Brides are now choosing Moissanite

When it comes to diamond alternatives, no one knows them better than we do.
After all, we’ve been experts in diamond simulants through our store Diamontrigue of Lubbock since 1978. 
When we launched our custom design center, Royal Hummingbird Studio, (located inside Diamontrigue) in 2015,
we wanted to offer a full range of diamond alternatives, including Moissanite.

What is Moissanite?

Moissanite (silicon carbide) was discovered by Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist, Dr. Henri Moissan, in a meteorite crater in 1893.

With properties exceeding that of a diamond, Moissanite was a brilliant new type of gemstone, free of environmental and ethical issues.

The experts at Charles & Colvard pioneered the creation of Moissanite in a lab refining their technique over their 20 year history.

Wait, wasn’t Moissanite a yellow-greenish color?

In the early years, Moissanite had a yellow-greenish tint to it – but no more! Charles & Colvard now offer clear, fiery brilliance stones.

You can choose from a GHI grade (near colorless) or DEF (colorless).  Those alphabet letters look familiar? They are the same color grades used in genuine diamonds.

Do they Sparkle like Diamonds?

Moissanite has even greater brilliance and much more dispersion (fire) than a diamond.

It is the next hardest gem after diamonds and is between a 9.25 and 9.5 on the Mohl hardness scale, so they are a wonderful durable alternative.

Is colored Moissanite an option?

Of course! Moissante has many dazzling colors to choose from.

Come in to discuss Color, Shape and Carat Size! We would be happy to help!


Compared to a Diamond

MoissaniteMore Brilliance


Brilliance (Refractive Index)



Fire (Dispersion)



Hardness (Mohs Scale)

3.21 g/cm3



Undamaged up to 1800°C


Heat Resistance



Double Refraction

DiamondLess Brilliance


Brilliance (Refractive Index)



Fire (Dispersion)



Hardness (Mohs Scale)

3.53 g/cm3



Undamaged up to 800°C


Heat Resistance



Double Refraction