Although a center stone is typically a diamond, there are other options that can make an engagement 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 and scarce mineral. Therefore, moissanite, as we know it today, is almost exclusively lab-grown. Let’s compare Diamonds vs Moissanite in 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 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 to be 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 certain lighting, classic moissanite projects a greenish-yellow hue. This is probably the main reason that Charles and Colvard (the moissanite pioneers!) pushed so hard to develop two new options: colorless and near colorless Moissanite!

Forever One Moissanite (Colorless & Near Colorless)

Charles and 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 and Colvard had a breakthrough. They developed truly colorless moissanite! So, for those wanting a true colorless stone, but do not want a diamond, you are in luck. Forever One Colorless moissanite is completely colorless and is similar to a GIA-certified E-color diamond. These gems are gorgeous, come in a large amount of sizes, and are perfect if you want an ice-white stone.


Hot Tip: Classic moissanite is still sold by numerous jewelers. To make sure you don’t get stuck with a yellow-green classic moissanite, make sure you demand Forever One!

Side by side comparison of Classic Moissanite vs Near Colorless Forever One 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. On the Mohs Scale of Hardness, moissanite is rated as a 9.25, which is a great score that is higher than any gemstone used in jewelry besides diamonds. Diamonds, which are the hardest known mineral, score a 10.

comparison chart of moissanite vs diamonds and other stones

Moissanite vs Diamond, Price:

Overall, moissanite is a fraction of the cost of a diamond. While a diamond’s price varies based on cut, clarity, and other individual characteristics, moissanite stones are usually the same price and vary only with size and type of moissanite.

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 Forever One near colorless moissanite stone, and Forever One colorless moissanite stone.

Carat Size GIA Certified Diamond (Round, I-color, VS2) Classic Moissanite Forever One 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, at the end of the day it presents 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 and can help couples create a stunning ring without paying for the higher cost of a diamond.

To pair an engagement ring with 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)!