Moissanite is measurably more beautiful than diamonds. It has the most brilliance of any gem in the world. It is exceedingly resistant to cracks, chips and scratches, making it a popular choice for everyday use.
What is Moissanite?
Moissanite or Silicon carbide (SiC) is a rare, naturally occurring mineral. In 1983, it was discovered by a French chemist known as Henri Moissan at the site of a massive meteorite strike in Arizona. Initially, he thought he had found diamonds but he found out later what he has found is silicon carbide. He changed the name of his discovery to Moissanite.
Naturally occurring moissanite is so scarce that any crystals large enough for jewelry are prohibited to be used in that way. For many years scientists tried to recreate this very rare mineral. It wasn’t until the late 90’s in a lab down in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina where scientists finally successfully developed the innovative thermal growing process that creates silicon carbide crystals.
The Global Gemological Resesarch Association Institute(GRA) is the standard of excellence in gemstones services worldwide, since 1993. For decades, trade professionals, throughout the world, turn to GRA for their expertise, consistency and reliability in gemstones identification and grading.
Moissanite ethically responsible gemstone that will rival any natural gemstone for fire and brilliance. It's more durable than a sapphire, ruby or emerald and just as strong, if not stronger than a diamond.
Is Moissanite a Type of Diamond?
No, moissanite is a unique gemstone with its own set of chemical and optical properties different from a diamond. It is a synthetic gem that shines better than diamonds. The properties of a moissanite exhibit more fire and brilliance than any other gemstone.
With that said they are extremely hard to tell apart from a diamond with the naked eye. You would need a very strong loupe or microscope and even still it might be hard for an untrained eye to tell the two apart.
Why Should I Buy Moissanite?
Here are some of the reasons why you should purchase moissanite:
- It is extremely affordable and will fit your budget.
- You can easily create a custom engagement ring that will be according to your specifications.
- The stone boasts of luster, brilliance, and fire, which is not commonly found in other stones.
- Moissanite has 50% more luster than CZ and 18% more luster than a diamond.
- It is extremely durable, tough, and hard, so you know that it can become a family heirloom.
- It is the ethical choice since it is made in labs.
- All Moissanite jewelry above 0.3 carat is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and a limited warranty card with gemological research association (GRA).
Can I Consider Moissanite as an Engagement Ring?
There is no reason why you can’t consider moissanite as an engagement ring. It is grown in labs, so you know that the entire process is extremely ethical unlike blood diamonds.
Also, if you can’t afford expensive gemstones that deprecate in value as soon as you purchase them, then getting moissanite is the way to go.
How Much Do They Cost?
Moissanites look very expensive but they cost much less than diamonds. If a one carat diamond costs $5000 then a moissanite of the same size will cost $700.
Diamonds is measured by carats, whereas moissanite are measured in millimeters. One carat of diamond is generally equal to a 6.5 mm of moissanite.
Is Moissanite Naturally Occuring?
It is very rare to naturally occurring moissanite. They are typically made in controlled lab situations.
Is Moissanite an Excellent Cut Stone?
Each stone is very carefully and precisely faceted. Every moissanite gem is cut according to the exact angles and proportions specific to moissanite in order to maximize its brilliance and enhance the incredible fire.
What are Moissanite’s Properties?
When it comes to hardness, Moissanite gets a rating of 9.2 on the Mohs scale, whereas Sapphire has a rating of 9 and diamond gets a score of 10. This means that Moissanite is extremely hard and is resistant to scratch marks.
One of the reasons why people prefer Moissanite is that it has a great sparkle and clarity. The stone is very clear and only a few of them have slight shades of yellow and green.
Will the Brilliance of my Moissanite Ever Fade?
No. Each moissanite jewelry above 0.3 carat is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and a Limited Warranty Card with Gemological Research Association (GRA).
Is Moissanite Resistant to Scratching?
Yes, Moissanite is extremely durable and extremely resistant to scratches and abrasion. Its hardness is a 9.25 on the Moh’s scale which makes it harder than all other gemstones with the exception of a diamond. A diamond is a 10 on the Mohs scale.
Does Moissanite Break Easily?
No. Moissanite is one of the toughest known gemstones which makes it perfect for an engagement ring, a piece of jewelry that is usually worn every day. Studies in high pressure research have shown that moissanite is highly resistant to breaking and chipping.
How is Moissanite Graded for Clarity?
Each stone is certified by The Global Gemological Resesarch Association Institute (GRA), which is the standard of excellence in gemstones services worldwide, since 1993.
Why Choose GRA Certified Moissanite?
GRA Moissanite Certification The Global Gemological Resesarch Association Institute(GRA) is the standard of excellence in gemstones services worldwide,since 1993.
For decades, trade professionals,throughout the world,turn to GRA. for their expertise,consistency and reliability in gemstones identification and grading.
All Moissanite jewelry above 0.3 carat is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and a limited warranty card with gemological research association (GRA).