We hear the question “Is moissanite a real gem?” fairly often. What most people mean when they ask this question is “Does moissanite come from the ground, is it mined?” Moissanite does not come from the ground, it is lab created. However, it is naturally occurring but extremely rare. The first moissanite was discovered in a meteorite that crashed to earth in 1893. It was first thought to be a diamond but in 1904 the Nobel Prize winning chemist Henri Moissan reidentified it as Moissanite.
I think what the equal question should be is, why does someone value a mined gem, in particular diamond? Is it because it came from the ground therefore it is without a question “real”? Or is it valued because of the high price tag?
It is not my place nor my objective to say any one reason is right or wrong. I merely would like to start a discussion or at the very least, some internal dialogue as to why a diamond has become the accepted norm. Is it because a diamond is durable and ever lasting? Well then diamond and moissanite are neck in neck as the same goes for a moissanite. Is it because a diamond is beautiful, clear and sparkly? Check, check and check for the moissanite as well! In fact, moissanite is 10% more sparkly than a diamond and has a colorless status that only the rarest of diamonds possess, making them available to a very small few with large pocketbooks.
Maybe that is what it comes down to for some? The high price tag of a diamond makes it real? Fair enough, but for those that want a beautiful, durable diamond equivalent at a fraction of the cost, moissanite should be a “real” consideration.
It may be of interest to know that the reason for a diamonds high price is marketing and racketeering by DeBeer’s. Since the beginning of diamond mining DeBeer’s has been a leader in the industry, manipulating supply and demand and price fixing. This practice continues today and much literature can be found on the subject. I would encourage any enquiring minds to google why a diamond is so high priced. While you are at it you could also look up a diamond’s rarity, it may surprise you to find out that they are not. So for the question “is moissanite a real gem?” Yes! Of course! Not only is it “real” it is beautiful, colorless, more flawless than even the best diamonds which make it the most viable diamond alternative.