Post # 1
I am not trying to be condescending but I was just wondering if the brides that have moissanite know that the stones are lab created? I was just reading through some posts and all references to moissanite on the bee don’t reference that the stones are lab created just may be a little misleading for brides who don’t know a lot about it. Or thinking on purchasing one. Actually moissanite from what I have found was discovered inside a meteorite. Since the crystals found were not enough to make jewelry from and were very expensive since very rare, a company (Charles & Colvard) worked vigorously to recreate this gem in a lab. They succeeded and now moissanite is available to the masses. Really interesting just wondering if anyone else knew that too?
Post # 3
I was aware because I did my research on my Moissy before we bought it. I thought it was a known fact
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center
I didn’t know that! What is Asha?
Post # 5
I think most moissy owners went into their purchase with a lot of research under their belts. I think 99% of owners know how it was created.
I have a diamond e-ring, but 2 moissy right hand rings and If I could go back I would have chosen moissy for the e-ring too!
Post # 6
@LionLove: Asha is CZ with a amorphous coating made of diamond. But a CZ nevertheless.
Post # 7
I think no one mentions it because it’s assumed that everyone knows.
Post # 9
I generally assume anyone who is spending a large sum of money on a stone likely has done their research. That’s at least why when I’ve given my opinion of moissanites on the boards I’ve never thought to mention how they are created.
Post # 10
Fifty thousand years ago a meteorite crashed into the Arizona desert creating what is now known as “Meteor Crater.” Fragments of this meteorite were scattered across the desert. Hidden in these fragments was a brilliant secret waiting to be discovered. In 1893, Nobel-Prize winning scientist Henri Moissan began studying fragments of this meteorite in nearby Diablo Canyon. In these fragments Dr. Moissan discovered minute quantities of a shimmering new mineral, with fire and brilliance never before seen on earth. After extensive research, Dr. Moissan concluded that this mineral was made of silicon carbide.
In 1905, well-known Tiffany & Co. gem expert and mineralogist, George Kunz, suggested the new jewel be named moissanite in Dr. Moissan’s honor. Despite this amazing discovery, since naturally occurring quantities of moissanite are so small, it would be another century before this stunning mineral would emerge as the brilliant jewel it is today.
In the late 1980’s, inspired by Dr. Moissan’s discovery, a North Carolina company named CREE developed a proprietary process for producing large single crystals of Moissanite.
In the summer of 1995, a master diamond cutter observed samples of Moissanite and suggested that properly cut crystals would make a brilliant new jewel. From there scientists from CREE and eventually Charles & Colvard began a three-year research project to bring the fire and brilliance of Moissanite jewels to consumers.
Above is posted on the MoissantieCo.com Anyone who is really looking into what they are buying would know…
Post # 11
Yep, we all know.
I kind of like the idea of them being beautiful perfectly sparkly gemstones created by scientists. But if you dont thats ok too, just dont buy them.
Since we are stating random moissy facts: Did you know they test positive as diamonds on traditional diamond testers?
Post # 12
@LessIsMoore: I knew! I’ve noticed a lot of jewelry stores have testers that have “moissanite” on them now. 🙂
Post # 13
i know! 🙂 i have moissy earrings and they sparkle like crazy. i want a moissy e-ring most definitely!!!
before i bought my earrings i did tons of research because it’s still a chunk of cash, and before spending that amount of money—people SHOULD be doing research.
Post # 14
@BoiledPNut: Heh, when my friend and i went shopping for e-rings…before either of our men had proposed, we were both ooohing and ahhhing over the sparkliness of the CZ in the testers. The saleswoman thought we were nuts!
Post # 15
Yep, it’s covered on pretty much every reputable website that sells them. I still love the history of the stone though, it appeals to the nerd in me.
Post # 16
I had no idea! But then again… I only just learned about Moissanite (from this board!) a few days ago. That would definitely have influenced my decision had I considered going that route!