Moissanite: Hardness

On the Mohs scale of hardness, moissanite measures in at 9.25-9.50, while a diamond has a score of 10 (the maximum on the scale).

The Mohs scale is used to measure a gemstone’s hardness, or in other words, its durability. The scale ranges from 1 as the softest to 10 as the hardest.

As the hardest known mineral, diamonds are incredibly durable and resilient, and they’re able to resist scratches & other damage that could affect the appearance of softer stones.

To gain perspective on mineral hardness, the Mohs scale is provided below. As the chart demonstrates, diamonds are harder than some very durable minerals such as steel & Tungsten carbide.

Now, does this mean that moissanite will scratch? Not quite. Although moissanite is lower on the scale than a diamond at 9.5, moissanite is extremely durable. The only minerals that scratch moissanite are those equal or higher on the scale — namely, diamonds & other moissanite.

Because of its hardness, moissanite can also be used in high-pressure experiments, as a replacement for diamond. Since large diamonds are usually too expensive to be used as anvils, moissanite is more often used in large-volume experiments. Synthetic moissanite is also interesting for electronic & thermal applications because its thermal conductivity is similar to that of diamonds.

So as you can see, moissanite is extremely durable & capable of being worn every day with an incredibly low risk of damage. Moissanite is more durable than almost every other type of gemstone, including rubies, sapphires, and emeralds.

This means that you can be rest assured that when you purchase a Diamonite Moissanite Jewellery moissanite from Diamoniteshop.com, that your gemstone will last for a lifetime!

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