Diamonds or Moissanite? Which Should You Choose?

Diamonds or Moissanite? Which Should You Choose?

Arif Hossain

The debate of whether moissanite is more valid than diamonds really has little basis. Though there are remarkable points of similarity, the comparison can clearly be likened to one between apples and oranges - both are valuable but vastly different fruits.

Whether to choose a diamond vs moissanites is actually a matter of individual choice. Examined from the point of view of attractive and eye-catching jewelry, it is clear that the moissanite is far more budget-friendly. By the same coin, it represents a far less valuable financial investment, meaning the market and resale value is obviously lower. It really depends on one's motives behind the purchase.

Though the two are almost impossible to differentiate by laypersons, moissanite and diamonds can be told apart even without the patented Model 590 Charles & Colvard, Ltd. tester. Viewed at a certain distance from the naked eye under the illumination of a penlight, moissanite is distinguished by its typical double refraction of light. This will show up in a rainbow pattern that is absent in diamonds.

Another point of reference for distinguishing the two is the presence of minuscule pipe-like inclusions under magnification, which would indicate that the stone under examination is moissanite.

Probably the most significant difference between diamonds and moissanite is that of industrial applications. Diamond has a legendary value as 'anvil material' that moissanite apparently does not share owing to its inherent elasticity under extreme heat conditions. The strength of moissanite is apparently unstable at temperatures exceeding 400 degrees and is quite unreliable at temperatures reaching 1000 degrees. Moissanite also has so-called ""shear stress"" properties.

It is possible that moissanite will match diamond's industrial value after further development and refinement in the manufacturing process, but at the present time man made diamonds UK still rules for industrial-grade hardness.