Unless you’re a jeweller, you may not be aware of the durability of individual stones – and you probably won't know how important the hardness is – especially when choosing an engagement ring. But if you are wondering: do moissanite rings last? Then, knowing how hard the stone is will tell you all you need to know.
Round cut, 3 stone, moissanite engagement ring
Can I wear moissanite rings every day?
There are many beautiful precious and semi-precious stones and the durability of each can vary greatly. To save this disappointment down the line – as well as choosing a style you love – it’s just as important to consider when and how often the jewellery will be worn and pick a gem that can withstand your lifestyle. Make sure you select a stone that can cope with your everyday activities; then you don’t need to worry about it getting damaged. Moissanite rings are pretty tough - they’re almost as hard as diamonds, which means wearing them every day should not be a problem.
Vintage Oval Cut Moissanite Halo Engagement Ring
Do moissanites lose their sparkle?
The harder the gem, the better it will withstand scratches and stay shiny and sparkling for longer. Microscopic scratches can dull a stone, so opting for a harder stone will hugely reduce the chance of it becoming damaged or losing its brilliance. If you want to maintain the sparkle on your bling, moissanite is a great choice, here's why...
How long will my moissanite ring last?
If you want to know whether your gem will last, you need to check it against Moh’s Hardness Scale. This is a world-recognised chart used for identifying gems and minerals based on their hardness and their resistance to being scratched. This method was developed in 1812 by German geologist Friedrich Mohs and is still the most used practice today. By using this scale when shopping for your dream ring, you’ll be fully informed on durability and wearability.
Is a moissanite diamond a real diamond?
Well, when it come to hardness - pretty much! The basic principle of the Mohs scale is based on the ability of one sample of mineral being able to scratch another mineral. The minerals are used to scratch each other to determine the hardest. The standard scale runs from the softest mineral talc, at 1 – right up to the hardest, which are diamonds, at 10. If neither mineral can scratch each other, they’re classed as the same hardness. For some context, copper rates at 3.5, with glass at 5.5 and steel at 6.5. Diamonds are the hardest known mineral which led to the slogan, ‘Diamonds are forever.’ However, they aren’t the only durable gem available. If you take a look at the chart, you’ll see the second hardest mineral is moissanite, which has a hardness of between 9.25-9.5 which is extremely enduring, almost as hard as a diamond.
Do moissanite engagement rings last?
As moissanite has a similar appearance to diamonds, is also highly scratch resistant, will never tarnish or become cloudy – it is an ideal choice to consider for an engagement ring. It has many benefits including being a much more eco-friendly option, avoiding harmful mining and the risk of buying blood diamonds.
The price of moissanite vs diamond
The best bit? These brilliant gems cost up to 90% less than a traditionally mined diamond and are just as breathtaking!