FB vs Unenhanced moissanite

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Forever Brilliant or Unenhanced
    Forever Brilliant : (49 votes)
    79 %
    Unenhanced : (13 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    @CBWFlove:  Forever Brilliant enhancement definitely! I don’t know which shape or size you’ll be getting, but my FB RB moissanite showed a significant tint under office lighting, and I dread to think what an unenhanced one would look like. I’ve heard that enhancement below 1 carat isn’t necessary, but mine is 0.75ct.

    I have seen some beautifully white unenhanced moissanites on these boards but I think that people do tend to post their best pics, and also there’s variation in what you recieve. I think I might have got a dud one, so whatever you decide make sure you ask them to handpick your stone.

    I sent my RB back to be replaced with a FB OEC, which was a great decision for me. Normally they are supposed to show more body colour, but you can see from the pics below that it shows significantly less than my RB did.

    Pics compared with a D colour CZ under natural and yellow lighting. RB first pics, OEC second pics. Ignore the numbers, that was for the other thread!

    You can see more pics here.

    Post # 4
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    809 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    FB is not an enhancement, it’s just hand-picked to be whiter. so… if you need whiter, get FB.

    Post # 5
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    127 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @patchy:  I don’t think that’s exactly true. The Charles and Colvard Moissanite site states: “Only the best are chosen to become Forever Brilliant. Next, each rough is oriented for maximum brilliance and polished by hand to perfect proportions until it dances with scintillation. Finally, these select gems are enhanced through a proprietary process to purify the crystal lattice.” So, they do supposedly handpick the nicest ones but then they do go through an enhancement process.

    @CBWFlove:  I really love my Forever Brilliant, but I’ve also seem some gorgeous unenhanced ones. As a PP mentioned, it really does depend on the size of the stone. It’s also depends on the cut. The RB tend to face up whiter.

    Post # 6
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    809 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @BisBeanBrien:  oh! huh, learn something new. 🙂 I thought that was the old stock, and the new stock don’t go through that anymore (just inherently whiter rough). oh well!

    Post # 7
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    127 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @patchy:  I know there’s like…some weird way that they do something with the new stock. Some kind of polishing thing, but I think that’s for all of them now, so they end up with an odd film on them. There’s a bunch of threads about getting the film off. So maybe it has changed and they haven’t updated their site yet? If it’s just about picking a whiter stone, I believe Schubach’s will actually handpick a super white one out of their own stock, also – so it might be worth it to go that route, instead of spending the extra money!

    Post # 10
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    645 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2006

    @BisBeanBrien:  

    @patchy:  Patchy you are right. I researched this thoroughly and new generation of FBs are just picked out from the same rough as unenhanced (but whiter stones are picked out). Prior to May 2013 – the first generation of FBs were treated but NOT coated (some sort of heat treatment that fixes the bonds and purifies the stone). Both unenhanced and enhanced come from the same whiter rough these days. In antique cuts and larger stones I would go with FB, but in round brilliants in my opinion there isn’t much difference really. I have both. 

    Post # 11
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    1327 posts
    Bumble bee

    I also assumed that the FBs just come from inherently whiter stock. :S

    From my untrained eye and lots of research, I personally think there is a bit of a trade-off between coloured light return/fire (rainbow flashes) and brilliance (white flashes of light).  So if you really value colourful rainbow flashes, go with unenhanced.  If you value a bit more whiteness, go with FB.  I wouldn’t worry about FB being “too white” though.

    @DarlingClementine:  How odd that your OEC is more colourless than your RB!  Must be from a better, newer rough. 🙂  It looks gorgeous, and I love your double-prong setting!

    Post # 12
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    975 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

    @CBWFlove:  I have an unenhanced 1.5 moissy and it couldn’t be any more perfect. SOOOOOO much sparkle and the color is perfect. 

    Post # 14
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    816 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I have a 1 carat OEC moissy in a diamond setting. I am so glad we went with the FB because it would have been too yellow compared to the diamonds. It is warmer than the diamonds, but not bad.

    Post # 16
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    816 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Thank you!:) Is there a particular cut you like? What does your setting look like?

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