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Difference of Moissanite and Diamond

June 8, 2021

Diamonds might reign supreme in the world of engagement rings, but they certainly aren’t the only gemstone option out there. If you want something different, you have plenty of choices—including stones that look remarkably similar to diamonds, such as moissanite.

Let us learn about the difference of Moissanite & Diamond first.


A diamond has a hardness of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness while a Moissanite scores a 9.25. The Mohs Scale is used to test the durability of gemstones ranging from 1 as the softest and 10 as the hardest. Both gemstones are considered very durable for everyday wear.


Moissanite gemstones cost significantly less when compared to a natural diamond or a lab created diamond. It is a great option for price points under $5,000 as most common sizes (1ct-2.5ct) Moissanites range anywhere between $600 – $1,700. Natural diamonds within 1ct-2.5ct would range anywhere between $5,000 – $70,000 based on color and clarity.


One of the most noticeable differences in Moissanite is its sparkle. Actually, Moissanite sparkles more than diamond, and more colorfully than diamond. In fact, Moissanite reflects about twice as much colored sparkle as a diamond does.

One quality Moissanite adored for is their ability to radiate color under any light. Moissanites have a high refractive index in which they refract light very well. According to Provence jewelry Comparison Chart, a Moissanite’s Brilliance Refractive Index is anywhere between a 2.65-2.69, and a diamond is a 2.42. Fire dispersion is a factor as well, and according to the same chart a Moissanite’s fire dispersion is higher than a diamond as well. Therefore many would say Moissanites appear more brilliant than a diamond. 

Environmentally Conscious

Moissanite is a very eco-friendly choice. There unfortunately is no way to reverse the effects of gem mining, but choosing moissanite and sharing about it as an alternative may create more demand for the lab-created and eventually reduce the need or reliance for mining. It is solely comprised of silicon carbide, which means its abundance is limitless.


A term coined because of the blood diamond industry, “conflict-free” was made to reference the controlled export and import of conflict goods as diamonds were once used for currency. However, one cannot be absolutely sure unless they own all of the working parts of the system from start to finish. With Moissanite, you can rest assured it is 100% as it is created in the lab.

Provence Jewelry’s moissanite

Provence Jewelry exclusive brand of Truth Moissanite is exceptionally beautiful and colorless; all stones are DEF color and VVS clarity. We take great care to cut each stone with perfection; in fact, the same facet patterns used for diamonds are applied to our moissanite, while taking into account the refractive properties of moissanite. We optimize our cuts to maximize the brilliance while maintaining a diamond-like appearance. We personally believe that the most beautiful moissanite stones are full of sparkle, but not overly colorful. Therefore, we have created high-quality stones that reflect what we believe to be the most beautiful characteristics of moissanite.