Here is a more general comparison between the three stones.
Difference between Diamond, Moissanite, and Morganite
- Diamond is the most durable and long-lasting option. You should never see any see any scratches at all. What can happen, is chipping. Chipping may occur over time, typically on the outer edges of the stone when there is a hard impact.
- Moissanite is the second hardest stone compared to a diamond, with diamond being exponentially harder and more scratch resistant. However, you should see very little wear of your moissanite, if any.
- Morganite is the softest and least durable of the three options. After a few years of wearing morganite on a daily basis, you may start to see wear and scratches. You may always have your stone re-polished to get your ring back to its original luster, but you will lose some carat weight everytime you re-polish your stone. If you love the morganite color and have the budget to get a more durable stone, we highly recommend a peach pink, padparadscha, or pastel pink sapphire. Sapphires come in a rainbow of colors and shades, like diamonds!
- Diamond has the second highest refractive index (2.42) between these three options. Refractive index translates into how brilliant and sparkly the stone is.
- Moissanite has the highest refractive index of the three and will showcase the most light return. Many people describe the look to be "rainbowy," due to the 2.65 refractive index and intense fire of the stone.
- Morganite is the least brilliant and has more of a subtle sparkle. However, morganite is most desirable for its color rather than brilliance.
Natural vs. Lab-Created
- Morganites are most commonly sold as a natural gemstone, but lab-grown is also an option.
- Moissanites are a lab-grown gemstone option. Natural moissanite is extremely rare, and difficult to find.
- Diamonds are available in both natural and lab-grown option.
- For at home cleaning, this same method can be used for all three stones. From wearing your stone on a daily basis, it will get cloudy from lotion, makeup, mineral build-up, hairspray, and other things. You may use warm water and dish soap to help break up the oils and dirt that gets on the ring. Overall you will see the Morganite will get cloudier quicker than the other two stones because of how transparent and clear it is. Due to the nature of morganite, you may want to clean it more frequently to give it the shine you like. We recommend cleaning your ring at least once a week.
- Diamonds will be the most expensive option, and will also have the most extensive range of prices depending on the 4C's you choose for your stone.
- Moissanite will typically be more expensive than Morganite but will be the fraction of the price of a diamond. For example, a 6.5mm Round Forever One Hearts & Arrows Moissanite that is equivalent to D Color VS1 Clarity will be $425. A 6.5mm 1ct Round Natural Diamond D-VS1 Triple Excellent No Fluorescence Hearts & Arrows will typically start around $10,000.
- Morganite will typically cost around $100 per carat. However, per carat price will increase at larger carat sizes or for morganites with a more desirable color.
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