This stunning 2.85 ct top white color moissanite is the perfect gemstone for the person who wants the diamond ring solitaire, with a more affordable option and with clear provenance of the stone.
The moissanite is set in a bezel, and on the sides are 4 engraved stars set with 4 natural 2mm white diamonds (approximately 0.12 cts).
14K yellow gold
2.85 ct (9 mm ) colorless Moissanite
4 2mm white natural diamonds, approximately 0.12 cts
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Moissanite is an ethical and beautiful alternative to natural diamonds. It was first discovered in 1893 by a French scientist named Henri Moissan, who later won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He discovered microscopic particles of the gem that would eventually bear his name in Arizona, in a crater created by a meteorite that fell to Earth. He initially thought that he had discovered diamonds, but later determined that the crystals were composed of silicon carbide.
Natural moissanite is incredibly rare, so moissanite available today is laboratory-created. After many years of trial and error, the particles Moissan discovered were successfully synthesized to produce what is now one of the world’s most scintillating gemstones.
Moissanite, referred to as a diamond simulant, is engineered to give the illusion of similarity to diamonds, but is compositionally and visually quite different from a real diamond. The durability, brilliance, and color of the two gems are quite distinct. One common property of both diamonds and moissanites is that they are both very good thermal conductors.
When you’re looking at a diamond, you’ll notice both brilliance (white flashes) and fire (colored flashes). Moissanite also shows both, but typically has more fire than diamond. Moissanites exhibit a different kind of brilliance than diamonds do, as their faceting pattern is different. The fiery, rainbow flashes emitted by moissanites are beloved by some, but others feel that moissanite’s heightened brilliance can create a “disco ball” effect, especially in sunlight. The bigger the moissanite, the more likely it is that the difference will be noticeable. Moissanite has a refractive index from 2.65 – 2.69, which is higher than a natural diamond.
Because moissanites are grown in laboratories, they don’t have the large clarity imperfections that natural diamonds do. So, a moissanite will always be eye-clean, while diamonds may contain imperfections sometimes visible to the naked eye.
At a 10 on the Mohs Scale, diamond is well-known as the hardest material. Nothing but a diamond can scratch another diamond. With a hardness of 9.25, moissanite is the second-hardest material used as a gemstone. Unless you store your moissanite with diamond jewelry, it’s highly unlikely that it will scratch.
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