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The Durability of

Moissanite

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Forever has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 


That’s why it takes so much time trying to find the one you can and should invest in. 

It’s important for you to know that your investment is worthwhile and will last a lifetime. You want to be sure that you will love your engagement ring everyday just as much as you did the first day you received it. With the promise of the moissanite gemstone, you can be sure that you’re investing in eternal brilliance and durability that will last forever. 

Since the discovery of the gemstone, moissanite has been tagged as the ultimate diamond alternative. Due to its colorless appearance and significant lasting power, it displays an uncanny resemblance to the diamond. Although comparable, these precious gemstones’ compositions, properties and promises are much different. Jewelry lovers worldwide have been increasingly questioning diamond industry standards and as a result, researching and adding this gemstone to their collection due to its social responsibility, brilliance, and affordability. Now, you’re probably wondering since moissanite is priced significantly lower than the diamond, is it truly a durable investment? 

Absolutely! Here’s why.



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Moissanite Durability & Mineral Hardness 


Aside from its beauty—one of the most remarkable qualities of the moissanite gemstone is its durability. Since moissanite is ranked the second hardest gemstone on earth next to the diamond, you can trust that you are investing in a gemstone you will enjoy for a lifetime.  

Expert jewelers globally use a scale called the Mohs Scale to measure the hardness and scratch-resistance of a stone. The scale’s rating ranges from 1 to 10, with 10 being the most durable. In comparison to that of the diamond (which ranks a 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness), this impressive gemstone stays close behind with a rating of 9.25. Among other popular gemstones, such as sapphires, rubies, and emeralds (which range from 7.5-9 on the Mohs Scale), the moissanite stone is more durable when withstanding the effects of daily wear. This makes investing in moissanite not only an affordable luxury, but also a durable option when searching for an outstanding diamond alternative. 

Scratch and Chip Resistant 


When you invest in an engagement ring you expect it to be built to last. This means the last thing you want is jewelry that is susceptible to scratching, chipping or breaking. After all—you’re looking for a “forever stone” right? The moissanite gemstone is created to endure everyday wear and last you for generations. Due to their hardness on the Mohs Scale, moissanite is scratch-resistant, and durable when encountering abrasive surfaces. This makes it the ideal choice for an  Engagement rings and Wedding Bands.  

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Eternal Clarity, Colour & Brilliance


The gemstone’s impeccable clarity, colour, and brilliance won’t diminish as time passes! Many jewelry lovers adore moissanite because of its unique brilliance and radiant fire. For those who love to add a little sparkle in their lives, the moissanite’s brilliance does not disappoint. Aside from the moissanite’s brilliance, the stone’s clarity and color is destined to last a lifetime and be passed onto future generations. Moissanite makes the perfect engagement ring for those who want to radiate light across all types of settings. 

Clarity 

A remarkable feature of the moissanite gemstone is its exceptional clarity. The clarity is determined by the number (or lack thereof) of imperfections and inclusions found in the stone. Not all inclusions are the same; inclusion types include Clouds, Knots, Bearding, Graining, Cavities, Chips, Feathers, and Needles (most common in moissanite). Generally, inclusions found in moissanite aren't visible to the naked eye. In fact, at least 10x magnification is usually required for them to be visible. 

You may be familiar with the diamond’s grading system (the 4 C’s including Colour, Cut, Clarity and Carat weight) and wonder how moissanite quality compares? In terms of clarity, you may be surprised to know that the size, shape, and color of inclusions found in moissanite don’t interfere with the stone’s appearance, unlike diamonds which have a wider range of inclusion types, sizes, and colours which directly impacts their value. 

As moissanite continues to increase in popularity, it’s expected that the diamond alternative market becomes increasingly saturated with varying degrees of moissanite quality. That’s why clarity grading is so important when choosing your forever ring! Every piece of Zen Moissanite jewelry is cut from stones in VVS1/VVS2 clarity. This means only slight inclusions exist in a stone and are completely unrecognizable to the naked eye. The stone’s impeccable clarity is just one more reason why moissanite makes a flawless option when saying “I do.” 

Does moissanite get cloudy over time? 

No, your Zen Moissanite gem will not get cloudy over time. Daily dirt and oil build up on the stone’s surface can create the appearance of a cloudy film. To keep your stone sparkling, we suggest practicing a weekly at home cleaning and care routine and having your ring professionally cleaned once a year. 

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Colour

 
All of our Zen Moissanite gems are cut in the colourless E-F range (unless specified otherwise) and guaranteed to maintain their optical properties as long as you own them. Ranging in hues from clear to coloured, these durable gemstones offer the promise of versatility. Whether you opt for a colourless, near-colourless or fancy coloured moissanite gem, the colour will not change or dull over time as our gems’ colours are permanent; they are not covered with a coating that will fade or flake over time. 


Brilliance 


The brilliance of moissanite is sure to outshine all other precious gemstones. In fact, in terms of “sparkle” we can even say that the moissanite gemstone shines even brighter than a diamond. For reference, the diamond’s refraction index is rated at 2.42 while the brilliant moissanite is placed at 2.65. Due to its high refraction index (refraction indexes refer to a stone’s ability to bend light), the moissainte’s brilliance is unbeatable. This means, whether you’re looking to shine for a special occasion, or when exchanging your vows, the moissanite’s sparkle will remain with you through thick and thin. 

We know the promise for forever is important. That’s why we stand behind the brilliance of each piece of Zen Moissanite jewelry. Our Limited Lifetime Warranty holds the promise that your moissanite gemstone will maintain its eternal brilliance, color, and clarity from the first day you received it. 

Following a proper cleaning and care practice will maintain the stone’s clear and brilliant appearance and prevent buildup that naturally occurs from daily wear. Please consult our Cleaning and Care Guide to learn more about our recommendations.  

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Safe Against High-Temperatures


A fascinating feature about the moissanite gemstone is its ability to withstand high-temperatures and hold up against heat damage. If you’re looking at your moissanite ring for everyday wear, we want to prepare you for any obstacle life may throw at you. Moissanite’s heat-resistant properties are far superior to other laboratory gemstones. Because of its heat resistance, designers can fully customize your stone’s own unique design, and desired cut without damaging the quality of your moissanite. In fact, even when moissanite is exposed to extreme temperatures such as 2000⁰F (a temperature higher than the equivalent intensity of a house fire), the brilliance of the stone remains intact in pristine condition. In other words, we are confident when saying this little gemstone can handle the heat. 



Final Words


When making a jewelry investment with a precious stone, it’s only natural to want a reliable piece built for a lifetime. Regardless of its affordability, the luxurious moissanite will surpass your expectations with its high durability and scratch resistance. Since you deserve a high-quality stone, the moissanite’s endless brilliance and eternal lasting power makes it the perfect heirloom option. Before sending you the final piece, the Zen Moissanite production team meticulously inspects the stone’s elements to ensure you are receiving something that will last you for generations. 



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