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History

Moissanite was first discovered in 1893 by Dr. Henri Moissan. 

French scientist who thought he discovered diamonds from a crater that was created by a meteorite. What he initially thought he'd found were diamonds he then came to learn that they were crystals, made up of silicon carbide. Natural moissanites are especially rare, making most of today's moissanites lab created. 

 

Ethical and Conflict Free

Moissanite is a naturally occurring mineral, silicon carbide, found in limited quantities in the earth. While moissanite exists in nature, it is so incredibly rare that it must be created in a lab to produce pieces large enough to cut into gemstones. When cut and faceted, moissanite is by definition, the world’s most brilliant gem.Because they are grown in controlled environments using advanced technology, moissanites do not require mining to produce. Lab created moissanites have a smaller carbon footprint and result in less environmental impact. Fine jewelry made with moissanites and recycled metals is a responsible choice.

 

Price

For the same size, moissanites are dramatically lower in price than diamonds of the same size. Moissanite gems typically vary in price based on size.

 

Durability

Moissanite is durable, tough, and extremely resistant to scratching and abrasion. With a hardness of 9.25-9.50, moissanite is harder than all other gemstones except diamond. Moissanite also exhibits more heat resistance than many other gemstones, including diamond. Tests prove that at 2,000ºF–higher than the equivalent intensity of a house fire–moissanite gems remain intact and as brilliant as the day they were created. 

Brilliance

Moissanites are the most brilliant gemstone in the world with a refractive index ranging from approx. 2.65-2.69 (vs. 2.42 of a diamond).  This means that moissanite outshines every stone in the world in its ‘sparkle’.   Last but not least, moissanite reflects light like no other gemstone in the way it processes wavelengths of white light into rainbows of colour.  It exhibits more than double the fire of a diamond.

 

Colour

Unlike the varying qualities of a diamond, our moissanite are all ideal/excellent cut and eye clean (VS1 or higher).  Professional gem cutters ensure that each piece is cut specifically to maximize the sparkle and shine of every single gemstone.  

Moissanites also have unmatched colour due to its production in a controlled laboratory setting.  Moissanites are offered in the E-F colour range (colourless/ultra white) and G-H colour range (near colourless/very slight warmth).

Moissanite is the only gemstone that passes as a diamond on a handheld point test. If you want a stone that resembles a diamond without a high price, moissanite is a great option. At the end of the day, preference comes down to personal taste.

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