Moissanite taking the jewellery market by storm
Diamonds have taken up most of the shine time in the jewellery industry for many years. They are also associated with prestige across various markets, from Hollywood glamour to royal significance. But far from only being used in glitzy situations, the diamond has also enjoyed the lion’s share of attention when it came to picking the right stone for engagement rings or any other commemorative jewellery. Moissanite is the new kid on the block, and gaining in popularity both on account of its affordability, but also based on the fact that it is structurally and practically similar to a diamond, without being a cheap imitation.
Where does moissanite come from?
Just over 100 years ago, the mineral compound, silicon carbide, from which moissanite is fabricated, was discovered in the vicinity of a meteorite impact site in Arizona. Many people were, for a long time, under the impression that moissanite was brought to earth with the meteorite, but this has subsequently been disproven. Silicon carbide occurs naturally on earth, and was definitely (and perhaps a bit disappointingly, some might argue) not brought to our planet by a visiting projectile.
What is the difference between moissanite and diamonds?
Before you embark on your moissanite journey, it should be clearly and categorically stated that moissanite is not a fake or knock-off diamond. At almost double the brilliance and fire of a diamond, moissanite can hold its own in terms of shine, sparkle and glamour. Diamonds are only capable of single refraction, whereas moissanite has double refractive capability. In layman’s terms, this means that the moissanite can not only take in more light, it can return and magnify the light when it exits the stone.
The hardness of a stone is rated on a scale called the Mohs scale, where moissanite comes in at 9.5, and diamonds score a 10. The difference in hardness between the two stones is negligible, and a moissanite can be used with equal durability to a diamond. It is also thermally stable, meaning that it is able to withstand heat when a jeweller works on it.
How to wear your first moissanite stone
Moissanite makes a statement, so if that’s the effect you’re after, you’re in luck! The same amount of money will get you a far larger moissanite than you would have been able to afford if you were buying a diamond. Moissanite is fantastic for value, as you can get more stone for your money, without busting your budget. In addition, diamonds lose 50% of their value as soon as you walk out of the store - so why bother with overpaying for something that depreciates by that much? It simply makes more sense to invest in something that gives you more for what you pay for it. Don’t forget to pair your stone with an appropriate setting to bring its maximum sparkle out. Moissanite is versatile, and ultimately incredibly adaptable, and looks good in settings of any colour across the metal spectrum.