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Today, women loves beauty, fashion and value.  She is smart savvy, fashionable.
She is buying Moissanite jewelry.

Charles and Colvard Created Moissanite Jewelry

Affordable Designer Moissanite Gems Jewelry at The Jewelry Hut

Moissanite (Pronounced as Moys-uh-nite) created by Charles & Colvard is a unique jewel with more fire and brilliance than any other.

Below, discover fascinating information about The Gem Moissanite.

  1. Facts and Information about Moissanite
  2. Guide to Moissanite
  3. Use Moissanite gem in jewelry

Introduction to Moissanite

What is Moissanite and what are its uses?
Moissanite is a trade name, a name given to silicon carbide which used in the production of synthetic gemstones. Moissanite gemstone are used in all different types of jewelry including variety of rings, such as wedding rings (bands), engagement rings, earrings, eternity rings, necklace, pendant, and bracelet all set in gold or platinum. But the cost of Moissanite jewelry is just a fraction of the cost of jewelry made of real diamonds. Moissanite, Mossanite, and Moisaunnite are all common mis-spellings. The high price of gem-grade diamonds has created a large demand for affordable imitation diamonds which have similar characteristics, such as Moissanite and its predecessor Cubic Ziconia (or CZ). Even some jewelers have experienced difficulty telling the difference between a Moissanite gemstone and a diamond with naked eye.

Identifying Moissanite as jewelry
When Moissanite was first introduced in the summer of 1998 some jewelers not familiar with the gemstone identified moissanite as diamond.  These early errors occurred when thermal testers were used as an aid to identification because the thermal conductivity of Moissanite is very close to that of diamond. Once the properties of Moissanite become fully known and understood it became easy to distinguish moissanite from diamond.  Moissanite is doubly refractive and has a slight yellowish and greenish tint to the stone which becomes more noticeable with increasing gem sizes.  So what are the other differences between stones with Moissanite as opposed to diamonds? What are the Pro’s and Con’s of Moissanite?

Quality of diamonds compared to Moissanite
Comparing the quality of diamonds to Moissanite. The Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat Weight have all a significant impact on the cost of diamonds because these factors are all used to evaluate price of a diamond.  The Cut, Color, and Clarity are used to measure the quality of diamond and Carat weight is used to measure the weight of a diamond.  The elements of the 4 C’s have been used to compare Moissanite gemstones with diamonds and comparisons are detailed below.

The Facts and Information about the Pros and Cons of Moissanite

First: The Pro’s or The Advantage Moissanite Gemstone:

  • Cost - The cost of a Moissanite gemstone is roughly an eighth of the price of a natural diamond gemstone, but is generally more expensive than Cubic Zirconia at one tenth of the price of a natural diamond.
  • Appearance - Moissanite is so optically close to diamond that even some jewelers can not differentiate the difference without the aid of various tests.
  • Clarity -  Moissanite is not separated into different grades of clarity like diamonds because each stone must meet set specifications before being released to distributors.  The set specifications of Moissnite are comparable to diamonds which have been graded VS1 - VS2 on the Diamond Clarity Chart.
  • Inclusion and Flaws -  Manufactured to appear more like diamonds, Moissanite gemstone have inclusions which is a plus; point when compared to the flawless cubic ziconia, the growing process produces tiny, unnatural, white, ribbon-like inclusions.
  • Moissanite gemstone s are equivalent to the H - J color grades in white diamond color scale. Moissanite is not as white-white like the Cubic Zirconia (which is equivalent to a perfect D and therefore less believable imitations, as white-white color diamonds are extremely rare.
  • Hardness - Hardness denotes resistance to scratching as opposed to Toughness which relates to the ability to resist breakage from falls or impacts.  Moissanite is much harder than most natural gems, and Cubic Zirconia, at least 9.5 on the Mohs scsle, however it is nowhere near as hard as a diamond at bout 10.0 on the Mohs scale.
  • Toughness - Moissanite is tougher than diamond because it has no natural fractures that can crack if the stone is subjected ti an impact of some kind’
  • Moissanite has slightly higher index of refraction (brilliance) and much greater dispersion (fire) than diamond.
  • Moissanite is better able to retain its fire if it becomes dirty, oily, or smudged, whereas Cubic Zirconia looks very dull when dirty.  The excess fire is seen as a Pro by some and a Con by others.

Second: The Con’s or The Disadvantage Moissanite Gemstone:

  • Jewelry for Investment - Jewelry made of synthetic gemstones are considered investment.
  • Color - Moissanite has a slight yellowish and greenish tint which becomes more noticeable with increasing gem sizes (carat weight).
  • Fluorescence - An undesirable hazy effect that causes them to appear slightly green or yellow. The effect of Fluorescence on Moissanite is much greater under natural  light or in sunlight. A jewelry dealer therefore tends to show the stones under a pink tinged light as this tend to cancel out the fluorescence.
  • Moissanite is highly birefringent (a birefrigent crystal splits a light beam into two) which is a desirable quality in some optical applications, but is not desirable in gemstones. Moissanite jewels are therefore cut along the optic axis of the crystal to minimize birefringent effects.
  • Fire - Moissanite has more fire or brilliance producing a more synthetic effect.  The high dispersion of 0.11 is apparent in Moissanite (nearly 2.5 times greater than that of diamond) and readily distinguishes it from diamond with a dispersion of 0.04 which is virtually unnoticed.
  • Hardness - Diamonds are harder than Moissanite which is 9.5 on the Mohs scale compared to a diamond at 10.0 on the Mohs scale.
  • Inclusions and Flaws - Moissnaite are manufactured to appear   like diamonds, Moissanite gemstones have inclusion. Also natural flaws are absecent in Missanite replaced instead by tiny, unnatural, white, ribbon like structures that are a result of the growing process.
  • Rarity - Moissanite gemstone is not rare and can be made quickly and in vast quantities, whereas natural diamonds take millions of years to form.
  • Status and Wealth - It has not got the same status as a diamond and does not indicate wealth.
  • Symbolic Value - Diamonds have long symbolized love and purity.

What is Moissanite?
What exactly is Moissanite?  Definition: It is a high quality synthetic gemstone which imitated the appearance of diamonds and is made in a Lab. It is created with silicon and carbon, through a combination of pressure and heat. Moissanite is a trade name.  A name given to silicon carbide (Chemical formula: SiC) for use in the gem trade.  Moisanite, Mossanite, and Moisannite are common mis-spelling for Moissanite.

Moissanite gems Jewelry
Moissnaite jewelry has been available since the 1990s and Moissanite jewelry has gained in popularity. Moissanite jewelry include all different types of rings such as engagement ring, wedding band (ring), and eternity ring set in 14 KT, 18 Kt gold or platinum.  Moissanite jewelry also include earrings, necklaces, pendants, and bracelets.

History of Moissanite
The following table timeline details the discovery and production of Moissanite gems:

Dates

Timeline History of Moissanite

1891

A Chemist called Dr Henri Moissan (1852 - 1907) discovered carborundum

1892

Dr Henri Moissan theorized that diamonds could be synthesized by crystallizing carbon under pressure from molten iron.

1893

Dr Henri Moissan discovered minute quantities of anew mineral, natural silicon carbide.  Henri Moissan discovered the mineral in an ancient meteorite found in the Diablo Canyon in Arizona.  The silicon carbide was later named “Moissanite” in honor of Dr Moissan.

1905

Mineral silicon carbide was named “Moissanite” in honor of Dr Moissan.

1906

Dr Henri Moissan was awarded the Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in recognition of his investigation and isolation of the element fluorine, and for the adoption in the service of science of the electric furnacewhich was named after him.

1960’s

Scientists looked at Moissanite as a new, versatile materials for use in optical applications.

1974

German scientists used silicon carbide in their LCD’s for computers.

1980’s

A North Carolina company named CREE developed a propriety process for producing large single crystals of Moissanite.

1995

Charles & Colvard partnered with CREE to develop gemstones using silicon carbide.

1998

Commercial production of Moissanite gemstone began and Moissanite was introduced in the summer of 1998.  In conjunction with CREE, Charles & Colvard is the exclusive worldwide manufacturer and marketer of lab-created Moissanite Gemstone.

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