The revolution in the dazzling world of diamond cutting and jewellery has been nothing but an inspired endeavour, one punctuated by the innovations in the use of the moissanite gem and the fact that this wondrous little crystal can be shaped to duplicate one of the earth’s most wondrous natural resources: the diamond. The science behind the moissanite is as artful and complex as the act of counting and cutting the gems into fine rings, rings that will sparkle and shine and magnify the beauty of any proposal with their beauty and clarity. The moissanite gem stone is a creation that has been used in some of the most ambitious scientific endeavours and also used to unite two people in the case of weddings, and memorialize the lives of those who have passed away in the form of moissanite gems made from cremated remains.
An engagement ring is a piece of craftsmanship that is of course entrenched in a rich history and hung upon a cultural relevance, that makes their design and composition an integral part of any wedding proposal. The diamond tradition is one that is very old but surprisingly not rooted in every country’s history; in a western country there is no doubt that the diamond ring is an integral part of the wedding ceremony. Still, there is resistance to buying diamonds, by those looking to save on an investment in their future, as well as people who are not comfortable with purchasing diamonds for various other reasons. These factors have led to the popularity of moissanite engagement rings, a market that grows every year as the innovation in their fabrication improves.
Moissanite engagement rings have become as much of an integral part of the engagement ring market as authentic diamonds or fine gem like rubies and sapphires, a fact that has made moissanites a growth industry amongst both retailers and craftsmen. While some craftsmen and ring makers may see working with moissanites as something that is slightly beneath their abilities, many have embraced them and used them in ways that go beyond simply mimicking genuine diamonds. It’s really a matter of using this malleable and inexpensive medium to achieve an authentic look that is memorable, and one that touches the heart as much as it catches the eye. This is why many ring makers find creating moissanite engagement rings a challenge and a reward.
There is little doubt that moissanite engagement rings are filled with the gleam, twinkle, sparkle and fiery wonder of diamonds in most cases, especially if they are handled by skilled craftsmen. These little compressed wonders of carbon and silicon have been polished and cut to fit the most artistically designed settings, while at the same time being as tough and resistant to scratching, breaking, or chipping as genuine diamonds, and are nearly guaranteed to last as long as the marriage they commemorate. A moissanite is as close as one can get to a diamond and when polished, cut, and set into the right ring; as it has a fiery glow that is more than proof of a genuine radiant beauty that you would expect from a high quality engagement ring.
The moissanite gem’s origins go back to around fifty thousand years into the past, when a meteorite crashed in what would be the Arizona desert, creating a large meteor crater that left fragments of the fairly massive meteor scattered across the sand. The fragments remained there until about 1893 when they were discovered by Henri Moissan, a Nobel-Prize winning scientist, who studied the fragments in earnest, striving to discover the nature of the fragments. Moissan found that new mineral shimmered and gleamed, and that this diamond like substance was made of materials that were domestic to our planet. This was the genesis that led to the eventual development of the moissanite crystals commercially, creating gems that were in some ways indistinguishable from diamonds.
These silicon carbide gems were found in small quantities at first, made from minerals found on earth, but not yet reconstituted on our planet. The creation of the first moissanites and moissanite engagement rings would come after George Kunz, a gemmologist and mineralogist who worked for Tiffany & Co. set them into rings and named the new mineral after the Dr Moissan who found the gems. Still, it would be decades until moissanites were broadly manufactured and used to make some of the world’s most stunning pieces of jewellery. These gems are so valuable because of their ability to keep their shine in much the same way that diamonds hold theirs, and with a fiery glare that last for generations, that makes each gem very attractive to the eye.
Some of the things that should be taken into consideration when it comes to choosing the right gems for moissanite rings include the shape and cut of the gems, with the most popular being the ubiquitous square cut. Other popular gem cuts for engagement rings include the princess of round cut which are considered very cosmopolitan. Then of course you will have to consider the carat of the moissanite gem. The fact is that for people who have their heart set on say a one carat gem nothing else will do, this is a situation you will see echoed in the procurement of genuine diamonds. Moissanites also offer some value when it comes to their clarity, with some gems having a lower or higher clarity than others. Also, consider the particular colour of the moissanite as it can make a difference in terms of the character of the gem. Many moissanite gems have their own warm glow, a brilliance that is juxtaposed well with say a champagne coloured gem. Of course, when you are thinking about purchasing engagement rings people tend to go for a more crystalline gleam, something that should be taken into consideration when figuring out how best to showcase the ring.
Post time: 02-13-2017