What is Moissanite?


What is Moissanite?

Moissanite is a rare, naturally occurring mineral also known as silicon carbide. Named after Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dr. Henri Moissan, moissanite was first discovered in 1893 at the site of a massive meteorite strike in Arizona. Scientists in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina later developed the thermal growing process that creates silicon carbide crystals, which are fashioned into moissanite gemstones.


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Moissanite vs. Diamond

While diamonds are created from the compression of coal and minerals over many hundreds of years in the earth, moissanite comes from the stars. Originally, this rare gem was found in fragments of meteorite in pieces so small that cutting a gemstone from them was impossible. After many years of work, this rare, natural mineral was successfully grown in a lab. This process allows Charles & Colvard to create some of the most brilliant and beautiful colorless gems, rivaling the traditional beauty of diamonds in clarity and size – and outshining diamonds with their brilliance and fire.



Moissanite is Second to Diamond in Terms of Hardness 

Another benefit of moissanite is that it comes in second only to diamonds on the hardness scale – surpassing other gemstones including ruby, sapphire and emeralds. Even with a slight difference in hardness, don’t think moissanite isn’t tough. Our Forever One moissanite is rated “excellent” in durability, which means it can withstand the demands of daily wear.


Moissanite is Environmentally and Socially Responsible 

Charles & Colvard introduced Forever One, the first colorless moissanite created gemstone, in September of 2015. Forever One is the epitome of created moissanite, and it’s helping change the way the industry thinks about environmental responsibility, and the way buyers think about fine jewelry. Forever One moissanite is lab-grown, so there is no mining involved in the creation process. It is not harmful to the earth, and it is not involved in any conflict trade. We are proud to say that our gems are eco-friendly and sustainable.

Jewelry with Revolutionary Brilliance

Moissanite jewelry is not limited to specific styles, so when considering moissanite vs. diamonds, you will still have a huge array of luxury designs to choose from. Whether you want modern designs or traditional or vintage looks, Charles & Colvard Created Moissanite comes in all of the same cuts, settings, and configurations in which diamonds can be featured. 

The difference is, of course, that distinctive moissanite brilliance, along with its eco-friendly beginnings. Each stone is carefully inspected for flaws, clarity, and brilliance to ensure that every moissanite gem is as beautiful and brilliant as the special person who will wear it.

We stand behind our products, which is why Charles & Colvard provides a Limited Warranty on your purchase of Charles & Colvard Created Moissanite® jewelry and gem(s) that are 4mm in size or larger. Additionally, Charles & Colvard® provides a Limited Lifetime Warranty that applies to your purchase of Charles & Colvard Created Moissanite® gem(s) that are 4mm in size or larger.