Moissanite is the name of the mineral form of SiC and it shines and sparks more than any traditional precious stone (including diamond, sapphire, ruby or emerald) and its hardness (resistance to scratch) is only second to that of diamond, 9.25 in Mohs’ scale and superior to any other gemstone, with excellent toughness (resistant to impacts).
Moissanite’s durability and beauty makes it an ideal choice for its use in fine jewelry for both daily wear (like engagement rings) and special occasions.
Indeed, moissanite outperforms diamond in the three optical properties that establish its beauty. With a greater refraction index, more luster and greater dispersion, moissanites have unbeatable shine and hypnotizing white and rainbow colored sparks, making it not only a great alternative to diamond but a feared competitor – this explains why you haven’t heard much about it.
Even the discoverer of Moissanites, Nobel Prize-winning French chemist Henri Moissan, and expert jewelers have mistaken the moissanite with diamond. These two astonishing stones, moissanites and diamonds, share undeniable similarities, both in beauty and durability. So is that, that even traditional diamond testers using only thermic conductivity for screening confuse moissanites with diamonds. This has led to several cases of fraud, where a moissanite was sold as if it was a diamond with the price tag of a natural diamond. Luckily, there are more and more companies across the world that are selling moissanite for what it is, a beautiful gemstone, extremely rare in nature and with its own singularities. And we are one of them!
The beauty of synthetic moissanites along with an affordable price and an ethical source, are the main reasons why moissanite – still unknown to many people in Europe- has altered permanently the market of colorless stones (diamond, CZ) in many countries (i.e. United Kingdom, United States, Mexico, China and India), where it has been gaining market share for the last twenty years, becoming the first choice for engagement rings for more and more people every day.
The reasons for it are obvious: for a fixed budget, you will get bigger stones with no inclusions, excellent cut and durability and an unbeatable shine that will last forever (para toda la vida).