Common Questions About Moissanite
WHAT IS MOISSANITE?
Moissanite is a beautiful clear gemstone that possesses more fire and brilliance than a diamond. Moissanite's story began when a meteor struck what is now Arizona tens of thousands of years ago. Very small silicon carbide crystals resulted from this spectacular event. In 1893, Henri Moissan was sampling rocks in Arizona's Canyon Diablo when he discovered these crystals that were later named Moissanite. The moissanite available today is completely sustainably lab-grown.
IS MOISSANITE DURABLE?
Moissanite is harder than gemstones such as topaz and sapphires. The Mohs hardness scale rates moissanite at 9.25 and diamonds at 10 meaning it is more durable than sapphires and topaz. Moissanite is an excellent choice because it is not prone to scratching or chipping. Its durability makes it very suitable choice for everyday wear in an engagement ring.
IS MOISSANITE EXPENSIVE?
In comparison to diamonds, moissanite is 80% less than the cost of diamonds. Moissanite engagement rings in Toronto retail closer to or slightly above the cost of other semi-precious gemstone engagement rings depending on the brand, color, and size of the moissanite center stone. FOREVER RING offers Harro Gem, Charles and Colvard, and NEO moissanite to accommodate every budget.
DOES LAB-GROWN MEAN IT'S NOT REAL?
Lab-grown means re-creating what is available in nature and should not to be confused with synthetic stones, which are completely man-made. The marketing of diamonds has been very successful, but natural moissanite is truly rare. To date, the largest natural moissanite crystal found is only 4 mm! Aside from being clear, moissanite and diamonds are chemically and optically different with moissanite reflecting more light and a bit more color.