What Is Moissanite Jewelry?

Moissanite jewelry and loose stones have become hot competition to cubic zirconia and even diamonds. What is this mysterious, greenish stone? Introduced in the late–1990s, the brilliance and sparkle of this laboratory-created gemstone will surprise you with it features and benefits.

Moissanite isn't created to simulate a diamond's properties, so some feel that calling moissanite a "fake" or "artificial" diamond is inaccurate, however, it is not a gemstone in its own right. Moissanite does exist in nature, but only in minute quantities found in meteors. Other entirely lab-created stones include white sapphire, white spinel, yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) and cubic zirconia.

Its fire and brilliance can rival real diamonds, and a disreputable dealer might try to pass off a moissanite stone as a diamond to an unsuspecting buyer. A special tester is needed to distinguish it from real diamonds. At about 1/10th the cost of a real diamond, moissanite jewelry is worth checking out whether you have champagne taste on a beer budget or you just want to add affordable glitter to your jewelry collection.

How To Identify Moissanite

Here are three easy tests to identify moissanite to make sure it isn't cubic zirconia (and also to make sure you have a real diamond and not moissanite):

  1. Hold your moissanite stone under a lighter or match flame. Moissanite turns green as long as it is held under the flame.
  2. Use a jeweler's 10x loupe. Carefully examine where the facets join on the lower pointed part of the stone, also know as the pavilion. If the facet junctions appear to be a little blurred or they look "doubled," you have a moissanite stone.
  3. Use Charles & Colvard's Tester Model 590 that distinguishes moissanite from diamonds by testing for absorption of ultraviolet light.

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