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 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 and THE diamond alternative.
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 just one showstopping piece 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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