Moissanites and why JUNI uses them...
What is a Moissanite?
Moissanites were first discovered by Henri Moissan in 1893 in a meteorite, in Arizona, that fell to the earth. At first, he believed he had found diamonds but later discovered the gemstones were composed of silicon carbide.
So are Moissanites naturally created? Natural Moissanites are incredible rare and therefore the Moissanites you see today are created in the laboratory, making them ethically desirable.
Here at JUNI we use the highest quality of Moissanites from Charles & Colvard®; specifically Moissanite Forever One™ by Charles & Colvard®.
Moissanites are created to appear very similar to diamonds however they hold many of their own characteristics.
To the naked eye, the most visible differences between moissanites and diamonds are the fire (dispersion) and sparkle.
Moissanites are recognised as being the most brilliant (shiniest) gemstone on earth. Furthermore, Moissanite can disperse more light than a diamond and reflects a rainbow of colours when light passes through the gemstone.
The next factor to consider is its "hardness". It is well known that the diamond is the hardest element on earth, however, Moisannites are also extremely hard that commonly measure 9.25 - 9.5 on the Mohs scale.
Moissanite or Diamond?
For all of JUNI's engagement designs, we use the Forever One™ by Charles & Colvard® Colourless Moissanites (DEF) which falls within a clarity of internally flawless. Moissanite grading uses a color grading scale that is based upon the GIA diamond color grading scale.
Every stone 4mm in size or larger comes with it's own Certificate of Authenticity and Lifetime Warranty from the laboratory at Charles & Colvard® and is discreetly laser engraved to show it is of the highest quality.