Moissanite, also known as silicon carbide, is a gemstone unlike any other. With more brilliance and fire than diamond, this stone has been a source of intense interest ever since its discovery more than a century ago. Moissanite dances with sparkles of light that draw the eye and delight the senses. Its unique internal beauty lends a captivating allure to jewelry, making a magnificent statement at a fraction of the cost of other gemstones. But only you know what you paid - envious passers-by see only a grand statement of opulence.
Today’s alluring moissanite gemstones are the end result of a 110 year old geological discovery. Moissanite was first discovered in 1893 by the Nobel Prize-winning French chemist Dr. Henri Moissan at the site of a massive meteorite strike in Arizona. The tiny particles he unearthed were initially mistaken for diamond due to their hardness and brilliant reflectiveness, but after painstaking testing, were identified as naturally-occurring silicon carbide. This intriguing new stone was named moissanite in his honor, and Moissan spent the rest of his life attempting to re-create this exceptional mineral, which is among the hardest materials on Earth.
Moissanite jewels created by Charles & Colvard deliver more fire, brilliance and luster than any other hard jewel. Moissanite's superior optical properties offer a visual difference for all to see, and in the process demands attention for those who choose to wear it.
Moissanite vs Diamonds
The unrivaled fire and brilliance of moissanite is guaranteed to last forever. The sparkle that makes this gemstone so beloved will never fade or dull, and is protected by a limited lifetime warranty from Charles & Colvard. Due to a hardness that is second only to that of diamond, moissanite is highly unlikely to ever break, scratch or chip. And unlike diamonds, moissanite stones are conflict-free and sustainable, grown as they are in a lab rather than mined from the earth.
Why Charles and Colvard Created Moissanite
The 3 Types of Moissanite
Forever Brilliant - [G-H-I Color] In the prized G-H-I range, color becomes less intense, more ephemeral. This is the realm of Charles & Colvard Forever Brilliant, a scintillating near-colorless gem which allows consumers to acquire jewelry in an array of unique cuts and dazzling large sizes that would otherwise be out of reach for all but the most affluent.
Forever Classic - [J-K Color] Charles & Colvard Forever Classic was the breakthrough innovation which proved that pure, high-quality gemstone crystals could be sustainably and reliably created. The fulfillment of decades of development, Forever Classic™ provides affordable luxury in the J-K range, its characteristic faint color making it the perfect companion gem to a wide range of jewelry designers.
The JFire Unit
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to see the superior fire and brilliance of moissanite for yourself. The image to the left is moissanite, to the right is diamond. Which jewel would you prefer to wear?