A Guide to Buying Moissanite

All right today we’re going to talk about all things moissanite, why a lot of people consider this stone to be the best stone that looks like a diamond that isn’t, we’re going to answer the burning question that everybody usually asks: can you spot the Difference and then we’re going to go over a lot of the features, some of the things that they’re available in and then tips on what to look for when you’re selecting one. So what is Moissanite? It’s a gemstone and it mostly originated from outer space. The vast majority of the natural moissanite we find are actually in meteorite craters, it’s named after a guy named Henry Moisen. I think he found it back in the late 1800s actually thought it was a diamond when he found it.

Now, for all intents and purposes, moissanite is found in such small quantities in nature that the moissanite that you see in jewelry is not going to be natural. It’s just not feasible. So what happened is, the moissanite that you see today is lab grown one of the most popular questions we get asked is: can you see the difference between a moissanite and a diamond? the answer..It depends, the two main factors that we’re going to look at is the shape and the source. Okay, so the shape, if you’re going to be comparing a round diamond to a round moissanite, that shape is probably where the difference is going to be the the hardest to spot. The difference is usually going to be much easier to spot in other shapes. So let’s say you’re looking at two emerald cuts or two pairs, it’s going to be easier to spot.

The other thing that we’ll talk about and we’ll kind of go into this in a little bit more detail later. But it’s going to be the source. Okay, so moissanite is lab, grown and depending on who grows it, how it’s grown. So in our experience, if we’re showing a client a round diamond and a round moissanite side by side, i’d say a good many of the clients can’t actually see the difference.

They can’t tell for the other two thirds that do notice differences, they’re gonna be able to tell differences, but they’re, not gonna the vast majority of them are not gonna be able to definitively say which one is a diamond which one of the moissanite . It’s just their brain is doing that comparison thing so that they can compare it, but they don’t know which one is which, do an eye test. Take a look at two stones. One of them is a moissanite and the other one is a diamond. Can you tell which one is which? The moissanite has more of a rainbow spectrum when it sparkles, you can see the red blue, green, all reflecting out of the stone while being a white palette stone.

It’s quite unique and magical one of the biggest misconceptions that we hear is that a moissanite is a fake diamond, absolutely not, a moissanite is a gemstone with all of its own unique characteristics. So, let’s dive into exactly what are those characteristics and what you need to look out for, where diamonds are categorized by the four c’s, moissanite are categorized a little bit differently and we’re going to get into that now. So, let’s start with carat, Why carat is the number one thing that people get wrong, but when it comes to moissanite, carat doesn’t apply.

What you want to look at is measurements, and so, if you’re, looking at a round diamond just look at the diameter you’re looking at a millimeter, stone or length of width, you know an eight by six millimeter oval. Sometimes you will see them sold by carat, but honestly throw that out. You want to look more at the measurements, because that’s going to really give you a better understanding of how big it is. Let’s talk about color, where as diamonds are graded per color by the letter, moissanites are graded a little bit differently. They are graded as near colorless and colorless.

So, you are going to pay a bigger premium for a colorless stone, but that’s why we like to take our clients through that, because, if you’re able to see yellow in the stone we’re definitely going to recommend that you stick in the colorless range. However, if you’re not able to spot the difference, you can save your money and have a beautiful stone. That’s in the near colorless category. So with regards to clarity, it’s that part, usually you’re, going to find that it’s a lot simpler, uh they’re lab grown. They typically are lab grown in a sense that the imperfections are invisible and they’re very high, so you’re typically gonna find that there is not a clarity grade and, quite frankly, you’re not going to see you shouldn’t see any imperfections in a Moissanite.

Let’S talk about shape, you can pretty much get any shape as a Moissanite, and actually you can even get different proportions. I’ve seen where we’ve done ovals, where they’re more slender and thin, or perhaps you like the more plump variety that almost looks like a round hybrid of an oval same with cushions. You could get a more square or a more rectangular shape. You can also get different kinds of cuts. The most popular tends to be the brilliant cut, but you can also get more antique cuts like a rose cut.

Moving on to one of the things, that’s probably one of the biggest differences is basically who is growing it and how it’s grown. Okay, and so originally there was one company that owned the patent on it and that patent kind of from 2015 to 2018 basically expired, and so what happened is now you have a plethora of companies all around the world that grow Moissanite and the unfortunate truth is Moissanite is not just a Moissanite , there’s a lot of varieties, and we’ve certainly seen this so we’ve seen some where they say it’s near colorless, they market it as such, but we’ve seen the material and it looks very yellow or brown or we’ve also come across other Moissanite a lot of which is grown overseas and our centers will tell us that it chips, it’s so fragile when they’re setting it, and so we’ve seen that as being probably one of the most important factors is that don’t just assume any Moissanite is just a Moissanite .

There are definitely qualitative differences, and more of that is, it has more to do, unfortunately, with just how it’s grown or who’s growing it the the fact that a Moissanite could be prone to chipping that has to do with the quality of the rough and it’s It’s an inferior rough. It does not have to do with the hardness of the stone. So actually moissanite is about a 9 out of 10 on the mohs scale hardness. So it’s a very durable stone.that’s perfect for everyday wear and tear. So, let’s get to the hottest question that we get asked, how does the price compare to a diamond?

So if a natural diamond costs ten thousand dollars, a lab-grown diamond is going to cost five thousand dollars and then that moissanite equivalent is gonna cost you about fifteen hundred dollars, and one of the benefits of making a custom-made engagement ring is that we can actually work backwards from your budget and we can make sure that we’re ticking off all the things that are meaningful for you. One thing that we want to leave you with is that all Moissanite are not created equally, we are experts in Moissanite . You can work with us online. We would love to show them to you and figure out which one’s right for you

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