Have you seen the word moissanite floating about when looking at engagement rings, and wondering what it is? Then you are in the right place, let’s talk about moissanites!
What is Moissanite?
Moissanites were first discovered in 1893, by a French scientist Henri Moissan. It is a naturally occurring silicon carbide. When mixed with the right amount of heat and pressure moissanite is formed. So very similar to a diamond. They are the second hardest on the Mohs hardness scale. Coming just behind a diamond with a hardness scale of 9.25-9.5. So, they are a great alternative to diamonds.
How are Moissanites Ethical?
You might be wondering if moissanite is ethical, they are. Moissanite is ethical because it is a man-made stone. This means no mining is required when they are made. They are grown in a lab, like a lab diamond. To create this gemstone the naturally occurring process is replicated in the lab. With a combination of heat and pressure to make the moissanite.
You Can Get More For Your Money
Moissanites are about 85% less than natural diamonds. Means you can get a bigger stone for less money. So if you have a budget but want a bigger stone, moissanite are very good to consider.
Benefits of Moissanite:
- Mining free, as we said earlier they are made in a lab meaning they are ethical.
- Value, moissanite cost less than diamonds meaning you can get a bigger sizes stone.
- Durability, they are the second hardest on the Mohs scale. Meaning they are great for everyday wear.
- Added bonus they have a great sparkle to them!
At Avita we stock Charles & Colvard forever one moissanites. If you are looking for an alternative to a diamond, moissanite is a good option to consider.