Moissanite earrings are a wonderful alternative for those who are seeking gemstones that look similar to but are more affordable than diamonds. The history behind moissanite is interesting and the more people learn about this popular gemstone, the more widely accepted jewelry fashioned in this gemstone has become. The first, naturally occurring moissanite was discovered in 1893 by French chemist Ferdinand Frederick Henri Moissan who was testing rock samples at an Arizona meteorite site in Diablo Canyon. At first the chemist mistook the crystalline mineral for diamonds but later determined that the mineral was silicon carbide. The mineral would later be named “moissanite” after its Nobel Peace winning founder.
Moissanite is extremely rare in the earth, but is found in abundant supply in space. Silicon Carbide is plentiful in meteors and it is present in asymptotic giant branch stars. It is found on earth as small, miniscule inclusions that are present in other minerals, but the amounts are too small for use in jewelry. Moissanite used in today’s jewelry styles are not genuine moissanite, but rather are lab created or synthetic silicon carbide. There is one maker world wide of moissanite as the process has been patented by Charles & Colvard. Charles & Colvard uses a process similar to that of created diamonds and grows each moissanite gemstone from material known as a seed crystal. The process is exact, scientific and takes months to achieve the finished goal: A flawless moissanite gemstone.
Silicon carbide is also known as SiC and is the scientific name for moissanite. Created moissanite offers many advantages, the first in which is quality. As Charles & Colvard have designed a patented formula for creating perfect moissanite, you can rest assured that each moissanite gemstone has been crafted in the highest quality imaginable. For those choosing moissanite earrings, necklaces, bracelets or other jewelry pieces you’ll find that moissanite is high quality, durable and beautiful.
Moissanite is the second hardest mineral known to man. As diamonds rank a perfect 10 on Mohs hardness scale, moissanite comes in at a 9.5. Since the gemstone is created under precise conditions each gemstone is known for its brilliance and shine. Combined with moissanite’s durability you have a gemstone that is more comparable to diamonds than any other diamond substitute. Moissanite, however, is beautiful in its own right and can easily hold its own when compared to other gemstones. When compared to diamonds, you’ll find that moissanite possesses a shine, brilliance and sparkle that surpass the finest diamonds, as well as other gemstones, making it a beautiful gem whether you are looking for diamond substitutes or not.
Moissanite is used in both men’s and women’s jewelry fashions and as many men enjoy wearing stud earrings, moissanite earrings are perfect for both men and women. Moissanite studs are a popular choice that are fashionable and trendy as the look of pure, translucent gemstones sparkling from the ear is always in style. Moissanite stud earrings are the perfect alternative for those who enjoy wearing diamond stud earrings as you can select a higher carat of moissanite at a price less than what you would pay for with diamonds. Many moissanite wearers find they can easily fit one carat moissanite gemstones in their budgets as well as higher carats such as two or three.
Due to moissanite’s hardness you won’t need to worry about jewelry such as moissanite earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets or cuff links becoming chipped or easily damaged. The only gemstone that can chip or damage moissanite is the diamond. Moissanite gemstones are not only exquisitely beautiful but are sturdy and durable, making them the perfect jewelry choice for wear on a daily basis.
It’s important to realize that though moissanite may look like diamonds, and can be chosen as a diamond substitute, it is not synthetic diamonds or lab created diamonds. Diamonds are composed of the element carbon while moissanite is composed of silicon carbide. Though similar in beauty, moissanite is its own gemstone.
Moissanite earrings are a wonderful way to enjoy the stunning brilliance of this fabulous gemstone which originated from a star.