Moissanite Education

What is Moissanite?

Moissanite was discovered inside a meteorite crater in Arizona in 1893 by prize-winning chemist, Dr. Henri Moissan. He initially thought he had found diamonds. The intriguing new gem was named Moissanite in his honor. These days Moissanite is created in a lab under strict standards which makes for uniform, beautiful stones.

Lab-Grown Moissanite Benefits

Colorless, near-colorless, and fancy color options.
Both Charles & Colvard Forever One® and Stuller Moissanite™ are available in a range of colorless, near-colorless, and fancy color options

Get larger stones for less.
Per carat, customers can get a larger Moissanite at a lower price than a Diamond of the same size.

Durable enough to last a lifetime.
Moissanite ranks highly on the Mohs scale of hardness and easily stands up to everyday wear.

Exceptional sparkle.
Moissanite is doubly refractive, so it reflects more light and bends it into mesmerizing flashes of radiant, rainbow fire.

2.65 - 2.69
Refractive Index (RI)
The double refraction reflects more light back to your eyes, so it dances with light.

Fire Dispersion
Moissanite has 2.4 times higher dispersion than than a diamond, bending the light into mesmerizing flashes of radiant fire.

Hardness MOHS Scale
Moissanite exhibits excellent toughness and made to last through daily wear.

How to Identify Moissanite

  • When viewed with a 10X loupe through the crown or pavillion, you’ll see doubling of the back facet functions.
  • Under magnification, you will see needle-like inclusions perpendicular to the table. All Moissanite is eye-clean.
  • High refractive index and dispersion gives Moissanite greater fire and brilliance than a diamond.
  • Moissanite is easily distinguished via electrical conductivity testers.