A gemstone that literally fell from the sky
Moissanite, also called "stardust" is named after French scientist Henri Moissan, who discovered the stone in a meteorite crater in 1893. Initially, Dr. Moissan believed he had discovered diamonds, due to the similarity between the two stones in terms of hardness and appearance. However, the chemical composition of the newly found crystals (Silicon Carbide, SiC), made it clear that it was a different stone with fascinating qualities: its higher dispersion and refractive index make it the brightest stone on earth, with a fire never seen before. In addition, ranking at 9.25 on the Mohs scale it is the second hardest stone in the world.
At the end of the last century, scientists succeeded in recreating moissanite in laboratories, which made it possible to control the conditions for its crystallization and to achieve stones of excellent color and clarity, capable of competing with the best natural diamonds in the world.
As a lab-created stone, moissanite does not carry an environmental and social debt. Extracting one carat of diamonds, on average, requires the removal of more than 1,750 tons of soil, causing extensive erosion of the environment. On the other hand, diamonds have been a source of conflict in several African countries such as Sierra Leone, Liberia and Angola, among others.
When you buy a PERPETUA moissanite, you can be sure that you are buying a stone of great beauty, excellent durability and and ethical in terms of environmental and social sustainability.
PERPETUA only sells moissanites of the highest quality, with levels of excellence in terms of color, clarity and cut, all certified in a report issued by the International Gemological Research Institute.
For more information about our quality, click here. In addition, because we deal directly with manufacturers, our costs are the most competitive in the market, allowing us to offer large gemstones, excellent quality and low prices.
In many ways, moissanite exceeds the qualities of diamond, giving PERPETUA gems greater brilliance and dispersion. Look below!