According to Brilliant Earth, the gem moissanite was first discovered in 1893 by French scientist Henri Moissan, who later won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He discovered the microscopic gems — and a diamond alternative — in a crater created by a meteorite which fell to Earth.
As you can imagine, natural moissanite is incredibly rare. So, the moissanite that is available in jewelry today is lab-created. And, naturally occurring or lab-created, it is one of the world’s most stunning gemstones.
Although moissanite is visually similar to a traditional diamond, it offers several fundamental benefits:
- Moissanite is lab-created with minimal environmental impact, so it is an eco-friendly diamond alternative.
- Moissanite is less expensive per carat than many other gemstones.
- Moissanite is a 9.25 on the Moh’s scale of mineral hardness, so it is suitable for everyday wear.
I’ve showcased a few showstopping pieces above. But, most fine jewelers now carry a selection of moissanite. Visit Charles and Colvard, Brilliant Earth, and Helzberg Diamonds to see pieces that are truly out of the world!
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