What is Moissanite?
Moissanite is a naturally occurring silicon carbide and its various crystalline polymorphs and has the chemical formula SiC. It is a rare mineral discovered by the French chemist Henri Moissan in 1893 in a crater created by a meteorite. It is so rare that Moissanite today is laboratory-created. Diamonds, however, are not rare. Companies who own monopolies of large quantities of diamonds release specific amounts each year to create a demand for something plentiful in nature, driving up consumers' costs. While a diamond is the hardest stone found in nature, with a ten on the MOS scale, Moissanite is 9.25 on the MOS scale, making it the second hardest stone. And while only a diamond can cut a diamond, only a diamond or Moissanite can cut a Moissanite. Essentially, Moissanite is as durable as a diamond. But that's not what makes Moissanite irresistible.
When it comes to choosing a diamond, "cut, color, clarity, and carat" are the four C's that determine the quality of a diamond and the price you'll pay. Moissanite can be cut in the same shapes as a diamond and comes in equivalent weights. Moissanite can be entirely colorless or almost colorless, just like a natural diamond making it just as beautiful and clear when it comes to color. When choosing a stone, clarity is probably the most important consideration since it considers physical defects. Moissanite is sold at a grade VS or higher, whereas diamonds can be sold at a lower grade and cost more money. Because Moissanite is sold at a grade VS or above, it is impossible to see a flaw with your naked eye, but you can see flaws in a natural diamond with a lower grade. Sure, you could buy a natural diamond with a higher grade, but you'll spend a lot more money. But why would you? With Moissanite, you can spend less money and get the exceptionally high quality you desire.
Perhaps the most distinguishing difference between Moissanite and a natural diamond is that Moissanite has more fire and brilliance than a diamond. So what does that mean? "Brilliance" is the reflection of the bright white light from one facet to another through the top of the diamond. In simple terms, it's what makes a diamond sparkle. And Moissanite sparkles brighter than a diamond.
Adding to its popularity, Moissanite is an environmentally responsible choice. It is virtually impossible to know if a diamond was sourced ethically. Without a certificate, there's no way to tell where your diamond came from or whether the people mining your diamond are in horrible working conditions putting themselves at risk each day. And by purchasing Moissanite, you do not have to worry about destroying the environment through alluvial, pipe, and marine mining.
It's easy to see why Moissanite has become the most popular diamond alternative. But it's not just about a budget and environmentally friendly gemstone. Moissanite matches the beauty of a natural diamond and even surpasses its fire and brilliance, making it an excellent choice for your next piece of fine jewelry.