Moissanite VS Diamond
Moissanites make a great diamond alternative because they are white gems, have lots of sparkle, and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. We like that the option of moissanite gives our clients more freedom to choose intricate custom setting designs and larger than average looking center gems without breaking the bank.
Moissanite gems cost a fraction of what an actual diamond will cost if you compare the same size and quality. For example, a 1 carat moissanite can cost $650 depending on quality whereas a 1 carat GIA certified diamond can cost around $5000 and up depending on quality. A 3 carat oval moissanite can cost $1500 whereas a 3 carat oval diamond costs at the minimum $30,000 for something high quality.
Moissanite are very high up on Mohs scale for hardness. Moissanites have a score of 9.25 and are almost as hard as a diamond which comes in at 10. This makes them extremely durable and suitable for every day wear. Conversely, other naturally occurring gems like emeralds and sapphires score much lower on the scale.
Sparkle & Fire
The first thing you will notice when viewing the video of moissanite vs. diamonds side by side is that the moissanite gives off more fire and spectral colors than a diamond. They are more brilliant and fiery than an actual diamond. If you take a look side by side, moissanite will emit more colorful flashes of light than an excellent cut diamond because it has a great dispersion. A little extra sparkle never hurt anybody!
Diamond mining causes enormous environmental devastation. It is estimated that for every carat of diamond mined, over 1 ton of earth is taken out. Mining often leads to erosion, deforestation and barren wastelands. In addition to this, there is also the factor of bad working conditions, human rights abuse and the risk that your diamond may be a conflict, or blood, diamond. Since Moissanites are created in labs, the ethical and environmental issues related to moissanite are almost non-existent. There is minimum wastage of resources and good working conditions. A moissanite is truly an ethical choice.
about diamond shoal jewelers
Family Owned Since 1987
For over 30 years, Diamond Shoal Jewelers has been one of the most trusted names in jewelry in the North Carolina Coastal Area.
We are a well-established jewelry store that has grown with our community from a small store to a multiple brand jewelry retailer. We have served generations of families as their trusted jeweler for brilliant diamonds, beautiful fine jewelry, elegant watches, treasured gifts, custom made styles and expert jewelry repairs. Diamond Shoal Jewelers is committed to make every customer "feel at home" with our personalized service and our classic to cutting edge jewelry designs. Our years of experience and services have built a legacy of integrity and trust with our customers. At Diamond Shoal Jewelers our mission has always been a tradition of trust, high ethical standards, knowledge of our jewelry products and services, fair pricing and value to our customers.
Diamond shoal jewelers guarantee
"I was having some issues with my wedding ring, and even though it was not purchased there, they were more than helpful and found a solution to my problem that was fairly priced. As long as I live in this area I have definitely found my go-to Jeweler!"
"This place is amazing! My husband and I walked in to look for something to add to my set for our anniversary. They were able to do something custom, that's what we walked in wanting, until I saw a beautiful tacori band that was perfect with the set I had already. It's gorgeous... All of the staff was extremely helpful, every case has something beautiful in it. They even offer a service to redip your old rings to make them look brand new.... My rings that were 5 years old look like they did the day I bought them. I've never been offered this, let alone knew about it.. highly recommend diamond shoal!
"You will find a great selection to fit any and all of your jewelry wishes. The staff will take the time you need to find that perfect piece. They will also take appointments to have that one on one personal attention if needed. The best part for me is the customer service after the sale. I’ve bought several pieces of jewelry and have been completely satisfied from start to finish."
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