In fact, moissanite was first discovered in a meteor crater in 1893, which makes it a gift from the heavens as well.
Originally the crystals found within this crater were identified as diamond particles. In 1904 however, an American geologist named Henri Moissan re-identified the crystal as silicon carbide. In its natural form this crystal is extremely rare. Created from synthetic material however, moissanite shines brighter than a diamond or any other gemstone. In fact moissanite’s gemological characteristics are in most cases far superior to naturally occurring gemstones, as this chart reveals.
|Emerald||1.58||0.014||5.1||7 ½||Good to Poor|