In recent years, moissanite has become more and more popular in the jewellery industry. Consumers are looking for a more ethical and eco-responsible alternative to the diamond. Therefore, people have been opting for this lab-created stone, that can be found in a natural form, but is extremely rare. Consequently, we will be speaking of the synthetic version of this stone, which is composed of silicon carbide.
Fun fact to start off with. It is in 1904 that a French chemist discovered a burst of natural moissanite for the first time. His name was Henry Moissan, it is therefore, in his honor that this rarity of nature was called Moissanite.
In this article, we will examine four important points to enlighten you as to whether moissanite is a good option for you.
1- SOLIDITY 💎
Moissanite is a solid choice! All gemstones have a specific hardness, which is defined by a classification system called the Mohs scale, which ranges from 1 to 10. Moissanite is almost at the top of this classification with a 9.5, which makes it a virtually indestructible stone. Only diamonds have the highest hardness of 10.
Sometimes confused by the uninitiated with what is commonly called a cubic or CZ (zirconium oxide), moissanite will resist perfectly over time compared to this other synthetic stone.
Not sure what type of stone is on your rings? Know that it is possible for a jeweller to differentiate these stones with the naked eye or with a small machine that attests that the stone is a cubic, a moissanite or a diamond. feel free to Contact us if you have a doubt about the nature of one of your stones!
2- BRILLANCE 💍
Believe it or not, moissanite shines more than a diamond! This is because moissanite is made of silicon carbide which has a higher refractive index for light than diamonds. This refractive index is the main reason for the brilliance of the stone because it is responsible for the ability to disperse light within the stone.
Therefore, if it is brilliance that you are looking for, a moissanite is a perfect substitute for a diamond.
3- PRICE 💰
If moissanite is a stone that interests you, wait until you hear about the price! Indeed, for a stone over 25 points you will pay moissanite about 20% of the price of the diamond. If you do the calculation, for a 1 carat stone, you will save more than 2000$!
Hence, if budget is an issue, moissanite might be a good solution for you.
4- ETHICS 🌍
The largest manufacturer and sole patent holder for the creation of moissanite is Charles & Colvard. All their stones are created in a laboratory in the United States in a dignified environment where human rights and the environment are given priority. It is true that the creation of any stone in a laboratory has its share of energy consumption and carbon footprint, but we are still far from the equivalent in mining!
On the ethical side, moissanite is the perfect choice if you want to be 100% sure of the origin and manufacturing process of your stone.
Whether it is for an engagement ring, a wedding ring or even something you would like to buy for yourself, hopefully you will now know if a moissanite is a stone that better suits your tastes, your values and your wallet
Have a look at our selection of handmade rings with moissanites.
If you do not find exactly what you are looking for, do not hesitate to make an appointment with us for a custom creation.