Moissanite, also known by its chemical name, silicon carbide (SiC), is a naturally occurring rare mineral found in very limited quantities or as minute particles in the earth. It is named after Henri Moissan who first discovered it in its natural form. In 1893 he found several crystals in a meteor crater in Canyon Diablo in Arizona. At first he believed he had found diamonds, it took until 1904 before he identified it as a new mineral. For years, scientists tried to re-create this extraordinarily brilliant material. Only recently, through the power of advanced technology, Charles & Colvard developed a way to produce in a laboratory, large gem-quality crystals which can be faceted into near-colorless jewels with incomparable fire and brilliance.
Since 1998, when the first moissanite reached the jewelry market, it has been regarded as an excellent fine jewel, with optical properties exceeding those of diamond. Because it has its own unique appearance, it can not be truly called a diamond simulant. Its ethical production, however, does make it a popular alternative to diamonds.
Moissanite is made exclusively by Charles & Covard and is NOT a Cubic Zirconia (CZ) stone with a fancy name. When compared with a CZ the differences are obvious. A CZ is an inexpensive simulated diamond and is inferior in almost every gemological property to moissanite. It rates very low on Mohs scale of hardness, scratches easily and looses its luster after a few years. The moissanite measures 9.2 on Mohs scale and maintains its brilliance for years.
Moissanite's remarkable dispersion (fire)—its ability to break white light into the spectral colors—is one reason so many women are enchanted by its beauty. Its superior brilliance and luster—its ability to reflect more white light back to the viewer—is another reason women around the world are choosing to own this incredible jewel. Moissanite has nearly 2.4 times the fire of a diamond which makes it incredibly appealing and gorgeous in any setting.
CHARLES & COLVARD FOREVER BRILLIANT™ MOISSANITES
Recently, Charles and Colvard introduced the FOREVER BRILLIANT™ moissanite gemstone. In creating the FOREVER BRILLIANT gem, Charles & Colvard hand selects and expertly polishes only the world’s finest moissanite. Then, through a proprietary process using cutting edge twenty-first century technology, each gemstone is transformed to a higher standard of the Gemological Institute of America’s near-colorless spectrum, up to four color grades whiter. Serenity Technologies, Inc. developed a radically different proprietary process of whitening moissanite that improves the color and brilliance of moissanite without any residual negative effects potentially seen with HTHP treatments.Shop Nina Elle Jewels Moissanites This exclusive partnership between Charles & Colvard and Serenity Technologies brings the best opportunity for consumers worldwide to experience FOREVER BRILLIANT, the whitest and brightest created moissanite gemstones, with confidence, knowing that it is brought to the market directly from and guaranteed by the sole manufacturer of created moissanite gems. FOREVER BRILLIANT gemstones carry the same Limited Lifetime Warranty as all other Charles & Colvard Created Moissanite gemstones for maintaining their optical property of brilliance.
CHARLES & COLVARD FOREVER ONE™
On September 2015 Charles and Colvard has released a limited selection of their new enhanced FOREVER ONE moissanites. Available in select sizes for rounds, cushions and oval cuts the forever one moissanite has the enhanced color equal to a D E F diamond and the brilliance of the classic moissanite. Its hardness and refraction remains the same as the other moissanite stones and is a great selection for anyone wanting a stone that displays a whiter more brilliant color.