This is one of the most common questions from people considering a moissanite engagement ring. They worry that moissanite will not have the same durability or lifetime sparkle of a diamond ring. However, moissanite is very similar to diamonds in this sense, and we are so confident that your ring will last forever that all of our moissanite comes with a lifetime guarantee. Here is why we know your moissanite will sparkle just as brightly in fifty years.
Moissanite Is Extremely Durable
A gem’s hardness and scratch resistance is measured by the Mohs Scale which gives each precious gem a mark out of ten. Diamonds are the most durable, with a score of 10. Moissanites are just behind that with a mark of 9.25, making it the second hardest and most durable gem. For comparison, emeralds are an 8 and rubies are a 9 on the Moh Scale, so moissanite is definitely a good choice if a gem’s durability is important to you. This means that it is extremely unlikely that your moissanite will be scratched unless your store it with diamond jewellery.
Moissanite Does Not Cloud
In general, the colour, clarity and sparkle of a moissanite will never change over time. Some gems will cloud overtime, robbing the jewellery of its sparkle. The only thing that can cause moissanite stones to cloud slightly is exposure to certain chemicals or dirt and grime, so it is advisable to take your moissanite engagement ring off before you undertake cleaning activities or working with chemicals. However, this is only temporary and can be fixed with targeted cleaning, either completed by yourself or through a professional, which will leave your moissanite ring as sparkly and shiny as ever.
Moissanite Is Less Susceptible To Chips And Cracks Than Diamonds
The harder a gem is, the more scratch-resistant it is, but the more brittle and susceptible to impact damage it is. While moissanite is extremely scratch-resistant, being rated a 9.25, it can potentially be susceptible to damage from an impact. Diamonds, however, while being a popular choice for engagement rings, are rated a 10 in hardness, meaning they are slightly more susceptible to impact damage. Diamonds also have cleavage planes which are weaker sections of the stone which have a chance of splitting or cracking if the diamond is impacted. Moissanite stones do not have cleavage planes, which mean they are uniformly strong throughout the surface of the gem and therefore do not carry this risk. Therefore, when comparing moissanite to diamond, moissanite is more equipped than diamonds to take everyday knocks and bumps without damage.
However, it is advisable that you take your moissanite ring off if you plan to do any physical activity. Some cuts of moissanite such as princess and marquise cuts will be slightly more susceptible to impact because of the shape of the stone.
Cullen Jewellery Guarantees Your Moissanite Will Sparkle For A Lifetime
At Cullen Jewellery, we love moissanite jewellery and know that it will make you happy for a lifetime. We guarantee that your moissanite stones purchased from Cullen Jewellery will retain their brilliance and fire for a lifetime.