Moissanite Earrings are all the rave these days, but what about Moissanite engagement rings? If you’ve never heard of Moissanite, let’s start with the basics. Moissanite is a lab-created gem that was first discovered by Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dr. Henri Moissan in 1893 while analyzing rock fragments from the Canyon Diablo meteorite in Arizona; it was later named after him and marketed as an affordable alternative to diamonds due to its similar appearance and hardness. Many jewelry experts can’t tell the difference between real diamonds and Moissanite on sight alone!
A Brief History Of Moissanite
In 1893, a French scientist named Henri Moissan discovered tiny particles of silicon carbide in a meteor that crashed near Diablo Canyon in Arizona. He named these crystals moissanites after himself. Over 100 years later, moissanites were finally ground into rough stone and polished by scientists at Charles & Colvard to become gems. They’re now used as an alternative to diamonds for producing gorgeous jewelry like moissanite engagement rings ! To find out how moissanite engagement rings are made, keep reading below! Step 1: Start with a gemstone. Gemstones come from mines or recycled materials. There are several types of gemstones including opal, sapphire, ruby and more. Most people think of diamonds when they hear gemstone but there are other beautiful stones out there too! When it comes to moissanite engagement rings, it doesn’t matter which type you use; you can make almost any ring with any kind of gemstone (except cubic zirconia). The hardest part about working with gemstones is cutting them so that they sparkle beautifully. Luckily for you though, most commercial cutters have decades worth of experience behind them and know exactly what kind of cut will make your stone look its best.
How Moissanites Are Formed
Although moissanites were discovered in 1893, they were difficult to synthesize and weren’t created in large quantities until almost a century later. There are two ways to create moissanites: high temperature and high pressure or hydrothermal synthesis (also known as HPHT). During high-temperature/high-pressure (HPHT) synthesis, a small amount of nickel carbonyl powder is placed into a steel capsule that sits at one end of an empty reactor tube. The other end contains a small amount of oil and garnet. The steel capsule is dropped into another steel tube, which acts as an airtight seal for about three hours.
How Moissanites Are Made
The moissanites used for jewelry are synthesized in a laboratory, rather than being mined. Lab-grown moissanites were first created in 1893 by Henri Moissan, a Nobel Prize–winning French chemist. Although he was unable to use them for gemstones because they’re not large enough to facet, he did use them as catalysts in various reactions and as diamond simulants to perform laser experiments. However, it wasn’t until 1998 that Dr Guy Weadick began successfully developing ways to grow crystals small enough for use in gems. Today, lab-created moissanites have become an increasingly popular alternative to diamonds and other types of gemstones. Some people prefer lab-created moissanites because they can be more affordable while still providing many of the same characteristics as natural diamonds. Additionally, their clarity tends to be much higher than that of natural diamonds, which means you don’t have to worry about inclusions or blemishes when you purchase a lab-created stone. And if you want your ring set with multiple stones or coloured stones like blue sapphires or rubies, you may find that lab-grown options provide more variety at better prices than natural gems do.
Testing, Cutting, Polishing
So, you’re looking for an engagement ring. A diamond will most likely spring to mind – but maybe not for long once you know about moissanite. It’s a naturally-occurring mineral that has similar qualities and appearance to diamonds, so much so that jewelers can hardly tell them apart under magnification. But at a fraction of the cost and with fewer associated ethical issues than mined diamonds, it’s no wonder moissanite is becoming an increasingly popular choice for many brides-to-be. If you are thinking about proposing to your love and want to use moissanite in your ring there are some important steps involved in its creation (which we’re about to break down for you) before it can become part of your special day.
After choosing a setting and adding diamonds to it, you’ll need to decide if you want a polished or brushed finish. A polished finish will be shinier but will also lose its lustre over time. For more information on Moissanite Earrings designs, visit JCPenney’s Rings page. There are thousands of beautiful ring designs for sale here in our online store, so don’t wait any longer to start shopping! Whether you prefer white gold or yellow gold Moissanite Engagement Rings, we have something for everyone—even if you’re just browsing for ideas or considering getting your soon-to-be fiancée involved in the selection process.