When it comes to buying colorless stones, diamonds are the most obvious choice. People choose diamonds because they are precious, give off a magnificent sparkle and they are something that you can be truly proud of. While some people see a diamond as a simple gemstone that sits in the ring on their finger, others see these stones as investments, collector items or even an object that marks an upgrade in their lives. These stones can cost quite a lot of money, however, so seeking alternative substitutes to a diamond is often a consideration that people undergo as they still want a stone with sparkle, but cannot afford to pay too much. This is where moissanite comes in – a particular type of stone that is quite similar to diamonds when looked upon from far away, but when inspected closer, definite differences can be observed.
The Price Difference
Since one of the most significant differences between a diamond and a moissanite is the price, let’s take a quick look at how these two stones really defer in price. Gerry The Jeweler has a complete table that offers an overview of the price variations between these two types of stones. Let’s consider some examples:
- A brilliant round cut diamond that weighs 0.50 carats cost approximately $1,300. On the other hand, a moissanite stone with similar qualities only costs $179.
- A brilliant round cut diamond that weighs one carat would cost you around $3,700, but a moissanite with the same properties will cost you less than $400.
- When we get to heaver weights, an even bigger price difference can be observed. A three-carat diamond costs $3,500 and more, while a three-carat moissanite won’t even cost you $1,000.
- Moissanites are also available in different shapes, just like diamonds. A one-carat princess cut diamond, for example, costs $4,000 – a moissanite, on the other hand, would only cost you around $479.
We could go on, but these examples should give you a very good understanding on how diamonds and moissanites defer in price.
What Exactly Is Moissanite
First of all, you should understand that moissanite is NOT the same as a diamond – even though they do have some characteristics that are quite similar in certain cases. Moissanite was first discovered at a crash site of a meteor. It is crystal formations that are (usually) naturally produced from silicon carbide. Today, however, moissanite is never really extracted from natural sources. Instead, this type of stone is synthetically produced by literally growing the stones in a laboratory. This has made the possibility of producing jewelry that contains this material quite easy – and, of course, moissanite is produced at a much faster rate than at which diamonds grow (which, according to some reports, can take billions of years). A diamond, on the other hand, is crystalized charcoal and carbon – this material is completely different from silicon carbide, which means the two stones are not made from the same material at all. In addition, you also need to realize that a diamond is much harder than a moissanite stone. A diamond is the hardest substance on the planet, rating 10.0 on the Mohs scale – the scale used to rate the hardness of a particular substance, with 10 being the hardest. A moissanite rates 9.25 on this scale.
There are some obvious differences between diamonds and moissanite stones, with the most significant difference, for most people, being the cost of these stones. Even though these stones may seem very similar in physical appearance when you view them from a distance, the differences become more obvious when inspected from a closer range. We recommend considering a diamond over a moissanite stone whenever possible as such a stone would give you better value and also last longer.