Know Your Stone: What is Moissanite?
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When it comes to Moissanite, there are many options. In regards to color, you can choose from Forever One Colorless, Forever One Near Colorless, or Forever Brilliant Moissanite. All of that might sound confusing if you don’t know the difference so let us help spell it out for you so you can find your perfect Moissanite ring from our best-selling moissanite engagement ring collection!
To start, let’s give you a little bit of its history.
Moissanite was originally born from a meteorite over 50,000 years ago. In 1893, Nobel Prize winning chemist Dr. Henri Moissan discovered tiny crystals of silicon carbide in an Arizona meteorite. He successfully identified these sparkling crystals as a new mineral, “silicon carbide” with the chemical composition SiC (diamonds are also made from carbon).
However, moissanite crystals are almost impossible to find in nature. Scientists worked for a century to find a way to recreate these extremely rare, brilliant silicon carbide crystals. In 1995, Charles & Colvard was founded to cut, polish, and bring to market the first and finest created moissanites.
Moissanite displays 10% more brilliance than diamonds and has nearly 2.4 times the “fire” (aka sparkle) as diamonds. Its hardness (resistance to scratching) and toughness (resistance to breaking) are exceptional. On the Mohs scale of hardness, moissanite is rated at 9.25, which means it is harder than all other gemstones, such as sapphire or ruby, except diamond (diamonds are the hardest known mineral, scoring a 10 on the scale).
All moissanites, have the same fire, brilliance, hardness and toughness. The main differences between the varieties will be the color and price.
The image below you will see the side by side comparison of cushion cut forever one colorless, forever one near colorless, and forever brilliant moissanite ~ the main difference is the color!
Forever One Colorless Moissanite
Forever One Colorless Moissanite is the whitest among all the moissanite varieties, with a color grading of D-E-F that corresponds to the GIA's diamond standards for being colorless. If you are aiming for a white or colorless stone for your dream bridal ring, then Forever One Moissanite is an ideal choice.
Traditionally, a colorless stone is set in a white gold ring setting, which has been a classic option for a long time. However, in recent years, setting a diamond or moissanite in rose gold has become increasingly popular. Despite being considered "colorless," Forever One Moissanite can take on a warm appearance when set in a rose or yellow gold setting, giving the stone a radiant glow that reflects its setting. Many individuals, including ourselves, adore this look, as it appears more natural and diamond-like.
Out of all the moissanite varieties, Forever One Colorless Moissanite is the most expensive. However, it is still considered a cost-effective alternative when compared to natural or lab-grown diamonds, as it is relatively more affordable. Therefore, it can be a great choice for an engagement ring without breaking the bank!
Forever One Near Colorless Moisssanite
True to its name, Forever One Near Colorless Moissanite has a G-H color grading, which is classified as near-colorless. While it appears as white as the Forever One Colorless Moissanite, there is a slight yellowish tint visible when viewed from certain angles
Forever Brilliant Moissanite
Forever Brilliant Moissanite is the most affordable option available, and it falls within the H-I range in terms of color grading. However, its tone is closer to I, which can make it appear more yellow in color. If you prefer a stone with a warmer tone, then Forever Brilliant Moissanite may be more appealing to you. It is important to note that Charles & Colvard has chosen to discontinue the production of Forever Brilliant Moissanite, so supplies are limited.
Moissanite is a cost-effective alternative to diamonds due to its durability and resistance to scratches, breaks, and chips. Additionally, it is ethically sourced, making it a conflict-free option. Are you ready to discover your ideal moissanite diamond ring?
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