Moissanite was discovered by a scientist named Henri Moissan in 1893 in a meteor crater. This natural gemstone is a very a rare mineral. Therefore, Moissanites today are almost exclusively lab-created, composed of compound silicon carbide (SiC).
It took many years for scientist to successfully produce one of the world’s most fiery and scintillating gemstone, making it the best alternative to diamond available today.
Let’s explore the beauty of moissanite and why it is such a beautiful gemstone for engagement rings, and everyday jewellery:
Gemstones are measured by the Mohs scale of hardness. This scale determines gemstones ability to withstand surface scratching. Moissanite scores 9.25/10, making it one of the hardest gemstones on earth. This makes it a perfect choice for everyday use as it is very durable and will last a lifetime.
In my opinion, the most beautiful attribute of moissanite is it’s fire and brilliance. Moissanite has a higher refractive index than diamond, meaning it dances and sparkles more. In fact, they reflect many more colours of the rainbow than a diamond. This greater brilliance does make them stand out from a diamond.
Moissanite is available in two different colour grades, colourless and near colourless. The new colourless moissanite on the market today is a superior product which allows you to choose a sustainable environmentally friendly gemstone.
Moissanite is dramatically lower in price than diamonds and many other gemstones.
One of the reasons we at True Bijoux are loving moissanite is that it’s beautiful, durable and affordable compared to diamonds and gemstones. If you looking for an affordable engagement ring or a fabulous pair of sparkly studs, consider this beauty of a gemstone.