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What is Moissanite?

Henri Moissan

Henri Moissan, forrás:

Moissanite is a silicon carbide crystal; it is one of the rarest mineral in nature. It can only be found in meteorites, according to what we know now moissanite did not form under terrestrial circumstances. It was formed outside of our solar system.

Henri Moissan is a Nobel Prize winning French chemist who discovered moissanite during the studying of the mineral. Since its characteristics, the hardness, its ability to channel heat and its colour are similar to diamonds, at the end of the 1800s they started to experiment on how to make it under laboratorial circumstances.

Although, we have to wait more than a century, for the artificial growing of moissanite. Only at the beginning of the 1990’s and American company, Charles&Colvard, found the perfect technology and they patented the method of creating moissanite.

The experimented mineral was introduced in the jewellery industry in 1998 under the brand names of Forever One, Forever Brilliant and Forever Classic. These patents were expired in 2015 but Charles&Colvard remains an unquestionable company in the making of moissanite.

Moissanite could draw attention in the jewellery business because it is a great alternative for diamonds. Its price is much less, it is free from the expropiratory mining practice. Furthermore its optical qualities are higher than diamonds.

Also a very important aspect moissanites can be easily identified by professionals therefor frauds can be minimalized. Moissanites can be cut to all the popular diamond shapes.

The Characteristics of Moissanites

In the chard below we gathered the main characteristics os moissanites, diamonds and other first class gemstones so everybody can see them

Type of Gemstone  Appearance, beauty  Durability
Brillance Fire Hardness on the Mohs Scale
MOISSANITE 2,65 – 2,69 0,104 9,25 excellent
DIAMOND 2,42 0,044 10 excellent
RUBY 1,77 0,018 9 excellent
SAPPHIRE 1,77 0,018 9 excellent
EMERALD 1,58 0,014 7,5 good

To sum it up we can say moissanite can be just as perfect gemstone for a gorgeous piece of jewellery as a diamond. Also a very important aspect is that if a moissanite is over a carat in weight its price is only a fragment compared to diamond and its brilliance is amazing.

Here in our Atelier we keep popular sized and cut moissanites in stock to showcase them. Also our clients can have all of our engagement rings made with moissanites.

You can find our diamond rings here (can be exchanged to moissanites in most of the styles)
You can find engagement rings here.