Moissanite Frequently Asked Questions

What is Moissanite

What is Moissanite?

Moissanite, also known by its chemical name, silicon carbide (SiC), is a naturally occurring mineral found in very limited quantities or as minute particles in the earth. The rarity of natural moissanite crystals large enough for jewelry prohibits their use.For years, scientists tried to re-create this extraordinarily brilliant material. Only recently, through the power of advanced technology, scientists developed a way to produce in a laboratory Moissanite is truly a unique and beautiful blend of art and science.

How did Moissanite get it's name?

Natural moissanite was discovered in 1893 by prominent French scientist Dr. Henri Moissan, who later became a Nobel Prize winner. Dr. Moissan began studying geological fragments of a meteorite taken from a meteor crater (Canyon Diablo) located in Arizona. In these fragments, he discovered minute quantities of a shimmering material.After extensive research, Dr. Moissan concluded that this material was a new mineral, silicon carbide. In 1905, well-known Tiffany & Co. gem expert and mineralogist, George Kunz suggested the jewel be named moissanite in Dr. Moissan's honor.

Is Moissanite natural or man-made?

Moissanite does occur in nature however, the crystals are tiny and rare. In fact, they are so scarce that enough gem-quality natural moissanite doesn't exist to create a pair of solitaire earrings. Today, beautiful lab-created moissanite jewels are available by some companies and institutes which are able to process rough of moissanite.

Who purchases Moissanite?

Quite simply, jewelry set with Moissanite is worn by both men and women all over the world. However, women especially are attracted to the big, bold look of moissanite jewelry with its unrivalled fire and brilliance, better than natural diamonds.

How do I care for my new Moissanite?

Lab created Moissanite is extremely hard, durable and resistant to abrasion and chipping, it, like all other gemstones and jewels is not indestructible. Moissanite have a score of 9.25 Moh's and next to diamond(10 Moh's). Care for your moissanite jewelry just as you would other fine jewelry, taking care not to wear rings and bracelets when doing rough work or sports. Moissanite jewelry can be safely cleaned the same way your would clean other fine jewelry using a jewelry ultrasonic cleaner or commercial (non-acid based) jewelry cleaner.

Is Moissanite a brand of diamond, synthetic or simulated diamond?

No. Moissanite is not a substitute for diamond scientifically, chemically or emotionally. Our Moissanite is a unique near-colorless jewel (chemical composition: SiC) that stands on its own and has superb fire and brilliance as compared to any other jewel and offers the value, quality and fashion that self-purchasing women demand.

How is Moissanite different from a CZ?

A. Moissanite and cubic zirconium (or CZ) are very different from each other. While they both are near-colorless, their similarities are limited to color. Moissanite has unique chemical, optical and physical properties which easily identifies and separates it from CZ. Cubic zirconium is widely synthesized by a number of companies, for use as an inexpensive diamond look-alike or simulant. By comparison, moissanite is not a diamond simulant, but rather a unique jewel, unlike any other.

Does Moissanite have more dispersion (fire) than a natural diamond?

Moissanite's remarkable dispersion (fire) its ability to break white light into the spectral (rainbow) colors is one reason so many women are enchanted by its beauty. With more fire than any popular gemstone including diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald no other gemstone or jewel compares to lab created Moissanite . In fact, fire can be measured scientifically and with a dispersion of 0.104 moissanite has nearly 2.4 times the fire of diamond.The more times you see moissanite and the longer you look at it, the more you realize it's a jewel worth owning.

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Why does Moissanite have so much sparkle?

Moissanite's superior brilliance and luster its ability to reflect more white light back to the viewer is another reason women around the world are choosing to own this incredible jewel. With more brilliance and luster than any popular gemstone including diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald no other gemstone or jewel compares to moissanite. In fact, brilliance can be measured scientifically and is directly influenced by a jewel's refractive index. With a refractive index of 2.65-2.69 moissanite has nearly 10% more brilliance than diamond.

What shapes does Moissanite come in?

Carefully and precisely hand-faceted, each Moissanite jewel is cut according to exact angles and proportions designed especially for moissanite to maximize its brilliance and enhance its incredible fire. While the most popular shape and cut is the traditional round brilliant, a variety of classic and innovative shapes, cuts and sizes are available. For example, marquise, oval, princess, asscher, trillion, cushion, emerald and more. Whatever your desire, there is a cut to accentuate the fire and beauty inside, a cut that is sure to bring you compliments.