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Article: Mosanite and its advantages

Mosanite and its advantages

Mosanite and its advantages

Anyone interested in the world of precious and semi-precious stones knows that it is vast to say the least. There is a wide variety of stones, each composed of different elements, with different hardness, color, dispersion, history and a bunch of other interesting facts surrounding it.

Today we will introduce you to one of them that has established its place in modern jewellery and is among the top choices of both designers and lovers of beautiful accessories - Moissanite. Before we substantiate our claim that it is indeed a great choice for your jewellery, let us briefly introduce you to its structure and origin .

Moissanite is an extremely rare semi-precious stone found in the natural environment, which originates from the stars. Yes, that's right, from the stars! It was first discovered in 1893 by French scientist and Nobel Prize winner, Henry Moissan, and hence the name of the stone. The scientist came across moissanite while exploring a crater from a fallen meteorite in Arizona, USA. He initially thought he had found pieces of diamond, but later found that the stone was composed of silicon cabride. Natural moissanite is almost undetectable in nature, yet it has been found in smaller quantities in other meteorites since. The first reported non-meteoritic sources of natural moissanite appeared in the 1950s and were found in rocks in Wyoming, USA, and Yakutia, Russia. Its rarity is one of the reasons why it later began to be produced in a laboratory environment in 1998 and found application in the jewellery trade. At that time, after years of unsuccessful attempts, the particles were successfully synthesized, creating one of the most glamorous semi-precious stones in the jewelry world.

Apart from the fact that to the naked eye moissanite looks almost identical to diamond, their thermal properties are also extremely similar. When tested with an instrument that measures thermal momentum (a measure of how quickly the surface temperature of a material can change from the flow of heat), moissanite is often mistaken for diamond. As it entered the market, an instrument called the "Colorless Moissanite/Diamond Tester Model 590" was even produced whose primary function was precisely to distinguish between the two stones. This alone speaks to the tremendous similarity between them.

Many of those familiar with this stone adore it, as its "refractive index" or in other words brilliance and light dispersion is even higher than that of diamond (Moissanite - 0.104, Diamond - 0.044). Moissanite is also between 15-20% lighter than a diamond of the same size. Although it is mainly found in its colourless form, it can also take on a different hue due to the synthetic process it goes through. Sometimes the presence of elements such as nitrogen and sulphur, which interact with the carbon in the stone, are the cause of slight brown, green, yellow and blue hues.

Reasons to choose moissanite
Minimal negative impact on the environment
As previously mentioned, moissanite is created in a laboratory environment and often with renewable energy, meaning the production process has minimal impact on the environment unlike other stones and their mining. Such mining has significant environmental and social impacts, some of which include deforestation, water and air pollution, exploitation of workers and contributions to climate change. It is important to take these negative impacts into account not only when choosing our jewellery, but in every aspect of our daily lives if we want to ensure a more sustainable future for ourselves and others. Because we consider it our responsibility to actively contribute to just such a future, many of our offerings are adorned with synthetic stones.

Durability and brilliance
In case the aforementioned reason isn't enough to make moissanite your next choice, its exceptional durability will certainly contribute to that. It is mainly determined by its hardness and resistance to scratching and breaking. Silicon carbide is a very durable material, which is why the hardness of moissanite is 9.25 on the Mohs scale. Its structure makes it more brilliant than diamonds and harder than some of the most famous gemstones such as ruby, sapphire, emerald and tanzanite. You can learn more about gemstones in our birthstone post. This is a quality of great importance when it comes to jewelry that will be worn on a daily basis. There's hardly a person who doesn't prefer their favorite accessories to look flawless for a long time.

Variety of shapes
Another advantage arising from its hardness is the ability to be cut into a variety of shapes - brilliant, oval, marquise and a number of others. The precise grinding of the stone ensures beautiful proportions and an indescribable symmetry of brilliance as a result of the greatly improved dispersion. You will certainly have no difficulty in choosing your favourite among the huge variety of moissanite jewellery.

If you're wondering if moissanite is right for those of you looking for a budget option, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Despite its superiority to quite a few gemstones on a number of factors, as well as its almost identical appearance and structure to that of diamond, moissanite comes at a much more affordable price.

Metaphysical properties
If you are interested in the metaphysical properties of precious and semi-precious stones, it is important to know that moissanite is directly associated with the crown chakra. It is believed to have a positive influence on our wisdom, clarity, confidence and has the ability to bring out all of our potential.

Moissanite and its fiery brilliance is an elegant, stylish and both nature and budget friendly offering that would intrigue any lover of the art called jewellery. You'll find it in a variety of shapes and sizes that you can choose to suit your personal preferences. If you think this is the perfect choice for you, feel free to browse our silver jewelry with moissanite.

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