Moissanite FAQ

Where can I find out more about Moissanite?

If you haven’t seen it already, please have a look at our about Moissanite section of the site, additionally there are questions on this FAQ page and Moissanite articles available.


Why haven’t I heard about Moissanite before?

Although the origins of Moissanite were discovered in 1983, only recently has it become available to the general public in unique pieces of jewellery.
Moissanite has a massive following in the United States, comprising of self-empowered women buying their own jewellery and various celebrities.
Moissanite has only just arrived in the UK and so it still has a low profile, but that is soon set to change.


Moissanite? Moisonite? Moy-what?

Moissanite is pronounced ‘moy-suh-nite’ and is commonly misspelt as moisanite, moisinite, moisonite, moissonite, mozanite and even mazzanite!


Is Moissanite a diamond substitute?

Moissanite is not a fake diamond, diamond simulant, copy or substitute. Moissanite is a stone and jewel in it’s own right just like a ruby or sapphire, only it shares many properties with diamond – many of which are far superior to a diamond.


I’ve heard some Moissanite can have a yellow colour/tint?

Charles and Colvard hold the rights to a patented Moissanite creation process which produces near-clear Moissanite stones, which many people claim have no tint or hue at all. Often Moissanites high level of dispersion (fire) can confuse people as Moissanite has nearly 2.5 times more than a diamond.


Is Moissanite cheaper in the United States or abroad?

You may find that, as with many luxury products, Moissanite may be available slightly cheaper in foreign countries. Unfortunately with the addition of import tax, they often work out more expensive than the original UK prices.

Remember: Moissanite articles are commonly produced in the US are only 14ct, the the UK every Moissanite piece is set in superior 18ct [a piece of 18ct jewellery is 38% heavier than an identical 9ct piece].


How can you tell if its Moissanite?

It’s extremely hard for the majority of consumers to tell the difference between a Moissanite stone and a diamond, as they are so very similar. Usually the indicator is that Moissanite looks so good when compared to similar gem stones, such as diamond.

In the technology front, special Moissanite testers have been developed to help tell between diamond and Moissanite because many diamond testers detect Moissanite as a diamond due to their very similar thermal properties.