Quick Answer: Where Does Moissanite Come From?

How do they make Moissanite?

Moissanite is created with silicon and carbon, through a combination of pressure and heat. To begin the moissanite production process, Charles & Colvard receives single silicon carbide crystals from Cree. The crystals are precision cut into small pieces called preforms.

Are Moissanite diamonds real?

Different than a normal diamond, Moissanite is made of silicon carbide. Because the natural Moissanite discovered by Moissan in 1893 is exceptionally rare, the Moissanite sold today is produced by laboratories. Made to seem like diamonds, Moissanite varies from Diamond in both composition and appearance.

Where are Moissanites found?

Mineral moissanite was discovered by Henri Moissan while examining rock samples from a meteor crater located in Canyon Diablo, Arizona, in 1893. At first, he mistakenly identified the crystals as diamonds, but in 1904 he identified the crystals as silicon carbide.

Why is moissanite so expensive?

Because Moissanite is considered an extremely top-quality replica of a diamond when it comes to clarity, color and hardness, it can cost much more than a Cubic Zirconia or other synthetic diamond product. Compared to the price of a 1 Carat CZ solitaire on a real gold band, Moissanite is much more expensive.

Can you tell moissanite from diamond?

Yes, moissanite looks very similar to a diamond. Meaning: unless you are a trained jeweler, you will not be able to tell the difference between a colorless or near colorless diamond, and you probably won’t see a difference even if a diamond has a faint yellow tinge. Natural moissanite has a faint yellow tinge.

Does Moissanite get cloudy?

Q: Does Moissanite become cloudy like CZ (cubic zirconia)?

CZ is also porous and once it is filled with cosmetics, lotion, perfume or dirt it will become cloudy, and its cloudiness is irreversible. Moissanite will never become cloudy.