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