Moissanite Engagement Rings – Manmade Or Starborn?

If you have heard that Moissanite engagement rings have a stone that came from a star, you are partially right.

While the Moissanite stone is second in hardness only to the diamond, knowing a little about the history of this stone can go a long way in helping you understand if this is the right value for you.

A Star Is Born?

The discovery of Moissanite crystals came in 1893 in the state of Arizona. In the Canyon Diablo meteor crater a Nobel Prize winning French scientist by the name of Dr. Henri Moissan found brilliant crystals in geological samples from the site.

The crystals found were too small to be made into gems, but their makeup was certainly worthy of rare stones. Named for Dr. Moissan the Moissanite crystals were studied and found to be made up of silicon carbide with hardness just slightly less than a diamond.

Get Stoned With Charles And Covard

Today Moissanite engagement rings bear stones from Charles and Covard, LTD. – the exclusive manufacturers of these brilliant and fiery stones.

Although Moissanite can be found in meteorites and in some special cases from within the earth, the crystals are microscopic and not large enough for making jewelry, but Charles and Covard found a way.

In 1980 a company called Cree, Inc. invented a process of making Moissanite crystals, primarily for semi-conductors.

A master gem cutter in 1995 examined some of those crystals and was convinced that they could be cut into gem quality stones and that they had the brilliance of diamonds.

With research and the development of a process, the company of Charles and Covard, LTD was formed in 1995 to begin the processing and sales of Moissanite gems.

With an exclusive patent on the process, stones in Moissanite engagement rings and all Moissanite stones are manufactured by Charles and Covard, giving them the ability to control the quality and quantity in the market.

Better Than The Original?

Charles and Covard put a real scare into the diamond market. Because the brilliance of their stones and their now famous light dispersing glimmer they were not only beautiful, but very difficult to tell from real diamonds.

Their hardness is a 9.5 on the Mohs scale compared to Diamonds at 10.0, so they also had some of the same characteristics of diamonds, and their ability to resist chipping from a drop (their toughness) is even stronger than a diamond.

So, are they better than a diamond and should you be looking at Moissante engagement rings? Well they are still a manmade stone, not quite as hard as a diamond and don’t have the prestige. However, at a cost of about 1/8 of a diamond, carat for carat, they certainly have their value.

Real Or No Deal?

Now that you know a little history of Moissante Engagement Rings, it should be easier to decide if this is an option that you want to explore further. While you can get a lot more stone for the money with Moissante, only you can decide whether or not a manmade stone with the same look as a diamond is good enough for the one you love, or if nothing but the real deal will do.

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