Wearing moissanite is much like dazzling your audience with a disco-ball colour effect. Its colours are more brilliant than a real diamond and will dazzle all admirers. A leading South African manufacturing jeweller who uses Moissanite is FRANCOIS JEWELLERS. Not only is it an affordable alternative to a diamond but it is a gemstone in its own right.
Moissanites offer an ethical alternative to Diamonds. Young couples who need to stretch their cash to cover wedding costs can happily settle for a Moissanite engagement ring. Not only does it look and feel like the “real thing”, but it also costs a fraction of the price of a diamond. Apart from saving cash, the bride can rest assured that there will be as much oohing and aahing by jealous girlfriends.
Moissanite was originally discovered by a jeweller, Dr Henri Moissan, way back in 1893 – hence the name. It is a mineral that occurs in limited quantities in the earth and, because of its rarity, is now being cultivated in laboratories.
There are two secrets about Moissanite that are well worth keeping. One, it looks and tests like a diamond and, two, it costs a fraction of the price! It sparkles twice as much as a Diamond because it is double refractive whilst a Diamond is single refractive!
FRANCOIS JEWELLERS is the proud stockist of Evermore Moissanite which offers clients a further two unique benefits.
Yet another bonus is that in the event of loss or theft, your Evermore Moissanite purchase will be blacklisted on the database, effectively preventing the stone from being registered by a third-party.
Cost and Clarity
The price for a 1-carat Diamond of the same carat, colour and clarity Moissanite in South Africa is about R250,000. On the other hand, the compared Moissanite will cost you about R10,000!
Francois Jewellers’ Evermore Moissanite range is colourless to near colourless. That means it is comparable to a Diamond of D to F colour. Moissanite stones are suitable for use in all metals – Palladium, Platinum, Rose-, Yellow- and White Gold as well as Sterling Silver.
Moissanite Tests Positive as a Diamond
As mentioned earlier, Moissanite’s properties are so similar to Diamonds that special tests have to be conducted to ascertain the difference. Moissanite tests positive as a Diamond on a normal electronic diamond tester. To distinguish between a natural Diamond and a Moissanite one has to:
If you are investigating all possible avenues for the purchase of an engagement ring, Moissanite must be one of your top choices. While it is often far more expensive than Cubic Zirconia, there is no comparison when it comes to quality differences. Zirconias are much softer, making them susceptible to scratches and abrasion. These stones also lose their lustre over time. Moissanite, on the other hand, is one of earth’s toughest and hardest elements second in hardness only to Diamonds.
PLEASE BE AWARE OF CHEAP LOW GRADE MOISSANITES!! THEY LOOSE COLOUR OVER TIME. THEY SCRATCH MORE EASILY AND ARE NOT AS DURABLE AS EVERMORE MOISSANITES!