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What provides more value: A Moissanite or a Diamond?

A question frequently asked is what is the inherent value of moissanite when compared to a diamond? Moissanite in its natural form is extremely rare and much more valuable than a diamond. However, since its such a scarce commodity, gemologists were able to replicate the chemical and optical properties of the gemstone and create it in a lab. This technology has allowed moissanite to be an exceptional alternative to a diamond and is being sold to the public at a fraction of the cost. 

Better value at a fraction of the prices: Moissanite

Lab-created moissanite has a higher refractive index than a natural diamond meaning that it has an exceptionally better sparkle. It is also known to be one of the hardest materials used as a gemstone, only second to diamonds. However, when comparing the costs of both moissanite and diamond with relatively similar characteristics, the price difference is quite astronomical. Simply put, the ability to create moissanite in a lab has enabled gemologists to create a better gemstone than diamonds at a fraction of the cost, helping companies like us pass the savings onto you as the consumer.  

Moissanite offers more value and better prices

As for the value of both gemstones, both are used to express love and affection. Moissanite has all the important characteristics of a diamond while providing more sparkle and hurting the wallet less. In other words, it is a gemstone able to provide a consumer with more bang for their buck, or more value at far lesser prices.    

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The Diamond Alternative Debate: Moissanite vs Lab-Grown Diamonds

As the new generation of consumers shy away from mined diamonds, the natural question these consumers are posed with is ’which diamond alternative should I go with?’ Out of all the gemstones that can substitute diamonds, Moissanite and Lab Grown Diamonds are the frontrunners. Gemstones like cubic zirconia (CZ) and white sapphire come close, but their chemical and visual differences to diamonds leave them a level below Moissanite and Lab Grown Diamonds. 

What’s the same?

The key similarity between both Moissanite and Lab Grown Diamonds (LGDs) is that they are sustainable. As these gemstones are curated in a laboratory, they are conflict-free and require no mining, hence significantly reducing the carbon footprint associated with these gems. An additional similarity is the close visual resemblance to a diamond. Even to the most trained-eyes, a natural diamond, LGD and moissanite can not be distinguished. The third and final similarity between LGDs and Moissanites is they are both much, much cheaper than mined diamonds – customers can save up to 30% – 70% by opting for a diamond alternative. 

What would you choose? Sustainable stones, available at great prices.

What’s different?

Sparkle and fire are the two most significant visual differences between Moissanite and LGDs. Moissanite sparkles more than a diamond and has more fire; this means that Moissanites look shinier and slightly more colourful than a diamond – a mini firework if you will. Another significant difference between Moissanites and LGDs is the price point. Generally speaking, Moissanites are more affordable than LGDs with the same colour, cut, clarity and carat weight.

Jeweller holding a Lab Grown Diamond

Which one is better?

It is difficult, if not impossible, to point to either Moissanite or LGD and say this gemstone is better. This is because it simply boils down to the values of each buyer. Are they conscious of the budget? Do they want their gemstone to be a diamond? 

LGDs are a better choice

Essentially, if a buyer is set on having a ‘diamond’ – and one that no one will question – then LGDs are a better choice. However, if they wish to look for a stone which has more sparkle and only wish to pay a fraction of the cost of a natural diamond, then Moissanite is the better choice. 


Mined Diamond vs Alternatives

What’s the fuss about?

Diamonds have had a long, captivating history filled with ups and downs. First found in ancient India, diamonds quickly developed a close relationship with humans because they were extremely rare. Over time, diamonds have developed into the societal symbol of love, beauty and even status. On the other hand, we are now seeing the rise towards alternatives of mined diamonds. These are gemstones made from cutting edge technology in a lab and include stones such as Moissanite and Lab Grown Diamonds (LGDs). But what are the differences? Which one is better? And most importantly, which one should you buy?

Can you really tell the difference between mined diamonds and lab-created ones?

The Pricetag

Though once incredibly scarce, diamonds were quickly found to be abundant in certain parts of the world like India, South Africa and Belgium. However, the De Beers Group quickly formed a large monopoly in the 20th century and controlled about 80% of the world’s diamonds at their peak. Although they had an ample amount of diamonds, De Beers artificially limited their supply, making diamonds much more scarce than they actually were – this explains a mined diamond’s wallet-breaking pricetag. 

On the other hand, mined diamond alternatives such as Moissanite and Lab Grown Diamonds (LGDs) are much, much cheaper than a traditional diamond. Whilst one carat of a premium quality diamond would be priced at $8000, a similar quality diamond alternative would be between 30% – 70% cheaper. Thanks to these alternatives, consumers no longer have to follow the unreasonable rule of saving 3 months’ salary to show their true love to their significant other.

Moissanite Engagement Rings are more popular than ever.

The Wider Impact

Marketing campaigns orchestrated by the biggest diamond players can hide the dirty reality behind diamonds. Some mined diamonds, especially ones originating from Western Africa, are obtained through war and conflict, giving rise to the name blood diamonds. This gut-wrenching term refers to the lives lost due to the malicious parties’ demand for mined diamonds.

In addition to blood diamonds, there are significant environmental concerns associated with diamond mining. These include the harmful impacts of pollution and deterioration to nature, but also the poor conditions that miners have to endure. For this reason, mined diamond alternatives prove to be a substitute that is ethically correct, sustainable, and greener. 

The Verdict

It is clear that a gemstone which doesn’t break the bank and is better for the world should be superior to one that is pricey and problematic. Though this fact isn’t common knowledge at the moment, slowly but surely, modern society will also come to this same conclusion and realize the true reality of natural, mined diamonds.

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