Moissanite is a rare, naturally occurring mineral also known as silicon carbide which was first discovered by the Nobel Prize winning chemist Dr. Henri Moissan at the site of a massive meteorite strike in Arizona.
It wasn't until the late 1990's that scientists in North Carolina developed the innovative thermal growing process that creates silicon carbide crystals. These crystals are fashioned into lab-grown moissanite gemstones that rival any early gemstone for fire and brilliance.
Moissanite has a Brilliance Refractive Index (RI) of 2.65-2.69, compared to a diamond which has 2.42, or a ruby or sapphire which has 1.77.
Moissanite has a fire dispersion of 0.104, compared to a diamond which has 0.044, or a ruby or sapphire which has 0.018.
On the Mohs Scale of Hardness, moissanite is a 9.25.
So what does this mean? Moissanite is a lab-grown gemstone that is considered a diamond alternative. With chemical and optical properties that exhibit more fire and brilliance than any other gemstone, it offers beauty at a revolutionary value.
Just like our lab-grown diamonds and colored gemstones, moissanite offers a truly conflict-free option when searching for an engagement ring.
Since moissanite is lab-grown, it is an eco-conscious option when compared to a mined diamond or gemstone and has minimal environmental impact.
Moissanite also provides a great value, as it is less expensive per carat than diamonds, and ranks almost to the top of the Mohs Scale of Hardness, at a 9.25.
The Charles and Colvard Limited Lifetime Warranty covers optical properties of the Forever One moissanite stone including brilliance and fire, and the physical integrity of the Forever One moissanite stone including chipping, breaking, scratching, and abrasions. We suggest adding on our $1.00 Lifetime Service Plan to further cover your entire engagement ring.
Just like our lab-grown diamond and colored gemstone jewelry, moissanite is also insurable.