Introduction to Moissanite - What is Moissanite and what are its uses?
Moissanite is a trade name name given to silicon carbide which is used in the production of synthetic gemstones. Moissanite gemstones are used in all different types of jewelry including a variety of rings such as wedding rings, engagement rings, earrings, eternity rings, necklace, pendant, bracelet all set in silver sterling and gold. But the cost of Moissanite jewelry is just a fraction of the cost of jewelry containing real diamonds. Moisanite, Mossanite and Moisannite are all common mis-spellings. The high price of gem-grade diamonds has created a large demand for affordable imitation diamonds which have similar characteristics, such as Moissanite and its predecessor Cubic Zirconia (or CV). Even some jewelers have experienced difficulty telling the difference between a Moissanite and a diamond with the naked eye!
Identifying Moissanite as jewelry
When Moissanite was first introduced in in the summer of 1998 some jewelers misidentified Moissanite as diamond. These early errors occurred when thermal testers were used as an aid to identification because the thermal conductivity of Moissanite is very close to that of diamond. Once the properties of Moissanite were fully known and understood it became is easy to distinguish from diamond - Moissanite is as it is doubly refractive and has a slight yellowish / greenish tint to the stones which becomes more noticeable with increasing gem sizes. So what are the other differences between stones created with Moissanite as opposed to diamonds? What are the Pro's and Cons of Moissanite?
Quality of Diamonds compared to Moissanite
Comparing the quality of diamonds compared to Moissanite. The Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat Weight all have a significant impact on the cost of diamonds because these factors are all used to value the price of a diamond. The Cut, Color, and Clarity are used to measure the quality of the diamond and the Carat is used to measure the weight of a diamond. The elements of the 4C's have been used to compare Moissanite with diamonds and the comparisons are detailed below.