Moissanite, A Gemstone More Gorgeous Than Diamonds

Diamond rings are almost a must-have fashion diamond jewelry, and it is also one of the better tokens for men and women to express commitment, but the people who wear diamonds today are either rich or expensive, and ordinary people want a diamond to definitely cost a lot of money, but more recently you must have heard of a diamond boom, that is, moissanite that is sparkle than diamonds and lower than diamond prices! Wearing moissanite is already a new trend, but how is moissanite better than diamond, today we will learn about moissanite.

A moissanite is not the same as a diamond, but it does not mean that it is not a diamond

“Moissanite” is definitely not a diamond, although it is often called commercially with a “diamond” word when it is called, but in fact, the common commercial “Moissanite” is a synthetic material, the accurate name should be synthetic moissanite (Synthetic Moissanite), some people also call it moissanite, silicon carbide or “Meishen Rai”, “Magic Star Diamond”. Like the previously common cubic zirconia (CZ), artificial yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG), etc., it is a diamond simulant, which is very similar in appearance to natural diamonds, but the price is very different, about one-tenth of natural diamonds.

Is moissanite natural? The answer is YES

Only a very small number of moissanite are natural. Natural moissanite was discovered much earlier in the late nineteenth century and is named after Dr. Henri Moissan, who discovered the mineral in 1904 in Arizona Crater. Moissanite (a kind of silicon carbide) is also known as carborundum, most of the current market moissanite is synthetic, natural moissanite is very rare, only appears in craters, and its color is mostly dark green, black, not suitable for jewelry.

Moissanite is more beautiful than diamonds!

The chemical composition of “moissanite” is SiC (silicon carbide), and its color often has a yellowish tint. Mohs hardness 9.25 (diamond 10), specific gravity 3.22 (diamond 3.52), birefringence index 2.648-2.691 (diamond single refractive index 2.417), birefringence 0.043, dispersion value 0.104 (diamond 0.044).

In addition to being less hard than diamonds, moissanite’s high refractive index and high dispersion make it more gorgeous than diamonds, with more dazzling fire and luster, and brilliant after cutting.

Moissanite and diamonds are difficult to distinguish

(1) The thermal conductivity meter is unreliable

Moissanite has a thermal conductivity similar to that of diamond, so testing moissanite with a thermal conductivity meter will cause diamond reactions, and it is impossible to distinguish between the two.

(2) Difference in hardness

It can be tested with a 9.5-degree hardness pen and engraved in an inconspicuous place, leaving moissanite with slight friction lines and leaving the diamond unaffected.

(3) Birefringence looks at ghosting

Natural diamonds are monorefringent gemstones, while moissanite is birefringent gemstones. Under 10x magnification, ghosting is visible when moissanite looks from the kite facet of the crown to the bottom tip. This is not the case with diamonds.

(4) Inclusion characteristics

Moissanite has the common characteristic white thread-like inclusion, but some are also nearly flawless.

(5) Loose stone specific gravity method

For unmounted diamonds and moissanite can be identified by gravity, diamond specific gravity 3.52, moissanite 3.22.

MW Moissanite

MW Moissanite is a perfect choice. It’s more heat resistant than even diamonds, meaning that even if they were in a fire, they would still retain their sparkle and form. And since it has an extremely high level of brilliance and excellent light performance, it has much higher brilliance and fire than a diamond.

The hardness of moissanite is 9.25, it’s almost the same as diamond. Only for the diamond and moissanite, it can pass the diamond test. Each moissanite has its unique waist code, and it is certified by the international famous professional appraisal organization and the global gemstone Research Association (GRA).

It’s important to remember that moissanite is a stone in its own right and requires state-of-the-art technology, expertise and a high cost to synthesize it. It only costs about 10% of the price of a diamond. If you’re thinking in terms of investment, moissanite is a good choice as moissanite has retained its value over the past decades.


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