Moissanite is a rare, naturally occurring mineral that was first discovered in 1893 by French scientist, Dr. Henri Moissan. He discovered moissanite in a meteorite crater in Arizona while examining rock samples from the meteorite that fell from the sky. Henri first thought that he had discovered diamonds, however he later realised that these crystals were made of silicon carbide, making it one of the rarest minerals found in nature.
Henri wanted to find a way that science could reproduce this remarkable natural mineral. 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.
Silicon (Si) and Carbon (C) need to be combined in order to create Silicon Carbide (SiC).
Tremendous heat and pressure is applied to Silicon (Si) and carbon (C) in order to create moissanite’s mineral composition.
The gemstones are then hand-cut and polished to maximise the gemstone's fire.
Moissanite is the most brilliantly sparkling gemstone, rated even higher than a natural diamond on the Refractive Index so it’s even sparklier than a diamond. Each moissanite gemstone is grown in a lab with minimal environmental impact. We have sourced our moissanite gemstones from New York bringing you a hand cut, socially responsible and eternally brilliant gemstone.
The perfect modern gemstone for your modern heirloom.