That ring you are dreaming about, with the most beautiful diamond, might not be a real diamond. Now you are wondering -“But how? It looks exactly like a real diamond!” In this blog we are going to explain Moissanite, why choose moissanite and what is moissanite.
1.) What is a Moissanite actually?
Moissanite was born to humans when a meteorite fell to Earth. The crater left on the earth’s surface was examined by French Chemist Henri Moissan (whose name the gemstone bears) in 1893. Initially, Henri mistakenly identified the crystals in the meteor as Diamonds, but in 1904 he identified the crystals as silicon carbide. The gemstone
Moissanite’s is a naturally occurring silicon carbide and its various crystalline polymorphs.
BUT, natural moissanites is extremely rear, meaning that it is nearly impossible to set your Engagement ring with a 1ct Natural Moissanite.
So the moissanites used today are all lab-created moissanite.
The moissanites jewelers use is lab-grown (Mining free), less expensive per carat than many other gemstones (Value), and is a 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, so it is suitable for everyday wear. (Durability)
2.) Brilliance of a Moissanite.
A Moissanites faceting pattern is different than a diamonds, it exhibit a different kind of brilliance than diamonds do.
Moissanite’s heightened brilliance can create a “disco ball” effect, especially in sunlight, somewhat like rainbow colors.
The bigger the moissanite, the more likely it is that the difference will be noticeable. Moissanite has a refractive index from 2.65 – 2.69, which is higher than a diamond.
While moissanites are labeled as “colorless”, the gem can still prject colors such as yellow or greyish hue in certain lights. Like said above, the bigger the moissanite, the more noticeable the color.
5.) Moissanite Origins
Because moissanites are grown in a controlled environments using some of the most advanced tegnology, moissanites require absolutely no mining to produce.
Compared to other natural gemstones, lab created moissanites have a smaller carbon footprint that results in less environmental impact.
Using moissanites in jewelry such as engagement rings makes it a respnsible choice.