MOISSANITE: ECO-FRIENDLY DIAMOND ALTERNATIVE
The Best Diamond Alternative for Engagement Rings
Moissanite is our favorite diamond alternative. It is highly dispersive (rainbow sparkle!), and hard/durable enough for everyday wear, for a lifetime. These two factors are next to impossible to find in ANY OTHER WHITE STONE besides diamond!
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WHAT IS Moissanite?
Moissanite is an interesting gemstone, because it is both synthetic, and a diamond simulant. It is not, however, a synthetic diamond. It is a diamond simulant because it is made to look like a diamond. It is synthetic because it is made in a lab, but it is synthetic moissanite
. The molecular structure is that of a stone that is found in nature.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DIAMOND SIMULANT AND A SYNTHETIC DIAMOND?
A diamond simulant is not the same thing as a synthetic diamond. A synthetic diamond, like a synthetic sapphire, is created in a lab, and it has the same molecular structure as the natural material. It is, therefore, still diamond, it is just lab-created.
A simulant is something that is made to look like the original. So, if you faceted a piece of glass just like a diamond, because you wanted a clear stone that looked like a diamond, that would be a simulant. It is not diamond on any level. Rhinestones and Cubic-Zirconia (CZ) are two commonly known diamond simulants. Of course, these are not useful for engagement rings, because of the hardness.
What makes Moissanite the best choice for a diamond alternative?
Unlike other diamond alternatives on the market, Moissanite is HARD! Truly hard, not coated. With a hardness of 9.25, it comes in closer than any other gemstone to diamond. We've seen engagement rings with Moissanite withstand the test of time. Alternately, we've had customers send us other "diamond simulants" that they have purchased on-line, and because of our disappointment in the performance of the stones, we've even had them tested. The other most popular diamond simulant sold on line has a hardness of 7.5. Buyer beware! These stones look awful after a year of wear.
The other thing we love about moissanite is the SPARKLE! The layperson has a difficult time distinguishing the difference between diamond and moissanite.
And of course, being lab-created, moissanite is also ECO FRIENDLY! No earth was moved for this gemstone, making it truly the best eco-friendly diamond alternative available now.
WHITE STONE COMPARISON CHART
with Daily Wear
|Lifetime, very low
likelihood of chips
chance of chipping
|Lifetime, will likely chip
|Up to a couple of years,
surface will abraid quickly
||Varies; D-H appears
Classic is K-M,
Brilliant is H-J,
One is colorless
can have pale tones
of sapphire colors,
such as blue or yellow
Lab Created (colorless)
flashes are only white
some flashes of color
||Looks great even
when dirty behind
stone, still sparkles
|Looks great even
when dirty behind
stone, still sparkles
|Looks muddy and dull
when dirty behind the
stone (very unattractive
|Looks dull when dirty
behind the stone
Moissanite: Brilliance and Fire
Moissanite has unparalleled sparkle! It has a higher refractive index than diamond, resulting in greater brilliance than diamond. Moissanite also has greater dispersion (fire) than a diamond, so you will notice more rainbow flashes of light.
Moissanite ranks second to diamond in hardness. While a diamond is a 10 on the Mohns hardness scale, moissanite comes in at 9 1/4. This means that moissanite is a great choice for an engagement ring, as it will still appear *sparkly* over a lifetime of wear. A moissanite has greater stability than a diamond, meaning it can withstand greater temperatures and harsher chemicals it may be exposed to in jewelry manufacture and repair.
Forever Classic Moissanite
does not appear truly colorless. It is slightly tinted greenish-yellow. On the diamond color grading scale, it is close to a L-M grade.
The newest Moissanite is called Forever One
, and it is colorless. Moissanite is incredibly dispersive (even more so than natural diamond), so you can see lots of fire when the stone is in motion.
Moissanite is lab grown! No earth is moved to create this lovely gem, making it a great eco-friendly diamond alternative.
Moissanite is a chemical compound known as silicon carbide. It was first discovered by Dr. Ferdinand Frederick Henri Moissan in Arizona’s Barringer Crater in 1893. Silicon carbide was just used for industrial applications until the 1990s, when it was realized that moissanite could be worn in jewelry. Today, quality moissanite for fine jewelry is so rare that it is lab-grown. Charles & Covard
of North Carolina is, and has been, the only distributor of moissanite.