Luxury & Fashion
Jan 31, 2016
Born From the Stars
Moissanite has been a source of intense interest ever since its discovery over a century ago. Also known as silicon carbide, moissanite dances with sparkles of bright light which exceed any rational expectation. Its unique internal beauty lends a riveting allure to jewelry, making a spectacular 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.
Natural silicon carbide is impressively rare on Earth; in fact, it first gained fame when tiny particles were discovered by the Nobel Prize-winning French chemist Dr. Henri Moissan at the site of a massive meteorite strike in Arizona. This intriguing new stone was named Moissanite in his honor, and Moissan spent the rest of his life attempting to re-create this rare mineral, which is among the hardest materials on Earth.
Many years later, in a research laboratory in central North Carolina, a group of scientists at Charles & Colvard perfected and patented the innovative process that creates silicon carbide crystals with such purity that it rivals any earthly gemstone for fire and brilliance. In these gems, which are more durable than diamond, sapphire, ruby, or emerald, this fire and brilliance will last forever.
In nature, silicon carbide is created over millennia by a combination of extreme heat and pressure. Charles & Colvard researchers re-create those conditions in a controlled, profoundly accelerated process which produces durable, super-hard crystals with a minimum of ecological impact…and absolutely no mining.
The World's Most Brilliant Gem
With a refractive index of 2.65-2.69, moissanite exhibits more brilliance than diamond. And thanks to a dispersion that has 2.4 times the fire of diamond, moissanite bends light into mesmerizing rainbow flashes of fire… more than twice as much as diamond, ruby, emerald, or sapphire. By day and by night, moissanite's conspicuous brilliance is spectacular.
Its beauty and brilliance is guaranteed to last forever. Forever is not just a promise, it's a mission: the mission to refine the processes and technologies Charles & Colvard pioneered to ensure that they continue producing moissanite with ever-greater purity.
It is based on this promise that they proudly introduce the Charles & Colvard Forever family: three grades of moissanite, all brilliant, all with stunning optical properties and unique characteristics, and with the promise to endure Forever: Forever One -the promise of revolutionary brilliance and colorless beauty; Forever Brilliant - enduring brilliance in a broad selection of near-colorless gems; Forever Classic - brilliantly conceived, affordable luxury from the creators of moissanite.
Charles & Colvard provide two types of warranties for all Charles & Colvard purchases: Gemstone Limited Lifetime Warranty, and Jewelry Limited Warranty.
All Charles & Colvard's created moissanites are naturally pure, without aftermarket treatments or enhancements, and with a refractive index of brilliance of 2.65 – 2.69, each possessing an intrinsic fire that dazzles and delights.