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 presents colorless Stellarit gem, a new 4H crystalline polytype, created with an innovative high-tech process