It’s an often encountered question if Moissanite is a fake Diamond.
The simple answer is that it is neither a diamond nor a fake diamond and shouldn’t be thought of as one; it’s just a completely unique, naturally occurring or lab-grown stone.
The lustrous Moissanite is a beautiful and uniquely precious gemstone in its own right.
Sometimes called Stardust or Space Diamond, Moissanite is a gemstone that literally fell from the sky.
Moissanite is a gemstone that had its beginnings in the stars, when some 50,000 ago a meteorite crashed in Arizona, leaving a handful of crystal fragments in its wake.
When in 1893, microscopic particles of this sparkly gem were first discovered in the crater by French scientist Henri Moissan, these radiant stones were mistaken for diamonds.
To this day, natural moissanite remains very rare to find; therefore, after many years of trial and error, the particles Moissan discovered were successfully synthesized to produce what is now one of the world’s most brilliant minerals.
Chemically, moissanite (composed of Silicon Carbide) is absolutely different from a diamond; however, it is very similar in appearance and quality to a diamond. In fact, in terms of optics, moissanite even out-performs a diamond!
Most people won’t know the difference between a moissanite and a diamond. Unless you have the two side by side, under proper light, and you’re dealing with an extremely keen observer, they won’t know any better. Even so, the only distinguishable difference to the naked eye is that moissanite has more rainbow sparkles.
We would, however, encourage you to prance your gorgeously shimmering moissanite around, as the unique gem it is, for its very own particular qualities.
Conclusion: Gleaming, gorgeous, durable, and affordable, the moissanite engagement ring is an uncompromising and ethically superior substitute to the traditional diamond engagement ring. An environmentally friendly, hand-polished gem, that fell straight from the heavens.
So, if you’re dead set on the clear traditional look of the diamond but with a special quality to it, and without having to compromise on ethics, beauty, quality, or finances… then Moissanite might just be the stone for you!
Learn more about the unique qualities of the moissanite in the following dedicated article: The Unique Qualities of Moissanite