Moissanite Gemstone ~ A great engagement ring gem choice!
Debra will tell you…
“Moissanite isn’t a fake diamond, it is its own gem and chemical composition,” Cubic zirconia may be a better known diamond alternative, but it doesn’t have the same unique qualities of moissanite. “For the longest time, there was no good alternative to diamond. Stones like CZ become cloudy over time, have a not so diamond-like blueish undertone, don’t sparkle like a diamond, and are not hard enough to hold up over a lifetime.”
“Moissanite however is incredibly hard, never clouds or loses its sparkle, and thanks to the innovation of facet patterns, it looks identical to a diamond.”
They say that moissanite is a gemstone born from the stars. It was discovered in 1893 by a French scientist Henri Moissan inside of a meteorite crater in Arizona. He thought he’d just found a diamond and after studying it in a lab, Moissan found out it was silicon carbide, which he named moissanite.
Where Moissanite Comes From
In recent years some quantities were found in Israel; however, mined moissanite isn’t suitable to be used in jewellery. So this gem is lab-grown these days, which makes it environmentally-friendly and conflict-free as well. Many appreciate and choose socially-responsible jewellery, which provides assurance and guarantees like moissanite.
Growing moissanite in a laboratory isn’t easy or straight-forward either. Only a very few companies in the world can create this complex process of growing moissanite gems. It is certainly a mix of science and art! This makes moissanite rarer than diamonds.
While moissanite looks and behaves like the famous diamond, not many know it is more brilliant than diamond. That’s because moissanite reflects more light. This clever gem can also stay brilliant for longer as its surface attracts less grime and dirt than diamond. So it sparkles for much longer between cleans.
It is made to be worn every day no matter what conditions, as it’s very durable and scratch and heat-resistant. So it’s needless to say that it delights its owner a lifetime. Moissanite is harder than rubies and sapphires with the Mohs hardness scale rating of 9.25. Being heat-resistant brings a massive advantage to moissanite, and this is why:
● This gem can be cast in place more precisely, which produces exact-fit designs.
● Repairing your moissanite jewellery is easy and will not damage it the jewels.
● Gems can survive extreme temperatures like fire.
You’d think that something rarer and more brilliant than a diamond will be expensive, but the answer is no. Moissanites are generally 90% lower in price than diamonds, so it’s very affordable. Jewellery with moissanite allows its owner the option of choosing a gem size they truly desire.
COLOUR GRADING OF MOISSANITE
While certified diamonds are graded on colour and can be compared with one another, moissanite stones are not graded on colour. Classic moissanite is not colourless and many feel that its colour is similar to a GIA-certified H-colour diamond. As with diamonds, the smaller the moissanite, the more colourless it will look.
For those wanting a near-colorless stone, Forever One moissanite is a great option ( slightly more expensive ,but far less than a comparable diamond) – and it sparkles like crazy!
Coloured moissanite has a lesser price point and comes in blues,greens,grey’s,yellow,pink and shades of champagne.
Moissanite is an Ethical Choice Compared to Many Diamonds
The diamond industry has very questionable ethics even today ( Goggle De Beers “diamond cartel ” and you can read all about the many unethical practises the industry turns a blind eye too) .
By choosing moissanite you can be assured it’s created in an ethical and sustainable way – plus you get the “diamond” look for a fraction of the diamond price!