In 1893, a scientist name Henri Moissan discovered a new gem in a crater left behind when an asteroid fell to Earth. This gem, which was created among the stars, was remarkably similar to diamonds. This dazzling new stone was named Moissanite after the scientist who discovered it.
Today it is a very popular gemstone choice for fine jewelry. But what is Moissanite? And what makes it so special?
Moissanite is Lab Grown
Despite its astral beginnings, most moissanite today is lab grown. Naturally occurring moissanite is extremely rare. Fortunately, it can be recreated in a lab with the same chemical composition.
Lab grown moissanite is eco-friendly and conflict free. It also requires less resources than something like a mined diamond, so it comes with a much lower price tag.
These Gems Look Very Similar to Diamonds
In fact, to the untrained eye, you might have some difficulty distinguishing between the two. They are both colorless gems that reflect light. There is one key difference that can help you distinguish between the two – the way they reflect light.
Moissanite emits a fiery, rainbow-like brilliance and can look even more sparkly than diamonds. Deciding between the two based on light reflection is really a matter or preference.
Moissanite is Almost as Durable as Diamonds
Mineral hardness is rated on the Mohs Scale. The scale ranges from 1 to 10, with 10 being the strongest. Diamonds are famous for being the hardest substance known to man, with a score of 10 on the Mohs scale.
Moissanite has a score of 9.25 on the Mohs scale and is the second hardest gem used in jewelry. Though they are not as hard as diamonds, they are still durable enough to withstand everyday wear, making them a great option for engagement rings.
Moissanite is Colorless
Moissanite is a colorless stone, similar to diamonds. Sometimes large moissanite can look slightly yellow or gray under natural light. The larger the stone is, the more visible this can be. When purchasing a Moissanite, make sure you look at it in all types of light, so you know what to expect.
Moissanite Works with All Budgets
Moissanite comes at a much lower price tag than diamonds because it is lab grown. Moissanite is a great option if you are looking for a larger stone but want to stay within a budget. If fact – the main feature influencing the price of the stone is its size.
In contrast, diamonds are priced based off the 4 C’s – Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat. Because of this, two similarly sized diamonds could demand completely different price tag.
If you want a ring as dazzling as the stars, look for a gemstone that was born among them. For any questions about creating your own stunning engagement ring with Moissanite, schedule a private appointment with Matt at The Austin Diamond Room.