. Instead of spending time and energy sorting through diamonds that don’t have any defects that can be seen with the naked eye (such as those in the Slightly included and Included ranges), you can choose a moissanite as the centerpiece of your ring.
Although the hue of moissanites and diamonds may appear to be the same from a distance or under dim lighting, there are noticeable color variances between the two when viewed side by side.
Unlike diamonds, which may be classified by color using the GIA’s D to Z scale, moissanites are not classed according to hue. In contrary, moissanites have a yellowish hue that is comparable to the GIA color grade of K for diamonds.
The most noticeable difference in moissanite quality is in the saturation of the color. Colorless moissanites look identical to a diamond in the D-E-F color spectrum and are the least expensive of the moissanite grades. Afterwards, there is Near Colorless, which is a close approximation of the color return of diamonds in the G-H-I range. Moistsanites usually have a yellowish hue and a greenish hue when viewed in specific lighting conditions. Tints of yellow, gray, or green are more noticeable in bigger pieces of moissanite. In larger sizes, the distinction between the two becomes more obvious. The Colorless and Near Colorless varieties are the most well-liked. The Colorless option is fantastic if you want something that looks completely white. Choose the Near Colorless option if you want a neutral hue with only a hint of warmth. Since the vast majority of diamonds on the market today fall into the near colorless category, choosing near colorless can sometimes seem more realistic.
Diamonds rated D through J on the GIA color scale are nearly colorless and have only very slight traces of yellow or gray. Moissanite lacks the clarity and natural brilliance of a diamond and does not have the same color that gives diamonds their dazzling white appearance.
There is a wide range of moissanite sizes and shapes to choose from, with some sizes/quality combinations being more difficult to source than others. Moissanites come in a wide variety of shapes, including round, oval, pear, cushion, princess, and radiant. Some moissanites are even fashioned into the elaborate antique cuts popular for diamonds several centuries ago.
The round brilliant cut is the most common shape for moissanites. Since it is simple to imitate and there are no variances in shape, we think that round moissanites most closely resemble a real diamond when used as an engagement ring. Rounds replicate the diamond’s precise dimensions for each carat weight. Therefore, you can talk about the diameter of a round moissanite in millimeters in addition to its weight of 2 carats. For comparison, a 2 carat round diamond is roughly similar to an 8mm round moissanite. The popularity of the round brilliant cut can be attributed to various factors:
Brilliance. The round brilliant cut, much like that of a diamond, maximizes the gem’s inherent brilliance and fire. This causes the stone to glitter when lit from within because light from all directions penetrates the stone and is reflected back to the observer.
Color. If you want your stone to look like it has no color at all, the round brilliant cut is your best bet. This is a plus for moissanite since it helps to mask the yellowish or greenish hues that are sometimes present.
Versatility. The round brilliant cut is a timeless classic that works beautifully in both contemporary and more traditional settings, such as engagement rings.
Cuts like the princess cut (also known as the “square cut” for moissanites), the oval cut, the radiant cut, or the marquise cut are ideal for moissanites because they conceal color and highlight the stone’s brilliance. Moissanite looks even more brilliant when placed side by side.
When comparing two oval moissanites side by side, the difference between them is significantly more noticeable than when comparing two similar diamonds. Because of their unusual shape, moissanite ovals often look “shorter” than similarly shaped diamonds. Comparing a 2 carat oval diamond to a 2 carat oval moissanite, the former may be 10 millimeters in length and 7 millimeters in breadth, whereas a 2 carat oval moissanite is 9 mm long and 7 mm wide. When compared side by side, the oval displays greater sparkles and has sharper faceting.
Cushion-shaped moissanites are a fantastic substitute for cushion-shaped diamonds. We adore the way cushion brilliant cut diamonds, which resemble round brilliant cuts in faceting strength and brilliance, are shaped. Crushed ice faceting, which is used in some cushion-cut diamonds, distorts the light and makes it difficult to see the diamond’s individual facets. We believe that a cushion-shaped moissanite looks very similar to a real cushion-shaped brilliant-cut diamond. Keep in mind that at the moment, the only shape available for the cushion moissanite is a square one. Ideally, there will be a wider selection of longer cushion cut moissanites available shortly.
Pros of Moissanite
1.The majority of the general public is unable to distinguish between moissanite and diamonds.
Wedding bands and other fine jewelry made of moissanite are a popular choice for those on a tighter budget. Optical clarity ensures that a casual observer of the ring will be unable to tell which of the two stones is which. Only a skilled jeweler or laboratory worker armed with precise measuring tools could determine from such a detailed examination. It’s an option worth considering because of the astounding brilliance it provides at such a low cost.
2.It's quite long-lasting.
On the Mohs scale, where hardness is measured, moissanite registers at 9.25. That makes diamonds the only known substance harder than it. This gemstone is really suitable for every day wear. It’s not going to crack or chip, and the sheen it provides will last so long as you keep it clean and shiny in the same way you always have. That’s why, if you want to find something other than diamonds, it’s a great option to consider.
3.The brilliance you get with moissanite will be eye-catching.
A diamond’s brilliance and shine give it a glitter that can’t be found in any other gemstone. As a result of the way it refracts light upon impact, moissanite does offer more of a rainbow shimmer than a diamond. Diamonds often give off a colorless sparkle or flashes of light, yet occasionally a high-quality diamond will also emit rainbows. This benefit indicates that both choices are attractive, so it really just boils down to personal preference. Because of its high refractive index, moissanite provides greater shine than a standard diamond. It is a dazzling ring that you will adore.
4.Diamonds and moissanite can both be cut in the same sizes and shapes.
The same range of shapes and cuts used by jewelry designers for diamonds are also available for moissanite. The round cut, which delivers the most twinkle and brightness while seeming largely white, is the most preferred shape for this gemstone. This benefit implies you can display a sizable stone that others will mistake for a diamond if you like the concept of doing so. Only you will know that it is indeed moissanite.
5.The cost advantage almost seems unreal.
A moissanite stone costs around 10% less than an equivalent-quality diamond of the same cut and clarity. In 2018, the cost of the gemstone would be about $600 for a 1-carat colorless moissanite ring. Instead, you would spend around $5,000 on a diamond. The general size of the moissanite and any potential improvements determine its pricing. Some stones are clarified to make them whiter because they naturally have a yellow hue.
6. Get a guaranteed moissanite with level of clarity if you choose this stone.
No Moissanite gemstones are ever sold unless they have a VS or above clarity rating. After examination, such rating indicates that the stone has no discernible faults. Even if a diamond has imperfections that are obvious when held up to the light, you can still buy it and pay more than you would for a moissanite.
These diamonds retain their luster throughout time as well. Unlike some other jewelry, they won’t get cloudy with time. For your jewelry to last, it is recommended that you invest in a setting made of platinum or gold. Avoid sterling silver that has been plated with gold or platinum because it is too weak.
7.Moissanite, on the other hand, does not have to be evaluated with the same ethical standards.
Due to its extreme scarcity, moissanite is currently the subject of no active mining initiatives. Everything is grown under strict laboratory conditions. As a result, you won’t have to fret about issues related to human rights such as child labor, forced labor, trafficking, or even war, which are all common in the diamond industry. They are more appealing to buy since they have a smaller environmental impact than their standard counterparts.
8.It works with various settings.
As a result of its versatility, moissanite can be worn in any setting that would accommodate a diamond. They are beautiful as stud earrings, as the center stone in an engagement or wedding ring, or as the focal point of a unique necklace. With this unusual gemstone in your collection, you can make any piece sparkle like never before.
Best 2 carat moissanite ring
Here are our top 5 2ct moissanite rings:
14K White Gold 2 Carat Moissanite Solitaire Ring Round Cut Moissanite Engagement Ring
This beautiful solitaire engagement ring features a round brilliant cut Moissanite stone. Stunningly made from of 14k white gold and rhodium, it has a four-prong setting to keep it in place. The either side band is extended with beads, but the internal is smooth to prevent scratching your fingers.
14K Yellow Gold 2 Carat Oval Moissanite Ring Halo Moissanite Engagement Ring
The oval cut center stone in this Moissanite engagement ring is surrounded by a halo of round brilliant Moissanite side stones (1.5mm each), all of which are set in 14k gold or Platinum band. An oval cut Moissanite is featured as the ring’s centerpiece.
18K White Gold 2 Carat Cushion Cut Moissanite Ring Pave Moissanite Engagement Ring
Look at this gorgeous 2 ct cushion-cut moissanite ring. The smaller diamonds extended the band on either side complement the moissanite that makes up the larger center stone.
Moissanite 2 Carat Ring Princess Cut Solitaire Moissanite Engagement Ring
A timeless solitaire for your unending passion. Classic elegance comes from gleaming solid 14k gold and princess-cut moissanite, while the sleek, modern feel of the thin strap sets it apart.
2 Carat Emerald Cut Moissanite Ring 14K Gold Hidden Halo Moissanite Engagement Ring
The 0.3ct of round brilliant Moissanite side stones complement the 2ct emerald cut Moissanite center stone in this lovely engagement ring, which is available in your choice of 14k gold or platinum and has a thin band design.
How to Clean your Moissanite Ring?
Unfortunately, Moissanite is often misunderstood for diamonds. It’s a stunning gem, absolutely colorless and with its own special radiance. Another feature that sets it apart from other stones is the way it completely changes the jewelry in which it is used.
A material’s resistance to scratches increases as its hardness rises. Moissanite is the second-hardest mineral on Earth, ranking a 9.25 on the Mohs scale, only after diamond (10). Since the differences are so minute, however, this gem is considered to be among the most valuable in the world.
Cleaning a Moissanite Ring
It goes without saying that the cleanliness of your diamond and moissanite jewelry is of the utmost importance, whether you have an exquisite engagement ring made of moissanite, a simple diamond necklace or bracelet, or any other piece of jewelry made from these precious stones. Gemstones require regular cleaning to maintain their luster and fire.
Surface oils from detergents, cosmetics, skin, and daily activities can dull moissanite over time. They are vulnerable to grease and oil, but a short wipe down will restore them to like-new condition! If you want your Moissanite jewelry to dazzle like new, you should clean it once a month.
Here are some easy ways to clean and polish your Moissanite rings so that it always looks its best.
The one and only! All you need is a soft toothbrush, some dish soap, and some warm water. Do you want your Moissanite ring to shine like a diamond? First, get a bowl and fill it with warm soapy water. When doing so, be sure to use liquid dish soap (It is discouraged to use any abrasive cleaners). Use a gentle toothbrush and warm water to thoroughly clean the jewelry. After that, you can dry the jewelry in any way you like: by leaving it out to dry naturally, by using a hair drier, or even by using a paper towel. Whenever you like is fine for this.
Use a commercial jewelry cleaning in your home. You may always elect to purchase a non-toxic liquid cleaner for your Moissanite rings. The filth and film that might accumulate on the ring is easily removed with these cleaners.
Most jewelry stores utilize ultrasonic cleaners to get their products shiny and ready to ship out to customers. Water and cleaning solution are loaded into the machine, and the Moissanite jewelry is then placed inside. After a while, the jewelry emerges from the cleaners looking like new. Because the stones could become dislodged from the vibration of the machine, this technique is not advised for usage outside of a jewelry store. Before delivering a ring purchased in a store, a jeweler should always double-check it for any signs of loose stones and re-tighten them if necessary.