Although an engagement ring is often set with a diamond, there are other options that can make a ring more affordable and just as beautiful. One of my favorite options is moissanite. Moissanite, originally discovered in 1893 in a meteor crater, is a very rare gem. Therefore, moissanite, as we know it today, is almost exclusively lab-grown. Let’s compare Diamonds vs Moissanite for color, hardness, brilliance, and price:


Diamonds vs Moissanite, Brilliance:

Brilliance, which refers to a stone’s ability to reflect white light, is a good measure for how much a diamond will ‘sparkle’. Moissanite reflects light very well and is actually more brilliant than a diamond! In addition, moissanite has a higher dispersion than a diamond, too. So, in addition to your moissanite giving off more white sparkle, it will actually reflect more colored sparkle (“fire”), too. In fact, your moissanite will look like a firework next to a diamond.

Bonus! Because moissanite contains some silicon, it is also less likely to attract grease or dirt than a diamond. That means a moissanite will sparkle more in between cleanings.

Diamond (left) vs Moissanite (right) sparkle (credit: Lauren B)

Diamonds vs Moissanite, Color:

Both moissanite and diamond can be colorless or near-colorless. The amount of color a moissanite has depends upon the type of moissanite.

Classic moissanite

Classic moissanite (the first moissanite that man created) is not colorless. In fact, many feel that classic moissanite’s color is similar to a GIA-certified K-color diamond (quite yellow). Additionally, under some lighting, classic moissanite looks greenish-yellow hue. This is probably the main reason that Charles & Colvard (the moissanite pioneers!) pushed so hard to develop two new options.

Forever One Moissanite (Colorless & Near Colorless)

Charles & Colvard were the first scientists to create near-colorless moissanite. First called Forever Brilliant (and now called Forever One Near Colorless), these beautiful gems have the color of an H color diamond. And then they went even further! In 2015, Charles & Colvard had a breakthrough. They developed truly colorless moissanite! So, for those wanting an icy white colorless stone, you are in luck. Forever One Colorless moissanite is completely colorless – similar to a GIA-certified E-color diamond. These gems are gorgeous, come in a variety of sizes, and make perfect engagement stones.

Forever One vs Forever Brilliant Moissanite

Have you been looking around and seeing “Forever Brilliant” Moissanite? Wondering what is Forever Brilliant Moissanite is? And is Forever Brilliant Moissanite the same as Forever One? The names are a little confusing, I agree.

Forever Brilliant was Charles & Colvard’s first attempt at a colorless-looking Moissanite. However, because the technology wasn’t as great back then, it turned out near colorless. As a result, when Charles & Colvard developed Colorless Moissanite (what everyone really wanted to begin with), they called it Forever One. So, Forever Brilliant is a discontinued near-colorless Moissanite, whereas Forever One is Charles & Colvard’s newest, brightest (and truly colorless!) Moissanite.


Hot Tip: Classic & Near-colorless moissanite is still sold by numerous jewelers. So, to make sure you don’t get stuck with a yellow-green classic moissanite or only a near-colorless stone, demand Forever One!

Side by side comparison of Classic Moissanite vs Near Colorless Moissanite vs Colorless Forever One Moissanite

Classic Moissanite (left) vs Near Colorless Moissanite (center) vs Forever One Colorless Moissanite (right)

Moissanite vs Diamond, Hardness:

The harder a material, the more difficult it is to scratch. And, on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, moissanite is rated as a 9.25. This is a great score, and higher than any gemstone used in jewelry besides diamonds! Diamonds, which are the hardest known mineral, score a 10.

comparison chart of moissanite vs diamond and other stones

Moissanite vs Diamond, Price:

Overall, moissanite is a fraction of the cost of a diamond. Also, while a diamond’s price varies based on cut, clarity, and other individual characteristics, moissanite varies only with type and size.

Below is a table comparing our pricing for a GIA-certified round diamond (with I-color and VS2 clarity), a classic moissanite stone (not colorless), a near-colorless moissanite stone, and Forever One colorless moissanite stone.

Carat Size GIA Certified Diamond (Round, I-color, VS2) Classic Moissanite Near Colorless Moissanite Forever One Colorless Moissanite
.5 $1,100+ $89 $243 $269
1.0 $4,000+ $269 $539 $599
1.5 $10,000+ $449 $945 $1,049


Diamond vs Moissanite, The Conclusion:

While moissanite does not replicate the look of a diamond exactly, it is a beautiful, durable, white stone! So, it’s a viable option for those not wanting to purchase a diamond for budgetary or other reasons. Colored stones, like sapphires (which also come in white!), are beautiful options as well. As a result, there are many ways we can help couples create a stunning ring without paying for the higher cost of a diamond.

To pair an engagement ring with a moissanite, find your favorite engagement ring here, then choose “Pair with Moissanite.”

Do Amore is proud to be knowledgeable in conflict-free diamonds, moissanite, and other stone options so please feel free to contact us with any questions. Feel free to ask for me personally (my name is Krish)!