First discovered by Nobel prize winner doctor Henri Moissan in 1893, moissanites are a naturally occurring mineral (silicon carbide) that is now commonly made in a laboratory.
Also referred to as a “gemstone born from the stars”, it is a ravishing gemstone that is completely different from natural and lab-grown diamonds. While they are often compared to each other, natural diamonds and moissanites are two very different stones with different chemical compositions, physical characteristics, and optical properties.
Shines Brighter Than A Diamond
While diamonds are often prized based on their brilliance, fire, and scintillation – moissanites reflects and refracts light in their own unique way.
Moissanites not only has a higher reflective index than diamonds, but twice the amount of light dispersion – meaning to say that it actually is more sparkly than natural diamonds! They also reflect many more colours of the rainbow and has been described as a “mini disco-ball”.
Moissanites Are Forever
Just like how “diamonds are forever”, moissanites are built to be yours for the long haul. At 9.25 on the Mohs scale, moissanites are almost as hard as a diamond and are equally resistant to daily wear and tear, chips, and scratches.
This makes moissanites a practical option for everyday jewellery and engagement rings that also comes at a fraction of the cost of natural diamonds!
Focus On The Colour
When you invest in a high-quality and premium moissanite, it can be hard to even distinguish it from a real diamond.
Just like how natural diamonds are graded by the 4Cs, moissanites are graded based on their colour. It is graded in ranges from colourless (D/E/F) to near colourless (G/H/I), and faint colours (J and K). Moissanites naturally give off a green, yellow, or brown tint under certain lights and this needs to be taken into consideration when trying to buy a flawless stone.
If you want to choose a moissanite that shines as bright as the stars – pick one that is near colourless and boasts an ideal cut to really bring out the properties of such a lively and vibrant stone.
As moissanites do not fog up or go cloudy over time, this is why we are confident that its tenacious brilliance will never go out even 10, 20, 30 years down the road.
Moissanites are truly a versatile and valuable gemstone that is suitable for a wide range of individuals and styles. Available at 18 KARAATS, our moissanites are rated colourless and fully-certified by a local gemologist. Personalize your very own moissanite to make a bold and beautiful statement today!