Moissanites are reigning supreme these days in the world of engagement rings. There are different reasons for this. Its remarkable similarity to diamonds despite their different origins. It is, therefore, these days widely used in fine jewelry. Moissanite is sometimes compared to Cubic Zirconia (CZ) which also finds its way in high jewelry. But this comparison is not justified because while CZ gets abrasions easily and losses its sparkle, this is not the case with moissanite.
Now, let’s get to know more about Moissanites-
Chemical composition: Moissanites are Silicon carbide.
History: The mineral moissanite was discovered by Henri Moissan while examining rock samples from a meteor crater located in Arizona, in 1893. Hence, its other name “Space diamond”.
Origin: They are lab-created as the natural material is extremely scarce. This makes moissanite an ethical choice over purchasing a mined diamond.
Color: Colors vary widely and are graded from D to K range on the diamond color grading scale.
Price: Perhaps the biggest advantage of moissanite over diamonds is the price, for moissanite is considerably cheaper than diamond. Lower quality, small diamond tends to cost more than higher quality, large moissanite stone.
Hardness: On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness (with diamond as the upper extreme, 10) moissanite is rated as 9.25. As a diamond alternative Moissanite has some optical properties exceeding those of diamond. It is considered as a lower price alternative to diamond that does not involve the expensive mining practices used for the extraction of natural diamonds.
Durability: Moissanite is a very durable option for an engagement ring due to its hardness, second only to diamonds.
Refraction: Moissanite is double refractive, it has twice the dispersion value of a diamond meaning it has greater fire than diamond and displays a rainbow-like effect.
Moissanite is certified by GRA which assures the customer of the quality used in the jewelry.
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