Whether one had reached a milestone in life, made the first pot of gold, found a significant other to tie the knot with, or sourcing an overdue gift for a loved one, look no further than a Moissanite stone to lock in significant moments.

What is Moissanite and is there any difference between the Diamond or Cubic Zirconia?

Moissanite is a naturally occurring silicon carbide with a chemical compound SiC and a rare mineral discovered by French chemist Henri Moissan. Cubic Zircona, otherwise also known as Zirconium Dioxide ZrO2 contains zirconium and oxygen. Since Diamond is pure carbon, the Moissanite comes closer to Diamond than Cubic Zirconia. Moissanite is also doubly refractive due to the structure of the stone which increases light dispersion and hence channels brilliance and fire. Note Moissanite stones are not completely white and transparent due to the natural structure but its hues bear close resemblance to the Diamond.

According to Cape Town Diamond Museum, a German mineralogist, Fredrich Mohs invented a scale of relative mineral hardness that has become known as the Mohs scale. Until this day, this scale has been a valuable tool in identifying minerals since 1812. The Diamond is rated as 10 on Mohs scale.  This means that it is the hardest mineral known to man. Only a mineral that is the same hardness grade can scratch the mineral. Moissanite is rated as 9.2 on the Mohs scale compared to Cubic Zirconia with a scale of 8 to 8.5. In spite of its brilliance, cut and hardness, Moissanite prices are a tenth of Diamond of the same carat weight. In fact, Moissanite stones had maintained their value and make a better investment.

For the well-informed couples who are looking for inspirational bespoke designs to ‘rock’ their weddings but also concerned over ethically sourced origins, look no further than LeCaine Gems. Run by a husband and wife team, LeCaine Gems specializes in bespoke designs that caters to individuals expressing their personal identity through gem pieces owned. With the slew of online Moissanite websites which uses a non-personalized digital platform, LeCaine Gems’ team of designers and consultants provides attention over the digital sphere. LeCaine Gems’ customization with craftsmanship give heed to details like tones, cuts, base, prongs, settings, tappers, polish, style, weight, and various shades of 18K gold in white, yellow, rose and champagne. Once the design is finalized, a 3-D mockup is presented before the ring is cast and set by experienced craftsmen. A Certificate of Authenticity and Limited Lifetime Warranty is also available with the customized pieces. A worthy testament of what is truly sincere, truly special and truly memorable.

Don’t wait for the perfect moment to put a ring on it.

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