Moissanite is literally out of this world.
Moissanite is the most brilliantly sparkling gemstone, grown in a lab with minimal environmental impact. Our moissanite gemstones are sourced from Charles & Colvard in New York. The perfect modern gemstone for your modern heirloom.
Moissanite is a rare mineral, first discovered by Dr. Henri Moissan in a meteorite crater in Arizona in 1893. Moissan discovered the precious gem in a meteorite crater in Arizona while examining rock samples from the meteorite that fell from the sky. At first, Henri thought that he had discovered diamonds. He later realised that the crystals were made of silicon carbide, making it one of the rarest minerals found in nature.
Over a century later and after years of experimentation, scientists at Charles & Colvard have developed a process for developing moissanite in a lab by using a patented thermal growing process. Lab grown Moissanite has the exact same properties as natural Moissanite discovered by Henri in 1893.
How is moissanite formed?
Charles & Colvard create moissanite in a lab by using a patented thermal growing process. This process results in a hand crafted, socially responsible and eternally brilliant gemstone.
There are three main steps involved in the process.
Silicon and Carbon are combined to create Silicon Carbide
Tremendous heat and pressure is then applied
Moissanite is created! The gemstones are then hand cut and polished in order to maximise brilliance and enhance the gemstone’s fire.
The process is lengthy, complicated and expensive, which therefore limits the amount of moissanite gemstones that can be produced. As a result, it takes two to three months to create a single lab grown moissanite gemstone. As moissanite is created in a lab with minimal environmental impact, it absolutely no mining to produce. The perfect modern gemstone for your modern heirloom.
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