What's Moissanite?

WHAT IS MOISSANITE? 

Moissanite is a rare, naturally occurring mineral also known as silicon carbide, which was first discovered by the Nobel Prize-winning chemist, Dr. Henri Moissan, at the site of a massive meteorite strike in Arizona. This intriguing new stone was named “moissanite” in his honor.

It wasn’t until the late 90s that scientists–working in a research laboratory located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina–developed the innovative thermal growing process that creates silicon carbide crystals. These crystals are fashioned into moissanite gemstones that rival any natural gemstone for fire and brilliance. These man-made gems are more durable than any other popular gemstone such as sapphire, ruby or emerald.


IS MOISSANITE A BRAND OF DIAMOND OR A SIMULATED DIAMOND?
No. Moissanite is not a substitute for diamond, either scientifically, chemically or emotionally. Moissanite is a unique gem with its own set of chemical and optical properties that exhibit more fire and brilliance than any other gemstone, even a diamond.

HOW DOES MOISSANITE COMPARE TO OTHER GEMSTONES ON KEY GEMOLOGICAL PROPERTIES?
Moissanite is comparable to other popular gemstones including diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald on key characteristics such as hardness, fire and brilliance. On the Brilliance Refractive Index, moissanite is more brilliant than any other gemstone, ranging from 2.65-2.69 on the scale. Its fire dispersion is over 4x greater than any other popular gemstone. On the MOHs hardness scale, moissanite comes in second only to a diamond, measuring at 9.25. In addition, moissanite's durability is excellent, meaning it will survive daily wear and tear.

WHAT PROPERTY OF MOISSANITE MAKES IT SPARKLE WITH SUCH EXCEPTIONAL BRILLIANCE?
The most significant optical property affecting a gemstone’s brilliance, or sparkle, is the brilliance refractive index or BRI. The BRI of moissanite ranges from 2.65 to 2.69, meaning it displays more brilliance than diamond (with a BRI of 2.42) or any other popular gemstone.

WHAT GIVES MOISSANITE ITS FIRE?
A gemstone’s fire is determined by a gemological property called dispersion. Dispersion refers to the prism effect that occurs when pure white light enters a non-opaque object, breaks into spectral (rainbow) colors, and reflects back to the viewer. Moissanite’s dispersion is 0.104, which exceeds that of any gemstone including diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald. Moissanite gemstone will maintain its brilliance and fire forever.

WILL MOISSANITE FADE OR CHANGE COLOR OVER TIME?
No. There are no likely situations in which the color of moissanite will be permanently changed. Moissanite does undergo a temporary color change when exposed to extreme heat from a jeweler’s torch during jewelry repair, but with proper bench techniques there will be no lasting damage and the stone will return to its normal color once it cools.

DOES MOISSANITE HAVE INCLUSIONS?
Yes. Moissanite can have needle-like inclusions that can be seen under 10x magnification. They are not visible to the naked eye and do not affect the clarity of the stone. It’s worth noting that nearly every gem has some sort of inclusion. They are unique to each gemstone and occur in the formation of the crystalline structure.

IS MOISSANITE RESISTANT TO SCRATCHING?
Yes. Moissanite is durable, tough and extremely resistant to scratching and abrasion. With a hardness of 9.25-9.50, moissanite is harder than all other gemstones except diamond.

DOES MOISSANITE BREAK EASILY?
No. Moissanite is one of the toughest known gemstones.

IS MOISSANITE HEAT RESISTANT?
Yes. Moissanite exhibits more heat resistance than many other gemstones, including diamond. Tests prove that at 2000ºF—higher than the equivalent intensity of a house fire—moissanite gems remain intact and as brilliant as the day they were created. This heat tolerance makes moissanite unlikely to suffer damage during jewelry repair.


IS MOISSANITE A FAKE DIAMOND?
No. Moissanite is closest to a diamond in terms of durability and brilliance. But please don't think of moissanite as a "fake diamond." It is a REAL gemstone that just happens to look a lot like diamonds. The fact that it's just a fraction of the cost is a huge plus.

CAN I PASS MY MOISSANITE AS A DIAMOND?
Yes, moissanite looks very similar to a diamond. Meaning: unless you are a trained jeweler, you will not be able to tell the difference between a colorless or near colorless diamond, and you probably won't see a difference even if a diamond has a faint yellow tinge. Natural moissanite has a faint yellow tinge.

ARE MOISSANITE DIAMONDS REAL DIAMONDS?
Moissanites are a unique stone. Those who select Moissanite in lieu of a diamond also can be assured that the stone will be safe for daily wear. While no gemstone can replicate a diamond's hardness, Moissanite comes incredibly close. Although a diamond is a 10 on the MOHs scale of hardness, Moissanite is a 9.25.

IS MOISSANITE AS GOOD AS A DIAMOND?
Moissanite has properties very close to diamonds. Moissanite scores 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. That makes it the hardest gemstone used in jewelry next to diamonds (which is a 10). Sparkle wise, moissanite has an even higher refractive index than diamonds, so it's even sparklier than a diamond. But it has more of a rainbow sparkle, whereas diamonds has both white and rainbow. Moissanite can also resist heat just as well as diamonds.


CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DIAMOND AND A MOISSANITE?
Most people cannot tell that a moissanite is not a diamond. Maybe if you had the two side by side, a very keen observer can see that they are slightly different. Maybe you can see that the moissanite has more rainbow sparkles. Or that they have different casts of color under different lighting conditions. But even then, the casual person may not be able to say which one is which. In fact, even professionals have a hard time telling them apart, unless they use a special moissanite tester.


DO MOISSANITE RINGS LAST?
Yes, just like diamonds, a moissanite stone will last for the rest of your life. It is very durable and will hold up to everyday wear and tear. Moissanite will also not lose brilliance or get cloudy over time.

HOW DO YOU KEEP MOISSANITE SHINY?
Cleaning Moissanite at Home:
Keep things simple. One of the best ways to clean moissanite jewelry is to simply use a mild soap, warm water and either a soft cloth or toothbrush. Place the moissanite jewelry in the soapy solution, then gently brush the stone, taking care to get into the hard to reach areas.

 

Also, you can rest assured that Moissanites are completely conflict-free! No bloody-diamonds here! And Like Charm Moissanites are meticulously chosen by the best craftsmen and craftswomen to provide to our customers the most beautiful jewelries.

 

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