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A Buyer’s Guide To Moissanite Rings
august 28, 2018
Moissanite gets its name from French scientist Henri Moissan, the first person to correctly identify silicon carbide in its mineral form. Moissanite shines brighter than a diamond or any other gemstone, and is in fact, superior to other gemstones in many ways. Moissanite is a gemstone born from the stars.
Birthstone And Anniversaries
Moissanite resembles Diamonds closely, with a few key differentiators, one of which being price. Given their similarities, while Diamonds are the birthstone for April, Moissanite can be used as an alternative option.
Meaning And Lore
Being one of the rarest minerals found in nature, and due to the fact that it was discovered in a meteorite, Moissanite is referred to as a “gemstone born from the stars”, and is valued for its tenacious brilliance.
A very important factor of moissanite is dispersion – the ability of a gemstone to throw light, also known as its fire. The dispersion of moissanite is incredibly high (nearly 2.4 times greater than diamonds), making it the most popular among diamond simulants.
Moissanite is also incredibly durable – it is exceedingly resistant to cracks, chips and scratches, making it a popular choice for everyday use. A good quality Moissanite will sparkle with fire!
Classic moissanite is not colourless, however, depending on the size of the stone, smaller variants would appear so. Hence we recommend using Moissanites which are bigger than 5MM i.e. ½ carat Moissanite or larger.
High quality Moissanites (like the Super Premium grade Diamondère uses) will have a luster equivalent to a diamond of color D,E,F (which are some of the finest diamonds known to mankind).
“It Is Hard To Tell A Diamond And A Good Quality Moissanite Apart!”
Moissanite is a stable and heat resistant material that can be treated with heat to change its colour. The various options include light green, dark green and colourless, but it can be treated to almost any color of your choice.
Cut quality is very crucial for a gemstone. Maximum light has to pass through the stone and return. If light goes out the back, the stone appears full and lifeless. Moissanite’s high dispersion level, makes it easily the best stone to cut, and have immense fire. Cuts should be clean and minimal, and Moissanite’s lack of fracture points allows for precision cutting every time. A perfectly cut Moissanite yields a sparkling and lively stone.
Clarity & Luster
All gemstones have some inclusions. In Moissanite, tiny, clear pipe like inclusions can be found. The more the inclusions, the lower the value of the stone.
Moissanite always yields highest fire with good colour, clarity and cut. It is also available at a fraction of a price of a diamond. So, a relatively large size Moissanite stone can be chosen for jewellery, at a fairly economical cost.
Natural moissanite is extremely scarce, and so a majority of the Moissanite in use today is synthetic, and labratory created.
To clean moissanite jewellery at home, take a bowl of warm soapy water, using liquid handwash. No hard detergents are recommended. Brush gently with a toothbrush and rinse it.