You may be wondering...
Are Moissanite gemstones fake? Are they tacky? Will Moissanite stand the test of time?
Learn the key differences between moissanite and diamond including durability, brilliance, and color so you can select the ideal gemstone for you.
What is Moissanite?
Moissanite is a gemstone born from the stars. It was first discovered in 1893 by a French scientist named Henri Moissan, who later won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He discovered microscopic particles of the gem that would eventually bear his name in Arizona, in a crater created by a meteorite that fell to Earth. He initially thought that he had discovered diamonds, but later determined that the crystals were composed of silicon carbide.
Natural moissanite is incredibly rare, so moissanite available today is laboratory-created. After many years of trial and error, the particles Moissan discovered were successfully synthesized to produce what is now one of the world’s most scintillating gemstones.
Moissanite, referred to as a diamond simulant or diamond alternative, is engineered to give the illusion of similarity to diamonds. They are not fake diamonds. They are created to resemble diamonds, but they carry their own name and increasingly favored reputation.
The reality is moissanite stones are one of the hardest substances known to man - they last forever. Moissanite gemstones also have incredible clarity and unmatched shine and sparkle. Moissanite’s rainbow colored fire in sunlight is just one of its exclusive qualities. Many people lack the budget but won’t consider anything besides a diamond, and end up settling for a lower quality diamond with more discoloration and inclusions simply for the ‘brand name’ that is ‘diamond’. Moissanite gemstones are all class with glistening eye candy that doesn’t fade over time - another reason why Moissanite is an option that is neither tacky nor cheap.
Because they are grown in controlled environments using advanced technology, moissanites require absolutely no mining to produce. Therefore, their origins are easily traceable.
Compared with natural gemstones, 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.
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