Kisses & Cake had the pleasure of meeting with the team from Moi Moi Fine Jewellery at their boutique in Sydney's historic Queen Victoria Building.
We asked the Founders and Designers, Lauren and Alana, to share with us as much as they could on Moissanite jewels. We were new to the concept and wanted to learn about this fascinating process.
What if you’re missing out on a stunning, brilliant and dazzling piece of jewellery just because you don’t know it even exists? What if we told you that there is such a gemstone? Luckily, today you’re about to be let in on the secret. There’s a gemstone called Moissanite and it is every bit as gorgeous as its sounds.
What Exactly Is Moissanite?
Moissanite literally fell out of the sky to bless us with it’s striking brilliance. As the story goes, Moissanite was discovered by French chemist and Noble prize winner, Dr. Henri Moissan who unearthed samples of it from a 50,000 year old meteor crater in the Arizona desert. The sparkle and glimmer of the particle caught Moissan’s eye. His initial thought was that he had found diamonds, since the look and hardness were so similar to that of diamonds. Later, he discovered that it was not carbon, which is diamond, but it was Silicon Carbide (SiC), and was later named Moissanite in honor of Dr. Moissan.
Interestingly, Moissanite is so rare in the natural world, that it could never be used for jewellery. Thanks to advancements in science and technology, Moissanite was able to be created into a rough using the natural mineral Silicon Carbide, heat and pressure from a lab and then hand cut so that Moissanite can be used for jewellery. In the last two decades, Moissanite has soared in popularity, making it a favorite for jewellers and jewellery lovers alike.
Today, innovation in science and technology has meant Moissanite stones are now available in most cuts and sizes and in a colourless category comparable to D,E F grade diamonds, giving brides a whole new realm of jewelry to explore.
What Makes Moissanite Perfect for the Modern Bride?
This stunning discovery, and the advancement of modern gemstone technology, has led the way for the popularisation of Moissanite. There are countless reasons why modern women may want to choose Moissanite over diamonds or other gemstones.
Beauty is another reason many brides-to-be opt for Moissanite. For example, Moissanite is undeniably beautiful. It has more brilliance, fire and lustre of any other jewel in the world. That’s not hyperbole, it’s scientific fact. According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Moissanite has higher refractive index, dispersion, and shine than any other jewel, including diamond, sapphire and ruby. Brides who crave the glitter and glam of gemstones often choose Moissanite over diamonds for these very reasons.
Of course, savvy brides know when to pay more and when to pay less. When it comes to Moissanite, affordability and value is another advantage. With the beauty and shine it offers, most brides would guess it to be quite the expensive gemstone, fortunately it isn’t. Comparatively, it is an affordable jewel, and has the durability to last a lifetime and longer without changing in appearance or diminishing in brilliance. Needless to say, Moissanite is a favorite of grooms as well.
Moissanite is also coveted by those who are making socially responsible decisions. Moissanite is absolutely conflict free, with guaranteed origin giving many brides pride their special ring is ethically made with respect for others.
Deciding If Moissanite Is Right For You
Every bride has to decide what type of gemstone they want for their marriage. To decide if it’s right for you, consider the lustre, durability and shine offered with a Moissanite engagement ring. You may be surprised to learn it’s brilliance outshines diamonds, which really needs to be seen to be believed. Ultimately, when you choose a Moissanite ring you’re choosing a gemstone that has been around for millions of years, and will last as long as your love does. Who could argue with that?
Lauren and Alana from Moi Moi Fine Jewellery.