@mrstobeeisme: moissanite is not a man made diamond, it isnt a diamond at all. A man made diamond is one which has the same chemical properties as diamond but made in a lab. Moissanite is made in a lab but it has a completely different chemical make up to diamond. It is a gemstone that was discovered through a meteor and can not be found naturally on earth so it is therefore man made by the company Charles and Colvard, no where is it stated that moissanite is diamond. Another interesting fact is Dr Henry Moissan who discovered it was one of the head gemologists at Tiffanys 😉 Any reputable moissanite retailer will be able to provide this information and if you talk to the staff at moissaniteco through their online chat they will give you this information too.
This info is from the moissaniteco website:
An Amazing Gift from the Stars
Moissanite (SiC – silicon carbide) is an incredible near-colorless jewel more dazzling than any other gemstone on earth. In a class of its own, with nearly 2.5 times more fire than diamond, Moissanite is a unique jewel with exceptional brilliance and fire that delivers quality, beauty, and value like no other gemstone. Women around the globe love the big, bold sparkle of Charles & Colvard created Moissanite.
The Perfect Combination of Art & Science
Moissanite is a created gemstone that was born from a rare geological find made more than 110 years ago. Discovered by French scientist Dr. Henri Moissan (who later became a Nobel Prize winner), Moissanite can trace its origins to particles found in 1893 in the Canyon Diablo meteor crater in Arizona. These natural Moissanite crystals were too scarce and tiny to set into jewelry. For years, scientists tried in vain to re-create these rare and extraordinarily brilliant crystals. Only recently, through the power of advanced technology from the house of Charles & Colvard, is Moissanite now available to you.
How is Moissanite Created?
Single-crystal Moissanite is manufactured through a patented thermal growing process, the specifics of which are proprietary. The process is very difficult and expensive, thus preventing mass production. Today, Charles & Colvard, Ltd. is the sole source and global distributor of created Moissanite with patents for the manufacturing process itself, as well as for its use as a gemstone.
Every Charles & Colvard created Moissanite gemstone is produced within exacting specifications and high quality control standards. Each gemstone is hand faceted by a skilled gemstone cutter to create its maximum brilliance and enhance Moissanite’s exceptional fire.
The favorite shape for Moissanite is Round, however, Moissanite is also available in most of the fancy shaped cuts such as Princess and Cushion.