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A Review of Charles and Colvard – The Creators of Moissanite

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If you’re after a moissanite, you will surely have heard of Charles and Colvard. The creators of lab-created moissanite, Charles and Colvard have been the undisputed leaders of moissanite gemstone and jewelry for over two decades. Continuously innovating, they have improved the quality of moissanite over the years and brought it into the limelight as a gemstone to be reckoned with.

Pros

  • The undisputed leaders in high quality moissanite jewelry
  • Excellent prices
  • Large inventory of unique jewelry designs
  • Limited lifetime warranty on all their jewelry
  • 60 day free returns
  • Commitment to socially responsible jewelry
  • Free shipping
  • Certificate of authenticity with all jewelry
  • Well-organized website
  • Extensive moissanite education section

Cons

  • Limited choice of metals (only gold)
  • Search filters are limited in options
  • International shipping is not free

Charles and Colvard – Who Are They?

Charles and Colvard was founded back in 1995 by Charles Hunter, as a jewelry manufacturer and distributor. They quickly gained recognition for their high quality and unique jewelry designs.

What really sets Charles and Colvard apart is that they were the first to manufacture and retail synthetic moissanite. Because Charles and Colvard had patented the process, only they had the rights to produce moissanite. However, since the patent ran out, many new moissanite manufacturers have flooded the market. Even so, Charles and Colvard still hold the place as the most trusted and recognized moissanite brand.

Charles and Colvard made moissanite accessible to the general public and offered an excellent alternative to those for whom diamonds were not a likely option. Under the Charles and Colvard umbrella come several moissanite brands such as Classic Moissanite, Forever Brilliant Moissanite and Hearts & Arrows. Today Charles and Colvard are the undisputed leaders in loose moissanite and moissanite jewelry.

While Charles and Colvard don’t have physical stores, you can find their products in many leading jewelry stores nationally and internationally. Helzberg Diamonds is one such popular retailer with stores nationwide in the US.  You can also find Charles and Colvards trademarked moissanites in many countries, including in Australia, Canada, China, the UK, Isreal, New Zealand and Mexico.

The Charles and Colvard Range of Products

Charles and Colvard is moissanite heaven. They have a number of different brands and collections of moissanite jewelry and loose stones on offer, varying in price and quality. Here are their popular collections:

  1. Forever One Moissanite

Forever One Moissanite is Charles and Colvards highest quality moissanite. The Forever One is the result of years of research and honing of the craft of moissanite creation, and the result is a beautiful, new gemstone of unsurpassed quality.

The Forever One is colorless with a D-E-F color grading on the GIA scale. It is flawless to the naked eye and is extremely durable. Understandably, the Forever One comes with a premium.

However, there is also a near colorless grade of Forever One, with G-H-I color grades. These stones have a slight tinge of an icy hue. This is similar to the company’s previous moissanite brand Forever Brilliant, which emitted a warm hue and was also in the G-H-I color grades. Forever Brilliant was discontinued but Forever One’s second grade takes its place.

Compare these two moissanite stones. You’ll notice that the Forever One D-E-F is $200 more than the Forever One G-H-I.

Forever One D-E-F moissanite 

Forever One G-H-I moissanite 

In terms of appearance, these two stones are very similar to each other. If you are on a strict budget, you could purchase the slightly less expensive near-colorless stone and still have a gorgeous moissanite.

  1. Forever Classic Moissanite

What if you want a moissanite stone that is tinted? The Forever Classic gives you the choice to select a stone with J-K color grades, with slight undertones of green, yellow or gray. These stones are less expensive than the Forever One and were the original brand of Charles and Colvard. Improvements to the Forever Classic was what led to the Forever One series.

  1. Fancy Shapes and Colors

At Charles and Colvard, you can find moissanite in a range of popular gemstone shapes. Round moissanite shapes are the most popular (as it is with diamonds) however other cuts such as princess, emerald, pear, marquise, oval, cushion and trillion are also on offer.

In terms of color, apart from colorless stones, currently Charles and Colvard only offer green moissanite. Most of their green moissanite jewelry is created on a limited edition basis and sells out quick. Green moissanite is quite rare and looks similar to green diamonds.

green moissanite ring

  1. Engagement Rings

Charles and Colvard have an extensive collection of engagement rings. There is something for everyone here, ranging in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.

Stylish and simple beaded solitaire engagement ring. A minimalist’s dream!

Charles and Colvard offer all the popular ring styles and designs, including solitaire, halo, three-stone, side-stone and vintage rings. Each piece is created using high quality materials and craftsmanship, and the end result is a gorgeous engagement ring. You can chose from 14k white, yellow and rose gold metals as suits your taste.

Oval moissanite engagement ring.

  1. Men’s and Women’s Wedding Rings

When it comes to choosing your wedding ring, Charles and Colvard have a range of these on offer too, including classic, eternity and anniversary bands. You can also go a step further and pick out a bridal set, making it much easier for you down the track when it comes to choosing your wedding ring. The bridal sets come from minimalist designs to more elaborate, maximalist styles.

Stylish classic wedding band for women.

What’s more, unlike many online jewelry retailers, Charles and Colvard haven’t forgotten the men, offering a nice collection of men’s wedding rings. The men’s wedding rings come in a variety of metals, including 14K white, yellow and rose gold, black and white titanium as well as two tone metals. They also have a range of different finishes, so you can choose a texture that works for you.

  1. Jewelry

At Charles and Colvard, you can find fine jewelry for every occasion. This includes rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

Charles and Colvard Rings

From dainty beaded rings, to more elaborate cocktail rings, Charles and Colvard have a range of rings for all styles. We especially love their stackable ring collection, as these are perfect for any occasion. Because these items are made of gold and high quality stones, they look classy and glamorous.

Charles and Colvard Necklaces

You can find over 300 types of necklaces under the categories fashion, halo and solitaire necklaces. These beautiful pieces of jewelry add the perfect amount of bling to complement any outfit. These necklaces can be layered for a stunning casual or formal look and complements any outfit.

Charles and Colvard Earrings

The earrings at Charles and Colvard are categorised under stud and drop earrings. Stud earrings are perfect for every day wear and look very classy. Moissanite stud earrings are very similar in appearance to diamond stud earrings but come at a fraction of the price.

Drop earrings are perfect for a dressier occasion. There are some unique, stunning earring designs at Charles and Colvard. This is one of our favorites:

There is also an entire category of single stud earrings, especially ideal for men.

Charles and Colvard Personalized Jewelry

If you want to personalize your jewelry, check out the customizable jewelry section on the website. Here, you’ll be shown all the pieces of jewelry that can be engraved with a message, quote or name that is meaningful to you.

Just note that any engraved or customized items cannot be returned, so make sure that you truly love the piece you choose before you have it engraved.

  1. Loose Moissanite Gemstones

If you are only after a moissanite stone, you can find over 12 categories of moissanite stones at Charles and Colvard. The loose moissanites come in every popular gemstone shape.

There is even a category called Hearts and Arrows, which refers to the finest cut moissanite.  These stones have ideal proportions which results in 8 symmetrical hearts and arrows that is visible when viewed through a gemstone viewer.

hearts and arrows Moissanite stone

The Charles and Colvard Shopping Experience

When shopping for jewelry online, one of the most important criteria we require of the vendor is high quality images and videos of the actual product, and not just a stock photo. Charles and Colvard make it easy to purchase loose moissanite and jewelry on their site because the company has provided all the necessary information, images and videos you require to make a decision.

Each loose moissanite and piece of jewelry comes with a number of HD images from various angles. Most of the jewelry come with a picture of a model, to give you an accurate idea as to the size of the piece.

There is also a high quality 360 degree video for almost all their inventory, giving you a clear idea how the piece sparkles and looks from all angles. All their Hearts and Arrows stones come with a light performance image that shows how the stone looks when seen through a gemstone viewer. This allows you to assess the cut proportions of the stone.

The website allows you to customize your selection by selecting the filters that you require. There is Live Chat available during certain hours but you can leave a message and the company will get back to you the next day. The sales reps are knowledgeable and take the time to answer your questions, even the stupid ones! I deliberately spent a very long time asking testing questions from the sales rep and was very satisfied with the service I received.

The website is easy to use and logically set up. There is also an extensive section that answers any questions you might have on moissanite. This is especially helpful to the average consumer, as not every person is well versed in the pros and cons of moissanite. However, we find that the search filters are not extensive and does not allow you to pinpoint exactly what you want. Rather, there are ranges given for stone type, price and weight. However, as their inventory is not as enormous as certain diamond retailers such as James Allen, this is not a very big limitation.

The Fine Print – Returns, Warranty and Financing Options

Charles and Colvard have a generous 60 day returns policy, no matter the reason. This is quite generous in the industry as most retailers offer a standard one month only. However, not all items can be returned, so check whether the piece you have purchased falls into this category.

With each piece of jewelry or gemstone that you purchase, Charles and Colvard offer a limited warranty and a certificate of authenticity. This means that if you have any issues with the item you have purchased, you may be able to have the piece repaired or replaced by the company. You can read the conditions of this limited warranty on their site to see if it suits you.

If you can’t pay the entire sum at once, Charles and Colvard have several financing options available. These include paying over a period of several months with low to zero interest. However, understandably, international customers are not able to access finance options.

The Final Verdict…

Charles and Colvard have reasonable prices and good quality jewelry on offer. As a company that specializes in moissanite, you should definitely check them out if you have decided to purchase moissanite rather than a diamond. They have the greatest brand recognition when it comes to these gemstones. Take advantage of their generous returns policy, because what’s the worst that can happen? If you don’t like the piece you choose, you can simply send it back. And if not? You’ll have a piece of jewelry that is exactly what you were after!

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