Fifty thousand years ago a meteorite crashed into the desert in Arizona and created what is now called the “Meteor Crater.” Segments of this meteorite were strewn all across the desert. In 1893 Henri Moissan discovered small quantities of a sparkling new mineral that had such brilliance never before seen on earth. After years of research, he concluded that the mineral he discovered was made up of silicon carbide. In 1905 Tiffany and Company gem expert George Kunz suggested the new gem be named for the man who discovered it and that sparkling new gem became what today is known as the Moissanite Diamonds.
Moissanite is different than diamonds in a few ways. It does not try and imitate the diamond, it actually surpasses it in many ways including brilliance, fire, luster and resistance to temperature. It is also less expensive than a diamond. You can find a diamond for about $3,000 to $8,000 per carat whereas a moissanite gem costs approximately $325 per carat. Moissanite tends to be tougher than a diamond is the second hardest gemstone on earth.
People looking to purchase a diamond for an engagement ring other special occasion might be surprised to know that moissanite is actually better than a diamond in so many ways. It is far less expensive per carat weight than a diamond and it will probably hold up longer than a diamond will. It is less likely to chip because its texture is stronger and it can endure heat and fire better than a diamond.
Moissanite Diamonds are actually sold by Moissanite and Company in Las Vegas, Nevada and can be purchased at their store or on their website. If you decide to purchase moissanite from Moissanite and Company you can ask questions both on their website and in person and you will be assured knowing that the gem you are receiving is of the highest quality. You will also feel good that you purchased something for your loved one that is beautiful and will likely hold up longer than the average diamond. It is a gem that can be worn with any outfit and one in which you will feel comfortable knowing that you made a wise purchase.