• Mining Free

    Moissanite is lab created with minimal environmental impact.

  • Value

    Moissanite is less expensive per carat than many other gemstones.

  • Durability

    Moissanite gemstones are a 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness.

What is moissanite?

Moissanite is a gemstone derived from stars. It was discovered in 1893 by Henri Moissan, a French scientist who went on to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He discovered minuscule pieces of the gem that would later bear his name in Arizona, in a crater formed by a meteorite that crashed to Earth. He initially believed he had discovered diamonds, but later realized that the crystals were made of silicon carbide.

Because natural moissanite is extremely rare, most moissanite on the market today is synthetic. After many years of trial and error, Moissan's particles were successfully synthesized into one of the world's most brilliant jewels.

Moissanite, often known as a diamond simulant, is designed to provide the appearance of diamond resemblance while being chemically and optically distinct from a real diamond. The durability, brilliance, and color of the two jewels are significantly different. Diamonds and moissanites both have a high heat conductivity.

Moissanite possesses unusual physical qualities.

Although it can provide the appearance of a diamond, moissanite has minute physical distinctions that distinguish it from diamonds and make it its own distinct gemstone. This includes variations in chemical composition, hardness, clarity, color, and brilliance.

Chemical Makeup
Unlike diamonds, which are comprised of carbon, moissanite is created from silicon carbide. Moissanite is an extremely uncommon, naturally occurring mineral that cannot be used in jewelry, hence today's moissanite is synthetically manufactured in controlled laboratory circumstances.

Moissanite costs a fraction of the price of diamonds

Moissanite, as a man-made stone, may be customized to any form or size and is less expensive than a diamond of the same size and quality. Diamonds are natural gemstones that vary greatly in grade and are valued based on their cut, clarity, color, and carat. Moissanite, on the other hand, has minimal variation in cut, clarity, or color and is valued based on size.

Moissanite stones are relatively inexpensive due to their lab-grown origin. Unlike diamonds, where costs skyrocket as you look at larger stones, larger moissanite stones climb in price in manageable increments. To put it in perspective, a VVSI-2 7.5mm (1.5ct) Round cut moissanite costs $900 AUD, whereas a diamond of the same size, clarity, and colour costs more than $9000 AUD!This means that with moissanite, you may get the size and style you've always desired without breaking the bank!

Grading of Moissanite Color

On the industry-wide D-to-Z grading scale, normal Moissanite stones will have one of the following grades:

1. Colorless Moissanite stones are graded D-E-F.

2. Near-colorless Moissanite stones are graded G-H-I.

3. Slightly tinted Moissanite stones are graded J-K.

As you progress through the alphabetical grading scale, the Moissanite color becomes more yellow or brown.

Moissanite, often known as a diamond simulant, is designed to provide the appearance of diamond resemblance while being chemically and optically distinct from a real diamond. The durability, brilliance, and color of the two jewels are significantly different. Diamonds and moissanites both have a high heat conductivity.

Brilliance and Fire

Moissanite has a higher refractive index than a diamond, meaning that when light enters a moissanite stone, it will bend more than within a diamond. This means there will be more small flashes of white light (brilliance) and greater levels of dazzling colour (fire).

When exposed to sunlight, a moissanite stone will sparkle brightly and may exhibit a rainbow, almost “disco-ball” effect. Compared to a diamond’s subtle blue-grey kaleidoscope pattern, moissanite’s sparkle is brighter and more dazzling – often the very quality that our clients fall in love with!

Comparison Guide

Moissanite vs. diamond

  • Moissanite

    Durability: On the Mohs scale, Moissanite gemstones are a 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, so they are suitable for daily wear.

    Brilliance: Moissanites exhibit a different kind of brilliance than diamonds do, as their faceting
    pattern is different. The fiery, rainbow flashes emitted by moissanites are beloved by
    some, but others feel that moissanite’s heightened brilliance can create a “disco
    ball” effect, especially in sunlight. The bigger the moissanite, the more likely it is
    that the difference will be noticeable. Moissanite has a refractive index from 2.65 –
    2.69, which is higher than a natural diamond.

    Color: While moissanites are labeled as “colorless”, the gems can still project a yellow or grayish hue in certain lights. Here again, the larger the moissanite, the more noticeable the color.

    Sourcing: Because moissanites are lab created, they are an appealing option for those seeking an eco-conscious gemstone as they require no mining.

  • Diamond

    Durability: Diamonds are the hardest known mineral and receive a 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, so diamonds are very durable for daily wear.

    Brilliance: A different type of brilliance is what makes it possible to distinguish a moissanite
    from a diamond. Diamonds reflect light in three different ways. The white light
    reflected back is referred to as brilliance, while the rainbow of colors refracted
    through the diamond is referred to as dispersion. The surface sparkle of a diamond,
    known as scintillation, is a third type of diamond light return. The combination of
    these three gives diamonds their famous sparkle.

    Color: A colorless diamond, whether natural or lab created, has a natural body color that contains no traces of yellow, brown, or grey, resulting in a dazzling, bright white appearance.

    Sourcing: We go above and beyond the current industry standards to offer both Beyond Conflict Free ™ Diamonds that have been selected for their ethical and environmentally responsible origins.

Moissanites FAQ

Can you tell a moissanite from a diamond?

The most effective way to tell moissanite apart from a diamond is to use a loupe to look through the top, or the crown, of the jewel at an angle. You will see two slightly blurred lines that indicates a double refraction, an inherent quality of moissanite. Double refraction is easier to see in some shapes than others.

Does moissanite lose its sparkle?

Moissanite will not lose its sparkle as time passes. The clarity and color of the stone won’t change through the years. Dirt and grime are the only common elements that may inhibit a ring’s sparkle until it is cleaned. Damaging the surface of moissanite can inhibit sparkle, as it would for any gemstone.

Is moissanite durable?

Moissanite is one of the toughest known gemstones which makes it perfect for an engagement ring, a piece of jewelry that is usually worn every day. Studies in high pressure research have shown that moissanite stone is highly resistant to breaking and chipping.

Is moissanite as good as a diamond?

Moissanite is the only gemstone that passes as a diamond on a handheld point test. If you want a stone that resembles a diamond without a high price, moissanite is a great option. At the end of the day, preference comes down to personal taste.