About the Stone
Moissanite, a gem born from a star
Where is Moissanite from?
In 1893, Nobel Prize winning chemist Dr. Henri Moissan discovered tiny crystals of silicon carbide in an Arizona meteorite which crashed into the Arizona desert fifty thousand years ago.
Mesmerized by their brilliance, Tiffany & Co mineralogist George Kunz named the crystals “moissanite” in Dr. Moissan’s honor.
What is Moissanite?
Because moissanite crystals were impossibly rare in nature, scientists worked for a century to find a way to recreate them in laboratory. It was a difficult challenge: silicon carbide crystals have to be grown carefully at temperatures above 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit because this mineral can crystallize in more than 100 atomic arrangements. Moissanite shares several qualities with diamond: it is transparent, extremely hard, and it’s index of refraction is very close to diamond’s index of refraction.
Only recently, through the power of advance technology at the house of Charles and Colvard, is this gift from the stars available to you.