What is moissanite?

Moissanite is a rare, naturally occurring silicon carbide gemstone that was discovered in 1893 by French scientist Henri Moissan, hence the name. Moissan found the gemstone within a fallen meteor located in Canyon Diablo, Arizona, initially mistaking it for diamonds. Because of the extreme rarity of this gemstone, the vast majority of moissanite on the market today is lab created and therefore ethical and conflict-free. Moissanite is near-colorless and has a similar refractive index to a diamond, but has more colors and fire making quick flashes of rainbow color when moving the stone around. Though moissanite looks similar to diamond and the DIA deems it the closest diamond imitation, it is its own unique gem with unique chemical and optical properties and is not a synthetic diamond but it is a great diamond alternative.

Is A Moissanite Engagement Ring Right For You?

Brilliant, sparkling and ethical, moissanite looks similar to a diamond but with more fire and a smaller price tag. Because it’s a white stone, it’s extremely versatile when it comes to engagement ring styles and tends to create a classic look when used in a timeless design like a round solitaire engagement ring. For a more alternative look, think about an uncommon cut like a marquise or setting the center stone horizontally or in a non traditional thick band. Watch the video to learn more about designing your own custom moissanite engagement ring.

Browse Moissanite Engagement Rings

See some of the rings we’ve designed using moissanite to get inspired.

Moissanite Pros and Cons

Pros

  • An ethical diamond alternative that looks similar
  • More budget-friendly than diamonds
  • More brilliance or sparkle than a diamond
  • Gemstone durability is rated from 1-10 on the Mohs Scale of hardness, moissanites are a 9.25
  • More durable than sapphire, ruby, emerald, morganite, and all gemstones except diamonds

Cons

  • Moissanites distinct sparkle and scintillation can cause  “disco ball effect” that can be more pronounced in sunlight
  • Not as durable or hard as diamonds
  • Some moissanite can appear to have a yellow or green tone

Who Is A Moissanite Engagement Ring Right For?

If you love the look of diamonds but want an ethical alternative, moissanite is a great choice. moissanite engagement ring is right for you if you like lots of brilliance, sparkle and fire and don’t mind the slight rainbow colors that are visible in some lighting. Moissanite is not a good choice if you have your heart set on a diamond, it is its own unique gemstone and it doesn’t look exactly the same. Moissanite is also not for you if tradition is extremely important to you, moissanite is still pretty uncommon and misunderstood by consumers. Well-meaning family and friends may be confused with your decision, but the good news is that the majority of people will assume moissanite is a diamond.

Additional Resources

Moissanite Vs Diamond: What’s The Difference?​

The pros and cons of diamond vs moissanite.

Can Moissanite Pass For Diamond?

Can you tell the difference between the two stones?

Lab Created Diamonds

Lab made diamonds are an ethical alternative that is identical to mined diamonds.

Ready to Start Designing?

We can work with you in-person at our studio or set up a video call to help you take the first step toward designing a ring. Design consultations are complementary and we will give you a quick call beforehand to make sure we can help you.