Moissanite, a man-made alternative to Diamond. Why Moissanite and what is the difference?
Moissanite is a naturally occurring silicon carbide. It is a rare mineral, discovered by the French chemist Henri Moissan in 1893. Henri Moissan discovered the substance while examining rock samples from a meteor crater in Arizona in 1893. At first, he mistakenly identified the crystals as diamonds, but later in 1904 he identified the crystals as silicon carbide.
In its natural form, Moissanite is extremely rare. It has only been discovered in small fragments in places from upper mantle rocks to meteorites. Because of these rare fragments, it is synthesized only in laboratories.
Moissanite was introduced to the jewelry market in 1998. It is regarded as a diamond alternative, with some optical properties exceeding those of diamonds. The “fire” of a Moissanite is the brilliance that reflects out of the stone at 2.5 times more dispersion than diamond. On the Mohs scale of hardness, Moissanite is 9.25 whereas diamond is a 10. Moissanite can be worn every day, just like a diamond.
There are several categories of Moissanite. The Classic is not colorless and will have a kiss of champagne color to it. Second, a Forever Brilliant is near colorless and similar to an H color Diamond. The third is Forever One Moissanite, which is completely colorless and similar to a GIA-certified E Color Diamond. This third option being limited in size and shapes due to their recent release. This third option also being the most expensive of the three.
1/2CT Classic = $89; Forever Brilliant = $179; Forever One = $269; Diamond = $1,100.
1.5CT Classic = $449; Forever Brilliant = $699; Forever One = $1,049; Diamond = $10,000.
While Moissanite does not replicate the look of a diamond exactly, it does present a viable option for budgetary or other reasons.
Vickeez Jewelz has several Classic Moissanite rings, and stud earrings available. Shown = Classic Moissanite 2.14CT in a halo of Moissanite stones set in Platineve (Rhodium/Platinum ensures jewelry will have a durable shine and brilliant luster. Also 100 percent nickel free.) Cost = $400. Size 7.