So What is Moissanite?
What is Moissanite?
Moissanite is silicon carbide, a mineral that was discovered over a century ago by Dr. Henri Moissan in a meteorite in Arizona. Further research on Moissanite in North Carolina showed that the mineral can be tailored into different shapes and style. The mineral is now made synthetically in the Lab under environmental friendly conditions.
How is it made?
Creating Moissanite is lengthy and expensive and can take between 60-90 days to make a gemstone. The gemstone is crafted by experts under meticulously controlled conditions after which it is tested for purity and quality. It is then graded and sold.
Is Moissanite a diamond?
Moissanite is not a different form of diamond. It is a unique gem that is affordable and commonly used for engagement rings amongst other pieces of jewelry.
Can anyone tell the difference?
But an experienced jeweler can use these five methods to help identify if a gemstone is diamond or moissanite.
- Examine the specific refractive and gravity indices
- Using a jeweler’s loupe to determine the visibility of the double facet joints
- Examining the girdle of the stone using a jeweler’s loupe
- Use of testing device by a trained gemologist or jeweler
- Using a 10X jeweler’s loupe to check for needle-like inclusion perpendicular to the table facet
How does moissanite compare to other gemstones?
The precious gem is one of the toughest substances in earth and the next to diamond on the list of the hardest gemstone. It earns a 9.25 Mohs hardness scaling while diamond earned 10Mohs.
It is highly resistant to breaking and chipping and is incredible durable. Of all gemstones, it has the highest refractive index between the ranges of 2.65 to 2.69 and also has fire dispersion four times greater than other gemstones.
How does moissanite compare to other gemstones?
Moissanite is one of the toughest substances on earth.
It's next to diamond on the list of the hardest gemstone. It earns a 9.25 Mohs hardness scaling while diamond earned 10Mohs.
Shines brighter than a diamond, and is almost just as durable.
It is highly resistant to breaking and chipping and is incredible durable. Of all gemstones, it has the highest refractive index between the ranges of 2.65 to 2.69 and also has fire dispersion four times greater than other gemstones
Color, Clarity, and Cut
Is moissanite an ideal cut stone?
Ideal cut simply means a stone cut in a precise manner to derive the maximum fire and brilliance. Moissanite piece are cut using exact angles and proportions which makes it glow and sparkle.
How is moissanite graded for clarity?
A certified gemologist use 10X jeweler’s loupe to inspect stones and grades based on the clarity.
Will moissanite fade or change color over time?
Moissanite cannot change color over time. The only change that can occur is a temporary change during repair.
How is moissanite's color grade?
The GIA diamond color grading scale is used to grade Moissanite’s color. Moissanite has three grades colorless (D-E-F range), near-colorless (G-H-I range), and with faint hues of color (J-K range).
Does moissanite have inclusions?
Yes. Just like every other gemstones the inclusion in moissanite affect the clarity of the stone but is only visible under 10X magnification.
Why does moissanite sparkle with such brilliance?
The chemical structure of the gem affects the brilliance; sodium carbide slows down light, bend and reflects in a unique way to create the sparkling brilliance. Moissanite also has a higher refractive index compared to diamond.
Will moissanite's brilliance fade?
No, the brilliance is maintained forever. To cap it all, Infinite Flawless moissanite comes with a warranty.
What gives moissanite it's fire?
Moissanite is a non-opaque object and once pure light enters non-opaque objects, the light breaks into spectral (rainbow) colors and is reflected to the viewer. This process is called dispersion, and is how a moissanite’s fire appears.
Do any other gemstones have more fire than moissanite?
No. Moissanite has 2.4 times the fire as diamond making it the gemstone with the highest fire.
Will moissanite's fire fade?
No, your Imperye moissanite comes with a warranty which guarantees it will maintain its brilliance and fire forever.
Hard vs. Tough
Hardness of a gemstone describes the resistance to scratching while toughness describes resistance to breaking.
Does moissanite scratch easily?
No, it rates 9.25 on the Mohs hardness making it the second hardest gemstone after diamond. It is resistant to Abrasion and scratch. Your Infinite Flawless moissanite also comes with a warranty that protects against damage to the stone.
Does moissanite break easily?
No, research and studies have shown that it is one of the toughest gemstones in the world which is incredibly resistant to chipping and breaking. Your Imperye moissanite also comes with a warranty that protects against damage to the stone.
Is moissanite heat resistant?
Yes, moissanite can withstand up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit without breaking or losing their brilliance making it the most heat resistant gemstone.
Will moissanite retain it's value over time?
This precious gemstone is rare and the value is expected to be retained or increased over time.
Are fancy cuts available?
Yes, all of our products are custom and made to order so you can purchase your moissanite in a wide variety of cuts. The cuts we offer include but are not limited to asscher, cushion, emerald, heart, marquise, oval, pear, princess, and radiant.