The Real Deal behind Moissanite: How it Compares to Diamonds

For many people who want to purchase an engagement ring, the first thing they can think of is to purchase the most special, yet the most expensive of all stones: a diamond. While it is true that a diamond really exudes not only tradition but also beauty, sophistication, preciousness, and exceptionality, it does not mean you should just spend two to three months of your salary on one.

This is where a moissanite stone comes into play.

What is this stone all about?

Moissanite is literally a stone that came about from the stars. This gemstone, initially discovered back in the year 1983 by French scientist Henri Moissan, was first unearthed in the form of microscopic particles. The scientist, later bearing the title as one of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry awardees, uncovered these particles in a crater formed by a meteorite (hence, the stars).

At first, he thought they were diamonds. However, upon closer, much more thorough inspection of the tiny stones, the study revealed their primary composition as silicon carbide. Diamonds, on the other hand, is composed of carbon.

What’s so special about it?

The difference in their composition is just one of the many other things that distinguish this born-of-the-stars gemstone from the hardest known substance on earth. Yes, diamond remains the best conductor of heat and retains the number one spot when it comes to melting point. However, the thing about the former is that to the untrained eye (even to the trained like the scientist who discovered it), is its extreme similarity in terms of appearance to diamonds.

In addition to its diamond-like looks, natural moissanite is extremely rare. Fortunately, experts have found a way to create in laboratories. Thanks to many years of studies, the particles that the French scientist discovered now come in synthetic versions, but still brilliant, full of fire, extremely hard and durable, and most of all, beautiful stones.