Posted by Jasmine Wallace

Moissanite is well-known as the Earth's most brilliant gem- yes, even more brilliant than diamonds. The gorgeous stone is similar to a diamond in that it lasts forever, yet it is typically 1/10th the price of a diamond. "The optical properties, provide diamond with it's brillance, luster, and fire. Moissanite out performs diamond on all counts", as quoted from world renown expert Allan Hodgkinson, F.G.A. D.G.A and author of the Rapport Diamond Report Article on moissanite dated December 4, 1998. Moissanite is both economically and socially responsible. Natural moissanite is extremely rare. Moissanite stones in jewelry shops are lab-created. Many believe that moissanite is an all-around better purchase, rather than diamond.

  

Refractive Index (Brilliance) 

Dispersion 
(Fire) 

Luster Index 

MOHs  
Hardness 

Toughness 

Specific Gravity 

Created Moissanite 

2.65 - 2.69 

0.104 

20.4% 

9.25 

Excellent 

3.21 

Diamond 

2.42 

0.044 

17.2% 

10 

Excellent 

3.52 

Cubic Zirconia 

2.17 

.060 

N/A 

8.25 

N/A 

5.80 

The charted information was created with information from Charles & Colvard.