A gemstone with otherworldly origins. Moissanite was discovered by a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Henry Moissan, back in 1893. Its composition is made of naturally occurring Silicon Carbide and was initially mistaken as a diamond. Eventually, he was able to correctly identify the gemstone named after him, studying the microscopic particles, created in the meteorite crater in Arizona.
This rare occurrence meant that there was no real natural source of Moissanite in the world. After several years of experimentation, and analysis, it was finally possible to synthesize lab-grown moissanite. Almost all of the moissanite currently available is lab-created. Its similarity to diamonds cannot be understated, but it has its own rather uniquely distinct characteristics.
Moissanite has slowly but steadily gained popularity with a new generation of customers. The promise of a lower price and more sustainable practices used in its creation are a huge selling point.
Moissanites are not to be confused with fake diamonds or synthetic diamonds. These labels are misleading, the only true way to identify moissanite is that it’s a unique lab-created gemstone. Its similarity to the look and feel of a diamond makes it a very affordable and eco-friendly alternative.
It also has incredible brilliance and offers a very beautiful sparkle. Most people will find it way too difficult to distinguish a diamond from moissanite. So, buying moissanite rings has become a popular choice for many couples, offering an economical alternative and a path to more sustainable living.
Moissanite scores high on the hardness index as well, scoring a 9.25 on the Mohs scale next only to the 10 for a diamond. That makes it a very viable alternative for industrial use as well. The hardness also means that moissanite jewelry is rough and tough, and suitable for everyday wear and tear.
So, does it offer value similar to a diamond! It all boils down to personal choice, imagine having a 1 CT moissanite ring at less than half the price of the same sized diamond. It’s easy on the purse strings, but there will always be people who want an actual diamond.