Whether to choose a diamond or a moissanite is simply a matter of personal choice. Moissanite is gorgeous, eye-catching jewelry and is budget-friendly. It does, however, represent a far less valuable financial investment, meaning the market and resale value is lower.
To the untrained eye, it is almost impossible to tell the two apart. Moissanite and diamonds cannot be told apart without the patented Model 590 Charles & Colvard, Ltd. tester.
Viewed at a slight distance from the naked eye and under the illumination of a penlight, a moissanite displays a double refraction of light. This will show up in a rainbow pattern that is not present in diamonds.
If there is the presence of minuscule pipe-like inclusions under magnification, it would indicate that the stone under examination is a moissanite stone.
The most significant difference between diamonds and moissanite is that of industrial applications. A diamond has a legendary value as ‘anvil material’ that moissanite does not have owing to its inherent elasticity under extreme heat conditions.
Moissanite is unstable at temperatures exceeding 400 degrees and is quite unreliable at temperatures reaching 1000 degrees. Moissanite also has so-called “”shear stress”” properties.
After further development in the manufacturing process, it is possible that moissanite will match diamond’s industrial value. Currently, diamond is still the best for industrial-grade hardness.