Moissanite? What is it?

Moissanite is a rare mineral found in very limited quantities or as minute particles in the earth. It is a natural silicon carbide within a meteorite. It is also called (SiC) silicon carbide.

Moissante is the Jewels Born from the Stars™ - perfected on Earth.

Harder than Sapphire and Ruby, and second in hardness only to diamond, it is acclaimed for its exceptional brilliance and fire.



1. Moissanite is More Brilliant than Diamonds

The ability of a gemstone to reflect white light is known as its brilliance. How much light a gem reflects is its Refractive Index (RI). Moissanite is unique from diamonds because it reflects more light. Moissanite is also less likely to attract dirt and grime than a diamond and stays more brilliant between cleanings. 


2. Moissanite has Superior Heat Resistance. 

Moissanite has heat resistance properties superior to many other jewels, offering the following distinct advantages for using Moissanite in fine jewelry:

  • Moissanite jewels can be cast in place, allowing the jewelry designer to offer innovative, exact-fit designs. 
  • Moissanite jewels are less likely to experience heat damage during jewelry repair operations. 
  • Moissanite jewels can survive the extreme temperatures found in typical house fires. 


3. Naturally Occurring Moissanite is Rarer than Diamonds.

Moissanite is rarer than diamonds. Rarity is the availability or perceived availability of a jewel.

Moissanite is by far the rarest jewel on earth.

Naturally occurring quantities of Moissanite are so minute, they are not suitable for use in jewelry. After a century of research, only a few companies in the world are capable of growing Moissanite crystals suitable for use as a precious jewel. Still, the process is so complex, that it is as much an art as a science.


4. Moissanite is Conflict Free

Unlike mined jewels, Moissanite is absolutely conflict free, with guaranteed origin. Many consumers are seeking a more socially responsible form of fine jewelry and appreciate the assurance Moissanite provides. Moissanite is a very eco-friendly choice. There unfortunately is no way to reverse the effects of gem mining, no ctrl+z or undo button, but choosing moissanite and sharing about it as an alternative may eventually reduce the need or reliance for mining.


5. Moissanite has Incredible Value 

You would think the most brilliant jewel in the world would be the most expensive jewel in the world.  Thankfully, it’s not. Generally, Moissanite is around 90% less expensive than a diamond of the equivalent quality. Moissanite will last a lifetime and maintain its brilliance, fire and luster forever. Now that’s incredible value.

Meteorite carrying a trace amount of silicon carbide crashes to the Earth, creating a meteor crater in Arizona, called Canyon Diablo. Particles will not be discovered until modern times. In 1893 French scientist Dr. Henri Moissan examines small geological samples and discovers crystals with extraordinary sparkle. As you can conclude the natural mineral is named after Dr Henri Moissa - in 1905 - an honor recommended by mineralogist, gem experts and former vice president of Tiffany & Co. 

These natural silicon carbide crystals were so rare and unrefined, they couldn't be used to make jewelry. It was in the 1980's with the combination of advanced science and propriety technology, that gem-quality silicon carbide was lab-created and finally produced and available for use in jewelry.

In 1995, with the collaboration of a master gem cutter and a world-renowned scientist in the field of physical chemistry, a spectacular jewel with incredible visual characteristics would emerge.

1998 Charles & Colvard created Moissanite and we saw its debut in the jewelry industry. Charles & Colvard remain the sole source of Moissanite today, making the jewel available in many stores. Across the world people today enjoy and cherish the unique brilliance of stunning Moissanite Jewelry.