Moissanite Vs. Diamond

Moissanite or Diamond, which is better?

Better is all about what’s important to you and you alone! But there is another high quality, near colorless gemstone with TONS of sparkle on the market to give Diamond a run for it's money, Moissanite!

The picture at left is of my 1ct Moissanite White Gold Solstice ring, sitting atop an orange. Looks like a diamond, doesn't it? This ring was purchased second hand and was the test piece I wore to prove to my now husband that moissanite was the way to go for my engagement ring. It just made sense financially and I have an extremely beautiful ring that is often admired by complete strangers.

This page was created as a way to share the mountain of research that helped us decide that moissanite suited us better than diamond. In the sections below you'll find spec comparisons, facts on both gems, price comparisons and even a few places to shop. It is all about Moissanite vs. Diamond.

Happy gemstone shopping, and if it's a Moissanite Engagement Ring you're looking for, a very big congratulations to you!

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Moissanite vs. Diamond Facts Back-to-Back - Differences and Similarities between Diamond and Moissanite

You may be surprised when comparing diamond and moissanite stones. Many claim moissanite as a superior gemstone. Here is why.

  • Moissanite is a near colorless gemstone.

    Most common Diamonds are classified in this range.

  • Moissanite ranks 9.25 on the Mohs Hardness scale making it the second hardest gem.

    Diamond ranks 10 making it the hardest gem.

  • Moissanite possess more fire or dispersion (the flashes) at .104

    Diamond rates considerably lower at .044

  • Moissanite also has a higher refractive index or brilliance (the sparkle) at 2.65

    Diamond comes in at 2.42

  • Moissanite is only available as a lab-created stone as its natural state is not found on Earth (it was discovered in a meteorite).

    Diamond is readily available in its natural state and there are now companies creating lab-created diamond see Apollo, Gemesis, Takara or even Life Gem.

  • Moissanite costs a fraction of its diamond equivalent.

    Diamonds are sold to us as an "investment", but the average consumer isn't purchasing investment grade stones and very few jewelers will buy them back at full price unless you "upgrade" with a more expensive stone.

  • One company Charles and Colvard holds the patent for jewelry grade moissanite.

    One company has been known for controlling the diamond market and its prices.

  • Moissanites are hand cut with optical properties that best show off the stone.

    Diamonds are hand cut with optical properties that best show off the stone.

The 4C's of Moissanite - Although an official grading system is not in place, the majority of moissanites fall into these diamond grading scales.

  1. Color: The gem typically falls into the near colorless range of a diamond F-G-H-I, but a slight green or yellowish undertone can be found in some stones in particular lighting. Round Brilliant faces up the whitest and is by far the most popular shape in moissanite. Fancy shapes like pear will hold more of the slight green/yellow body color and may lean more towards I-J-K. The larger the moissanite, the more apparent the body color. When buying from any online store where you won't be able to see the moissanite before purchasing, make sure they have a return policy in case you get a stone with more color than you like. It is worth noting that if you enjoy warmer diamonds, you may really love the color in a warm moissanite. The incredible sparkle moissanites produce will often mask any color issues.

    Some companies are now offering moissanites with special coatings or treatments to create pink, yellow, blue and green moissanites. These coatings often void the manufacture warranty, but the jeweler itself may offer a guaranty. The vast majority of manufactured moissanite are near colorless, though rare non-coated greens do exist. Moissanite manufacturer Charles and Colvard has recently created a "Forever Brilliant" line of moissanite said to be up to 2-3 times whiter than the original. For fancy shapes like pear, "Forever Brilliant" would be something to look into.

  2. Clarity: VS1-VS2. Moissanite should always be eye clean, but under magnification needle or tube like inclusions from the creation process can be seen.
  3. Carat: Keep in mind that carat is a weight, not a size. Gemstones are typically sized by MM. For example a 6.5MM round moissanite is the equivalent to a 1ct round diamond. Check out the Actual Diamond Sizes for a complete list of MM sizes by carat weight.
  4. Cut: Moissanite would not be as beautiful if it were cut to the same proportions as diamond due to differing optical properties.

    Shape: Moissanite comes in several different shapes, the best way to view them all (other than in person) is the manufacturer's website: Loose Moissanite Shapes & Sizes

My Moissanite Wedding Set - Sitting on a grapefruit in bright sunlight

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Just for Fun, A Moissanite vs. Diamond Price Comparison! - Last Updated July 15, 2015

Moissanite is more expensive than the average cubic zirconia, but you are also buying a man-made gemstone (hand cut) that is going to keep its beauty as well as diamond does, unlike your average CZ which clouds and scratches after a relatively short time.

I took Blue Nile's search engine filtering for the 4C's that moissanite is equivalent to diamond in to show you the difference in $$$. I choose the cheapest diamond of the selection.

The filter selections were as follows: Color F-I, Clarity VS1-VS2, Cut Ideal, Carat see below, Shape round. The prices on moissanite come from's regular moissanite loose stone selection. Please note that moissanite is also sold with a whitening treatment (branded Amora Moissanite) or fancy colored treatments at a higher price point.

  • .5 CT Ideal Cut, I Color, VS1: $1,078

    .5 CT equivalent Moissanite: $75

    Difference: $1,003

  • .75 CT Ideal Cut, I Color, VS2: $2,542

    .75 CT equivalent Moissanite: $165

    Difference: $2,377

  • 1 CT Ideal Cut, I Color, VS2: $4,676

    1 CT equivalent Moissanite: $225

    Difference: $4,451

  • 1.5 CT Ideal Cut, I Color, VS1: $8,236

    1.5 CT equivalent Moissanite: $395

    Difference: $7,841

  • 2 CT Ideal Cut, I Color, VS2: $14,100

    2 CT equivalent Moissanite: $525

    Difference: $13,575

  • 3 CT Ideal Cut, I Color, VS2: $35,066

    3 CT equivalent Moissanite: $775

    Difference: $34,291

  • 4 CT Ideal Cut, I Color, VS1: $58,831

    4 CT equivalent Moissanite: $1,050

    Difference: $57,781

Spectacular 1 CTW Moissanite Stud Earrings - A classic look at a much better price than diamond offers

Diamond studs are a classic look that should be in every woman's jewelry wardrobe. Moissanite can give you the same look for much less. You even get more sparkle and in turn a much more eyecatching look when wearing moissanite. My own pair are in my ears nearly every day.

14K White Gold Moissanite 5mm Round Screwback Earrings
14K White Gold Moissanite 5mm Round Screwback Earrings

Great deal for sparkly studs in a very classy size, a 1/2 ct per ear.


Compare moissanite to diamond stud prices

Wow, so I'll save lots of money with a moissanite engagment ring!

Probably, but do NOT make that choice without her

Ask most women and none would turn down a diamond, but that doesn't mean there are not other alternatives that are just as beautiful, if not more. However, and take this advice at what you may gentleman... Society has us trained that diamonds and engagement go hand-in-hand. Buying an alternative gem without being 100% sure of her opinion may get an unpleasant reaction. Even more dubious is trying to pass that alternative off as diamond. One day while getting her ring cleaned at a jewelers she will find out the truth, and it probably won't turn out pretty. As long as your beloved knows the truth, no one else has to.

The best news is just about all of us are so diamond engagement brainwashed that we'll automatically accept a high quality colorless gem like moissanite in an engagement ring as diamond. With a sparkle like moissanite has it's hard not to think of it like a diamond. My 3 stone engagement ring in the picture above is fawned over by strangers that have no idea it isn't "real". Especially mall jewelers... they coo over my "ideal" cut so sparkly diamond.

Guys if moissanite sounds like your dream come true for an engagement ring, but you aren't sure how to get your lady on board? Try introducing the gem as another jewelry gift. It'll be your chance to educate her and fall in love with the stone on her own.

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Fall in Love with Moissanite on your Own - A solitaire moissanite necklace makes a great gift

If you're not ready to take the plunge and put moissanite in an engagement ring, how about taking moissanite for a test drive with something like this?

Moissanite Educational Video - From the manufacturer, Charles & Colvard

Why Moissanite is Not Conidered a Man-Made Diamond - It is a gemstone in its own right, not a diamond simulant

  1. Moissanite does not have the same chemical make-up of a diamond. Moissanite was discovered from a fallen star, a meteorite. It's not a natural element to earth like diamond is. It's rarer than that!
  2. Moissanite is double-refractive (the reason it throws off more sparkles). Diamond is single-refractive. To a trained eye this is the most common trait that will "give away" a Moissanite. It's difficult to see without examining closely, unless you have a rather large stone.
  3. Moissanite is naturally green. Diamonds can be colored too, but colorless is actually the most common.
  4. Moissanite is not graded like diamonds. It's all priced by size and treated the same regardless of any color differences. This was the manufacturers choice to keep prices lower by selling more of their inventory.

Why I told my fiancé, now husband, to go with Moissanite - And I'm so happy I did!

  1. I wanted a high quality elaborate setting. Most diamond jewelers pushed us to spend the majority of our budget on the stone and skimp on the setting.
  2. I couldn't justify spending thousands and then having my heart stop if I happen to drop my ring on the tile bathroom floor or if the cat decides to use it as a hockey puck down the floor vent or god-forbid some one were to steal it. Edit: My heart still stops every time I even bump my engagement ring... but it's not for fear of what it cost; it's because it's so darn gorgeous I don't want to ever hurt it. I'm very clumsy and hard on my jewelry and I have yet to scratch or ding any of my moissanite. From my 6 year old pieces to my wedding set. All the stones are as gorgeous as the day I got them.
  3. I still wanted a colorless diamond-like gem with great sparkle that wouldn't become cloudy or scratched up. Moissanite fits that. CZ doesn't. Other colorless gemstones, like white sapphire, lacked the fire and sparkle. Moissanite has more than even diamond.
  4. I own other moissanite pieces, love them and get compliments on them. And yes, people assume they are diamonds unless I tell them otherwise. Sometimes I do and sometimes I just smile at their presumptuousness. Moissanite isn't well known where I live, which is probably why so many are fooled into thinking it is a diamond.
  5. I don't put a whole lot of stock into what others think about my engagement and wedding rings. I love them and my husband is proud of them, and that's what matters most.

    However, there are people that turned their noses up, or rather looked down on us after we told them the ring they were just admiring isn't actually a diamond. My husband, who took awhile to convince, now looks at this kind of turn about reaction as a way these people justify their own preconceived notions on diamonds, especially the ones that have plunked down quite a bit more cash for rings not nearly as impressive. After all, he felt that way once too.

  6. We've been to Jamaica twice on the money that would have been tied up on my wedding set if we purchased it in diamond.

Video of Moissanite in Various Light Settings - Almost as good as seeing moissanite in person

The beauty of a moissanite's sparkle on a sunny day simply can't be beat. The videos listed here seriously do not do the stone justice. Moissanite also sparkles like mad in romantic lighting situations. One of my favorite parts of owning a moissanite wedding set is seeing how it reacts in different lighting. As mentioned earlier, overcast days can cause a lackluster look, but even diamonds don't sparkle the same in every setting.

Take a Poll! What would be in your ring? - Diamond, Moissanite or Something else?

My moissanite wedding set taken in beautiful Jamaican sunlight!
My moissanite wedding set taken in beautiful Jamaican sunlight!

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If you could go back in time and do it over, what stone would you pick for your Engagement Ring?

  • Diamond
  • Moissanite
  • High Quality Cubic Zirconia
  • Other Natural Gemstone
  • Other Synthetic Gemstone
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Take a side, which Gem will it be? - Moissanite Vs. Diamond

Time to pick a side, which gem will it be?

Moissanite is better

careermom 5 years ago

I don't think any woman is particularly concerned with the slight difference in hardness of the stone. In all of other aspects it is as good or better than a diamond.

UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

just for you .... moissanite!

pixelposy 5 years ago

More sparkle and fire than diamond, harder than sapphires, won't scratch or cloud with time like CZ, isn't associated with the blood diamond industry in any way, and easier on the pocketbook. Yep, I'm clearly on the moissanite side. :)

jnstewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

I haven't actually seen one in person, but I have to go with Moissanite.......sorry DeBeers

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    Diamond is better

    pesa7777 22 months ago

    Good comparison. Both look beautiful.

    luvhammers 2 years ago

    Diamond all day long

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    thefun4kids 4 years ago

    Diamonds are harder!

    anonymous 5 years ago

    I never heard before about Moissanite but now I am quite comfort about this stone. You shared a great story about these two awesome stones.

    Thanks Many

    TolovajWordsmith 5 years ago from Ljubljana

    Moissanite is beautiful, but diamonds are still diamonds

    Wonderful Wedding 5 years ago

    In my humble opinion, I say Diamond

    GetSillyProduct 5 years ago

    diamonds are harder, and therefore cooler

    krish218 5 years ago

    Sigh! what ever you say, it is hard to get over the idea of 'Diamond is woman's best friend'.

    Nice lens.

    Lady Gotrocks 5 years ago

    Moissanite is just an over prices CZ. Give me a Diamond....but I would rather have an Emerald.

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      What do you think of Moissanite? Would you consider it for an engagement ring? - Tell us about your experience with moissanite. 116 comments

      godsgirl 9 years ago

      The Moissanite is the best place to get great deals. All you have to do is ask her for current discounts and she seems to always work with you on the price. Her jewelry is always amazing, and the stones you get from her are BETTER than what you see in the stores. Barbara is fantastic!!!!

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      Lady Gotrocks 9 years ago

      Sorry, for me it has to the a mined from the earth gem. But Moissanite is a nice option to have.

      See my gem store


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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      I agree! After wearing a $200 ring for 20 years, for my 20yr anniversary ring (which I wear as my everyday wedding ring now) I wanted an expensive designer setting AND a rock big enough to skate on. With moissanite, I was able to have exactly what I wanted. I have worn it daily to wash dishes, change diapers, and do other messy chores. It has held up just like a diamond would, and is as beautiful as the day we bought it. I'd do it all over again! 5* lens!

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      SilverLotus1 7 years ago

      Interesting lens - I think it's good for folks to know how moissanite differs from diamonds. I loveall kinds of rings!

      Gemfind 7 years ago

      Good informative jewelry lens. Thanks for giving the difference between Moissanite and Diamond.

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      beadgirl lm 7 years ago

      I actually chose a 1 karat Moissanite for the center stone on my engagement ring. The ring was an eternity wedding band with 7 diamonds across, with a matching one for my wedding ring. The moissanite blends seamlessly with the diamonds. No one but my jeweler would know, and we saved $15,000 in the process. Seven years later, it looks just as beautiful as the day we bought it.

      I'm a [URL=]Custom Handcrafted Jewelry[/URL] designer by passion, so in my humble opinion, the more bang for the buck, the better.

      Starboard 7 years ago

      When my husband and I were looking for engagement rings he was insistent on a diamond. He had in his mind that anything else was "fake". At that time we were in debt up to our eyeballs! I could not see dumping nearly $30,000 into a ring. I talked him into Moissanite for my ring. We did a lot of research on the web since it is difficult to walk into a jewelry store and learn more about Moissanite (we live just outside NYC, I can not find any reputable Moissanite retailers in this area). We decided on a simple 1.5 karat solitaire w/two tapered baguettes set in 14k white gold. To be honest, the ring looks quite similar to the style Cartier made so popular. I enjoy my ring. However, in my heart I wish we opted for a smaller diamond engagement ring, I'll tell you why. When I am outdoors the ring looks yellow, you can tell w/the naked eye that it is something other that a diamond. When I am in strong fluorescent lighting (i.e. office lighting, grocery store, Target, etc.) it gives

      Starboard 7 years ago

      off WAY too much color and bling; so much that I often turn the ring upside down. In this particular lighting it is a dead give away that the stones are something other than a diamond. Now this is the sad part... every women knows when they're first engaged, the joy of their life is flashing that ring to everyone they know. I often found myself leaving the ring at home in order to avoid showing it to people. This started when clients (I am in advertising sales) would look at the ring very odd and say things like "Wow, it has so much sparkle", they did not say this in a "complementing" tone. I even had one client come right out and ask me what kind of stone it was. She was just curious, she did not say this to hurt my feelings, but it did. Still to this day I have not told my husband how I feel about the Moissanite engagement ring that I insisted on. He would be outraged that he spent nearly $1,500 on a ring that I am ashamed to show. I now agree with him that he could have spe

      Starboard 7 years ago

      I now agree with him that he could have spent a little more and got a beautiful diamond, much smaller though. Keep in mind, if you want a big ring for status, it is much more alluring to wear a modest .75 karat diamond than a 1.5 karat knock off. Another thing that bothers me, I will never be able to pass this ring to my daughter or future grandchildren since society has given Moissanite (or any diamond alternative) the stigma of "false diamond". My advise, RESEARCH and COMPARE!!!! If you purchase your Moissanite online, MAKE SURE YOU COMPARE IT TO AN ACTUAL DIAMOND. You may decide Moissanite is the stone for you, or like me, you may be disappointed. My husband and I were captured by the news reports on 20/20 showing that Moissanite often fooled jewelers. We just assumed my ring would fool everyone... it doesn't. I guess if you are going to tell everyone that you have a Moissanite engagement ring (just like a lot of women are now sporting sapphire engagement rings), it would b

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      pixelposy 7 years ago Author

      [in reply to Starboard] I'm sorry you are ashamed of your ring, what a horrible way to feel about such a special gift from your husband. I'm uncertain why you couldn't pass your ring down to your daughters and granddaughters? Does a diamond really hold more sentiment then the ring you were betrothed with?

      I do agree if your intent is to buy moissanite as a diamond knock-off, meaning you want to fool every single person you meet, and not as an alternative to what society tells you to get, you need to do your research and probably buy a test piece before buying the stone in such an important piece of jewelry like an engagement or wedding ring.

      Good luck, I hope you can find happiness and beauty in your ring one day, it is after all a symbol of your commitment to each other and that in itself is a beautiful thing.

      francesro1 7 years ago

      I appreciate the extensive research and information. After seeing the movie Blood Diamonds I don't feel as good about owning Diamonds as I once did. Glad people are considering other choices.

      Visit my site for budget (or) cheap wedding planning.

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      TreasuresBrenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done shopping lens; blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      i love my engagement ring, but knowing what i know now, i would have asked for moissanite. fyi: i worked in a jewelry store a while back, and the basic diamond tester would read moissanite as a diamond...

      lolabettie 7 years ago

      Jillian, where did you purchase your rings Online or a store? Your stones look incredibly white in the picture you posted? Are they that brilliant in person.

      I'm also going with a Moissanite for my engagement, and all thanks to Blood Diamond and a whole lot of reading on my own. Thanks for all the great information on this site!


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      pixelposy 7 years ago Author

      [in reply to lolabettie]

      Hi Lola,

      Thanks for writing! Our rings came from an online company that is no longer around. gets good reviews in the forums I visit, but I don’t have any direct experience buying from them yet.

      My stones are white 90% of the time, but the main stone does change color depending on light. This happens most often on an overcast gloomy day and it takes on a pale yellow/green tinge.

      Keep in mind that the bigger the stone the more noticeable the color changes will be. Round shapes will show up white more often than any of the fancy shapes. Yellow gold settings can make moissanite or diamonds look yellower.

      For someone sensitive to color I’d stick with a round shape 2 carats or under in size for a main stone, use a white gold or platinum setting and buy from somewhere with a good return policy in case you get a stone with more body color than you prefer. Test it out in many different light settings.



      t_j_o 7 years ago

      I proposed with a moissanite engagement ring... mostly because my fiancée wanted a colorless stone and because I have serious reservations about the diamond industry. The great thing is that the purchase was less than I originally budgeted; so I was able to donate the remainder of my budget in her name to her favorite charities (UNICEF and a local animal shelter). She loves the ring! It sparkles, is colorless and is really arresting... plus, she loves the fact that most of our budget went to worthy organizations.

      Elisabella 7 years ago

      Heh, my fiancé suggested getting moissanite instead of diamond for my engagement/wedding rings...I stared at him like he lost his mind. His reasoning was we could get a "bigger, nicer one" for less...I said he was right about the bigger part. My engagement ring is 1/3 carat and my wedding ring is 1/2 ct TW and I am so much happier with them. I don't know if he understands even now why I'd rather have a small diamond than a large moissanite, but my mom does ;)

      newyorkdia 6 years ago

      I really agree most women can not tell the difference with moissanite to diamond rings. They are so much the same look even the picture you show shows that. Diamond Ringsare a waste sometimes.

      GlitzUK 6 years ago

      Very interesting read.... 5 stars. Please take a look at my lens

      Dannycost 6 years ago

      The jewels are flawless. They sparkle so much. Wearing moissanite made me feel awesome, and I got a lot of compliments. When I explained how moissanite is made and what it is made from, everyone was in shock. Moissanite sparkles like no diamonds I ever wear. The stone is just beautiful. Moissanite is better than diamonds!"

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      chriscolumbus 6 years ago

      Itâs quite an informative lens.

      However, it will be helpful for the people who wish to go for alternative stones such as moissanite engagement ring. Though, I would prefer to go with Diamond Engagement rings

      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      I found lots of useful information, great lens, Thanks!

      marybeadz 6 years ago

      thought your lens was very interesting, I would go for the moissanite.

      anonymous 6 years ago

      Informative lens

      brilliant_jewelry 6 years ago

      This is really a good post about moissanite. Good to get this information engagement rings

      brilliant_jewelry 6 years ago

      Knowing about moissanite has added more knowledge to us about diamond bracelets

      chuckyklost13 6 years ago

      A lot of useful info here. Definitely going to effect my decision of buying a diamond engagement ring for my girlfriend

      cheapengagementrings 6 years ago

      Do you know where I can get cheap engagement ring

      goldrings 5 years ago

      I prefer Diamond than Moissanite.

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      WebIsFun 5 years ago

      Follow what your love wants

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      pixelposy 5 years ago Author

      @WebIsFun: I agree!

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      pixelposy 5 years ago Author

      @cheapengagementrings: What's your budget?

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      Carterpants 5 years ago

      @goldrings: Just because of the social stigma? I guess if that is your driving factor then do what makes you smile. Getting a beautiful stone that impresses others based on its properties and not its brand is what makes me smile.

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      veealex 5 years ago

      What a great educational lens. Now, I'm going to think twice about buying an engaement ring. Thank you!

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      an informative lens. thanks for the valuable info given in this lens.

      SandyPeaks 5 years ago

      Very good idea! Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      pixelposy 5 years ago Author

      @SandyPeaks: What a lovely Christmas surprise! Thank you Angel Sandy :)

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      Springbok LM 5 years ago

      Wow! what an interesting and informative lens you have. I am envious of your lens thank you

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      stefanruse 5 years ago

      Really helpful information which could save a lot of money. Thank you.

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      jgelien 5 years ago

      Your rings are gorgeous. I have never felt that the stone was as important as the love it was given with but moissanite certainly combines the beauty and the sentiment in an wonderful way. Lovely lens.

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      Brite-Ideas 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Well that was informative, I know very little on this topic! Great Lens

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      SylvianeNuccio1 5 years ago

      Great subject for a lens and very informative. In a word, BRAVO!

      stevembetts 5 years ago

      The information here about Moissanite gemstone is great. I really think it is more a bang for the buck than diamonds.

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      zlipztream 5 years ago

      Very informative lens! With the recession still lingering in the air, I'm sure that a lot of people would prefer moissanite over diamond, at least for now. Thanks for sharing this lens.

      MSE 5 years ago

      I learned something and I liked your practical approach to moisanite. Have a feeling that my wife would prefer diamond though.

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      GoodinDevelopme 5 years ago

      Wish I had found this before I bought my wife's ring. Ouch. Great lens, very informative.

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      BrandonJames926 5 years ago

      Got a 90 on the quiz....must have learned a lot while reading! Thanks!

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      ravi551854 5 years ago

      nice information about the diamond and Moissanite

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      I had never heard of Moissanite before. Thanks for the interesting lens.

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      I've never heard of moissanite before, so was pleased to find and read your well presented and laid out lens. I would definitely consider purchasing one of these beautiful rings.

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      pixelposy 5 years ago Author

      @BrandonJames926: WooHoo! That's an A for you!

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      EuroSquid LM 5 years ago

      I have never heard of Moissanite. I have heard about diamonds created in a lab, but I believe that is something else. Anyway, thanks for teaching me something new. Blessed

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      jnstewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      Hi: I had no idea that moissanite existed. Very interesting lens. Thanks for sharing it.

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      jojokaya lm 5 years ago

      I learn about missanite here..thanks for sharing

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      Lady Gotrocks 5 years ago

      Sorry, as a gem dealer, Moissanite is just an over prices CZ in my book. But I will bless your lens any way.

      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I have heard of this, but we don't have them here in Kuwait.. they are great!

      aliki-m 5 years ago

      Nice lens!!Check out this for something cheaper!:-)

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      jackieb99 5 years ago

      I have no experience with it, and actually this is the first time I've heard of it.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      I am very happy to learn about moissanite!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I have known about moissanite for a while as most jewelry from Hongkong use this. For the unsuspecting customer, moissanite looks like the real thing. I would still pick the diamond above moissanite. Thanks for sharing such great info.

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      jvsper63 5 years ago

      the moissanite is a beautiful piece of Jeweley and the price is right. however I have a diamond that I already love. Congratulations It sounds like you are going to be getting married. Thank you for sharing Joni

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Nice lens ... well done!

      missmeliss727 5 years ago

      Beware of LK Jewelry Designs! Their rings look very nice but are poor quality. Mine came with 3 obvious problems, I sent it back twice to be fixed (because the first time I sent it back they fixed nothing). It still is not fixed and in addition to the original problems a sidestone has fallen out. Their customer service is HORRIBLE, and they'll just stop responding to you and leave you with a shoddy ring. I'm not the only one who has had these problems either. I highly recommend you shop elsewhere!

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      pixelposy 5 years ago Author

      @missmeliss727: Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Sorry it was not a great one. No matter what stones are in a ring, shoddy craftsmanship of the setting isn't cool. Were you able to return and get your money back? I think checking out the return policy before purchasing is very important when shopping online.

      careermom 5 years ago

      I've been looking at moissanite jewelry for several months and was leaning towards it. Your lens has been very helpful in tipping the scale.

      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well, if you have the money go for the diamond. Diamonds will be more expensive in the future. Buying a diamonds or gold can also be like an investment in the future. For emergency if you need money.

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      pixelposy 5 years ago Author

      @anonymous: Thanks for your comment Momsbusy. Keep in mind the majority of people buying diamonds, aren't buying investment grade stones. One of the only ways to get full retail price on a typical diamond is if the store has an "upgrade" policy. Of course the sales people will continue to sell every diamond as an investment, even though most diamond resells happen through pawn shops or eBay where full retail is rarely received. It's an emotional and expensive product, so it's easy to fall prey to the investment logic.

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      pixelposy 5 years ago Author

      @careermom: Thanks for visiting Careermom. I encourage you to visit some moissanite forums, you'll fall in love with all the eyecandy people post.

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      Mix Mafra 5 years ago from Corona CA

      Amazing. Great information here. great price comparisons. Made very easy to understand the market values of each stone. thank you:)

      sarebear 5 years ago

      great info, I'm happy to have found some info from 2011! Any thoughts on Asha vs. moissanite? I'm looking at both...Moissantite Co. has a setting that I'm in love with (I was looking at the enhancement for the center stone since I'd like 1.5-2c) but I've been reading about Asha too. Just trying to figure out which one will be best for me.

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      pixelposy 5 years ago Author

      @sarebear: Thanks so much for your comment. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of personal experience with Asha stones, though I know they have quite a lot of fans if you visit the Better Than Diamond message boards. The gist of what I've read when girls are trying to decide between the two, is if in your heart you really want a diamond, but are settling for the alternative or plan to pass off your ring to nearly everyone as diamond, Asha is going to be more diamond like. They are whiter and cut to mimic a diamond. I think though (don't know this for sure though) they aren't "forever" stones, and will need replaced in time depending on how hard you are on your jewelry. However I do know that girls with Ashas say they look great for years. The coating they put on the cz is very rugged.

      However, if you're like me and fall in love with moissanite you won't be looking for anything else. They out sparkle diamond and czs on any day. Rounds face up the whitest, my stones are all 1CT or smaller and un-enhanced, all are very easily confused and hard to distinguish from diamonds without magnification. The larger you go the easier a "trained" naked eye can spot the cut and double refraction. Depending on how diamond knowledgeable your friends and family are, the majority of people aren't going to be able to tell the difference from moissanite to diamond to Asha.

      BTW. I'm pretty sure Moissanite Co. will set an Asha if you really love the setting but decide Asha is for you. Just send them an email.

      Good luck!

      sarebear 5 years ago

      @pixelposy: Thanks for the response...I thought I read somewhere that Asha and Moissanite Co were owned by the same person, but I have read so much stuff in the past few days on the subjest who knows. The problem is that I've never seen either in real life, at least I didn't know if I did see one in real life. I could buy a loose stone of each to see but I don't really want to pay $600 and possibly a restocking fee.

      I honestly don't care about whether it's a real diamond or not, I think diamonds are ridiculous in price and I hate the conflict involved. I used to never care about diamonds when I was younger, I got married at 22 (I'm 33 now) with a 3/4 carat oval solitaire. Then my mom gave me a pair of her round studs, about 1/2 carat each, that I had set in the ring nect to the soliatire. After having 1.5 carat total weight on my finger I just don't think I could go back. I don't mean to sound materialistic, but I like nice things, I'm a girl. It's such a great feeling when strangers compliment your ring, I just can't explain it. When you get engaged, what's the first thing people ask to see on your finger?? I also know what the "resale" value of diamonds is from trying to sell my first ring and diamonds are no investment.

      My current boyfriend gave me a ring (not meant as an e-ring, more like a promise ring as cheesy as that sounds) about 3 years ago and I hate to admit it, but I don't like it at all. I know you're supposed to be grateful for what you get and the ring is supposed to be about your love and nothing else, but I love pretty attention grabbing rings! I've tried to explain it to him and he just doesn't get it. The ring he got me has aboy a 1/4 carat solitare with channel set chips on the sides, I wear it on my right hand. Just so you can see what my taste is, this is what I'm loving:

      I like the idea of having a moissanite ring and being able to tell people no, it's not a CZ, or yes it's real (real moissanite). I have no qualms about telling anyone it's not a real diamond, if it's any of their business. I want a pretty ring but I don't want him to go into debt for it. We both win!!

      Sorry to be chatty patty, I'll get it figured out :) Btw, is there a pic of your ring on this lens?

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      pixelposy 5 years ago Author

      @sarebear: It kind of sounds like you're the perfect candidate for moissanite. Especially if you'll enjoy sharing it with others rather than being embarrassed it's not diamond. Really the only people I see on the boards that are unhappy with moissanite are those that expect it to look and perform the same as a diamond. IMO it outperforms it, but it does have that cloudy bad lighting drawback where it can appear dull and warm. This bothered me the first few times I saw it, but now I kind of smile and just think my ring is having a moody day. It happens very infrequently.

      Gorgeous setting, I like the delicateness of the band. It'll be like moissanite is almost floating on your finger. That would look great if you like the double wedding band look too.

      Yep, almost all the pictures are of my moissanite. My wedding set is pictures in the poll just above this comment section. And if you go to the top of the page you'll see in the header a link for "Photos of Moissanite". There are quite a few there in different lighting. It's a 1ct center moissanite with 2-.25ct side stones and probably 1-2.5mm graduated side stones on the bands. All un-enhanced. It came from a company that is no longer in business. I catch strangers admiring it all the time, and people can't help but comment when I'm somewhere where the lighting is causing it to sparkle like mad. Even the tiny stones throw off so many flashes of color and sparkles.

      My mom and I owned a necklace and earrings in moissanite, but there is nothing like test driving the stone on your hand. So to get my hubby on board, I scoured the diamond bistro and found a good deal on a second hand 1ct solitaire (the first picture on the lens and lots of pics on the photo page). It sold me. It's over 8 years old with no enhancement.

      Now the enhancement, a lot of girls say it adds more steeliness to the stone. I haven't seen one in person, but on a 1.5, if you prefer whiter stones I say go for it. I don't think anyone has said they regretted having it added. I think if I ever decide to "upgrade" I'd consider it. My un-enhanced stones, I have to compare to something that is whiter to be able to see it as anything other than colorless. I think Moiss Co. has stated the quality of moissanite has gone up enough now that there is not as much color difference in the rounds no matter what the size and 1.5-2ct is probably what I see most ladies purchasing these days that post in the BTD forums. It is still true though that 1ct and below are the easiest to confuse as diamond, it's harder to see the cut differences in smaller stones.

      I hope you end up with your dream ring and nothing less! I'm excited to see what you end up with!

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      Wonderful Wedding 5 years ago

      This lens is wonderful - I'd never heard of moissanite until I saw this. Great Job!

      Obscure_Treasures 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens with full of information!

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      a lot information, thx for sharing...

      mennella 5 years ago

      informative lens, thanks

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      TolovajWordsmith 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Spectacular stone, great lens!

      Serj 5 years ago

      Wow, what a great lens. I love the price difference, diamonds prices are manipulated by the DeBeers family anyway... they have a hugely abundant supply of them, but they make it seem like they are rare to drive up the price... before that diamonds were way cheaper... great strategy and excellent marketing (Diamonds are forever) are what keeps diamonds that way. Moissanite should use that strategy but perhaps use something along the lines of "So beautiful that it was shared with us by God." or something similar to that, referring to it's coming to us via an astroid

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      WorldVisionary3 5 years ago

      Wow - I've never even heard of Moissanite - very interesting! Thumbs up.

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      carocwn 5 years ago

      Great lense. You've spent a lot of time on it! I love the brilliant sparkle of moissanite and the fact that it doesn't require cheap labour to bring it to us :)

      saladflorida 5 years ago

      got my first blessed ever, thanks :D

      anitamehra4 5 years ago

      I am really moved by the points mentioned in the blog, which I have read nowhere else. It has been a real pleasure to visit this site.

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      No experience, but I've enjoyed learning about moissanite.

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      franstan lm 5 years ago

      I have really enjoyed this informative lens. Blessed by a Squid Angel just rambling around Squidoo

      mustang417 5 years ago

      I too, own a moissanite! I bought mine for myself at JCPenney and it looks exactly like your first picture of the round stone in the 6 prong 14k white gold setting... I am always asked where I got it from (happens to also be my place of work) so it was a great upsale! Most people don't "buy" into it though because it does not have the name diamond. I have converted so many of my customers towards moissanite and I am glad you have this posted so if they research it on their own, they know they did the right thing! (I am not engaged but do wear it on my left hand so they guys have something to compare their purchase to) =) Also, as a little side note, a Moissanite is so close to a diamond it will read on a diamond probe as a diamond, so diamond buyers beware, ask your jeweler to use a moissanite probe just to be sure because a diamond will not probe on a moissanite probe.

      mustang417 5 years ago

      @mustang417: I do not know why this posted twice, and I do not know how to remove one of them. I apologize!

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      pixelposy 5 years ago Author

      @mustang417: No worries, I can fix it! Thank you for sharing your moissanite story. I totally agree with your smart customers! For the money you can get a show stopper stunner of a ring in moissanite, or a flat and marked diamond that's only quality is you can say it is diamond! No contest for me, moissanite wins!

      Very good advice when buying diamonds to have them tested for moissanite. Moissanite can fool even jewelers equipment.

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      pixelposy 5 years ago Author

      @franstan lm: Thank you very much, I am honored!

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      kjbranch77 4 years ago

      Great information! thanks for sharing

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      nigel7725 4 years ago

      Thanks for the facts about Moissanite vs. Diamond.

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      Beadsnresin 4 years ago

      Thanks for this lens, it's great and very interesting! I didn't know where this came from at all.

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      Msqdoo 4 years ago

      I like this article, it's useful.

      Thank you.

      seosmm 4 years ago

      Great info. Very nice lens!

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      KaneshiaKelly 4 years ago

      Thanks for blessing my lens. This lens is brilliant.

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      Mistl 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens. I had never heard of Moissanite before. Will definitely have to look it up next time I am yearning for jewelry :)

      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens full of info. that I never have heard of at all. Love jewelry but am rough on it so anything that looks beautiful but I don't have to lay out mucho money for is great. My mom gave me a valuable diamond ring and within a month it was missing 2 of the smaller diamonds!!! guess u shouldn't wear good jewelry when u rock climb!!! Great lens. Really interesting.

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      JackieSonia 4 years ago

      Ah! Que belleza!! If I had to do it over again, I would want my engagement ring to be moissanite. Thanks for your lens. Had never heard of moissanite before. But will keep it in mind for future jewelry.

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      GerryR321 4 years ago

      I agree, it is completely personal preference. Some ladies want the real deal, and some don't mind the synthetics.

      The only method we still use for testing stones is a diamond scratch test, and the diamond will still scratch and cut up a moissanite. Hardness is not even close to diamond, closer than other gems yes, but close.... NO. Fact is, it is about 240 points away from the hardness of diamond.

      Hardest synthetic known though, I give it that.

      KarenCookieJar 4 years ago

      I don't see the point of paying for real stones, when the manufactured ones tend to be just as nice.

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      MelonyVaughan 4 years ago

      Very educational. Thank you!

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      MelonyVaughan 4 years ago

      What a spectacular lens! Very educational and interesting. Thank you!

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      TTMall 4 years ago

      nice lens!

      jeromeyoung 4 years ago

      I've never seen Moissanite yet. I want to see it for real. But, I think it's really beautiful based on description out here.

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      LizMac60 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very interesting lens. Blessed.

      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow interesting lens. Thanks

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      Keith J Winter 4 years ago from Spain

      I'd never heard of Moissanite. It looks just like diamond. Great lens.

      PROmotionsLLC 4 years ago

      They sure don't tell you stuff like this at the jewler!

      MartinJM 4 years ago

      Interesting information - thanks.

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      strandofsilk 3 years ago from London

      Have you not heard, Diamonds are forever ... :)

      anonymous 3 years ago

      I love Moissanite. I have 4 rings.

      wwaltttraud 3 years ago

      Really nice diamond. Great lens.

      This video is sharing some great ideas for gifts for him ... have a look -

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      Spiderlily321 3 years ago

      Beautiful idea for engagement rings and a ton of great information here. Angel blessed

      chiclisa 3 years ago

      thank you for sharing all this important information about diamonds. Like you mention in this article, color, size, cut and clarity are what determine the price of the stone.

      chachingck1 2 years ago

      I have a moissanite ring set in a 14 k white gold cigar band setting, it is beautiful and I would never buy a diamond again. It gets complimented all the time and because it is a large setting I only wear one band. I too had reservations, but bought the loose oval stone and a setting for it and have never regretted a moment of my decision. Financially it made sense and when I saw it for the first time, personally it made me feel great.

      Twitterpate 2 years ago

      Funnily enough, it is me (the girl) convincing the guy to look at Moissanite instead of diamond. The main reason being that I like a lot of flash and large rings, but would much rather put that diamond money to use as the down payment for our home. I look at it like this -> I have a rarer stone than a diamond..beat that! Also, we are 46 and 51 respectively, and we were actually each other's first marriage. Almost 30 years later, we've reconnected and really enjoy our past, present, and future we want something a little different, a little more "us" than the standard. And this does that. :)

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