What is the difference between moissanite and cubic zirconia?

Moissanite and cubic zirconia are both popular diamond alternatives, but they have distinct differences:
  1. Composition: Moissanite is composed of silicon carbide (SiC), while cubic zirconia is composed of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2). This means they have different chemical structures and properties.

  2. Hardness: Moissanite is known for its exceptional hardness, ranking second only to diamond on the Mohs scale of hardness. Cubic zirconia, while durable, is not as hard as moissanite.

  3. Brilliance: Both stones exhibit brilliance and sparkle, but they do so differently. Moissanite tends to have more fire (the dispersion of light into colors of the spectrum), while cubic zirconia typically has more brilliance (white light reflection).

  4. Color: Natural moissanite can have a slight greenish or yellowish tint, but most moissanite used in jewelry is lab-created and nearly colorless. Cubic zirconia is usually colorless.

  5. Cost: Cubic zirconia is generally less expensive than moissanite, making it a more budget-friendly option for those seeking a diamond alternative.

  6. Durability: While both stones are durable enough for everyday wear, moissanite's hardness makes it more resistant to scratching and abrasion over time compared to cubic zirconia.

Ultimately, the choice between moissanite and cubic zirconia depends on personal preferences, budget, and desired characteristics in a gemstone.

Jake & Jane Jewelry offers cubic zirconia rings in a variety of styles and metal finishes to fit the budget of our customers. 

Would you be interested in seeing moissanite rings offered on the site? Leave a comment and let us know your opinion! 

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