Moissanite is a terrific gemstone choice for an engagement ring. let’s dig into why, regardless of price, moissanite has become the go-to choice for many couples across the globe.
What is Moissanite?
Fascinating story for a fascinating gemstone.
In 1893 a French scientist, Henry Moissan, was scuffling around in a meteor crater in Arizona when he discovered a small deposit of beautiful gemstones.
He initially mistook it for diamonds due to its hardness, characteristics and crystal-like appearance. It took him a short 11 years of research and study to notice the difference in composition. This fascinating gemstone was not pure carbon (diamond) as he initially thought, but rather silicone carbide.
*Moissanite in in natural form.
Mr Moissan’s research on silicone carbide earned him the venerable Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and also had the gemstone officially named after him.
In its “natural” form Moissanite is extremely rare. So rare that almost 50 years passed after its initial discovery and correct classification before another deposit was found.
Realising the potential of bringing this striking gemstone to the fine jewellery world a few scientists and geologists got to work in the 1980s to perfectly create Moissanite in a laboratory.
And so, 102 years after its discovery Moissanite was introduced to the jewellery market in 1995, and has since grown to be the gemstone of choice for many engagement ring shoppers.
As you can see from Mr Moissan’s story diamonds and moissanite look alike.
Although marginal, the fire, brilliance and lustre (sparkle) of a moissanite is actually higher than that of a diamond;
- Moissanite has a high reflective index of 2,65 – 2,69 compared to a diamond at 2,42.
- Moissanite’s light dispersion is 0.104, more than double that of a diamond.
These numbers boil down to one scientific fact: moissanite’s characteristic sparkle is superior to all other gemstones.
Since moissanite is created under strict laboratory conditions all moissanite is flawless and without any visible inclusions and imperfections.
Flawless diamonds on the other hand are exorbitantly rare and expensive.
Photos just can’t capture the life of a moissanite and no gemstone calls for seeing it in person more than a moissanite.
Do yourself a favour and visit one of our studios to view our large range of moissanites with your own eyes. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. Get in touch here.
Durability (Will it scratch?)
The hardness of a mineral is graded on a scale from 0 – 10 based on how one mineral scratches the other. (Mohs Scale of Hardness)
There’s only one substance with a hardness of 10 and that’s a good old diamond. As corny as it sounds; diamonds are actually forever.
Guess what’s the second hardest substance? Moissanite coming in with a rock hard 9.5 on the Mohs scale.
Let’s put this into perspective. The world’s most exclusive watch brands (Rolex, Breitling, Patek, Omega…) all use sapphire glass.
It’s close to impossible to scratch the sapphire glass on these watches and that’s why they can literally be passed from one generation to the next in tip-top shape.
Sapphire scores a 9 on the Mohs scale.
So, moissanite is more scratch resistant than the glass of a R1 000 000 Patek Philippe watch. That says a lot.
I can’t guarantee you that your moissanite won’t ever pick up a scratch. What I can do though, is promise you we’ve never had a single return on our moissanite jewellery.
Creating moissanite in a laboratory isn’t cheap, but traditional large scale mining operations are significantly more capital intensive.
There’s not really a rule of thumb to compare moissanite prices to diamonds, but here’s a real life example of a special we’re currently running;
1,00ct Round Brilliant Certified Moissanite, D-colour, VVS-clarity @ only R5240*.
A decent 1,00ct diamond can easily cost you 10 times more.
*This by no means hints to a diamond not being able to justify its price. Diamonds have a lot going for them.
A better vantage point
Although my comparisons have been to diamond, moissanite is by no means solely a “diamond alternative”.
It’s not trying to be a diamond, possesses awesome unique characteristics and has a fascinating story of its own.
Also, moissanite is in no shape or form a “fake” diamond.
It would be the same to refer to a Toyota as a fake BMW or vice versa. If you have bought a BMW, a Nissan, or a Toyota, it was your preferred choice, whatever your considerations were. It simply depends on what you prefer and how it fits in the bigger picture of where you are in life.
Regardless of its price – moissanite may very well be your gemstone of choice. And as mentioned it’s well worth it to visit us and see for yourself.
If you’d like to discuss moissanite options and engagement ring designs, simply send me an email on email@example.com I’m here to help.
That Special I Mentioned
Our Moissanite Special: We’ve just received a large shipment of moissanite and since you put in the work of reading this post:
ALL certified 1,00ct Moissanite, D-colour, VVS-clarity are going for only R5240. While stocks last.
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