Moissanite: The New Diamond Trend
Moissanite is the name we are all getting used to hearing. But what are these diamond like gems called Moissanites?
“White and brilliant”, these gems are diamond simulants that are an affordable alternative to the popular diamond.
Made from naturally occurring Silicon Carbide, these gems are so rare, they were only found in a crater. Synthesised by man centuries after it was discovered by Henri Moissan, the Moissanite is now created in the laboratory, under specific heat and pressure, with an outcome of gemstones that are remarkable in every way. Once cut and polished and set in jewellery, to the untrained eye it can seem confusing trying to spot the difference.
Marketed as gemstone on its own credit, these gems come free from inclusions, crystal clear, are full of intense fire and sparkle and have good durability. A sustainable choice, Moissanites are affordable when it comes to diamond-like jewellery.
How to Spot a Moissanite Gemstone
Having worked with diamonds and other simulants, in my experiences Moissanites can easily be differentiated from Diamonds. You just need to know what you are looking for. With a little assistance from the trusted 10x loupe, here is what you should be looking out for:
- Look out for Stringer Needles within the stone, they look like needles generally present in the pavillion (Bottom) of the stone.
- When you look at a stone be sure to look at the facet junctions. Look out for doubling as Moissanites display strong doubling which almost have a fuzzy appearance.
Stay away from chemical cleaners as they could react with jewellery. Cleaning with warm soapy water and a soft bristled toothbrush is the best way to get the dirt out. Over the years chips and aberrations might tend to show at facet junctions and the girdle.