What is moissanite?

Moissanite is a rare, naturally occurring mineral also known as silicon carbide, which was first discovered by the Nobel Prize-winning chemist, Dr. Henri Moissan, at the site of a massive meteorite strike in Arizona. This intriguing new stone was named “moissanite” in his honor.

It wasn’t until the late 90s that scientists developed the innovative thermal growing process that creates silicon carbide crystals. These crystals are fashioned into moissanite gemstones that rival any natural gemstone for fire and brilliance. These man-made gems are more durable than any other popular gemstone such as diamond, sapphire, ruby or emerald.

Moissanite's durability and unmatched beauty make it a great choice as the center stone of an engagement ring or jewelry gift. Moissanite gems can be cut into many different shapes and sizes and can be used to create a one-of-a-kind ring, wedding band, or other unique jewelry piece.

Moissanite characteristics

One of Moissanite’s greatest attributes is its dazzling brilliance. Boasting a refractive index 10% higher than the average diamond, it sparkles like no other gem. Not only does this make Moissanite stunning to look at, but it also has the “look” that is worthy of being the centerpiece of your engagement ring.

2nd in hardness only to diamonds, moissanite is one of the hardest gems on earth and extremely difficult to scratch.

Is moissanite a simulated diamond?

No. Moissanite doesn't try and simulate a diamond, it surpasses it in many important ways including brilliance, fire, luster, toughness, resistance to heat, without even mentioning the obvious: price. 95% of diamond characteristics but only 1% of its price.

How is moissanite cut?

Just like a diamond, the quality of the cut of a Moissanite is the most important element to consider. The quality of the cut is the biggest factor in creating sparkle and fire, and without a high cut grade even a Moissanite of high quality can appear dull and lifeless.

When Moissanite cuts are made with the proper proportions, light is returned out of the top of the diamond (which gemologists refer to as the table). If the cuts are too shallow, light leaks out of the bottom; too deep and it escapes out of the side.

We evaluate the quality of every Moissanite gem that we produce, 1/2ct and larger, and ensure to sell only the very best gems available.