The history of moissanite begins with ancient stardust
50,000 years ago, a meteorite hit the Earth and landed in Arizona forming a Meteorite Crater, scattering its fragments all over the desert. By chance, some of them
landed in nearby Diablo Canyon, where Nobel-Prize winning scientist Henri Moissan discovered few tiny sparkling crystals of silicon carbide in 1893.
Later well-known Tiffany & Co. expert gemmologist, George Kuntz suggested a new gem be named “moissanite” in honour of its discoverer.
Naturally occurring moissanites are incredibly rare since this is just a small quantity of crystals found either in meteorites, or in the upper crust of the Earth, or even as small inclusions in diamonds.
A century later, the first high-quality large crystal was successfully grown in the laboratory of North Carolina.
In 1998, Charles & Colvard first introduced to the world a new near colorless moissanite gem with 6H crystalline polytype.
Stellarit gemstones are made from the next-generation 4H Silicon Carbide crystals. These are whiter and purer than 6H Silicon Carbide crystals.
Bellow is the compersion chart Stellarit moissanite VS Diamond.
|Atomic Composition||99.99% carbon||50% carbon, 50% silicon|
|Brilliance (flashes of white light)||2.417||2.66-2.71|
|Fire (flashes of colored light)||.044||.104+|
|Hardness (resistance to scratching)||10||9.5|
|Toughness (resistance to chipping, breaking)||Good – excellent||Excellent|
|Price for 2.00 ct, clarity VVS1, color D||$54,580.00 *||$858 *|