Charles & Colvard’s United States exclusive Use Patent, obtained to facet the Moissanite crystal and distribute this loose jewel for the jewelry industry, expired in 2015. During 2016 many international patents will also expire. What does this mean? Other companies can now grow, facet, market and distribute Moissanite loose jewels for the jewelry industry. Globally, there are currently at least 4 other manufacturers of Moissanite loose jewels.
Compared to the various new products available, we believe that Charles & Colvard has the whitest Moissanite available in the market. It therefore makes sense to certify the jewel and sell it with an independent third party certificate, just like a diamond.
Rather than merely ordering Moissanite jewels by size, you now can select, buy and sell Moissanite by color, just a like a diamond. This new way of marketing and selling Moissanite removes most consumer uncertainties and will create a niche to fight the growing e-commerce business.