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Affordable Diamond Alternative

Moissanite is a lab-created gemstone made from silicone carbide that is popular as an affordable and durable alternative to diamonds.

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Moissanite vs. Diamond

Moissanite was first discovered in 1893 by French scientist Henri Moissan while he was examining rock samples from a meteorite crater in Arizona. Moissanite has a hardness rating of 9.25 on the Mohs scale, making it almost as durable as a diamond.

Moissanite is a popular alternative to diamond due to its brilliance, durability, and affordability. It has a high refractive index, which means that it reflects light very well, resulting in a sparkly appearance that is similar to that of a diamond.

Compared to diamonds, moissanite has a lower density and is less hard, but it is still a very durable gemstone that can withstand daily wear. It is also more affordable than diamonds, making it a popular choice for engagement rings and other fine jewellery.

Moissanite diamonds can be created in a lab using a process called the vapour deposition method, which involves heating a mixture of silicone and carbon in a vacuum chamber. The resulting crystals are then cut and polished to create stunning gemstones that are nearly identical to natural diamonds.

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Choosing a Moissanite

Moissanite diamonds have many advantages over traditional diamonds. They are more affordable, with prices that are typically 10-15% of the cost of a diamond of similar size and quality. Moissanite diamonds are also more environmentally-friendly, as they are not mined from the earth and do not contribute to the environmental damage caused by diamond mining.

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In terms of appearance, moissanite diamonds are almost as brilliant as diamonds and have a similar fire and sparkle. They are also available in a range of sizes and shapes, including round, square, and pear-shaped. Moissanite diamonds are often used in engagement rings and other jewellery, and are a popular choice for those who want the look of a diamond without the high cost.

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What is Moissanite?

Moissanite is a popular diamond alternative that is becoming increasingly popular in the jewelry industry due to its brilliance, durability, and affordability. It has a similar appearance to a diamond, but is made of a different material and has different optical properties. Moissanites have a higher refractive index than diamonds, which means they reflect more light and have more sparkle.

Moissanite is also more durable than a diamond and is second only to a diamond in terms of hardness on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This means that it is resistant to scratches and chips, making it a popular choice for engagement rings and other fine jewellery. 

Moissanite can be created in a laboratory or can be found in nature, although natural moissanite is extremely rare. Lab-created moissanite is widely available and is typically less expensive than diamonds, making it a popular alternative for those looking for a high-quality, affordable gemstone.

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