The Most Brilliant Gemstone You’ve Never Heard Of

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then moissanite is a man’s wallet’s best friend.

If you haven’t heard of moissanite before, you aren’t alone. This gemstone is comprised of a naturally occurring mineral called silicon carbide, which is found in very limited quantities on earth…so experts have turned to creating it in a lab, where they are able to produce it in big enough quantities to cut into gemstones.

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Charles & Colvard first introduced the world to their gemstone-quality moissanite over 25 years ago, showcasing the most brilliant gem on the planet. While some people tend to shy away from lab-grown gems and diamonds, there is more than meets the eye with this company’s dazzling stones.

Although synthetic, these silicon carbide gems sparkle like you wouldn’t believe, but without the ecological and ethical repercussions. It takes a whopping 1,700 tons of dirt to be moved in order to mine a 1-carat diamond. These moissanite gems don’t require any! Plus, they are available for a fraction of the cost of a naturally occurring diamond.

Charles & Colvard’s main mission is to redefine what “real” means in the jewelry industry, giving consumers more accessible and conscientious options with their lab-created gems. Most notably, they are known for their Forever One moissanite and Caydia lab-grown diamonds.

Their Forever One line is comprised of premium moissanite that is created, cut and faceted exclusively by Charles & Colvard. They use a patented process to create brilliant, sparkling stones. Second only to diamonds in their resistance to scratching and hardness, with even more brilliance and fire, moissanite is an exciting option for those in the market.

Similarly, their Caydia line is a specially curated assortment of premium lab-grown diamonds, available only in the highest quality. One of the many benefits of a lab-grown diamond is the quick period of time it takes to grow one — some can grow in just weeks to a month, which is a drastic speed compared to mined diamonds, which take billions of years to form. Although synthetic, they share virtually all of the same chemical, optical and physical characteristics of a mined diamond.

During the holiday season, make sure to weigh all your options when looking to dazzle that special someone. Looking into alternative options to the controversial diamond industry is a great step forward and with the in-your-face sparkle of these beautiful stones, it’s no surprise why more and more people are turning to lab-grown gems. Plus, who can tell the difference anyway?


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