Moissanite?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

 

Pumpkineverything:  Moissaniteco.com everything you need to know basically. They are gorgeous and hella cheaper than diamonds.

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

Instead of just carbon, like in diamonds, moissanite is a combination of silicone and carbon (silicon carbide). It’s harder than sapphires/rubies but softer than diamonds. The Moh’s Scale of hardness isn’t linear, so it’s hard to put a number on it, but many sites claim 9.25 hardness rating. So, it’s the “next best thing to diamonds” in regards to hardness. 

Unlike diamonds, it’s double refractive so it gives off a different “shine.” It gives more rainbows sparkles, while diamonds are known to flash white light. 

Currrently, there is only one company that can legally manufacture moissanites, since they are the patent holders until next year (2015) – they are Charles & Colvard. Any moissanite that you buy in the US, exception being the Amora Gem, would have come from C&C. 

Moissanite doesn’t exist in nature, so the crystals are grown in a lab – the same place they use moissanite for making LED lights in North Carolina (CREE Factory), and then the crystals are cut and faceted for use in jewelry.

There are 2 different ratings right now: unenhanced (classic) moissanite and Forever Brilliant moissanite. The only difference is that the FB is held to a higher standard and thus a bit “whiter.”

Moissanites are chameleons and can pick up/reflect back the colors in their surroundings. They are moody stones that change color quite often and very interesting. I don’t regret chosing one for my engagement ring one bit.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 

Pumpkineverything:  I chose moissanite because I find it more beautiful than a diamond, but also alot less expensive. You get more for your money, and this way I could get exactly what I wanted, without my FI going into debt! Best decision we made! Sorry its not the best quality picture, lighting isn’t the greatest at my desk.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Charleston, SC

Pumpkineverything:  I suggest asking a local jeweler if they have any or can find one for you to see! You really do have to see it in person to get the full effect, although pictures and literature are certainly helpful in knowing what to look for/expect. The PPs above pretty much covered all the chemical aspects of moissanite and it’s properties, although I believe moissanite is actually found in nature but in such small quantities that it’s not possible to mine actual stones. The lab makes it possible to grow and cut stones of various shapes and sizes. 

It’s not totally like a diamond, so if you plan to put it next to super-white side stones or want something totally white at all times, you’ll probably be disappointed. Moissanite picks up color and lighting can also affect the color more than a diamond. Not in a bad way, it is really beautiful, but you can see the difference sometimes! It’s much more sparkly! Definitely worth checking out

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 

Pumpkineverything:  Here’s a better one from our engagement pics in natural lighting.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I spent a lot of time researching moissanites before I decided to order my ring. I mostly looked at moissaniteco.com and googled a lot… also WB helped a lot! Another reason ppl may choose a moissanite is for ethical reasons.

I have to add, I am not a big diamond person to begin with. I just knew I wanted a stone that is pretty, was a cushion cut, was equivalent in size to a 1.5ct diamond and didn’t cost me an arm and a leg to purchase.

I haven’t received my ring yet and I am about to buy a plane ticket to Chicago (where my ring is being crafted) just so I don’t have to wait any more… I’m kidding, I don’t have that kind of money but I am seriously thinking about it. LOL.

 

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 

Pumpkineverything:  Thank you, no it’s rose gold its kind of hard to tell in the pics

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have a classic unenhanced moissy. I love the warmth from the unenhanced. I adore it and would never change it!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

Pumpkineverything:  Sure, this is the only pic I have on my work computer. Sorry it is ridiculously large. You can really see all the pastel colors.

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