Sell With a Story: Moissanite

From the Stars: The History of Moissanite

In 1893, French chemist Henri Moissan was examining rock samples in Canyon Diablo, Arizona. Peering inside a meteor crater, he came across a bevy of sparkling stones and mistakenly identified them as diamonds.

They weren’t.

These crystals were silicon carbide — aka, Moissanite. And Moissan actually wasn’t the first person to encounter Moissanite.

Enter: Edward Acheson

American chemist Edward G. Acheson successfully created silicon carbide in a lab in 1891. He pioneered the Acheson process, a process used to create silicon carbide. Similarly to Henri Moissan, Acheson also had a slight blunder: he was attempting to synthesize diamonds but instead created blue crystals of silicon carbide.

It wouldn’t be until 1904 that Acheson and Moissan would realize they were looking at the same mineral.

And although Acheson was first to the silicon carbide punch, Moissanite was named in honor of Henri Moissan.

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Why Choose Lab-Created Moissanite?

In its natural form, Moissanite remains exceptionally rare, coming only from meteorites that strike Earth’s upper mantle. In fact, after Moissan’s discovery, no natural Moissanite was found until 1958 — this time in Wyoming. It’s because of this rarity in nature that humans decided to grow them in a lab, making Moissanite available for everyone — for both industrial uses and for jewelry purposes.

When used in jewelry, lab-created Moissanite has unmatched brilliance that sparkles from across the room. Its attractive price point adds to its dazzling impact, making any jewelry dream a reality.

Here are a few reasons to choose lab-created Moissanite for your engagement ring, body jewelry, or fine fashion jewelry:

  • Lab-created Moissanite is affordable
    • Because scientists have perfected the growing process, lab-created Moissanite is incredibly affordable. Carat for carat, your customers can get a larger Moissanite at a significantly lower price than a diamond of the same size. For couples with a limited budget, this lets them get the center stone they want with no sacrifice on size, clarity, cut, or color.

  • Lab-created Moissanite lasts a lifetime
    • It’s a 9.25 on the Mohs Scale, which means Moissanite has a high tolerance to being scratched. It’s harder than even sapphire and ruby, which rank at 9. Moissanite is also exceptionally durable — or, in geological terminology, tough. This refers to the fact Moissanite doesn’t chip, break, or fracture easily.

  • Lab-created Moissanite has some serious sparkle — more than even diamonds!
    • With its double refraction and radiant rainbow fire, this lively, durable gem offers each customer the exciting opportunity to wear sparks of rainbow fire in earrings, rings, body chains, anklets, and more.

  • Nothing gets wasted in the growing process
    • Non-gem-quality Moissanite is used in computer chips and motherboards.

Why Choose Stuller for Lab-Created Moissanite?

When you buy lab-created Moissanite from Stuller, you get a variety of benefits. Here are five reasons why Stuller is your go-to supplier for any Moissanite need:

NEW: 5 fancy color options

In Stuller Lab-Created Moissanite™, you have five affordable, vibrant color options:

  • Fancy green
  • Fancy blue
  • Fancy yellow
  • Fancy brown
  • Black

Our colored lab-created Moissanite is never coated. The color you see is the color they were grown to be.

In-stock and ready to ship

With our inventory of over one million gemstones held on-site and ready to ship, you can choose a stone on our site today and have it in your hand tomorrow.

Sizes range from 1mm to 12.5mm

If you need a larger size, special cut, or anything else, our Special Order Services team is always ready to find it for you. With more than 10,000 gemstones procured each year, they know what it takes, where to go, and who to call to find exactly what you need.

Two luxurious brands

We offer two brands, both of which are eye clean, loupe clean, and affordable: Stuller Lab-Created Moissanite and Charles & Colvard.

  1. Stuller Lab-Created Moissanite™

  • Available in two color grades: DEF colorless and GH near-colorless
  • Best for customers who want to get maximum sparkle for their budget
  • Has a variety of fancy-colored options: blue, green, brown, yellow, and black

  1. Charles & Colvard Forever One® Moissanite

  • Available in two color grades: DEF colorless and GHI near-colorless
  • Best for customers who want the traditional name in lab-created Moissanite
  • Comes with a limited lifetime warranty
  • Available in Old European cuts

An abundance of shapes and cuts

Our selection has 14 shapes and even more cuts, including on-trend and classic options, such as rose-cut stones.

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Ready to discover all lab-created Moissanite has to offer? Head over to our website today to get started!


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A Stuller Ring Story: Marci and Josh

Continuing our celebration of Stuller’s Year of the Wedding™, we are highlighting stunning engagement rings and the Stuller associates who wear them.

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Behind every ring is a unique story. The spark, the first date, meeting family members, the first trip together, the proposal. Everything from the moment you meet to the moment you say “I do” builds on an epic story worth sharing. For Stuller graphic designer Marci, reminiscing on those moments with her husband Josh are particularly special now that they are about to embark on a new journey together as parents. More on that to come.

This is Marci and Josh’s ring story.

Setting the Scene

Marci and Josh had a unique start to their relationship. In the world of online dating, it’s sometimes hard to meet someone in person without some assistance. Friends of Marci, who also worked at Stuller, approached Marci about potentially setting her up with their friend Josh. Marci was not too eager to go on a blind date, but eventually agreed.

On their group bowling date, “it was as awkward as a group date can be and as blind as a blind date can be in the world of social media. I for sure looked him up online before showing up,” Marci said.

While Marci may have thought the first meeting to be awkward, she stayed on Josh’s mind following the date and he eventually worked up the courage to ask her out on a solo date.

The Perfect, Modern Trend

As you might have guessed, things progressed very well for Marci and Josh onward. For nearly two years, their relationship grew and then it became time to consider the next step.

Working in the marketing department at Stuller, Marci has studied thousands of engagement rings. So you can imagine that there was a list of features and styles that she liked. That is, until the day she found the one she loved. While assisting in a photo shoot, she found what would ultimately be THE one. Immediately, she took a picture of the ring and sent it to Josh along with an item number to make sure he got the hint.

“Noted,” he replied. With the help of public relations and social media manager Nichole Guillory, he began to create her dream ring.

While not particular about many of the details going into the ring, Marci provided some guidance to Josh. She was partial to a moissanite center stone and preferred yellow gold or rose gold.

In the end, Marci’s engagement ring was a simple, yet beautiful rose gold solitaire (122004) with a crown setting. The center stone is a 7.4mm round-shaped colorless Charles & Colvard Forever One® Moissanite. Josh wanted his band to match Marci’s so she got him a lightweight comfort fit half round band (IRL11) made in rose gold, a very trendy style for men’s bands.

As a special touch to his band, Marci worked with Stuller’s CAD/CAM Services to inscribe a little note on the inside of the band. “Love, Marci” accompanies their wedding date to serve as an eternal reminder of their new beginning.

Full Circle Moment

There is something else special about Marci’s wedding band that really touches the heart. To provide some background, Stuller was not Marci’s first job in the jewelry industry. She began her journey in jewelry at a local jewelry store in Opelousas, LA while in high school.

Mornhinveg & Castille has been a loyal Stuller customer for nearly 40 years. In fact, Marci was first introduced to Stuller while working as a holiday gift wrapper there at the age of 15. She was a part of the Mornhinveg & Castille family through high school and even during college. For her, it only made sense to honor where she came from.

When she went to visit the showroom, she was greeted by current owner and former Stuller associate, Eric Castro. He was able to give her a perfect buying experience and helped her find the perfect band. She found a beautiful rose gold diamond-set wedding band to match her ring and Josh bought it right out of the case.

This band now serves as a reminder to Marci that you never know where life will take you and how parts of your past can come back to make your future that much brighter.

The Proposal

With the rings in hand, all that was left to do was to seal the deal by popping the question. But it did not happen how Marci thought it would.

Part 1 – She Thought

There was a moment when Marci was sure that Josh was going to propose. They were traveling to a friend’s baby shower out of town when they decided to make a weekend out of it. What better way to spend a weekend getaway than at a charming bed and breakfast?

For an afternoon outing, they decided to visit the local state park. When they arrived, Josh pulled out a picnic basket Marci wasn’t expecting. They enjoy a picturesque walk followed by a magical picnic complete with wine and a cheese assortment. While they were eating a deer came out of the woods and Marci was sure this was a sign that this outing was something out of a movie.

She was so sure that he was going to use that moment to propose. But the moment did not come that weekend, much to her dismay. Although she will admit it was a wonderful weekend that she enjoyed spending with him.

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Part 2 – The Real Deal

Keeping her anxiousness to herself, they returned home. But Marci didn’t realize her real surprise was soon coming. The following week, Josh asked Marci to join him for a trip to Avery Island’s Jungle Gardens – home of the Louisiana famous McIlhenny family’s Tobasco® hot sauce factory just south of Lafayette.

She felt a feeling of dejá vu as he brought along another picnic basket on their walk through the gardens. When they arrived at their picnic location, he opened the basket to reveal a dozen roses along with a letter. In the letter was a note to Marci that expressed how he felt about her and presented a very important question.

As she finished the letter and looked up, Josh was waiting on his knee with the ring in hand. After she gave an enthusiastic “YES!”, they joined their families who were waiting for them at a local brewery. They were all in on the plan.

Two Plus Two

Marci and Josh have a beautiful love story that is complemented by gorgeous rings that carry special meaning behind them. These rings tell their story – one as unique as their love. And now they prepare for that love to grow exponentially. After three happy years of marriage, Marci and Josh are expecting twin baby girls to be born next month!

We wish the ultimate happiness to the soon-to-be parents and are sure their love will last as long as their cherished rings that symbolize a lifetime of commitment, stories, and new beginnings.

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9 Things to Expect from Stuller at JCK Las Vegas 2018

It’s that time of year again — JCK Las Vegas kicks off today! This year’s tradeshow promises rising trends, current styles, and the newest tools and technology. So brace yourself and pace yourself. Develop a game plan and know exactly what you’re searching for this year. Time flies when you’re on the hunt and it’s easy to get distracted. We hope you packed your walking shoes and don’t forget to drink lots of water on your desert excursion. Visit Stuller at JCK Las Vegas this year at Booth: B60046 & B62046.

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Here are nine exciting items to explore from Stuller at JCK Las Vegas this year

 

Selling Solutions

1. ever&ever® Wedding Bands

ever&ever®, Stuller’s turnkey bridal solution, celebrates its third anniversary this year at JCK Las Vegas. So to celebrate, we’ve added wedding bands to the ever&ever lineup. These superior quality prototype samples will join our existing bridal designs, bringing flexibility to the entire bridal set. Expect Stuller’s top-notch marketing collateral, modular displays, multiple metals and customization options to ride along with this new wedding band program. Drop by to see Stuller at JCK Las Vegas and check out all ever&ever has to offer.

2. 302™ Fine Jewelry Brand

We’re introducing 302 — Stuller’s newest fine jewelry brand. With five expertly curated collections and over three hundred different jewelry styles, 302 will electrify your inventory and dazzle your customers. Within 302, you’ll discover five distinct personality collections — the Sage, Ruler, Rebel, Explorer, and Innocent. These carefully curated collections deliver trendy designs at ideal price points. Explore the 302™ Fine Jewelry collection here.

3. Stackable Rings Collection

Visit Stuller at JCK Las Vegas to build your own 16-piece stackable rings collection. With nearly 100 options available in 14k gold, this solution is fully customizable and filled with new and best-selling bridal and fine jewelry stackable rings.

 

Stones & Screening

4. Charles & Colvard Moissanite

Charles & Colvard, the original creator of lab-grown moissanite, delivers a brilliant, environmentally and socially responsible product at an extraordinary value. Forever One™, their premium moissanite, is the epitome of created moissanite. Read more about Charles & Colvard’s Forever One™ Moissanite here.

Last year, Charles & Colvard introduced Exotic Gems to consumers. Exotic Gems offer fine jewelry enthusiasts the unprecedented opportunity to create the dramatic custom designs they’ve wanted for their collections. These grand Forever One™ gems are guaranteed to be colorless or near colorless. They range from six to 15.5 carats diamond equivalent weight and are available in a wide range of shapes like round brilliant, cushion, emerald, hearts & arrows, oval, elongated oval, pear and radiant cuts. Stop by to special order Charles & Colvard Exotic Gems from Stuller at JCK Las Vegas.

5. Diamond Screening

Expect lab-grown diamonds to be a hot topic at JCK Las Vegas this year, especially since De Beers just announced their new line of lab-grown diamonds. This reaffirms the importance of diamond screening and highlights the importance of integrity and transparency. We’ll have diamond screening tools available like Presidium®, GIA® iD100™ Gem Tester, and many more, along with details about GIA’s Melee Analysis Service located within Stuller’s headquarters.

6. Award-Winning Designs

The spectacular pieces forged during this year’s Battle of the Benches® competition at Stuller’s 2018 Bench Jeweler Workshop will be on display at JCK Las Vegas. Along with these beauties, our winning AGTA Spectrum designs will be on display as well.

 

Technology Tools

7. B&D Lasers

Our recent acquisition of laser equipment company B&D Sales makes Stuller the leading supplier of laser equipment in the U.S. This enables us to offer a more comprehensive selection of laser welders, engravers, and cutters, with budget-friendly options available as well. Stop by our booth to toy with these new lasers, speak with a vendor representative, or watch our live laser demonstrations.

8. Open Grow Resins

We’re introducing Stuller Open Grow Resins, specifically designed for compatibility with a full range of open source DHP and SLA 3D printers. These new resins will offer exceptional resolution and performance, paving the way to new creative horizons.

9. New CounterSketch® Features

CounterSketch is now available in eight different languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Greek). Our new CounterSketch update allows jewelers to import available 3C styles to CounterSketch directly from Stuller.com. Other new features include new design stack options, improved filter accuracy, and revised slider names.


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