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All About Moissanite

May 12, 2023 2 min read

All About Moissanite

Learn all about the moissanite gemstone and its unique beauty, creation process, and how it compares to diamonds.

What is Moissanite?

Simply put, moissanite is a lab-created gemstone. 

French chemist Henri Moissan discovered the stone in 1893 Upon discovery, Moissan thought he’d found diamonds. Not quite. He’d found silicon carbide, which is today more eloquently known asmoissanite

While nearly all moissanite today is created in a lab to ensure absolute perfection, Moissan’s discovery occurred in an Arizona meteorite crater. It quite literally fell from the stars! The historic meteorite crash brought natural moissanite from outer space. 

A moissanite engagement ring is quite the showstopper;  these gemstones offer brilliance more radiant than diamonds and provide shimmer from every angle

We only carry moissanite that has been cut for maximum brilliance to ensure its inner beauty will sparkle and shine through any weather. Below, we’ll detail the benefits of moissanite and offer a side-by-side comparison of diamonds and moissanite.

Benefits of Moissanite

This stone is loved far and wide for a few key reasons: 

  • Unsurpassed brilliance. If you want a stone with a flashy sparkle that will dazzle with radiance unmatched by diamonds, moissanite is your stone. In fact, its light dispersion is more than twice that of diamonds.
  • Exceptional value. Compared to diamonds of identical size, moissanite costs a fraction of the price. Get the best of both worlds, with the brighter sparkle of a bigger stone along with an excellent value!
  • Socially responsible.Since nearly all moissanite is grown in a lab, its creation requires no mining, and you’ll always know the origin of your stone. Moissanite offers an attractive, environmentally-conscious alternative to mined gemstones and diamonds.

With moissanite, you can have it all: a colorless stone, unmatched brilliance, your preferred size at an affordable cost, and a guarantee of your stone’s origin.

Moissanite vs. Diamond Comparison


Hardness: 9.25; excellent for everyday wear

Color: Colorless

Popularity: Rapidly rising

Refraction Index: 2.65–2.69. Moissanite exhibits exceptional rainbow-esque flashes of color.

Price: $$–$$$


Hardness: 10; excellent for everyday wear

Color: Colorless, near-colorless, “salt and pepper”, and fancy colors

Popularity: Timeless

Refraction Index: 2.42. White diamonds reflects back white flashes of light.

Price: $$$$+

In the long run, you can’t go wrong. Moissanite and diamond are equally beautiful stones and both are fantastic choices for an engagement ring, wedding band, or other piece of jewelry.  A moissanite center stone paired with diamond accents makes a beautiful engagement set.

If you want to learn more,contact us. We’d love to share our expertise to help you find that perfect stone—whether it’s a moissanite, diamond, or something else. 

Looking for an environmentally conscious, ethical Seattle jeweler to show you the side-by-side sparkling difference between diamonds and moissanite?Schedule an appointment with ustoday.