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What Is Moissanite?

Moissanite is a silicon carbide gemstone, originally discovered in a crater which resulted from a meteorite crashing into the Arizona landscape. Discovered in 1893 by French chemist Henry Moissan, natural moissanite is incredibly rare, so today the gemstone is created in a laboratory, resulting in sparkling, conflict-free stones that cost a fraction of diamonds, but are virtually indistinguishable from them. In fact, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has said that moissanite is “much closer to diamond in overall appearance and heft than any previous diamond imitation.” Because it is very difficult to tell a diamond and a moissanite apart, moissanite makes for a common, and brilliant, diamond alternative. While it is almost impossible to differentiate between the two gemstones,...

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