Moissanite is a gemstone born from the stars. It was first discovered in 1893 by a French scientist named Henri Moissan, who later won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He discovered microscopic particles of the gem that would eventually bear his name in Arizona, in a crater created by a meteorite that fell to Earth. Moissanite is silicon carbide formed as a single crystal, it is a naturally occurring mineral found in very limited quantities in the earth. Moissanite as thus been able to be studied, chemically broken down, and regrown by scientists with the same elements.
Art of Fine decided solely on moissanite because we love our Earth, and because of this commitment we took a stand against mining. Mining of diamonds and gold are detrimental to our environment and our own health. Mining not only ruins the land and forests, but the run off from mining poisons lakes, rivers, and wells. Humans make up our Earth as well, and the untraceable human trafficking and forced labor, commonly known as blood diamonds, is not something we can pretend does not happen. All of our moissanite is lab grown and cut by fair labor practices. Our gold is 100% refined recycled gold. Art of Fine does not buy from any mining companies or agencies, we purchase our gold solely from refineries who take in scrap and recycled gold and refine to purity. We only take the purest gold to make our jewelry because quality doesn’t mean you have to destroy to derive its essence of beauty.
We’ll be completely honest though, we didn’t choose moissanite ONLY because of its environmentally friendly properties…
It’s properties of brilliance and fire surpass even diamonds, making it the perfect gemstone to use for the most brilliant and gorgeous jewelry the universe has to offer. It’s melting point is 3 times of that of diamond, and second only to the diamond in hardness. Being discovered in a meteorite, it is a gift from the universe. The vast wonders and great energy of the endless universe created this star gem and gifted it to us.
- Clarity Grade: IF-VS
- Cut/Polish: Excellent
- Brilliance: 2.65-2.69 (Refractory Index)
- Fire: 0.104 (Fire Dispersion/Scintillation)
- Hardness: 9.25-9.50 (Moh’s Scale)