Will People Be Able to Tell that it’s Not a Diamond?

Will People Be Able to Tell that it’s Not a Diamond?

Can You Tell it's a Moissanite Diamond?

When it comes to choosing a gemstone for an engagement ring or any other piece of jewellery, diamonds have long been the traditional choice. However, in recent years, a new contender has emerged in the market: moissanite. Moissanite is a lab-created gemstone that closely resembles a diamond in appearance. But can people really tell the difference between a moissanite and a traditional diamond? 

What is Moissanite?

Moissanite is a gemstone that was first discovered in a meteor crater by French chemist Henri Moissan in 1893. It is composed of silicon carbide and has a similar brilliance and fire to a diamond. However, moissanite has some distinct characteristics that set it apart from diamonds.

Differences in Appearance

While moissanite and diamonds may look similar to the untrained eye, there are a few differences that can help distinguish between the two. Moissanite tends to have a higher refractive index than diamonds, which means it reflects light differently and can exhibit more colourful flashes of light, also known as "fire." Additionally, moissanite has a different crystal structure than diamonds, leading to a slightly different appearance under magnification. These differences can only really be detected by a trained gemmologist using specialized equipment.

Hardness and Durability

Diamonds are known for their exceptional hardness, scoring a perfect 10 on the Mohs scale. Moissanite scores a 9.25 making it nearly as hard as a diamond. Both moissanite and diamond are very durable and suitable for everyday wear in jewellery. While diamonds are slightly harder and tougher than moissanite, moissanite's hardness is still impressive and makes it an excellent diamond alternative. The choice between moissanite and diamond often comes down to personal preference, budget, and ethical considerations, as moissanite is a more affordable and ethically sourced gemstone compared to natural diamonds.

Price Comparison

One of the most significant advantages of moissanite over diamonds is its price. Moissanite is a more affordable option, often costing significantly less than a diamond of similar size and quality. This makes it an attractive choice for those who want the look of a diamond without the hefty price tag.

Expert Opinion

Gemstone experts agree that moissanite is a beautiful and durable alternative to diamonds. While it may not have the same prestige as a natural diamond, it offers excellent value for the price. With its high brilliance and unique visual properties, moissanite can easily pass as a diamond to the untrained eye and is often considered to be a more ethical option.

Conclusion

While there are some differences between moissanite and diamonds, the average person is unlikely to be able to tell them apart without specialized equipment. Moissanite offers a stunning alternative to diamonds, providing a similar look and durability at a fraction of the cost. Whether you choose a diamond or moissanite, both options can be enjoyed for their beauty and sparkle. So, if you're considering an engagement ring , a mens ring or any other piece of jewellery, don't overlook the beauty and value of moissanite.

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