The name moissanite was named after Henri Moissan, the French Nobel Prize winner responsible for first discovering this luxurious jewel. In 1893, Moissan accidentally made the discovery of the natural mineral silicon carbide (SiC) while examining rock samples from a meteor crater located in Arizona.
Natural moissanite is extremely rare. In order to have enough supply for crafting jewelry, there was a need to produce synthetic moissanite. In 1998, Charles and Colvard answered the call and became the sole manufacturer of moissanite jewels.
Moissanite comes in a variety of colors including the most popular near-colorless and gorgeous hues of yellow and green.
MOISSANITE: An exceedingly rare near-colorless gemstone prized for its bright shine and rainbowing facets. Many feel that moissanite is a good alternative to diamonds, especially since it has a more striking brilliance. Because it is so uncommon, most moissanites on the market are synthetic. All of our moissanites are lab-created to ensure the highest quality for the best value.
Moissanite is harder than CZs, rubies, sapphires and emeralds, making it a quite durable gemstone. It rates a 9.25 on Mohs' Hardness Scale (diamonds score slightly higher with a 10). Like a diamond, the brilliance of moissanite can be dulled by small deposits of dirt or oil on the surface of the stone. To keep your moissanite jewelry beautiful, clean it regularly with a solution of mild soap and warm water. Store your moissanite jewelry safely in box when not in use.