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Moissanite: A More Ethical & Sustainable Alternative To Diamonds

Moissanite vs Diamonds:

 

First off, what is Moissanite? Moissanite is naturally occurring silicon carbide and its various crystalline polymorphs. It has the chemical formula SiC and is a rare mineral. Mineral Moissanite was discovered by French Chemist, Henri Moissan while examining rock samples from a meteor crater! This is why Moissanite is also commonly referred to as “a gem born of the stars.” 🌟(just like you 😉)

At one time, these stones used to be quite scarce, but now lab-made, Moissanite is an easily accessible stone. And here’s why it makes for an amazing alternative to the high-priced Diamond:

SUSTAINABILITY

Because Moissanite is lab-grown, it is conflict-free! They require zero mining to produce, so their origins are easily traceable. It doesn’t take from the Earth’s natural elements, so there is a significant difference in carbon footprint compared to Diamonds. FYI, Diamonds have a heavy carbon footprint—so if a more ethical and sustainable purchase is important to you, Moissanite is the stone for you. 


Don’t get us wrong, we love creating & designing using natural gemstones; we appreciate their rarity and beauty. But, we also love Mother Earth! And as a company, we want to always work towards having as many ethical & sustainable options as we possibly can. Which is why we are so excited to offer this alternative for our customers.

COST

Not only will the Earth thank you, so will your wallet. We’ve broken down a cost comparison so you can see for yourself:

Moissanite cost comparison chart

STRENGTH

Worried about the longevity of this stone? This baby is tough. Moissanite scores 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. That makes it the hardest gemstone used in jewelry next to diamonds (which is a 10)!  Moissanite can also resist heat just as well as diamonds.

SPARKLE

Love a good sparkle? Us, too. Moissanite has an even higher Refractive Index (RI) than Diamonds, so, believe it or not, it is sparklier than a Diamond! Moissanite’s refractive index (2.65) is a little higher than diamond (2.42). The Diamond is not the end all be all when it comes to brilliance. 

And the glow doesn’t stop there—Moissanite has a higher dispersion rate (the rate at which it disperses and bends light) than a diamond, as well. Because a Moissanite has a rate of .104 vs. a Diamond at a rate of .044, a diamond gives off mainly white sparkle to the eye, whereas Moissanite reflects more colored sparkle; “fire” if you will. It’s said that your Moissanite will look like a firework next to a Diamond. 💥

CLEAN

Last but not least, because Moissanite is made up of silicon, it is less likely to attract dirt and grease than a diamond, so it has a longer period to sparkle in between cleanings. Praise!!! 🙌

 

Diamonds vs. Moissanite


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