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Does Moissanite Get Cloudy?
Unlike cubic zirconia, which can degrade in appearance over time, moissanite does not become cloudy with age.
Over time, dirt, oils and other substances can build up on the surface of a moissanite, making it appear cloudy. However, this can be cleaned away without affecting the true appearance of the stone.
Does Moissanite Last?
Yes. Moissanites are strong, long-lasting gemstones. A moissanite should last for your entire life without losing its appearance or becoming damaged. If you choose a setting that’s made from a high-quality metal such as platinum or gold, a moissanite ring will last for a very long time.
Where Does Moissanite Come From?
In its natural state, moissanite comes from space. As we mentioned above, moissanite was first discovered by Henri Moissan in Arizona more than a century ago, inside the crater that was left behind when a meteor landed on earth.
Natural moissanite deposits have also been found around the world in Wyoming and in certain parts of Russia. However, due to the limited supply of naturally-occurring moissanite on earth, the moissanite used for jewelry is produced artificially in a laboratory environment.
Thinking about buying a Moissanite ring and want to know what you should look for? You’re in good company. Many couples today choose Moissanite engagement rings due to their beauty, affordability, and sustainability. But, there are a few catches to getting it right. Read on to learn what to make sure you ask for in your Moissanite engagement ring!
Is a Moissanite a real diamond?
No, Moissanite is its own gemstone. This means that Moissanite sparkles differently, has a different hardness, and a different chemical makeup than Diamond. Practically, Moissanite has much more colored sparkle (“fire”) than a Diamond, it is a 9.25 on the hardness scale (Diamond is a 10), and Moissanite is carbon silicate (whereas Diamond is pure carbon). This means your Moissanite will repel dirt and oil better than a diamond!
In addition, Moissanite is a man-made gemstone, meaning it can be cut in any size or shape you want! Natural diamonds are limited to the size and shape the Earth grows them. So, choosing a Moissanite for your engagement ring center stone gives you a ton of flexibility. It is also super sustainable – no mining is needed when you choose Moissanite!
Are there different grades of Moissanite rings?
Yes. When Moissanite first came out, technology had only advanced so far as to make yellowish-green stones. We call this “classic” Moissanite, and it is still on the market (look out!). Because what people really wanted was a good diamond alternative, gem scientists continued to experiment in search of colorless Moissanite.
In 2015 – they had a breakthrough! Charles and Colvard now offers colorless and near-colorless Moissanite, in addition to “classic” Moissanite. Colorless Moissanite looks like an E color diamond, whereas near-colorless Moissanite looks more like an H colored diamond. These newer stones are gorgeous Moissanite engagement ring options.
Left: Classic Moissanite | Middle: Forever One Near Colorless Moissanite | Right: Forever One Colorless Moissanite
What should I know when buying a Moissanite ring?
IS YOUR WHOLE MOISSANITE RING SUSTAINABLE?
One thing I think many people do not consider when purchasing their Moissanite engagement ring is, what about the side stones? If you choose a Moissanite center stone for sustainability purposes – did you also make sure your ring’s side stones were lab made or Moissanite too? What about the metal – is it recycled? If you want to make sure your ring is super sustainable – make sure that the whole ring, and not just the Moissanite, is sustainably sourced.
Bonus! Choosing Lab Diamond side stones is the best way to get max sparkle!
DOES MOISSANITE HAVE RESALE VALUE?
Classic Moissanite (the yellowish-green one), did not have any resale market, for obvious reasons. However, “gently used” colorless and near colorless Moissanite are beginning to become more popular on resale sites. (Of course, as with other fine jewelry, like vehicles, there will is always initial depreciation.) So, it appears that a colorless Moissanite aftermarket is beginning to blossom.
WILL YOU REGRET MOISSANITE?
Not if you love Moissanite for what it is, instead of what it isn’t. Couples who choose Moissanite because they like the super-firey look of it, or who love that it is super sustainable, will love their Moissanite forever. On the other hand, those who purchase Moissanite for the sole intent of trying to “pass it off” as a Diamond may wish they had that Diamond in the long run.
WILL MOISSANITE LAST FOREVER?
Yes it will. Moissanite is a beautiful gemstone that is very hard – a 9.25 on the hardness scale! So, just like a Diamond is forever, so too, is Moissanite.
IS MOISSANITE ETHICAL?
Yes! Moissanite is among the most ethical, sustainable engagement ring choices out there. This is because Moissanite is a man made stone. So, no mining is needed to give you a perfectly brilliant Moissanite.
CAN I PASS OFF MY MOISSANITE RING AS A DIAMOND?
We personally don’t suggest trying to pass it off as a diamond because although they look very similar, there are visual differences that can be seen with the naked eye. Plus, we think Moissanite has its own bragging rights! There’s no shame in letting someone know you chose a super-sustainable gem that’s more brilliant than Diamond!
That said, colorless and near-colorless Moissanite do look similar to Diamond. And, Moissanite is also the only gemstone (other than Diamond) that “passes” as a Diamond on a standard handheld diamond point tester. But remember: Moissanite’s extreme fire (its dispersion is twice that of Diamond!) gives it away in most brilliant-cut stones.
Left: 8x6mm Emerald Moissanite | Right: 9.5x7mm Emerald Diamond
How can you tell a diamond from a Moissanite ring?
Moissanite has telltale fire as well as facet doubling from a side view. So, when trying to tell if someone has a Moissanite ring or a diamond ring, move the ring around and watch its sparkle carefully. Does it have an equal amount of white and colored light? Or, does it have a ton of sparkly colored light? Stones with extreme fire may be a Moissanite. Another way to tell is by looking through the stone’s side facets down to the culet (the bottom point). If the culet appears doubled, you do not have a diamond.
Why is some Moissanite less expensive than other Moissanite?
Searching around for the right Moissanite ring center stone can be a bit confusing because of the extreme difference in price. However, this difference is easily explainable. Classic Moissanite (the yellowish-green one) is much less expensive than colorless and near-colorless Moissanite. Simply, it’s just not as pretty! Also, lesser quality Moissanite isn’t cut very well. I’ve even seen low-end Moissanite be cut the wrong direction, so all its facets look doubled head on! Yikes! So, when looking for your Moissanite engagement ring’s center stone, make sure you select a high quality, colorless gem like Forever One.
Left: Example of doubling on table of Moissanite | Right: Example of doubling on side of Moissanite
How much is a Moissanite engagement ring?
The cost of your Moissanite ring is the cost of the Moissanite center stone plus your ring setting. Do Amore can custom create your special ring with accent Moissanite, too! So, if you want a fully sustainable Moissanite ring, simply write us a note that you want Moissanite accent stones when you place your order!
|Carat Size||GIA Certified Diamond (Round, I-color, VS2)||Classic Moissanite||Forever One Moissanite|