What are Some Common Problems with Moissanite?

Moissanite is considered one of the hardest gemstones on earth and is only second to diamonds when it comes to durability. It is a popular replacement for diamonds because it has a somewhat similar appearance as diamonds and does not cost as much, but is a moissanite stone the perfect replacement rather than using diamonds?

There are a few problems that are common with moissanite stones.

  • The dispersion is not as nice as a diamond.
  • The cost is not as affordable as other diamond alternatives.
  • The color can be almost green rather than pure white like a diamond.

While Moissanite is an affordable option that can look nice in some pieces of jewelry, it is important to realize some of the big issues with this stone before purchasing.

Let’s take a closer look at the moissanite stone and some of the common problems that come with this stone and why it is not the same as purchasing a real diamond.

The 4 Most Common Problems with Moissanite

Moissanite diamonds are a good option in some rings. There are several problems that can show up when you choose to go with moissanite. These problems include:

1. Anisotropy

One problem that Moissanite has is anisotropy. Unlike natural diamonds, the moissanite stones are going to have a different type of optical quality.

This quality is known as hexagonal polytypic. What this means is that moissanite is going to be doubly refractive.

This refraction is able to create a strong visual effect, giving a doubling of the facets in the back of the stone. This makes it look a little bit strange when you look at it and does not have the brilliancy of a natural diamond.

If you are interested in having a clear diamond with the right kind of brilliancy, the moissanite is not going to give the same results.

2. Dispersion

When looking at the moissanite, you will notice that the dispersive power is about 2.5 times bigger than in a diamond. This creates a disco ball kind of effect with the stone rather than the clear cut of a diamond.

Some shoppers like this fire and think it looks beautiful while others think it looks fake and cheap. So you may want to check some out before purchasing to see whether it is the right choice for you.

If you want a clear-cut diamond, then the moissanite stone is not going to give you what you are looking for.

However, if you do not mind it being a little shinier than you may find with a natural diamond, then moissanite can be a good alternative.

3. Color

Regardless of what a jeweler may say, it is impossible to get the moissanite pure white. The stones are more like a fluorescent color rather than white.

In some lights, they can look like they are a little grey or green. You are most likely to see this under some natural light. So when you show it off to friends or family outside, they may notice it more.

It is not uncommon for people to love the moissanite light when they see it in the jewelry shop and then really dislike it once they get out of the store and see it in natural light.

If you are looking for a natural and pure stone, then the diamond or some of the other similar gemstones are the best bet. The moissanite stone is not going to look as nice in natural sunlight and may look a bit ugly depending on the type you purchase.

Keep in mind that many jewelers who sell moissanite will try to make the stone look better. It is not uncommon for them to put it under a light pink color to make it look better.

Take it away from the light, and even outside if you can, to see whether you really like this stone.

4. Costs

Despite being touted as a more affordable option than diamonds in some cases, the moissanite stone is very expensive. This is because the manufacturing process is pretty large and there is only one source for it.

For a good quality stone out of this material, it will cost around $520 per carat.

Should I Choose Moissanite?

There are many benefits to working with moissanite. However, it is important to realize that there are some key differences between the moissanite stone and a diamond. See also: Which is Better a Diamond or Moissanite Engagement Ring?

They may look similar when they are in the jewelry store, but the brilliancy of the stone in the moissanite is not going to be the same quality that you can find with a diamond.

If you are looking for a cheap alternative to a diamond in your jewelry, then moissanite can work. See also: What Are The Best Faux Diamonds That Look Real?

If you are expecting the same high-quality that you get in a diamond, you may be disappointed.

Carl A. Jones, GIA GG

Carl A. Jones is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is an independent jewelry appraiser. He specializes in determining the value of diamonds and advising consumers on how to buy quality diamond jewelry.

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