Where do moissanites come from?

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As our name Stella suggests, moissanites are born from the stars. This special gemstone is full of mystery and charm, thanks to its dazzling looks and its origin story.

Discovering moissanite

Originally discovered in 1893 by the French chemist and Nobe prize winner Henri Moissan, moissanite is a rare mineral called silicon carbide. Moissan was examining rock samples from a meteor crater in Canyon Diablo, Arizona, when he found the brilliant rocks which he first confused with diamonds.

In its natural form, moissanite is extremely rare and found in insufficient quantities to mine and use in jewellery or industrial applications.

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Modern moissanite

Today moissanites are grown in laboratories to successfully imitate their natural state.

Unlike diamonds and most other precious gems, moissanites are not mined from the depths of the earth or rivers or the seabed. They are made in highly specialised laboratories using innovative technology that delivers the quality, consistency and near-flawless gemstones we use in all Stella jewellery.

Thanks to these reliable, repeatable and consistent results and moissanites' remarkable hardness, optical properties and thermal conductivity, its applications go beyond jewellery: it is also used in advanced body armour, LED lights, grinding machinery, water-jet cutting, astronomy telescopes and in automotive parts in high performance luxury cars.

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