DIAMONDS Vs MOISSANITE
Diamonds are found abundantly in the earth’s crust. They are made of pressurised and heated carbon over millions of years. Diamonds come in a variety of colors with colorless diamonds being the most popular for engagement rings. Most diamonds are natural but there is a healthy market for synthetic diamonds as well.
One of the most mystical aspects of moissanite is its origin. Natural moissanite was brought to earth on a meteor thousands of years ago, making moissanite, quite literally, stardust. Because of this origin, moissanite is often called ‘space diamond’. Because natural moissanite is exceedingly rare, all moissanite today is lab-created.
In contrast, the origins of diamonds comes from the opposite direction – deep within the earth. While some prefer the natural creation process of diamonds over years and years, others appreciate the scientific and cosmological origins of the space diamond.
It goes without saying that diamonds are costly gemstones and although they are not rare, they are valuable. An excellent cut, flawless, D color 1 carat diamond like this one costs upwards of $14,000. On average, couples spend about $7000 for their diamond engagement rings, a very hefty sum.
This is where moissanite comes in as a great alternative to diamonds.
While diamonds are known for their brilliance, moissanites have a higher Refractive Index (RI) than diamonds, meaning that they are actually more brilliant. Brilliance in a gemstone is affected by the refractive index. While a diamond’s RI is 2.42, a moissanite’s is considerably higher at 2.65.