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Moissanite and Custom Jewellery

Moissanite and Custom Jewellery
March 29, 2015 Suzanne Crudden
In News

I’ve been receiving the question lately, “do you work with Moissanite?”.

I thought I would take this opportunity to answer that yes,

I definitely do work with Moissanite!

Chances are you’ve already done your research on the stone if you’ve found yourself here but I thought it would also be a good time to talk a bit about moissanite as well as it’s application in custom jewellery.

What is Moissanite?

Naturally occuring moissanite is silicon carbide first discovered by Charles Moissan in the late 19th century. It is an extremely rare mineral and only limited deposits have ever been found – mostly in association with meteors but also in kimberlite and as naturally ocurring inclusions in diamonds.

Due to its rarity natural moissanite, or moissanite mined from the earth, is not widely available. Instead it was synthesized in a labratory and is now commercially available from Charles and Colvard. Moissanite has a number of applications but the most important to us here is as a beautiful gemstone in jewellery. 

Why choose Moissanite for your jewellery piece?

The properties of moissanite make it a great choice for wedding and engagement rings or pieces that are worn every day. It is second only to diamond in hardness on the Moh’s Scale of hardness and is actually more reflective than a diamond due to it’s higher refractive index.

As with any gemstone, there are certain considerations to keep in mind when choosing moissanite for your jewellery piece. One is that although there have been great advances such as Charles & Colvard’s Forever Brilliant & Forever One lines, moissanite can appear to have a ‘yellowish’ undertone. Another consideration is that although moissanite is very hard, it can be brittle. If it breaks it tends to get sliced off in layers. Smaller stones are particularly vulnerable due to the sharpness of their girdle. As a preventative measure it’s best to set smaller moissanite lower into the ring and offer as much protection as possible in the setting design. No gemstone is indestructable, not even a diamond, so it’s always important to take safety into consideration no matter what the gemstone.

The most important reason for a lot of people who choose moissanite is that they feel comfortable with a gemstone that has not been mined from the earth. As an added bonus moissanite is much less expensive than diamonds so they are truely a guilt-free choice!

Where to purchase Moissanite in Toronto?

If you would like to use moissanite in a custom piece of jewellery there are two options. You can source a stone(s) yourself by logging on the Charles and Colvard website and then bringing the stone(s) to me to design a custom piece. Alternatively I can source the stone(s) for you. This second method is often easier because it enables you to see the stone(s) in ‘real life’ and you can decide if you would like to use it in your piece. If not, it can always be returned. Sometimes it’s also hard for you to know how many and of which size stones you should order for your design. Since I will know all of the precise details of the design it may be easier for me to order in the stones required.

Have I forgotten anything? Let me know if you have any further questions!

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