Moissanite in the Media

It's taking over the news feeds of Millennials everywhere. It's neither plane nor bird. It's Moissanite. What is Moissanite? 

More than 100 years ago, Nobel-Prize Winning Scientist Dr. Henri Moissan stumbled upon a fallen meteorite from the cosmos 50,000 years old, and it was in it that he found our beautiful, iridescent Moissanite. Its impressive qualities as a mineral beguiled Tiffany & Co.’s well-respected gemologist George Kunz, who saw a great potential in it as a gem stone and gave it a name most befitting. Now, through the advances in technology and proprietary processes, Moissanite is made readily accessible to the public as a diamond-simulant by Charles & Colvard, whose unwavering faith in it can be seen in their devoted purpose to always improving what is now known as, "The World’s Most Brilliant Gem®."

There are numerous reasons why Moissanite has drawn so much press in pop culture and why it might be the right one for you. It is solely comprised of silicon carbide, which means its abundance is limitless. Its double refractive index enhances its fire and brilliance, or measure of sparkle visible to the human eye. This means you'll be seeing even more sparkle than you would in a standard diamond (2.4 times more, to be exact). We find that Moissanite might also pique the interest of those who wish to help decrease the amount of gem-mining on Earth as it is a very eco-friendly choice. In addition, this gemstone is resilient (with a hardness of 9.25 out of 10 on the Mohs scale), which is important for the practicality of fitting into the everyday of life. Charles & Colvard has a wide selection of Moissanite varieties to choose from, and with the very new addition to the Forever family, their collections help give Moissy fans a choice for every voice. 

In jewelry design, moissanite can be embraced in a variety of trendy styles. Our company, in particular, will often pair it with diamond settings. For example, see our custom creation above. wrapped with a natural diamond bezel halo is moissanite as its center stone, in all its doubly refractive glory. The two gems do not clash, surprisingly. The fire, or color dispersion, in each moissanite and the diamonds work well to complement each other in very nice harmony (Photo Courtesy Jessica Purgason).

For quite some time now, we have admired Moissanite for its stand-alone beauty as a gem in its own right. In fact, Fire & Brilliance has been in connection with C&C since its first production of Moissanite. Over the years we have watched their business market bloom and boom right alongside ours. The assigned systems of operations at C&C work and it is a definite thanks to the creative leadership of Merchandise, Production, and Distribution Vice President Robert G. Curry. We were shown, by Curry and company, the varying stages of how raw gem stones become as nicely tailored as we see them in the market. 

Through strenuous bouts of experimentation, strategy, trial and error, his team was able to consistently produce better, and even better versions of Moissanite. And with each upgrade, with the Forever Classic and Forever Brilliant, we know that C&C has a wide range of Moissanite varieties for admirers to choose from. Its ability to impress with a nearly colorless grade range is undeniable. And then, in mid-summer, August of 2015, the big reveal was announced. It is of great pleasure to share in the rejoicing of recent news that C&C is now able to produce and sell Moissanite, colorless, with an impeccable grade of up to color grade D! (Below: Photo Courtesy Jessica Purgason.)



We haven't even given you the icing on the cake yet: with the perks of cancelling out ethical concerns pertaining to the mining of gems, moissanite is as beneficial for the wallet as it is for the earth! For one tenth the price of a standard diamond and 2.4 times the fire, it's a thought worth saying, "Yes!" to. See how the Forever Family compares to Amora Gem and Diamond in the chart below.

 

Color

Brilliance
Refractive
Index (ri)*

Fire
Dispersion*

Hardness
Mohs Scale*

Price

Forever Classic

J-K

2.65-2.69

0.104

9.25

$

Forever Brilliant

G-H-I

2.65-2.69

0.104

9.25

$$

Forever One

D-E-F

2.65-2.69

0.104

9.25

$$$

Amora Gem

D-H

2.71

0.104

9.5

$$$$

Diamond

D-Z

2.42

0.044

10

$$$$$


*Brilliance refractive index (ri) – The measure of how much a gemstone refracts light at various angles.

*Fire dispersion – The measure of how much “white light disperses in the gem and reflects on its inner surfaces”

*Hardness mohs scale – The measure of hardness, or “resistance of a material to being scratched”

Would you be able to tell the difference between each? Click through to see how it shines in comparison to diamond and other diamond alternatives on our Instagram. 

Here's what a few of our FAB Fans have said about Moissanite: 

"It’s high quality, a fraction of the price and much more radiant. It’s attractive to both parties in the relationship--whether you’re the one wearing it or paying for it. Still having doubts? Let me leave you with one last tidbit… I’ve never been asked “Is that a [real] diamond?” for either my original authentic diamond ring or my moissanite ring. Unless you’re a gemologist, the average person isn’t going to be able to tell the difference between the two. " - Meredith Wall 

"The Forever One Moissanite is amazing. The D-E-F color is truly a scientific breakthrough as the average person cannot afford this color range in a diamond due to exorbitant cost – most people end up with a lesser quality diamond with a very yellow hue. The Forever One is more brilliant than my own diamond and beautiful in all lighting. It is remarkable." - Dawn Guillermo


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