Moissanites

Origin:

Moissanite is a rare, naturally occurring mineral also known as silicon carbide, which was first discovered by the Nobel Prize-winning chemist, Dr. Henri Moissan, at the site of a massive meteorite strike in Arizona. This intriguing new stone was named “moissanite” in his honor.

It wasn’t until the late 90s that scientists–working in a research laboratory located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina–developed the innovative thermal growing process that creates silicon carbide crystals. These crystals are fashioned into moissanite gemstones that rival any natural gemstone for fire and brilliance. These man-made gems are more durable than any other popular gemstone such as diamond, sapphire, ruby or emerald.

 

Characteristics:

Hardness: MOHS scale 9.25. They are extremely durable and do not break easily. They are extremely resistant to scratching and abrasion.

Brilliance: 2.65-2.69 on the refractive index. With 4x greater dispersion of light than any other gemstone. (Diamonds are a 2.45 for reference)

Color & Clarity: Moissanite do not loose color or clarity over time and are almost completely perfect in both cut and clarity.