What is Moissanite?

In the early 19th century, Henri Moissan discovered a naturally occurring mineral, silicon carbide, while exploring a meteorite crater in Arizona. This remarkable gemstone later became known as Moissanite, named after the scientist who discovered it and tirelessly tried to recreate this stunning gem in a lab.

Moissanite has an astonishing refractive index, measuring in at 2.691, which is higher than a diamond. This means that moissanite’s chemical structure and unique faceting enable it to slow down, bend, and reflect light better than other gemstones. Similarly, its fire dispersion (measured at 0.104) allows the gemstone to split light as it passes through the stone, making a rainbow-like effect. Moissanite gems are tough and durable, making them extremely resistant to breaking and chipping. Since moissanite is second only to a diamond in hardness, making it great for jewelry worn daily.

You can clean moissanite the same way you would diamond or any other fine gem–by using an ultrasonic cleaner, commercial (non-acid based) jewelry cleaner, or mild soap and water.

Moissanite is an excellent alternative gem that is less expensive than mined stone. You can get a much larger stone without paying a hefty price. Without a doubt, moissanite is the best bang for your buck!