The Durability of Moissanite
The durability of a gemstone is determined by its hardness, or resistance to scratching, and its toughness, or resistance to chipping or cleaving.
Moissanite created by Charles & Colvard, at 9.25 Mohs, is second in hardness only to diamond and incredibly tough. During the development of created Moissanite jewels, extensive real-world wear tests were performed by women in a variety of professions, from bankteller to dog groomer to office worker. These wear tests confirmed that Moissanite jewels out-perform most jewels in terms of durability.
Superior Heat Resistance
Moissanite created by Charles & Colvard has heat resistance properties superior to many other jewels, offering the following distinct advantages for using Moissanite in fine jewellery.
- Moissanite jewels can be cast in place, allowing the jewellery designer to offer innovative, exact-fit designs.
- Moissanite jewels are less likely to experience heat damage during jewellery repair operations.
- Moissanite jewels can survive the extreme temperatures found in typical house fires.
The following pictures demonstrate the superior heat resistance of created Moissanite jewels compared to diamond.