What is a Moissanite
It almost sounds like a tall tale but moissanite was first discovered by a French chemist named Henri Moissan in a meteor crater located in Devil’s Canyon, Arizona in 1893. It is extremely rare and has been given the nickname of “Stardust”. Henri Moissan, on finding the first Moissanite in a crater thought he had discovered diamonds and it wasn’t until 1904 that he correctly identified his crystals as silicon carbide. Later, while still alive, the newly discovered mineral was named Moissanite in his honour.
Does this mean my Moissanite came from a Meteor?
Unfortunately not. Moissanite is so rare that deposits are exceptionally rare. Moissanite has been successfully created in a laboratory in a process that is both expensive and complicated and often taking two to three months to produce one Gemstone. Over the past few years the technology in producing these gemstones has increased exponentially and the resulting Gems are truly astounding.
Does it look like a Diamond?
Image from the producers of Moissanite that may or may not show a bias.
Moissanite looks almost identical to a diamond. Only the experienced eye can see the difference. Because they are man made, the creators claim they are perfectly cut with an even higher refractive index than a diamond. This means that they claim they are even more brilliant than a diamond with an even higher refractive index than a diamond (2.65 compared to 2.45 of a diamond). Higher refractive index = more sparkle/bling.
Before we get too carried away here and although we do acknowledge they do indeed look and sparkle like a real diamond we feel that some of the scintillation and fire of a perfectly cut natural diamond is lost in a Moissanite.
It is best to view both together in order to make your own judgement.
Will a Moissanite Scratch?
Moissanite is an extremely hard material. The level of hardness of any Gem is measures on a scale named the Mohs scale and ranges from 1 to 10.
A diamond measures 10 and is the hardest known naturally occurring material on the planet. A Moissanite measures between 9.25 – 9.5 on the Mohs scale.
In comparison a sapphire measure 9 and Emerald measures 7.
This means that the Moissanite is exceptionally tough and should not scratch over time. Most Moissanites come with a limited lifetime guarantee and will not loose their brilliance over time.
Socially Responsibly, Ethically Produced, Conflict free.
Because Moissanite is produced in a laboratory and not extracted from miles beneath the ground the effect on the environment compared to a naturally formed diamond is obviously much less.
There is minimum wastage of resources and workings conditions are excellent.
That said, it must also be added that all Loyes Diamonds are ethically sourced from wholesalers that adhere to the Kimberly process. This means that the diamonds can be traced back to the mines where they were mined (mostly Canada and Russia and Australia).
Moissanite are also not produced in conflict ravaged countries so this can also place the mind of the purchaser at ease.
Price of Moissanite versus Diamond
Everyone knows that diamonds are expensive and to couples starting out their lives together a diamond engagement ring will be among one of the largest expenses as their relationship begins.
Moissanite although still not cheap is a fraction the cost of a Diamond engagement ring.
A one carat certified diamond colourless/near colourless and of excellent cut will cost between €7000 to €14000. A similar size Moissanite ring will cost approximately €2500.
Loyes Diamonds and Moissanite Rings.
At Loyes Diamonds, all of our diamond rings can be made using Moissanite instead of diamonds.
We recommend that if you are trying to achieve the look of a larger stoned ring but your budget just doesn’t allow for it then you should come in and take a look at Moissanite. Depending on the style of the ring a Moissanite Stone in the center stone in the ring while accented by real diamond for the smaller or melee diamonds can be an excellent choice and will offer all the sparkle and style of a much larger stone ring.
All of our Moissanite rings come with certification and a limited lifetime warrantee for the stone.
Though a Moissanite will never achieve the social status, beauty and price of a Diamond as techniques for its production have improved over the past five years making it an exceptional substitute for a diamond. As the costs of living and everyday expenses increase the price of a natural diamond may just be out of some couples reach and the Moissanite may ease the financial burden of this purchase. Many couples we meet although they always love the appearance of a natural diamond feel uncomfortable purchasing a diamond due to having read unfair press or rumours or misinformation regarding the international mining, manufacturing and trade of the diamond industry. They feel that on a social and environmental level that the Moissanite is the Gem more in line with their ethos. The world is an ever-changing place and in keeping with the times at Loyes Diamonds we offer Natural diamonds, natural Gemstones and Moissanite Gems.
If you would like to find a Moissanite in Dublin Ireland why not call or email and set up an appointment and we can take you through our collection of beautiful engagement rings and show you both diamonds and Moissanite while you are with us.