There are lots of beautiful gemstones out there that can help you sparkle from head to toe, but one that you might not yet be aware of just yet is moissanite, which has a similar appearance to diamond and with a lot of the same qualities… but it’s at the more affordable end of the scale.
Moissanite itself is silicon carbide, a naturally occurring mineral that was discovered in the 19th century. It’s very rare, however, which is why it is now grown in a laboratory, using pressure and heat to create crystals that are exactly the same in structure to natural moissanite.
As for its qualities, moissanite registers at between 9.25 and 9.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, while diamonds top out at a ten on the scale. This is part of what makes moissanite so appealing, as it’s very durable as a gemstone, which makes it perfect for everyday wear.
Unlike diamonds, however, which have a white light reflection, moissanite is more rainbow-esque with a yellow or green tint, while the colour range of diamonds can vary.
Another key benefit of moissanite is that it never loses its sparkle and brilliance, always staying beautiful and bright no matter how much time has passed.
However, if you think that your jewellery has started to lose its lustre, all you need to do to bring it back to life is to soak your pieces in some warm water with a bit of mild soap and then gently scrub them with a soft cloth or toothbrush, really focusing on those hard-to-reach spots. Once clean, give your jewellery a good rinse and then dry it with a lint-free cloth.
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