It's a diamond...no, its not!
Moissanite, named after Henri Moissan a French Chemist and Nobel Prize winner. He experimented with carbon and high pressure to synthesize diamonds. But, instead of becoming well-known for creating diamonds he discovered a new mineral in 1893. A few fragments picked up by Henri, from a meteorite crater in Arizona, were thought to be diamonds. Eleven years later he identified these crystals as consisting of naturally occurring silicon carbide (SiC) and various crystalline polymorphs. This new mineral was named Moissanite in honour of Henri Moissan.
Moissanite, is a unique gemstone described by some as the world’s most brilliant gemstone. A forever stone, with dazzling fire, brilliance, and durability, it registers 9.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Hard enough to withstand damage and wear over the long-term. Diamonds score 10 on the hardness scale, and Rubies and Sapphires 9.
It looks remarkably like a diamond but is far rarer than diamonds, and ridiculously small (1.5mm or smaller) in its natural form, as it is mostly found at meteorite impact sites. Because of this rarity, very few people would be able to pay the price for this gem. Moissanite used in jewelry is mostly lab created, with all the same qualities found in the natural form.
Moissanite is not a fake diamond or a replica/imitation of a diamond, although the clarity, colour and hardness resemble that of a diamond. It is an amazingly beautiful stone with a high refractive index and is more sparkly or fiery, than a diamond. Meaning that a Moissanite stone will produce more colourful rainbow-like sparkles when light refracts from the stone. Natural Moissanite has a very faint yellow tinge, while the lab created varieties are colourless or near colourless. Only trained jewellers will be able to tell the difference.
Diamonds are measured in carats and Moissanites in mms. A Moissanite stone weighs a little less than a diamond of the same size, that is why a diamond of say 6.5mm will be 1.0ct while a Moissanite of 6.5mm will be approximately 0.88ct.
Our Moissanite rings are certified by the Global Gemological Research Association, upholding the highest standard of quality. A team of qualified and experienced gemologists will provide reliable and accurate services to test and certify our moissanite stones.