- 9 years ago
@lovelove1028: Moissanite is not harder or more durable than a diamond. It ranks a 9.25 or 9.5 at best, whereas a diamond is 10+. (Some experts think that a diamond should be ranked higher than a 10 even though that’s the highest number on the scale…) That’s why most jewelers will not give moissanite the same kind of warranty they would give a diamond. It’s not as durable.
Moissanite is also not legitimately “more sparkly” than a diamond, it just casts light in a different way. Whereas diamond refracts the light once, a moissanite will cast off two smaller refractions. So it’s not really “more” sparkle, just different. This also results in a distinctive effect known as “doubling” (see link below). Some information websites even say that that refraction actually appears softer or cloudier. It’s really up to you to decide which you like more.
This is a good website: http://www.diamondsourceva.com/Education/ArtificialDiamonds/diamonds-moissanite.asp
I know all this because Fiance and I really considered getting a moissanite. We ended up not doing it, because he felt like (and convinced me that) we’d always feel like we were pretending.