Moissanite: The Diamond Replacement

What is a Moissanite.

Moissanite is a mineral silicon carbide first discovered in 1893.

It became popular due to it's hardness and optical properties.

The crystalline structure is very similar to that of a diamond, allowing moissanite to withstand extremely high pressures. Colors vary widely and are graded from D to K range on the diamond color grading scale. Some of a Moissanite’s optical properties exceed those of diamond making it a great diamond alternative. Its lower price and smaller environmental impact make it a popular alternative to diamonds. 

Moissanite Quick Facts:
9.25 to 9.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale (Diamond 10) making it one of the hardest substances on earth.
Moissanites used in Jewellery today are all synthetic.
Moissanite has a refractive index of between 2.65 and 2.69 which is higher than a diamond.
Moissanites are graded according to color similar to a diamond.

Here are a few of our recent Engagement Rings using Moissanite Stones

Moissanite VS Diamond

Moissanite:
Durability
Measures the hardness of a gemstone on the Mohs Scale.
Moissanite measures 9.25 to 9.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale making it one of the hardest substances on earth.
Brilliance
Measures the refractive ability of a gemstone. The way it reflects light.
Moissanite has a refractive index of between 2.65 and 2.69 which is higher than a diamond. It also reflects light differently to a diamond giving it a faint rainbow appearance.
Diamond:
10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale making it the hardest natural substance on earth.
A diamond has a different type of brilliance using white light and additional scintillation reflection off it's surface giving it the diamond 'sparkle'.
Eco Impact
How the stone comes to be.
Moissanites are lab created making them enviro-friendly and a great alternative for the eco-minded.
Diamonds are mined through traditional exploration and groundworks often having a huge impact on the environment. We however try and make a point or offer our clients ethically mined stones.
Price
What you pay
Whilst the process to create a Moissanite is a complicated and time consuming one - they are still priced well under that of a diamond.
Diamond prices are very well regulated and pegged to the Dollar making it a great investment and hedge against other currency deflation.
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