Moissanite is the name given to silicon carbide and it's various crystalline polymorphs that naturally occur in nature. The chemical formula for this substance is SiC and it is classified as a rare mineral. Discovered in 1893 by Dr. Henri Moissan, and later named for him, Moissanite traces its origins to a meteor crater where particles were found in Arizona. Naturally occurring Moissanite is found in very small quantities in the earth and these Moissanite crystals are not abundant in desired sizes appropriate for jewelry production. Given the scarcity of the natural occurring material, over the years scientists worked hard to create Moissanite in a laboratory. With the help of technology, scientists finally succeeded in producing a stone with near-colorless properties that is durable, and when cut properly yields a stone with incredible brilliance and fire. Created Moissanite is produced in a controlled environment that ensures consistency and quality standards are achieved. In this production method, Created Moissanite is produced in large silicon carbide crystals. These crystals are then hand-cut and hand-faceted with specific techniques to produce a gemstone exhibiting optical properties of extraordinary brilliance and fire.
How is Celestial Premier Moissanite grown?
Celestial Premier Moissanite™ is grown by crystalizing silicon and carbon elements in state of the art facilities. Being lab grown, the material is reproducible and sustainable. Celestial Premier is produced from the cleanest and most pure form of Silicon Carbide Crystal.
What are the benefits of Celestial Premier Moissanite?
Celestial Premier Moissanite™ is extremely durable. They have superior hardness, toughness and stability that make them suitable for daily wear and have a brilliance that will last forever. Moissanite has a minimal impact on our environment, and support local economies. They are also fairly traded. Moissanite has a lower cost per carat than many other gemstones, particularly diamonds.
How is Celestial Premier Moissanite cut?
Celestial Premier Moissanite™ is produced as large pieces of rough material which are then cut to specific gem sizes and hand-faceted by master gem cutters to maximize brilliance and fire. The angles and proportions are precisely calculated to be ideal for the refractive index of Moissanite. Each gem is individually polished to produce a reflective luster that is equal to diamond.
Is Moissanite Durable?
Moissanite is superbly durable. Its ability to resist scratching and abrasion measures 9.5 on the Mohs harness scale – making it a close second only to diamond, and more than twice the hardness of cubic zirconia (CZs). Moissanite’s crystalline structure is held together with strong covalent bonding similar to diamonds but it won’t cleave in a direction of structural weakness the way diamonds can. That means Moissanite’s toughness, or ability to resist breaking or chipping, outranks diamond.
How do I care for my moissanite gemstone?
Moissanite gemstones may be cleaned using commercially available jewelry cleaners or dishwashing soap, rinsed with warm water, and dried with a soft cloth. While Moissanite is rated Excellent on a toughness scale, it is advised to avoid situations that involve sharp, harsh blows to the jewelry that may fracture or chip the gemstone. Contact with rough surfaces or abrasive materials that may scratch the gemstone should be avoided.
Who owns the brand and copyright for Celestial Premier Moissanite?
Bel Viaggio Designs, LLC owns the brand and copyright for Celestial Premier Moissanite.