Moissanite Buyer's Guide

Compare Moissanite to Cubic Zirconia

Moissanite has more brilliance and luster than cubic zirconia. Moissanite will not fade nor cloud as cubic zirconia does over time.

Moissanite vs Cubic Zirconia

Consumers often compare moissanite to cubic zirconia, a colorless, lab grown diamond simulant. Moissanite is more durable and provides more brilliance than cubic zirconia. Cubic zirconia remains the leading diamond simulant in sales and consumer awareness.

Comparison Chart: Beauty, Durability, Specific Gravity

Refractive Index
Moissanite 2.65-2.69 0.104 20.4% 9.25 excellent 3.21
(CZ) Cubic Zirconia 2.15 0.060 13.6% 8.50 good 5.80

Chemical Composition

Cubic zirconia is the crystalline form of zirconium dioxide ZrO2 As its name suggests, cubic zirconia's crystal system is composed of cube-shaped unit cells. This is one of the most common shapes found in metallic crystals. Under ultra violet light, cubic zirconia emits yellow / greenish yellow fluorescence.

Moissanite is the crystalline form of silicon carbide SiC. Under ultra violet light, moissanite emits a a very slight green, yellow, or gray fluorescence.


Today's cubic zirconia has virtually no inclusions and is near flawless. All moissanite jewels contain inclusions, comparable to diamonds of VS1 clarity.

Light Refraction

Unlike cubic zirconia, moissanite jewels are doubly refractive. This means that light is bent twice as it passes through the moissanite jewel. This double refraction is directly responsible for moissanite's superior brilliance. You can see this with a 10x loupe. Viewing through the crown or pavilion facets is recommended. Do not look directly through the table of a moissanite stone; the double refraction is less apparent as seen from this angle.