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An Eco-friendly, Affordable Alternative

Moissanite

Conflict-free

Lab-grown with a smaller carbon footprint than diamond

Sparkling

A higher refractive index and greater fire than even diamond

Durable

Second hardest gem on earth, second only to diamond

Affordable

A tiny fraction of the price of diamond

What is moissanite?

Moissanite was first discovered in 1893 by a Nobel-Prize winning French scientist, named Henri Moissan. He discovered the mineral on a meteor that struck earth, leaving the moissanite particles in its crater. At first, Moissan thought he had discovered diamonds from outer space, but then realized that the crystals were a silicon carbide chemical composition, rather than the pure carbon composition of diamond.

How It's Grown: Henri Moissan spent the rest of his life trying to recreate the crystal, but never succeeded. It wasn’t until a century later in the 1990’s that scientists in North Carolina invented the process to successfully grow the mineral in a lab. All moissanite on the market today is grown in a laboratory using these highly technological equipment and processes, since not enough of it occurs naturally on our planet.

COMPARISON GUIDE

Diamond VS MOISSANITE

MOISSANITE

Brilliance & Fire: Moissanite has a higher Refractive Index of 2.65 – 2.69, resulting in more brilliance. It also has better fire dispersion than diamond, creating sparkle that exhibits rainbow-like flashes of color.


Durability: Moissanite ranks at 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, making them well-suited for everyday wear.

Color: Moissanite is available in near-colorless or colorless range options.

DIAMOND

Brilliance & Fire: Diamond has a slightly lower refractive index of 2.42. It also has lesser fire, resulting in whiter sparkle that exhibits fewer rainbow-like flashes of color.

Durability: Diamond is the hardest material on earth, ranking at 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, which is why it's a popular engagement ring choice.

Color: White diamonds range from lightly colored to colorless, and are priced accordingly.

Ethical. SUSTAINABLE. THOUGHTFUL. TREASURED

A More Eco-Conscious Alternative

Because it’s created in a lab, moissanite avoids the problematic issues tied to gemstone mining, and the devastating effects that mining has on our environment and its inhabitants. Moissanite has a smaller carbon footprint than mined gemstones or diamonds, making it a more sustainable and responsible choice.

IDENTIFIYING MOISSANITE

How is Moissanite Distinguished from Diamond?

Moissanite has a very similar look to diamond, and can often be tough to spot to the untrained eye. Not only does moissanite look visually similar to diamond, but it even tests as diamond using traditional diamond testers. Other methods often have to be used to determine if a stone is moissanite:

1. Use a special moissanite/diamond testing device that can distinguish these stones from each other.

2. Use a jeweler’s loupe to look for those needle-like inclusions that are unique to moissanite

3. Moissanite has a distinct “double refraction” or doubling effect of the facet junctures that can be viewed under magnification.

4. Moissanite’s specific gravity can be tested using special devices

5. Moissanite conducts heat and electricity differently than diamond, and its conductivity can be tested using specialized equipment.