Although you may have never heard of it, moissanite is not a new gemstone. In fact, moissanite literally came crashing to Earth over 50,000 years ago. Moissanite was discovered in a meteorite by Henri Moissan, in 1893. When Moissan first discovered the new mineral, he believed it to be a diamond. It wasn’t until 1904 that Moissan realized it was actually a different mineral all together. Moissanite is composed of carbon and silicone, better known as silicon carbide. Since meteors don’t come crashing to Earth on a regular basis, true moissanite isn’t found naturally very often. The amount of naturally occurring moissanite that is available is too small to create jewelery with. So, when did moissanite start becoming popular? Well, in 1998, synthetic moissanite was introduced to the jewelry market, and has increased in popularity every since.
What Moissanite Looks Like
Simply stated, moissanite looks like a diamond. Although, a jeweler, or a keen jewelry enthusiast will know the difference. Moissanite is only second to diamonds when it comes to toughness, and hardness, so it is a gemstone that will stand the test of time. Unlike cubic zirconia, moissanite won’t lose its luster. Just like diamonds, it will stay sparkly and brilliant for generations. Moissanite is also available in a variety of gemstone cuts. The most popular moissanite cuts include round-brilliant cut, pear-cut, marquise-cut, radiant-cut, square-cut, oval-cut, and the popular heart-cut. If you are interested in taking a look at a Moissanite in person, stop by Diamonds Forever San Diego location.
Cost Benefits of Moissanite
Moissanite is a less-expensive alternative to diamonds. It is especially attractive to buyers who want a big gemstone, but can’t afford a huge diamond. Moissanite gemstones can be put in the same settings as diamonds, and will garner the same amount of compliments and admiration from everyone who sees it.
Why Buying a Moissanite Gemstone is Ethical
Cost is not the only reason to consider a moissanite gemstone over a traditional diamond. Since moissanite is synthetic, and created in a lab, buying a moissanite gemstone does not support the, sometimes violent, propaganda that surrounds diamonds and diamond mining. Diamond mining has a long history of exploitation including both workers and the environment. When you buy a moissanite gemstone, you can rest easy that your purchase does not support any unethical practices in the diamond mining trade.
We are familiar with the many benefits of moissanite gemstone at Diamonds Forever San Diego, and have the talent to create a piece that will satisfy all of your expectations. To see what brilliant moissanite jewelry we can create for you, give us a call at 619-223-2151.