Charles & Colvard created Moissanite
3.5mm or .15 Carat Total Weight Dia Equivalent
|Charles & Colvard created Moissanite
3.5mm or .15 Carat Round Moissanite by Charles & Colvard
Stone: Charles & Colvard Moissanite
Size and Shape: 3.5mm Round
Carat Total Weight: .15 Carat (Diamond Equivalent)
WHAT IS INCLUDED
3.5mm Authentic Moissanite Round .15 Carat Loose Stone by Charles and Colvard
Simply put, we are just a bunch of jewelry and gem nerds. :) As 2nd generation jewelers, we continue to share the same passion and excitement for everything sparkly under the sun. We are proud to say that our business is based upon values that favor satisfaction over profits, quality jewelry over quantity sold, and above all else, integrity over shortcuts.
Our gemstones (both precious & semi-precious) and diamonds are all individually handpicked, and selectively filtered by our Gemological Institute of America (GIA) graduates. This ensures that our gemstones are ethically sourced, fairly traded, and/or superb in all facets of cut, color, fire, luster, and brilliance.
Our selections of gems including morganite, diamond, sapphire, topaz, aquamarine, amethyst, ruby, tanzanite, tourmaline, and moissanite (plus more) set on jewelry are available to meet a wide range of stylish tastes. To enhance the shopping experience, we focus heavily on our internal quality assurance protocols. All items are carefully reviewed and inspected by a professional jeweler prior to each shipment to ensure that each piece of jewelry is handled with the care that it deserves.
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Section 1: Payment FAQ
Which forms of payment(s) are accepted?
- All major credit cards and/or PayPal are accepted.
Section 2: Layaway/Monthly Payment Plan FAQ
Do you offer layaway/monthly payment plans?
Yes, we believe in assisting our customers with reasonable spending. Therefore, we have set up an innovative payment plan to make jewelry purchases more flexible for everyone.
Is credit needed and what is the interest rate?
No, the great news is that credit is not needed for our 0% interest-free payment program. There are absolutely zero interest charges so that our valued customers can utilize this flexible spending plan with a peace of mind.
How does the layaway/payment plan work?
Our customers have the option to decide on the length of term that is best for them between 1 to 6 months.
An initial deposit of 10% is required to start the layaway plan. This will allow us to place the item(s) on hold to ensure that it is available to ship upon completion of the payment plan. Since many of our jewelry pieces are exclusive and are "one-of-a-kind," we will un-list the specific item(s) on layaway from our online market places in order to prevent it from being sold elsewhere.
If a layaway plan is cancelled anytime prior to the final payment then we will issue a refund minus the initial 10% deposit. This 10% is considered store credit for future purchases. Layaway store credit expires exactly 1 year from the original date of cancellation.
How is the layaway/payment plan calculated?
The payment plan is calculated by dividing the total difference of the face value and the 10% initial deposit by the number of months that the customer opts to pay (between 1 to 6).
Example: Ring Priced at $1000 and customer wants a 6 month layaway plan.
Initial Deposit: $100 (10% of $1000)
Monthly Payment: $150 (Remaining $900 divided by 6 months)
How can I request to be set-up for a layaway plan?
Simply message us with the request, and we will have you set-up as quickly and easily as possible.
We can do this via PayPal invoicing.
Where do we ship to?
We ship domestically in the United States and internationally to many selected countries.
If you are interested to know if we ship to a specific country then please message us and we will respond at our earliest convenience.
What is the cost of shipment?
We offer standard domestic (United States) shipping via USPS Priority Mail (2-3 Business Days) for every new purchase free of charge.
We also offer expedited domestic (United States) shipping via USPS Express Mail (1-2 Business Days) for an additional charge. You may opt to purchase expedited shipping at the current shipment rates when you check out.
All international shipments are subject to current international shipment rates which will be shown on your screen during checkout.
What protocols are taken prior to shipment?
To further enhance our customers’ shopping experiences, we focus heavily on our internal quality assurance protocols. All items are carefully inspected by a professional jeweler prior to shipment to make sure that each piece is shipped with the highest quality industry standards.
Are the packages insured?
Yes, every shipment is insured in an effort to protect these high valued jewelry merchandise in cases of lost or stolen packages during transit. It also gives our customers a peace of mind that their purchases are well managed.
What shipping carrier is used?
We typically use the United States Postal Service (USPS). However, we may ship it with another carrier (eg. FedEx, UPS) at our customer's request for an additional charge. If you are interested then please message us for any special shipping requests.
What does processing time mean?
Processing is the length of time that it takes for us to service an order from the moment we receive it to the moment of shipment. Custom orders will typically take longer to process since we need to craft it from scratch.
What are your processing times?
Normal Processing Times: 1-3 Business Days
Custom Made-To-Order Processing Times: 10-14 Business Days
What are your shipping times?
Domestic (United States) Shipping Time: 1-3 Business Days after processing time
International Shipping Time: 7-10 Business Days after processing time
Refunds or exchanges are allowed within 14 days from the shipping carrier’s confirmed delivery date except on custom orders. All custom orders are final and cannot be refunded, returned, and/or exchanged. The item must be in its original and unworn condition. It cannot be altered in any way or form. Item(s) sized by a third party will not be refundable nor exchangeable. Customers must contact via ebay messaging to get a RMA # (Return Merchandise Authorization Number). Item(s) returned without a RMA# will be refused and will be ineligible for a refund/exchange. There are no exceptions to this rule. The shipping date for all requested returns/exchanges on the customer's tracking information must show that the item was shipped no later then 14 days after the original delivery date. Any approved refund(s) will be for the item sale price less S&H and a 15% restocking fee. S&H fee will be deducted from all returns even if the customer received free shipping. The right to negate the terms of this policy exists if there is evidence of fraud or wrongdoing. Shipping with a tracking number and insurance is highly recommended. The customer is responsible for shipping and handling costs for all return(s) and/or exchange(s).
We strive to create a pleasant and comfortable shopping experience for all of our customers. Our commitment to offering the highest quality service and products has been the reason we are a trusted jeweler. We understand the importance of privacy, security, and safety of our customers' personal information. Our obligation to respecting and protecting this information is essential in building the strong valued relationship between customer and jeweler.
As a valued customer, you can rest assured that your information is safe and secured. We will not share your personal information with any person or party.
Creating an entirely new and unique category of jewel and jewelry, moissanite-chemically known as silicon carbide-is both exceptionally brilliant and amazingly unique. Believed to have been carried to the Earth in a meteorite 50,000 years ago in trace amounts, silicon barbide now has been created in a painstaking laboratory process and then hand faceted by master gem cutters to bring out an exceptional natural brilliance. Set into a fine piece of jewelry, moissanite produces the most fire you’ve ever seen-it’s unlike anything found naturally on Earth.
Brilliance and Fire
Moissanite’s characteristic sparkle is more than just a show of beauty-it’s also a testament to the superior science behind the jewel. Moissanite is known for its high refractive index of 2.65, greater even than the refractive index of diamond at 2.42. There is a correlation between a jewel’s refractive index and its brilliance. Simplified, the higher the refractive index, the more brilliance the jewel emits. In other words, moissanite’s brilliance outrivals diamonds’s. What’s more, moissanite’s fire of 0.104 is more than twice that of diamond (0.044). This means that moissanite emits more fire, or flashes of rainbow colored light than diamond. With more brilliance and fire than that of diamond or any popular jewel, moissanite is truly impressive.
Moissanite’s brilliance outshines every jewel, yet its exceptional durability should not be overlooked. Durability is commonly described to consist of both hardness and toughness; however, a third component of durability is stability. Hardness refers to the jewel’s resistance to being scratched or abraded and is commonly expressed as a number ranking (1 being the softest and 10 being the hardest) on Mohs relative hardness scale. Therefore, if you were to compare hardness between gemstones, a jewel can only be scratched or abraded by a material that has the same hardness or a higher Mohs hardness.
Although diamond is the hardest substance known to mankind, ranked as 10 on Mohs, moissanite is the second hardest jewel known to man, at 9.25. Moissanite’s ability to resist abrasion out ranks many popular colored gemstones and is second only to diamond.
The ability of a jewel to remain intact, withstand force (pressure) and resist breaking or chipping is known as toughness. Determined by a substance’s atomic and chemical structure, toughness can vary directionally within a jewel or gemstone. While both moissanite and diamond are rated excellent in toughness, moissanite has a different atomic and chemical structure than diamond. Moissanite’s atomic structre does not have a direction of cleavage (which sometimes is considered as a direction of structural weakness) like diamond does. Simply said, moissanite outranks diamond in overall toughness.
Stability is a material’s ability to remain intact or withstand exposure to temperature and chemicals. Moissanite can easily withstand temperature variations during the jewelry manufacturing process and reparies at the jeweler’s bench. In fact, moissanite has a higher vaporization temperature than diamond and can withstand temperatures reaching 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Moissanite is also very stable when exposed to various chemicals typically used during both manufacturing and jewelry repair. Moissanite remains impervious to solutions and acids typically used with jewelry manufacturing liquids that commonly damage other less stable jewels such as tanzanite or emerald.
With excellent hardness and superior toughness, moissanite is more durable than diamond and an optimal choice for a jewel that will truly endure.
Moissanite vs. CZ
At first glance moissanite resembles diamond and might be mistaken for diamond, a synthetic diamond or diamond substitute, but in fact, moissanite isn’t a diamond look-alike or a ‘me-too’ stimulant like cubic zirconia. Moissanite is an entirely unique jewel with highly desirable qualities. And when compared with cubic zirconia or CZ (perhaps the world’s most popular diamond stimulant), the differences are obvious, and moissanite’s uniqueness becomes even more desirable. CZ is an inexpensive simulated diamond look-alike and is inferior in almost every gemological property to moissanite. CZ is mass produced under a myriad of trade names and promoted with various brand names. Compared to moissanite, CZ has a lower Mohs hardness. It scratches and abrades easily which causes many consumers to say that CZ loses its surface luster after just a few years. Although CZ claims to scratch glass, many gemstones and jewels are ranked above glass in hardness and can easily scratch glass. Truly, there’s no comparison between moissanite and CZ. Moissanite continually stands out as superior.
Moissanite vs. Synthetics
The difference between synthetics and simulants might seem to be confusing as some synthetics could be marketed as simulants. Simply defined, a synthetic gemstone is basically the same as its natural counterpart and has essentially the same chemical, physical and optical properties; however, it is created by man using laboratory processes. For example, a synthetic ruby is essentially the same mineral as a ruby grown by Mother Nature; however, the synthetic variety is grown by man in a lab. On the other hand, stimulants are created to resemble other substances or gemstones. Stimulants do not necessarily share similar properties. For example, a rhinestone might resemble a diamond or moissanite; however, a rhinestone is made of glass and doesn’t share similar properties with either diamond or moissanite. One of the most popular diamond stimulants or look-alikes is cubic zirconia. CZ is also a synthetic as it is manmade. Lab-created moissanite; however, is best known to be in a category of its own and is marketed and sold as a unique jewel.
Moissanite vs. Diamonds
Brilliant, durable and near-colorless diamond and moissanite are often compared. However, under closer examination, you can see that these two unique stones have several key differences. The most obvious difference is that moissanite and diamond are two entirely different jewels with distinctly different chemical compositions, physical characteristics and optical properties. Moissanite’s chemical composition is silicon carbide and diamond is composed of carbon. While both sparkle, moissanite actually has a higher brilliance than diamond when you compare refractive indices. Moissanite’s measurement of brilliance or refractive index (RI) of 2.65-2.69 is about 10% higher than diamonds RI of 2.42. Not only does moissanite have a higher refractive index than diamond, but its dispersion (fire) measured at 0.104 is nearly two and a half times more than diamond’s (0.044). Interestingly diamond has a natural affinity to grease and therefore it easily attracts grease which builds up on diamond’s surface and can reduce its luster appearance. Moissanite is less likely to attract grease, sparkling brightly even when it hasn’t been cleaned in a long time. Moissanie is also more durable than diamond and less likely to cleave into two pieces when force is applied. What’s more, today’s commonly promoted engagement ring diamond is lower in quality, and moissanite’s exceptional cutting is evident by the way moissanite out shines many diamonds. In every way, moissanite is a superior choice for beautiful, unique jewelry.
Discovered more than 100 years ago in particles taken from an Arizona meteor crater, silicon carbide begins its journeys through a transformational process to become moissanite, a spectacular jewel of the 21st century. Now, through the combination of advanced technology and proprietary processes, moissanite is carefully created by Charles & Colvard. Cherished worldwide, the jewel is acclaimed for its exceptional brilliance and dispersion (fire) – properties that in moissanite exceed most popular gemstones and are greater than diamond’s. Moissanite is also harder than ruby, sapphire and other popular gemstones and second in hardness only to diamond. Moissanite’s history truly showcases the feats of modern science and artisan skill in creating a jewel so universally appealing.
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Our customer is our most important asset. We will provide you with very personalized service and assist you with any questions that you may have.
Most of our jewelry can be custom ordered with higher grade stones. Please let us know what customization you would like and we will provide you with a quote in within 48 hours.
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