One of every lady’s dreams is to rock a diamond ring. Hence, many people consider such a gemstone to be a girl’s best friend. But does that mean that diamonds are the only existing precious stones? Of course not, moissanite is a new mineral that is dominating the jewel
It is a gemstone that offers the same value and quality as its counterpart for even a fraction of the price. However, there is an unpopular opinion that moissanite is not a ‘real’ jewelry contender.
Moissanite’s Entry into the Jewel Market
Presumably, moissanite has been in existence for a long time. However, its discovery took place in 1893, when Ferdinand Frederic Henri Moissan, the Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, discovered the mineral in its natural state, Silicon Carbide (SiC), in a meteorite crater, in
Arizona. Lab scientists discovered how to convert the naturally occurring compound into
gemstones using lad technology.
Presently, shoppers have the option to choose among traditionally mined diamonds, grown diamonds, diamond replicas, and moissanite.
Moissanites are not only used in the production of precious stones. They also play an essential role in the manufacturing of LED light bulbs, which many households both within and outside the United States use. Lab scientists grow Silicon Carbide into large crystals and cut them into
small gemstones. However, foreign entities are flooding the market with ‘knock-offs’ through different websites.
Moissanite Vs Diamond
Several factors make moissanite an ideal alternative to the diamond. The first one to consider is durability. Diamonds are tough and long-lasting. They rate 10 points on the Mohs hardness scale, making them the toughest mineral on Earth. But moissanite gemstones are
comparative to these jewels. Moissanite engagement rings and wedding rings can last beyond a lifetime They have a Mohs scale of
hardness score of 9.5. As such, they can last as long as their counterparts.
You do not have to worry about your gemstone getting scratched, cracked, or chipped.
Additionally, it is heat resistant. Hence, it can withstand intense heat, unlike other jewels such as emeralds, rubies, and CZ’s. But that is not all. Moissanites are more brilliant than diamonds, thanks to their double-refraction properties. They can give out twice the amount of light they
receive, producing more fire and colour. As such, your moissanite gemstone will capture more attention than its counterpart when under the light.
Moissanite from Price Perspective
Saving the best part for the last, moissanite gemstones are cheaper than diamonds. You could own a piece for as little as $300. As such, couples who are on a budget can opt for a moissanite engagement ring without losing value or quality. However, you do need to be cautious as knock-offs are being sold for under $300. But with an authentic moissanite gemstone, you don’t have to worry about purchasing an unethically mined jewel.
Would you choose moissanite in a piece of jewellery?