Moissanite as a gemstone has been gaining in popularity for the last several years. Where once you could count on one hand all the people who had heard of moissanite, the last two to three years has seen an explosion in knowledge and demand for this glittering gem.
Moissanite was first discovered in 1893 by Henri Moissan, who was a French chemist who won the 1906 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in isolating fluorine from its compounds. When he first found moissanite, he thought that they were diamonds but in 1904 he realised that they were in fact different. Moissanites were then named after him. Moissanites are made of silicon carbide (which is composed of silicon and carbon). Moissanite is primarily found in meteor impact craters. Because of this, moissanite is extremely rare in nature and are much rarer than diamonds. Because of their rarity, the moissanites that are used in today’s jewelry are all artificially created in labs. In 1998, synthetic moissanite was introduced in the retail jewelry market for sale. While virtually unknown for many years, moissanite has seen a spike in interest and sales keep climbing sharply higher each year.
Moissanite looks very close to diamond and is often mistaken for one. Moissanite is the second hardest gem, only trailing diamond. While a diamond is a 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, moissanite comes in at a 9.25. This is harder than even sapphires and rubies. Due to this, moissanites make for great gemstones as they will last for generations and they also keep their sparkle and brilliance.
Moissanites also come in a variety of cuts and can be bought with all the most popular diamond shapes such as: round, cushion, emerald, pear, oval and radiant.
Moissanites also have the benefit of being much less expensive than diamonds. Where a diamond could cost you $25000 and similar sized moissanite could cost around $2000 to $4000. This makes it a great choice for rings and engagement rings as you would be able to buy a large center stone with a gorgeous setting that would look absolutely amazing and not have to break your bank account to do it. Saving money on the center stone by buying a moissanite instead of a diamond also allows you to spend more money on getting a truly spectacular setting. The beauty and size of the moissanite, coupled with an amazing setting will get you many compliments. Imagine if you spent $4000 on a diamond engagement ring and a similar priced moissanite engagement ring. The diamond engagement ring would feature a small sub-1 carat stone while the moissanite ring would have a 1.5 carat or larger stone. The sparkle and brilliance of the moissanite ring would outshine the diamond ring.
In addition to the lower price while still having the beauty of a diamond, moissanites are much more environmentally and socially friendly than natural diamonds. Because moissanites are created in labs, there is no issue with the whole blood diamond controversy. Also, no one will have been exploited in the creation of a moissanite while diamonds could (although this is becoming more rare with international regulations).
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