Moissanite is one of our favorite gems to work with here at Joseph Schubach Jewelers. Not only is moissanite ecologically-friendly, it allows our customers to experience that diamond-rich feeling for a fraction of the price.
What exactly is moissanite?
Mineral moissanite was discovered by Henri Moissan while examining rock samples from a meteor crater located in Canyon Diablo, Arizona, in 1893. At first, he mistakenly identified the crystals as diamonds, but in 1904 he identified the crystals as silicon carbide.
Moissanite is not cubic zirconia. It maintains properties similar and often exceeding those of diamonds:
Moissanite is very hard to differentiate from diamond and can fool many gemologists. It does have many similarities. It is very hard at 9.25 (diamond is 10) and it is highly refractive with an index of refraction of 2.6 – 2.7 (diamond’s IR is slightly lower at 2.42).
So take a stroll through our Moissanite Gallery. Again, we’re particularly proud of the work we’re doing with moissanite. It’s a jewel for the 21st century, in our opinion!
If you want a custom designed moissanite piece, give us a call and an idea. We can make your moissanite dream come true!