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Charles & Colvard Created Moissanite

Moissanite, created by Charles & Colvard, enchants the eye with a magical luster, an astonishing brilliance, and shimmering fire unlike any jewel. And with its exceptional hardness, moissanite will be yours to cherish for generations. Now at last, it’s here.

A century ago, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Henri Moissan discovered minute quantities of a new mineral in an ancient meteorite in Arizona. At its essence was the potential for an absolutely shimmering brilliance, fire, luster, and incredible hardness. Unfortunately, the supply of natural moissanite wasn’t large enough even to create a pair of earrings.

Charles & Colvard created moissanite jewels have unique features distinct from all other jewels based on our fire, brilliance, luster, durability and rarity. The refractive index and dispersion of moissanite jewels are higher than other fine gemstones. We believe that the hardness of moissanite jewels is greater than all known gemstone materials except diamond. As a result, we believe that moissanite jewels, like diamond, can be cut with sharp, highly polished facets that accentuate their brilliance and "fire."


Beauty

The beauty of a gemstone is determined by its color, brilliance, "fire" and luster.

  

Brilliance

The brilliance of a gemstone is created by cutting designs that use the gemstone's refractive index and is measured by the amount of light that enters the gemstone and is reflected back to the viewer.

Fire

The dispersion of a gemstone combined with the cutting design results in the "fire," or the breaking of light rays into the spectrum of colors and is measured by the amount of colored flashes viewed when the jewel is moved in various lighting conditions.

Luster

Luster is the amount of light that is reflected back to the observer from the surface of the gemstone.

Durability

The durability of a gemstone is determined by its hardness, or resistance to scratching, and its toughness, or resistance to chipping or cleaving. The gemstone's hardness also determines the extent to which brilliance and "fire" can be highlighted by cutting with sharp, highly polished facets.

Rarity

Rarity is the availability or perceived availability of a gemstone.


The cutting specifications for Charles & Colvard created moissanite jewels are designed to maximize the brilliance and fire inherent in the material. To maximize the light reflecting from a faceted moissanite jewel requires the design of shapes with proportions and angles unlike any other jewel. We create proprietary designs, using computer modeling, to display the maximum light reflection based on the optical properties (i.e. fire, brilliance and luster) of moissanite jewels. A unique version of the round brilliant cut was the first shape developed applying these computer models. Most recently, we have designed oval and marquise fancy shapes that eliminate dark areas commonly found in other gemstones with oval and marquise cuts. We believe these proprietary designs are the basis for the superior optical performance quality observed in faceted moissanite jewels.






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