The diamond lobby ruthlessly and effectively guards the most beautiful and one of the oldest marketing legends in the history of business. Who, for example, heard that diamond is not really the hardest substance in the world? It is - and it's harder by as much as 58%! - obtained by the method of synthesis by the team of Professor Jodie Bradby from the Australian National University - a hexagonal figure of lonsdaleite, a meteorite form of graphite.
Similarly, few people have heard of a precious stone that refracts light better than a diamond! Leaving him only slightly hard (9.2 - 9.5 on the Mohs scale). So harder than rubies, emeralds and sapphires. At the same time, it is stronger than diamond, it is three times more resistant to temperature, has better gloss and fieryness than normal, and can usually be more perfectly grinded. The same "cosmic" as lonsdaleit. In nature, it was also found in meteorites and in the same kimberlite chimneys as diamonds, but a million times less frequently. The outer surface of this stone (about 15-300nm thick) is, moreover, pure carbon crystals, that is ... it is partly a diamond. It's called moissanit ...
Like lonsdality, moissanites are alien visitors. The first moissanite was found in 1893 by a French Nobel laureate Dr. Henrie Moissan. There are relatively few of these extraordinary gems, because large corporations controlling the unimaginably profitable diamond market are doing everything to say as little as possible about the Moissanites, and if so, as "counterfeits", imitations of diamonds, which is supposed to hinder demand.
Moissanites, also synthetically made today, are by no means counterfeit. These are separate gemstones that diamonds in some respects outweigh. Zircons and other crystals or synthetics fade with time. Moissanit, just as the diamond retains its color and eternal glow. A diamond is a crystal of carbon, moissanite is a silicon carbide, i.e. a completely different mineral, although it is born in the same conditions as those in which a diamond is created and even naturally to a diamond similar to the surface layer of crystallized carbon. It is the hardness, dispersion and other features that make the appraiser who does not have the latest equipment have a big problem in distinguishing also the well-polished, well-polished moissanite from the diamond.
Of course, Moissanites are cheaper than diamonds. This is caused by historical and emotional factors as well as the ruthless policy of a powerful diamond lobby, suppressing all media information about the benefits of Moissanites. The jewelery industry, but first and foremost, opinion-forming spheres that shape world fashion - it was successfully persuaded that they are "fake" diamonds, although looking physically, chemically and geologically - it is nonsense or rather an ordinary business lie, which for money became an obligatory thesis. Diamond corporations fight moissanites so perfectly that they even hid a great secret ...
Well, the diamond escapes, as it is known to be indestructible. However, this is not entirely true. Diamond can be destroyed very easily. It burns completely at a temperature of 900 ⁰ C. And exposed to rays strongly focused by a lens of sunlight simply ... will disappear. It is in fact ... coal and under the influence of a strong beam of light will turn into CO₂ - carbon dioxide.
Moissanit is a silicon carbide so the laser beam will not force it to oxidize. Even the moissanites currently obtained in the synthesis processes can withstand over 2300 ⁰ C unobstructed. Nothing strange, because carbon and silicon need these temperatures to combine. In nature, these stones are created in conditions similar to those reigning around the stars, where the diamond would instantly evaporate. So if any gemstone deserves to be the hero of a fairy tale of indestructibility, then it is definitely moissanit.
Underestimating the Moissanites also seems unjust from the aesthetic point of view. They are characterized by better dispersion and brilliance than diamonds. If we assume that the absolute beauty, i.e. the maximum number of light effects in the form of reflections, refractions and fission of the beam of light, is extracted from the stone, through perfect proportions and finishing with an ideal cut - deciding whether the jewel will obtain the so-called "Life," or whether it will be a "dead" stone, which loses the light that comes to it - this moissanit can certainly be better than diamond and it will always objectively win jewelery with diamonds ...
So if this is the case, and moissanites certainly do not give way to the diamonds aesthetically and so little differ from them physically.