Moissanite can trace its origins to particles derived from a meteorite which crashed into the Arizona desert fifty thousand years ago.
Samples from the Canyon Diablo meteor crater are given to French scientist Dr. Henri Moissan for examination in 1893. The small geological sample contains crystals with extraordinary sparkle that Dr. Moissan determines are a new mineral, silicon carbide.
More than a decade later, gem expert and former vice president of Tiffany & Company, George Frederick Kunz, recommends honoring the discovery by having it named after Dr. Ferdinand Frederick Henri Moissan...Moissanite!
In the late 1990’s through a combination of advanced science and master gem cutting, gem-quality silicon carbide was created by Charles & Colvard, for use in fine jewellery.
Moi Moi introduced Moissanite to the Australian and New Zealand markets in 2004.
Dr Henri Moissan