JEWELERS WORK
GUIDE FOR MOISSANITE

JEWELER'S BENCH WORK GUIDE FOR MOISSANITE

You can handle Moissanite the same way you handle diamond during repair and reconstruction of Moissanite Jewelry.

The main points to note are:

• Moissanite has a Mohs hardness scale of 9.25 compared with diamond that has a Mohs hardness of 10. Do not use abrasives that contain silicon carbide or diamond. This will scratch Moissanite.

• Set Moissanite just like the way you set diamonds or other precious gemstones.

• If Moissanite is forced into the bearing and is pressed hard up against the adjacent Moissanite during the setting process, it is likely that the jewel will break.

• Square brilliant Moissanite has a straight girdle and shallow crowns and is prone to breakage at the girdle if force is applied. Extra care is needed for this cut during the setting process.

• Moissanite can withstand higher temperature than diamond. Moissanite can be cast in situ especially for channel set and rub over settings. Upon heating Moissanite will turn red/yellow but will eventually return to its original color once it is cooled. This color change phenomenon is an inherent property of Moissanite.

• Moissanite is safe in an ultrasonic hot bath.

• You can boil Moissanite in acid as you can with diamond.

• You can also apply heat protection agents like boric acid, alcohol or borax and water to Moissanite.

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