Made Simple is a blog series dedicated to demystifying the jewelry industry and equipping you with the information you need to shop with confidence.
Finding jewelry you love shouldn’t be overwhelming or confusing—we believe in fine jewelry made simple. Frank & Georgia began as a quest to understand the processes behind fine jewelry, and making the jewelry industry easier to understand remains one of our primary goals.
As diamond alternatives grow in popularity, we thought it was worth taking the time to answer a few of the questions we get the most about our engagement ring collection, and we’re going to start with the super-sparkler of the jewelry world: moissanite. What is moissanite? How does moissanite compare to a diamond? Is it the right stone for your engagement ring, or other jewelry pieces? Read on to find out!
What is moissanite?
So this is pretty awesome: naturally occurring moissanite is actually quite rare, given that it appears to have originated in a crater created by a meteorite. That’s right, it’s literally from space. If you want to get technical, moissanite is composed of silicon carbide.
Is moissanite grown in a lab?
Yes, the moissanite used in jewelry-making today is almost exclusively lab-grown. Why? Thanks to its origins in outer space, it’s incredibly rare to find natural moissanite. Luckily, scientists worked for decades to refine a process that allows moissanites to be “grown” in labs, and their techniques have only gotten better with time.
How does moissanite compare to a diamond?
Moissanite is second only to diamond when it comes to hardness, so you can’t ask for a better alternative in terms of durability. Like a diamond, it will not dull, cloud, or change color over time. And if sparkle is your thing, you may even prefer moissanite to diamond! Known for its fiery, rainbow flashes, moissanite is at the top of the list when it comes to eye-catching shimmer.
Is moissanite “graded” the same way as diamonds?
Yes and no! You’ve probably heard of the four “C”s when it comes to diamonds: cut, color, clarity, and carat. Moissanite is evaluated similarly to diamonds when it comes to cut, color, and carat, but there’s a slight difference when talking about clarity. Because it’s made in a lab (rather than being mined from the ground), moissanite typically has a higher degree of clarity than similarly priced diamonds.
Frank & Georgia Moissanite
We all know that quality can vary wildly from jeweler to jeweler, so we want to be transparent about the standards we keep for the moissanite used in our pieces. We don’t settle for less than the best, and you shouldn’t either. All of our moissanite stones are grades "D", "E", or "F" a.k.a. colorless, and are “eye clean,” meaning that if there are any inclusions in the stone they aren’t visible to the naked eye. A similar diamond clarity grade to "eye-clean" would be any of the following: "FL", "IF", "VVS1", "VVS2", "VS1", or "VS2". Each stone also comes with a limited lifetime warranty and a certificate of authenticity.
Keep it Simple
- Moissanite is comparable to diamond when it comes to durability—it can withstand daily wear & tear and won’t dull or discolor over time.
- If you’re on a tight budget, why not opt for moissanite instead of spending money on a “lesser” diamond (a.k.a. poorer clarity, color, or decreased size)?
- With its fiery rainbow sparkles, moissanite is even better than diamond for those who are looking for a shimmery, eye-catching stone.