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Lab Grown Diamond VS Mined Diamond VS Moissanite

What’s the Difference between Moissanite vs. Diamonds

Diamonds, both lab-grown and mined, are made from carbon. Moissanite is made from silicon carbide. Moissanite and diamonds are two entirely different minerals.To the untrained eye, moissanite looks like a diamond. This is why some consumers choose moissanite for more affordable jewelry and engagement rings. However, the chemical composition is inferior to diamonds. Moissanite is a diamond simulant that is graded differently and is lower in value.

Can Moissanite Pass a Diamond Tester?

Moissanite does not test as a diamond. It has an entirely different chemical composition. Moissanite is also graded differently than diamonds. Both mined and lab-grown diamonds are graded by the 4Cs — cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Moissanite is only graded on color.When consumers buy moissanite, they choose from Premium (G-H on the color scale) or Super Premium (D-F). The clarity of moissanite is essentially perfect for each stone. Lab diamonds and mined diamonds, however, feature inclusions. They must be graded on clarity, as well as cut and carat weight.

Moissanite vs. Diamond “Sparkle”

A gemstone’s “sparkle” is actually its fire, brilliance, and scintillation. Moissanite has more fire and brilliance than a diamond or most other gems. Moissanite is double-refractive and is cut differently to highlight its overall sparkle.But, moissanite reflects light differently than a diamond. Moissanite creates a rainbow-colored effect when reflecting light while diamonds reflect a white light. While moissanite has more brilliance, its sparkle is what signals that moissanite is fake. Shoppers tend to prefer the distinct brilliance of a diamond.