VIDEO: Moissanite vs. Diamonds: What’s the Difference?

Diamonds might reign supreme in the world of , but they certainly aren’t the only gemstone option out there. If you want something different, you have plenty of choices including stones that look remarkably similar to diamonds, such as moissanite.

“Moissanite is a naturally occurring mineral called silicon carbide, which is very rare and can’t be found in nature large enough to be cut into even a one-carat gemstone,” explains Don O’Connell, president and CEO of Charles & Colvard, the original creator of moissanite. For this reason, the moissanite used in fine jewelry is created in a lab—unlike diamonds, which are naturally occurring.

Despite their differing origins, these two gemstones have plenty in common. Ahead, O’Connell and expert Kim Kanary explain how moissanite compares to diamonds.

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