GEMSTONE GUIDES

Moissanite Guide

Moissanite stands out as a leading alternative to traditional mined diamonds, offering the allure of luxurious engagement rings at a fraction of the cost. Let's explore the remarkable rise in popularity of this exquisite gemstone over recent years and how it has been touted as an excellent substitute for diamonds.

GEMSTONE GUIDES

Moissanite Guide

Moissanite stands out as a leading alternative to traditional mined diamonds, offering the allure of luxurious engagement rings at a fraction of the cost. Let's explore the remarkable rise in popularity of this exquisite gemstone over recent years and how it has been touted as an excellent substitute for diamonds.


Glossary

Synthetic, laboratory grown, laboratory created, man-made, or cultured moissanite: Lab grown moissanite


MOHS Scale:  This tells us the Hardness (or strength) of a gemstone. Diamonds are the Hardest!


Heat Treating: The act of applying heat to a stone, bringing it to near-melting point to improve colour or clarity. 


Inclusions: An inclusion is a cavity or crystal cluster within a gemstone. These can cause problems if they form too close to the surface, and their presence will often decide the value of a stone.

What is Moissanite 

Moissanite is a type of gemstone discovered in 1893 by a French chemist named Henri Moissan. It's made from silicon carbide and is known for its sparkly appearance and durability, similar to diamonds. When they are white in colour they are often described as 'budget diamonds' or 'artificial diamonds' and many people choose moissanite for engagement rings and other jewellery because it's more affordable and doesn't involve the ethical concerns associated with diamond mining.

Moissanite Meaning

As a relatively newer gemstone compared to traditional diamonds, moissanite doesn't have a long history of symbolism. However, some people associate moissanite with attributes like resilience, brilliance, and ethical sourcing due to its mostly lab-created nature. 

Moissanite Value

Moissanite's value is influenced by factors such as its size, colour, and quality. Colourless or near-colourless moissanite stones are typically more valuable, as they closely resemble the appearance of high-quality diamonds. Additionally, larger stones and well-cut moissanites with minimal inclusions command higher prices. The fact that moissanite is created in laboratories also contributes to its relatively lower cost compared to stones such as natural diamonds or sapphires, making it an attractive and economical alternative for those seeking a brilliant and durable gemstone without the higher price tag associated with traditional diamonds.

Moissanite Hardness

Moissanite is renowned for its exceptional hardness, ranking at 9.25 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This places it just below diamonds, which are the hardest known natural material with a perfect 10 rating. The impressive hardness of moissanite makes it highly resistant to scratching and abrasion, ensuring its durability for everyday wear in jewellery. 


This gives moissanite a greater appeal as an attractive and durable alternative to diamonds, especially in settings like engagement rings where wear resistance is crucial.

Moissanite Rarity

Moissanite is very rarely found in its natural form, and is typically found only in minute quantities. The majority of moissanite used in jewellery is lab-created. Despite its scarcity in nature, the controlled production of moissanite in laboratories has made it a popular and accessible gemstone for consumers seeking a brilliant and durable alternative to diamonds.

"I love moissanite because of its beautiful sparkle and brilliance. The fact that it comes in so many colours as well gives you the freedom to express yourself when you wear it."

AMY WRIGHT, ADMIN ASSISTANT AND LASER TECHNICIAN

Lab Grown Moissanite 

The vast majority of moissanite is lab grown due to the fact that that its so rarely found in natural environments. Lab-grown moissanite, also called synthetic moissanite, is made in specialised labs where scientists mimic the conditions where moissanite naturally forms, creating gemstones with stunning sparkle, fire, and toughness, just like natural ones. Because the growth process is controlled, lab-grown moissanite has consistent quality and clarity, making it a great option for jewellery. It's ethical and sustainable since it avoids the environmental and ethical issues linked to traditional gemstone mining. 

Where do Moissanites Come From?

Moissanite occurs naturally in minute quantities, primarily found in meteorites and certain rock formations. However, the vast majority of moissanite used in jewellery is lab-created. In specialised laboratories all over the world!

Moissanite Ring Inspiration

Moissanite Colours

Moissanite is known for its impressive range of colours. From icy whites and brilliant yellows to rich greens and blues, moissanite's spectrum of colour allows individuals to express their unique style and preferences when selecting jewellery. Whether opting for a classic colourless stone or a vibrant coloured moissanite, each gem exhibits the stone's signature brilliance and fire, adding a touch of personality and elegance to any piece of jewellery.

Caring for Your Moissanite

It's essential to clean moissanite regularly, just as with any piece of jewellery. But don't worry, all you need to keep your moissanite jewellery clean and sparkly is some warm soapy water which you can use to gently scrub the gemstone with a soft toothbrush (a baby toothbrush works fine).


Always avoid harsh chemicals when cleaning your jewellery, no matter what the gemstone. Another way to care for your moissanite jewellery is to make sure you store it separately to your other pieces to avoid scratches. Moissanite is a pretty hardy gemstone but it still needs to be looked after with care to ensure it lasts a lifetime.


If you think your jewellery needs a refresh by a professional, book in for our repair and refresh service.


Moissanite FAQs

Are moissanite lab grown?

Yes, the majority of moissanite is lab-grown as it is extremely rare that it forms naturally

Why is moissanite so cheap?

Moissanite is generally affordable due to its lab-grown production process, which is less costly than mining natural gemstones.

When was moissanite discovered?

Moissanite was discovered in 1893 by French chemist Henri Moissan while examining rock samples from a meteor crater in Arizona, United States. He initially mistook the mineral for diamonds but later identified it as silicon carbide, naming it after himself.

Are moissanites lab diamonds?

No, moissanites are not lab diamonds. Moissanite is a separate gemstone made from silicon carbide, while lab diamonds are synthetic diamonds created in laboratories.

Which moissanite cut sparkles the most?

The "round brilliant" cut is often considered the moissanite cut that sparkles the most. This cut features numerous facets that reflect light, maximising the gem's brilliance and sparkle.

Will moissanite last forever?

Moissanite is highly durable and resistant to scratching and abrasion, ensuring its longevity. With proper care, moissanite can maintain its brilliance and sparkle for a lifetime.

Is moissanite a good diamond alternative?

Yes, moissanite is often considered a good alternative to diamonds. It offers similar brilliance and durability at a lower cost, making it an attractive option for those seeking a high-quality gemstone without the higher price tag associated with natural diamonds.