Friday, February 14, 2014

What is Moissanite


 
Go big or go home, 5 carat tension set earrings
 

Today is the day that women wait patiently for, Valentine’s Day. Many are hopeful that this is the day when that someone special pops the question and a diamond ring isn’t far behind. For those of us who have already been posed the question, answered and spent years being committed or wishing we were, a diamond as a gift probably isn’t feasible, but maybe moissanite is feasible.

 

Get a lot of bang for your buck with moissanite
 
 
Moissanite was discovered by Henry Moissan in 1893 in Canyon Diablo in Arizona. He thought it was a diamond but it turned out to be silicon carbide. While moissanite has been found in other areas in the US finding this mineral in nature is still pretty rare. Apparently it likes to hide out in upper mantle rocks and meteorites. Moissanite is almost as hard as diamonds and can be grown in a lab.

 

Moissanite costs a fraction of diamonds
 
 
The ability of this mineral to be grown in a lab and its relative hardness made it perfect for industrial usage. Let’s face it, diamonds blades are the best for cutting with precision and ease. A commercially grown diamond substitute can greatly reduce the cost of producing these blades. Around 1998 moissanite was introduced to the jewelry market as a diamond substitute.

 

Big is sometimes better, moissanite makes it affordable
 
 
A lab grown diamond substitute is generally less expensive than a natural diamond. Since moissanite has similar optical properties, color and clarity of a diamond but at a much more affordable price it is a doable indulgence. So if you’re looking for diamonds on a crystal budget go shopping for moissanite. Moissanite paired with sterling silver makes for stunning jewelry that anyone can afford and won’t get the hubby all upset when you went shopping for yourself this Valentine’s Day.
 
Go for some big drop earrings, no one will know it's moissanite

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