What is Moissanite?

Moissanite is a diamond simulant made of silicon carbide.


A diamond simulant is a stone that has a similar appearance to a diamond but is not a real diamond. It is very difficult to tell apart a diamond & moissanite, making moissanite a common diamond alternative.

The hardness, the brilliance, the fire you expect from a relatively new and unexpected source. The history of natural Moissanite can be traced back to the late 1800's and a man who later became a Nobel Prize winner. The French chemist Dr. Henri Moissan discovered natural silicon carbide while analyzing part of the Diablo Canyon (Arizona) meteorite in 1893. The mineral name for silicon carbide, Moissanite, was given in Dr. Moissan's honor in 1905.

At its essence Moissanite has the potential for an absolutely shimmering brilliance, fire, luster, and incredible hardness nearing that of a diamond. Unfortunately, the supply of natural moissanite isn't large enough even to create a pair of earrings.

Naturally occurring moissanite is extremely rare and found only in microscopic crystals that are too small to use in jewelry. It was only after years of research that a breakthrough discovery enabled the production of moissanite crystals large enough to produce an uncommon combination science and art.

Moissanite's brilliance, hardness, weight and scratch resistant properties rival all other gemstones. It possesses all the romance and passion of rubies, emeralds and sapphires. It’s so rare that natural Moissanite is found only in meteorites and in limited areas beneath the earth's surface.

Gem quality Moissanite is created. For many years Moissanite was created exclusively by Charles & Colvard, Inc. Now a few other companies create Moissanite however, Charles & Colvard seem to be the main credible supplier in the industry.

The team of Sales Consultants at Pineforest Jewelry are well versed in the features and benefits of Moissanite. We have created many engagement rings and wedding bands for customers with beautiful, brilliant Moissanite as the cost-effective alternative to diamond. Contact us to learn more.