Moissanite is a rare and exceptional gemstone, believed to have fallen from the stars in a meteor onto Earth. It was discovered by Henri Moissan, a French scientist, in 1893. Initially, he mistook it for diamond crystals, but it turned out to be silicon carbide.
Since the 1990s, scientists have successfully replicated and introduced lab-grown Moissanite to the jewellery industry. It's a perfect gemstone for rings: it's sparkly, durable, and a visual delight at a fraction of the cost of diamonds.
But does Moissanite become cloudy? The short answer is no; it does not. However, there is more to learn about the nature of this precious gemstone.
Can Moissanite Get Cloudy Over Time?
The Moh's scale of mineral hardness determines the durability and scratch resistance of different minerals. Moissanite rates a 9.25-9.5 on this scale, which showcases its incredible durability.
Due to its durability and scratch resistance, Moissanite will never become cloudy from the inside. However, when oil and dirt build up on the surface of the stone overtime from daily use, it blocks light from entering the clear gem. This can cause the Moissanite gemstone to appear cloudy.
The good news is that you can easily wash it off to restore your Moissanite's well-renowned sparkle.
How to Maintain The Moissanite for Years
Consider the following:
#1. Clean With Water And Dish Washing Liquid
Cleaning Moissanite is simple:
- Take a bowl (you can use any bowl in the kitchen)
- Fill it with warm water.
- Add a little dishwashing liquid
- Soak the jewellery for a few minutes.
- Now, take any old toothbrush and clean it thoroughly.
- Let it air dry or use a lint-free cloth.
#2. Professional Cleaning
Most jewellers provide ultrasonic jewellery cleaning. They have the tools, skills and expertise to make it shine as if it's brand new.
Can Moissanite scratch?
Moissanite is one of the hardest substances on Earth and is scratch-resistant, but not scratch-proof. Rough exposure can damage the stone. To read more about how to take special care of your jewellery, visit this blog covering everything you need to know.
Can you wear Moissanite every day?
With a rating of 9.25 on the Mohs scale of hardness, you will find Moissanite suitable for general everyday wear.
How often should I clean the Moissanite ring?
It's best if you clean the Moissanite ring once a month. Thorough cleaning will bring the sparkle back, allowing it to shine brighter than a diamond.
How long will Moissanite last?
You can give it to your great-granddaughter. It can be your family heirloom. It's here to last a lifetime and beyond.