Credit: Charles & Colvard

Of all the Gems in the world, Moissanite is the closest and best alternative to a earthed mined diamond there is. Although OgilvieGems are diamond jewelers, through the years we have come to love the environmentally friendly and conflict free created moissanite and honestly we prefer it to a diamond.


Moissanite is regarded as the best diamond alternative in the world, with some optical properties exceeding those of diamond. Its lower price and less exploitative mining practices necessary to obtain it make it a popular alternative to diamonds. Due in part to the similar thermal conductivity of Moissanite and diamond, it is the only gem that when using conventional diamond testers will test positive as a diamond. On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness it is a 9.5, with a diamond being a 10.

The use of Moissanite in jewelry was exclusively controlled through patents held by the original creators of Moissanite engagement ring; Charles & Colvard.

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What is Moissanite?

OgilvieGems South Africa is also an official registered Charles&Colvard Retailer ensuring to bring you Charles & Colvard’s full range at the best prices guaranteed. Do not be fooled by other imitations in the market. There are only a hand full of genuine Moissanite dealers across the world that maintain the highest standards possible. Some of these names include: Charles & Colvard, Amora and Berzelian.

Moissanite is a unique rare jewel with more fire, brilliance, and sparkling lustre than any other jewel or gemstone including a diamond. All Moissanite is sold with a Charles and Colvard Ltd Lifetime Warranty giving you the assurance that its beauty will never fade. Its guaranteed to last forever.

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Charles and Colvard moissanite engagement ring is inspired by the fire and beauty of natural moissanite, a dazzling gemstone first discovered over a century ago in an ancient meteorite by Dr. Henri Moissan. The enthralling stone has been a source of intense interest ever since. With a patented ethical process for growing the gem, Charles and Colvard has seen increasing demand for moissanite jewelry with each passing year. You too will be entranced by moissanite.


Mineral Moissanite was discovered by Henri Moissan while examining rock samples from a meteor crater located in Canyon Diablo, Arizona, in 1893. At first Scientists identified these crystals as diamonds, but in 1904 Henri Moissan identified the crystals as silicon carbide a rare and beautiful gem.

Moissanite, in its natural form, is very rare. It has only been discovered in a small variety of places from upper mantle rock to meteorites. Discoveries have shown that Moissanite occurs naturally as inclusions in diamonds, xenoliths, and ultramafic rocks such askimberlite and lamproite. They have also been identified in carbonaceous chondritemeteorites as presolar grains.

Analysis of SiC grains found in the Murchison meteorite has revealed anomalous isotopic ratios of carbon and silicon, indicating an origin from outside the solar system. 99% of these SiC grains originate around carbon-rich asymptotic giant branch stars. SiC is commonly found around these stars, as deduced from their infrared spectra.

Silicon carbide was first synthesized by Jöns Jacob Berzelius, who is best known for his discovery of silicon. Years later, Edward Goodrich Acheson produced viable minerals that could substitute for diamond as an abrasive and cutting material. This was possible, as Moissanite is one of the hardest substances known, with a hardness just below that of diamond.

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