Moissanite is a gemstone that originates in the heavens and was discovered in 1893 by Frenchmen Henri Moissan, who later won a Nobel Prize for Chemistry. In Arizona, he discovered small particles of the gem that would later be named after him, in a crater created by a meteorite that fell to Earth. He initially thought that he had found diamonds, but later decided that the crystals were composed of silicon carbide. Over 100 years later, the synthetic version of the celestial stone has become one of the hottest trends in the jewelry industry.
Natural moissanite is incredibly rare, so the majority of moissanite commercially available today is grown in a lab. After many years of trial and error, the particles Moissan discovered were successfully synthesized to produce what is now one of the world’s most fiery gemstones.