Moissanite Diamonds

Bindi Irwin's Moissanite Diamond Engagement Ring. Bindi is the daughter of Australian icon 'The Crocodile Hunter' and environmentalist - Steve Irwin

Sparkling Diamond Engagement rings set with Moissanite Diamonds  have caused  great excitement among the luxury consumers but great concern for the diamond industry and here are the two reasons why:

  1.  "Mo" Diamonds  are virtually indistinguishable from  Natural Diamonds.
  2.  Moissanite delivers more Fire and Brilliance, that can be measured, than Natural Diamonds.

People who have decided to dump  fiat money in favor of  investing in old-gold antique jewelry are also concerned about the transparent white stones  in their  antique diamond ring?  They can be assured of  the gold content by  the hallmarks guarantee of quality  but what about  those clear white stones. Are they the real thing  or not?

Questions may come up in your mind too when you see an unusually large diamond in a manufactured diamond  engagement ring. that a genuine Diamond or a 'me-too' (Mo-to) Diamond substitute?  Well, one thing's for certain, it's  no Persian Gulf Pearl!

Facts about Diamonds places Moissanite at 9.25 (we are not talking sterling here) on the Mohs Scale of hardness, ranking it harder than Rubies, Sapphires, and Emeralds. Not only does Mo diamond win on strength, but Moissanite also possesses more fire (0.104) and brilliance (2.65-2.69) than diamond gemstones (0.044 and 2.42 respectively)! That is one powerful call. 

And if it's good enough for Hollywood couples, famous actresses, and  couples in love like Bindi Irwin, then Moissanite Diamond Jewelry and designing your  engagement ring,  for less than it costs to buy a "new" diamond ring, might be the answer for you too.

After they had come  onto the market, many of the professionals  were wondering if these diamonds  might cause the diamond industry  even to collapse! They are very good impostors; not your average diamond imposter, this gal's best friend out fires the real thing!

The lab-diamond  was so identical to the properties if the natural  diamond, it forced the jewelry market into quick action; they had to come up with a scientific method to identify  Moissanite diamonds. The real concern was that lab-grown Moissanite would negatively affect the diamond industry.

It didn't turn out to be that hard to identify a natural diamond from a moissanite diamond much to the relief of the diamond industry. And surprise, surprise, with a trained gemologist's eye you can even identify lab-created diamonds with a 10x Jewelers Loupe!

Not a gemologist? Get yourself a good diamond Moissanite tester and read-up on the Facts about Real Diamonds compared to the Moissanite Diamond Facts Below.

The Moissanite Diamond Facts:

  • Moissanite is a silicon carbide first discovered in a meteorite in 1893 by Henry Moissan, a French chemist.
  • Contrary to what many people think, Moissanite did not originate in a scientist's laboratory. Because of a limited supply however of naturally occurring silicon carbide, a laboratory in North Carolina realized the opportunity and produced a simulated lab-created diamond version of naturally occurring silicon carbide.
  • It wasn't until 1995 that jewelers realized its potential as an alternative to a diamond.  The crystals are made with silicon and carbon through a combination of pressure and heat in the laboratory.
  • Moissanite diamond looks  feels and reflects light just like a natural diamond.
  • It has been gaining popularity worldwide since its introduction to the fine jewelry market in 1998.
  • Unlike Cubic Zirconia and other lab-created diamonds, "Moi jewelry" (as it is sometimes called) is virtually undetectable  to the untrained eye.
  • Moissanite's physical properties and diamond clarity are so close  to diamond that most diamond testers used in the jewelry industry to distinguish lab-created diamonds, will nearly always misidentify Moissanite as a diamond. This is why it's so important to buy a special diamond moissanite tester.
  • Moissanite jewelry is causing such a storm because Moissanite diamond, is much more affordable than genuine diamond jewelry and most people would never know the difference.  And talk about refracting rainbow colors!
  • You can buy Moissanite Diamond engagement rings online for one-tenth of the price of comparable diamond engagement jewelry.

 Are you a Bride-on-a-Budget and want the dazzle of "a diamond-is-forever" without paying the dazzling diamond prices?  Maybe you don't want to risk wearing high-priced gemstones for every day wear? Then a lab-created Moissanite diamond engagement ring may be the perfect solution.

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