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.