WHAT IS MOISSANITE?
MOISSANITE – EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW
What is moissanite, you ask? Well I’ll tell ya – it’s a a gemstone in it’s own right, not a fake diamond or diamond simulant, as some people believe. It’s harder than sapphire or ruby, more brilliant than diamond, and 1/10th the cost. Moissanite is the second hardest gem on the planet, second only to diamond! They won’t cloud or scratch like a cubic zirconia. Moissanite is the perfect alternative to a diamond – save that money and put it towards your honeymoon, college loans, or towards your dream home.
Several years ago I stopped into a mainstream jewelry store that carries moissanite, so I could look at some stones when we first started selling them. When I asked the sales rep if I could see some of their moissanite jewelry, he told me they only sell it online because they are afraid their sales people will accidentally put the moissanite rings into the diamond cases.
THE SHORT STORY
Moissanite is a unique gem made from silicon carbide. It's a naturally occurring mineral found in limited quantities or as small particles in the earth. Moissanite is not a diamond simulant or diamond substitute; it is a gemstone in it's own right.
For years, scientists tried to recreate this extraordinarily brilliant material. In 1995 Charles & Colvard® developed a way to duplicate this near-colorless jewel by producing large, gem-quality crystals. Since then, and with the expiration of the moissanite patent in 2015, many other companies are growing and cutting moissanite as well. (It's getting wild up in here, moissanite mania!) Moissanite is truly a unique blend of art and science. We have selected and are ONLY selling the best of the best moissanite. We did the research. We did the investigations. We held meetings. And more meetings. We played with the stones. A lot. We drank wine. And more wine. The companies we are purchasing our moissanite from are top notch - they've done their research as well, they are trustworthy - and they are cutting the most beautiful ideal cut moissanite on the market.
Originally discovered in a meteor that hit the Earth some 50,000 years ago in Arizona, USA (nope, not kidding, see cool ass meteor pic below) by renowned French chemist and Nobel Prize winner Henri Moissan in 1893— the jewel was later named in his honor by a Tiffany & Co. gemologist. At first, he mistakenly identified what he had found as diamonds. Later, in 1904, he correctly identified the crystals as silicon carbide.
Even better, the diamond really falls behind when it comes to the cost—moissanite runs about one-tenth the price. Only experts can tell the difference by using special instruments, and many diamond testers that jewelers use are fooled by the super sexy moissanite. So are the jewelers themselves! When I was in Cancun, I even fooled 2 diamond dealers. I was hanging out in the pool, and I may have had a Corona in hand, when some cute guy complimented me on my 3.5 carat emerald cut Forever Brilliant. I said thank you, let him take a closer look, and then told him it was a moissanite. He couldn't believe it. He called his wife over, she was a dealer as well, and she couldn't believe it either. We hung out for a while, and he kept looking at it and shaking his head in disbelief.
THE IN-DEPTH SCOOP
How is moissanite created?
How do you ensure the product and quality in the production of created moissanite?
What makes moissanite "sparkle?" What characteristics of moissanite give it such exceptional brilliance?
Will moissanites brilliance ever fade?
How is moissanite graded for clarity
Does moissanite have inclusions?
Is moissanite available in colors?
Will moissanite change color over time or fade?
Are moisasanite hand or machine cut?
What shapes are available?
What gives moissanite its fire?
Will moissanite ever lose its fire?
Is moissanite resistant to scratching?
Can moissanite break easily?
Is it heat tolerant?
How can moissanite be distinguished from other colorless gems?
- Test using a diamond/moissanite tester or other testing device used to distinguish moissanite.
- Determine if doubling of facet junctions is visible through magnification.
- Unique needle-like or micropipe type inclusions that typical are perpendicular to the table facet are visible only under magnification in a percentage of moissanite.
- Specific gravity and refractive index are important attributes in gemstone identification useful for a gemologist with appropriate equipment to identify moissanite.
Is it true that moissanite can test positive as a diamond?
Why is moissanite sold by millimeter and not carat weight??
How do you clean moissanite?
You can clean a moissanite the same way you would diamond or any other fine gemstone. As with any fine jewelry item, you would not want to dump all of your jewelry into an ultrasonic cleaner at once to guard against possible chipping, but your moissanite jewel is perfectly safe under normal ultrasonic cleaning. (Unless you have pave set stones - we do not recommend using an ultrasonic cleaner on pave set stones, as it will rattle them loose over time.) You can also clean them with a commercial (non-acid based) jewelry cleaner or mild soap and water using a soft toothbrush.
CLEANING TIP: When washing your hands, allow the water to run over your rings to thoroughly rinse away any soap, this will help keep your sexy moissanite cleaner longer.