What is Moissanite?

Moissanite is a mineral discovered by French chemist Henri Moissan in 1893 while studying a small fragment of a meteorite in Arizona. This rare mineral is mostly found on cool luminous stars outside our solar system and can be found in minute amounts on Earth. Due to its stellar origin, moissanite is sometimes referred to as Stardust or Space Diamonds. Since it's rare to find moissanite in its natural form, all forms used for jewelry are lab created.

Why choose moissanite over a diamond?

Environmentally friendly and ethically sourced

Moissanite is lab created so every stone has less environmental impact and can be traced back to its origin unlike mined diamonds. Moi promises that every moissanite stone we use will not only be of the highest quality (D color, VVS/IF clarity, and ideal/excellent cut), but also 100% ethically created and more environmentally friendly versus mined gemstones.

More refractive, scintillation, and dispersion

Moissanite has a refractive index of 2.65 vs 2.42 for a diamond resulting in more captured light and sparkles. It also has a scintillation of 20.4% vs 17.2% for a diamond resulting in more flashes of light as the gemstone moves. Lastly, it has dispersion of 0.104 vs 0.044 for a diamond resulting in brighter and clearer sparkles.

Durable and more heat resistant

Moissanite is almost as hard as a diamond with a score of 9.5 on the Moh's scale vs 10 for a diamond. This makes moissanite the second hardest jewelry gemstone after diamonds. Additionally, moissanite is more heat/fire resistant than diamonds. 

Colorful or rainbow-like radiance

Unlike diamonds which reflect mostly white light, moissanite will reflect across a broader range of natural colors resulting in a more colorful and radiant shine. This can be most commonly observed in natural sunlight or fluorescent lighting.