Working with Moissanite

This bench jeweler's guide covers working with jewelry featuring Charles & Colvard created moissanite (hereafter referred to as "moissanite"). Part one covered identification, general service, and repair considerations for moissanite jewelry. This article covers general moissanite setting considerations. Moissanite has a hardness of 9.25 on the Mohs scale and is exceptionally tough, making it an ideal jewel for setting procedures. Moissanite does have a cleavage direction and—like a diamond—can chip if standard setting procedures are not followed. For additional information related to the design and working characteristics of moissanite at the bench, visit or contact Mark B. Mann at (406) 961-4426, (800) 210-4367, extension 251, or e-mail:

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