There’s nothing quite like treating yourself or a loved one to a gorgeous fine jewellery ring. While many people choose or prefer to go with expensive diamonds, moissanite is an equally beautiful and less expensive alternative. Moissanite is also not as commonly known about as diamonds and most people fall in love with moissanite once they discover it.
Will people be able to tell the difference however, between a moissanite ring and a diamond ring? Read on for a detailed and factual answer to this question.
Short answer? No.
Long answer? The average person absolutely can’t tell the difference between comparable quality diamond and moissanite. High quality grades of both are colourless, radiant, and refractive of light.
It’s also important to note that moissanite isn’t an imitation of a diamond, but rather an alternative type of gemstone that looks similar to a diamond. This means that your ring isn’t a ‘fake’ or some kind of second-tier option. It’s a gorgeous stone and makes a stunning ring, in its own right.
Naturally occurring moissanite, is extremely rare and comes from meteorites, born from the stars. Natural moissanite is comparable to a GIA certified diamond, K colour. However due to the extreme rare nature of Moissanite, most, if not all moissanite rings and jewellery on the market are made with lab-grown moissanite.
It is grown in very advanced, high tech labs simulating the environment it forms in, in nature, so is chemically, physically and optically identical to its natural gemstone form. Additionally, it is also available in colourless and near colourless quality grades (Equivalent or comparable to DEF colour or GHI colour of diamonds). For this reason, to the untrained or unaided eye, this makes the difference between moissanite and diamond rings visually unable to be perceived.
Also, there are so many varieties of diamonds out there that none of them look the same anyway. If someone does notice that something seems different (which may potentially only happen if they’re a professional jeweller) they’ll likely assume that you simply have a different variety of diamond than most people.Strangers don’t tend to look at other people’s rings for a long time or up close, so even a trained eye wouldn’t have the chance to analyse it enough to identify that the gemstone making up your ring is moissanite and isn’t in fact standard diamond.
Alright, so people can’t tell the difference between moissanite and diamond with the naked eye. That’s excellent news! Is there any other real way that people can tell the difference?The answer to this question is only ‘yes’ to very specific people or in very specific situations. That’s because in order to tell the difference, you’ll need to have professional equipment.
Specifically, you’ll need to have access to a diamond tester. A diamond tester is a small device with a needle-like tip that you can place on any stone. It measures how heat moves through your stone to see whether or not a diamond has been found. It will indicate with a sound or a display whenever it comes in contact with a real diamond, as you can see in the demonstration below:
Since only jewellery professionals tend to have these (and you would need to take your ring and put a tester on it in order to even make this happen), we assume that this probably isn’t an issue. Also, because moissanite heat flow is similar to a diamond’s, sometimes they even register as diamonds to these testers.
Most diamond testers now though can distinguish between a diamond and moissanite by using both heat and electricity to test between a diamond and moissanite (or other stone), as shown with the diamond testing device below. Another good feature of the modern diamond tester, is having a metal detector that signals if you accidentally touch part of the metal setting instead of the stone. (This is important because if the tester doesn’t detect metal, it can indicate that you are holding a real diamond when you unknowingly touch the setting, even if the diamond itself is fake.)
While the majority of people can’t tell the difference between a moissanite ring and a diamond ring, you may personally be able to see one distinction since you’re up close to it and have the chance to study it thoroughly. While diamonds sparkle brightly, moissanite’s sparkle is even more gorgeous and unique. It has more fire and a greater number of colours that appear up close under the light. You can check out the moissanite versus diamond comparison video here.
However, this is only something that you’ll notice when you’re really close to it, in the right lighting conditions, and are already looking for this configuration of colours. You don’t need to worry about other people noticing it- it’s just another perk for you.
Now that you know that there’s no real visual difference between diamond and moissanite rings, it’s time to learn some of the reasons that moissanite is a viable and attractive alternative.
Moissanite is more affordable or less expensive than diamonds are, which is the main reason that people choose them. When you go with a moissanite ring, you’ll have more options in the design you can select. For example ,you’ll be able to choose from larger sized centre stones and more accent stones, more choice in the metal you go with and so on.
Moissanite is basically just as durable as diamonds are. They’re a 9.25 on the Mohs hardness scale, while diamonds are 10. This means that both diamonds and moissanite are unlikely to become scratched or blemished with daily wear, long term, so you don’t need to worry about that happening.
That fire and sparkle that we talked about earlier? High quality, moissanite will never lose this sparkle. This means that you don’t need to fear your ring dulling or becoming less sparkly with time, assuming you choose a high grade quality moissanite ring.
You also don’t need to worry about getting the highest-quality moissanite rings when you shop with us. Forever Chic Jewellery offers confidence in any piece of jewellery. Whether you order a diamond ring or a moissanite ring, you will receive a Certificate of Authenticity that proves your stone is the real thing.
Many people worry that others will be able to tell the difference between a moissanite and diamond ring, but that simply isn’t the case. Now that you know that no one can differentiate between a moissanite and diamond ring, you can confidently start ring or engagement ring shopping. Visit our online jewellery store and browse the many gorgeous moissanite or other ring styles that we have to offer. Whether you want something dramatic or subtle, we’ve got you covered.