First you will think that which one is best Moissanite or Diamond? I will tell you which one best for you. Now the days moissanite become more popular than diamond and its primary reason is its value.
What is Moissanite?
Moissanite is a natural mineral – silicon carbide. Moissanite is named after Nobel Prize-winning Dr. Henri Moissan. In 1893, Dr. Moissan discovered a hard and diamond-like mineral in a 50 millennia ago in meteor crater. The mineral he found was silicon carbide. In 1905, this compound was named Moissanite in his honor
History of Moissanite:
Moissanite is a mineral which called as Silicon Carbon, also known as Carbonrundum, produced by C3 and Cree Research Laboratories.
Although now a days its produced by atleast half dozen of firms across globe. Moissanite was first introduced on the jewelry market in 1998. Moissanite was named after French chemist Henry Moissan, he won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1906 when he discovered a new mineral from the meteorite debris in a crater called Barringer near Winslow, Arizona.
Moissanite is found only in iron-nickel meteorites, and is classified as an element rather than as a compound. Moissanite has a hardness according to Moh’s table of 9.5, while the hardness of diamonds is 10. Moissanite has a double refractive index and a refractive index of 2.65 to 2.69. Moissanite’s durability is extremely good. Colorless synthetic Moissanite exhibits the same as colorless diamond and it makes it more difficult to identify than CZ (Cubic Zirconia).
When using a diamond tester pen, it will indicate natural diamond. The projection and the fire are even better than natural diamonds. Moissanite is very famous in the US, it is less expensive as compare to natural diamonds
How to Identify Moissanite?
Based on the anisotropic property (double refractive index) of Moissanite, when research was conducted on moissanite model, we must see through the kite surfaces to see the double image of the quadrilateral edges. Diamonds are isotropic (single refractive index) with a refractive index value of 2,417. Moissanite has a refractive index of 2,670, so the dispersion of moissanite is very high compared to cubic zirconia of 0.060 and diamond of 0.044.
Since time immemorial, Diamonds are the marvelous and valuable stones that continue to rule the world. It is a unique gemstone formed from the world’s most common and abundant element, carbon. In Greek, the meaning for diamond is “unconquerable”. Also, the diamond is the earth’s hardest substance known, because of its most stable atomic structure. The quality and value of a diamond is determined by the four vital grade factors, widely known as “4 Cs”- Clarity, Color, Carat and Cut.
Clarity is the most attractive factor because only an expert can distinguish between a flawless diamond and a inferior diamond. Usually, the flaws are invisible to an individual’s naked eye and can only be detected by a professional gemologist with special equipment.
Moissanite is categorized not by their color, however they are not colorless & resemble K grade on color scale which is used to grade of color diamond. Diamonds are available in a variety of colors including pink, white, yellow, blue, and grey, etc. A natural Pink Diamond are the rarest and expensive diamonds that many few people had seen or buyed. Comparatively, the white diamonds are rich in nature, it comes in various shapes and sizes. The price of a diamond do varies based on the color, i.e., the rare and different colored diamonds are expensive than common diamond and vice versa.
Cut is the most particular feature while choosing a diamond. Only, a professional cutters has the skills to give the diamond a excellent cut and finishing to bring its true beauty. Basically, the cuts are categorized into two types that include step cut and brilliant cut. Other, popular cuts are the emerald cut, the rose cut, the old European cut, and so on. The cost of diamond depends on the type of cut. like the round brilliant cut is much expensive than the square cut for a diamond of the same quality and weight.
Carat weight is the unit of measurement used to weigh diamonds. And, one carat diamond is equals to 200 milligrams. Because of the large number of small diamonds compared to large diamonds, the price of a diamond weighing 2 carats will be more than the 4 pieces of same quality weighing 2 carats.
Comparison of specifications between Moissanite and Natural Diamond
Dispersion : Moissanite’s light dispersion depends on the double refractive index
Color : Moissanite is yellowish in color and has a regular color grade from G-J, Natural diamonds are white in color his color grade from D-F. but now a days moissanite are produced in almost all colors. But beware many of them are also sold as coated specially pink and royal blue, which are coated once.
Degree of cracking : Moissanite is less likely to crack than diamond
About refraction : Moissanite has double refractive index, and diamond has single refractive index
Refractive index : Moissanite has a index of 2,670, the diamond index is 2,417
A diamond is truly an excellent choice and the most valuable gift for any occasion. For a normal person it is quite difficult to accurately judge the four Diamond characteristics. So, it is always better to ask for the diamond certificate or diamond quality document. For more information on diamonds and to make best quality purchases at significantly lower price, browse through our sections emphasizing on various relevant features such as cut, clarity, color, certification, solitaire, etc.