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What is Moissanite?

What makes Charles & Colvard Created Moissanite® The World’s Most Brilliant Gem In The World®?

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 exceeds 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.


Born From the Stars

Natural silicon carbide is impossibly 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 at a North Carolina research campus, 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.


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’s 2.4 times higher than 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.

Every Charles & Colvard Created Moissanite® gem is produced proudly right here in the USA within exact specifications and high quality control standards. Each gem is hand-faceted by a skilled gemstone cutter to create its maximum brilliance and enhance moissanite’s exceptional fire. In view of this precision and rigor, the reality of moissanite is clear: It is truly The World’s Most Brilliant Gem®.