Known scientifically as silicon carbide, Moissanite, is a brilliant laboratory created gemstone that is an alternative to diamond. In 1893, it was discovered by Nobel Prize winner and chemist Henri Moissan who misidentified it as diamond while examining meteor samples in Arizona. It is found naturally but only in quantities too small for faceting. Today, laboratory grown Moissanite is produced in a controlled environment by the Charles & Colvard company. Their innovations allow us to finally experience this beautiful gem in engagement rings and jewelry.


Durability is an important factor to consider when selecting a gem or diamond for your jewelry. Moissanite sits at 9.25-9.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness making it second only to diamond, earth’s hardest material. It is an ideal choice, along with diamond and laboratory grown diamond for daily wear.


Moissanite is also considerably less expensive than natural and laboratory grown diamonds when comparing similar sizes and qualities. Jewelry Expo offers many shapes and sizes of Moissanite from Charles & Colvard’s, “Forever One” collection. This collection represents the very finest of their Moissanite gemstones and is available in two color categories, Colorless and Near colorless.


Like diamond, Moissanite is extremely brilliant but it’s important to note that optically speaking they behave differently. Diamond is singly refractive while Moissanite is doubly refractive. At first glance it is difficult to see a difference between the two but when viewing Moissanite at an angle its properties become more pronounced. When light enters a Moissanite its double refraction produces a spectrum of colored light much like that of a prism. While some equate this to fire through scintillation and refraction, as with a diamond, it is merely a visual display of light being bent and split inside the stone.