The Origin of Moissanite Rings
Moissanite rings are a relatively new phenomenon, but their origins can be traced back to the late 19th century. In 1893, a French chemist named Henri Moissan was studying the crater created by a meteor in Arizona when he discovered a new mineral. He named the mineral moissanite after himself.
Moissanite is a very hard mineral, second only to diamonds on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. It is also very durable and can withstand everyday wear and tear. Moissanite is also very brilliant, with a higher refractive index than diamonds. This means that moissanite reflects light more effectively, giving it a brighter sparkle than diamonds.
In the early 20th century, moissanite was used in industrial applications, such as abrasives and cutting tools. However, it was not until the 1990s that moissanite began to be used in jewelry. In 1998, Charles & Colvard, a company based in North Carolina, began …