Moissy: New OEC vs. Old OEC?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

What is a  OEC cut ?

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice Hotel

Chaedra:  Old European Cut

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

AlexiaMichelle:  I recently looked at Charles and Colvards website Moissanite.com and they no longer have any OEC moissanite. Which makes me sad because I too was hoping to get one as a birthday or christmas gift. I do know that MoissaniteCo still has then on their website, you might want to ask their customer service rep if this is true. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

AlexiaMichelle:  If I were you, I’d just contact C&C directly to find out. I contacted them last week about cleaning advice (I have a moissanite OEC too! But I’m guessing it’s the older cut?), and they replied within a day! Their contact details are on their website.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

DarlingClementine:  would you mind sending me their response on cleaning? I, too, have an OEC

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I heard they discontinued the OEC and tht they were NOT coming out with a new one.  I would be happy to hear otherwise since I wanted one, but inow is not the time for me to spend money on jewelry.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

BeeLadylike:  No problem! I was going to make a thread about it anyway because they gave me some great advice. I had this build up of film, like a kind of rainbow greasy looking film, all over my stone. It had been there since I recieved the ring. They are sending me out a special cleaning cloth free of charge, and advised that I use a toothbrush to scrub my ring with silver polish in the meantime. Nothing I’d tried had gotten rid of this film UNTIL I tried silver polish. My ring has never been so clean!!

Here’s what they said (be warned, it’s LONG…!)

 There is an occasional “film” that could build-up on a near-colorless gemstone such as moissanite. This is film is rare and not common. We get very few emails and even few calls per year about this issue but we are aware. This is an organic build-up and is not harmful to the moissanite gemstone. This can be a stubborn film and is normally not removed with over the counter jewelry cleaner or normal jewelry store cleaning. There has been some thought that dish soap can cause this film build-up on some near-colorless stones, such as moissanite.<br /> <br /> As mentioned, occasionally moissanite or other gemstones can get an organic film build-up. This film may appear bluish, yellowish, greenish or as a slight oil slick. This is a non-permanent film build-up. After much research we have no determination as to the exact cause of such a film but we were able to determine that this film is not harmful to the stone and is not permanent. It may occur on one stone in a piece of jewelry and not on others stones in the same piece. The stone(s) should return to their natural sparkle after the film is removed. Home cleanings and professional cleanings by a jeweler (jewelry cleaner, steam cleaning, ultra-sonic cleaner, etc.) normally does not remove this film unless precise methods are used.

Charles & Colvard has found a special cleaning cloth for removing such films. This cloth should fully remove any film on the moissanite stone(s). To remove the film, you should scrub the stone vigorously (with as much pressure as possible) with the cleaning cloth. Depending on the length of time the film has been present, it may take several cleanings back to back to fully remove the film. It may require some extra pressure to achieve the results. The special cleaning cloth can be used multiple times for many years. We would be happy to send you one of these cleaning cloths for free. <br /> <br /> Another option for removing a film from a moissanite gemstone is to use Haggerty’s Silversmith Polish or any silversmith polish. This may be found in your local hardware or grocery store. You should apply the polish directly to the stone and scrub vigorously while applying pressure with a toothbrush. This may require several cleanings to fully remove the film but the film will be removed. We normally recommend that the stone be cleaned one more time when you think it looks clean; just to be 100% sure the film is gone as it is transparent when it first starts out. This film is a sticky film (not that you can feel it as such) and if there is any residue the film could rebuild. Please know that after the moissanite jewel is cleaned and the film is completely removed the film very rarely ever reappears. If the film does reappear please follow the steps described above. <br /> <br />If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Charles & Colvard Customer Service at 1-800-210-4367 or you may find us on the web at http://www.charlesandcolvard.com. Again, if you wish for us to mail you a special cleaning cloth please send us your mailing address.

 

Hope that helps! x

Post # 10
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Newbee

Any update on a new OEC?? I contacted MoissaniteCo and C&C and they couldn’t tell me why they were discontinuing but another jeweler from Etsy said it was because of a legal lawsuit, hmmm.  I hope they come out with another OEC because I’d love to get one and not wait on the Amora Gem

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

AlexiaMichelle:  I’m curious as to where you heard about “new OEC.” My understanding is that they are discontinued and that’s that 🙁 I wish they wouldn’t have discontinued their best cut, IMO.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

misssteeze:  I have seen on The Facet Loung that there are some ladies that already have been able to buy an OEC Amora gem on BetterthanDiamond.com. You might want to check there. 

Post # 13
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Newbee

I forgot to post here when I saw it but MoissyCo has OEC again and a few H&A!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

I was told by a rep in wholsale that the OEC was discontinued due to legal reasons. A gentleman in Europe was selling the stones as diamond. I am not sure how this ties back to C&C discontinuing it, as that person should just be prosecuted as an individual. However, if I was C&C or even another company doing research on producing mossianite after the patent lifts, I would resurrect the OEC because of the cult following that style of cut has generated for itself. There is definitely a market for it.

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Blushing bee

From post made on BTD discussion forum on May 8th, 2014

http://betterthandiamond.com/discussion/ubbthreads.php/topics/831296/Re_No_more_oec_moissanite#Post831296

“I was previously told by my contact at C&C that OEC was being discontinued (along with princess cut, trillion cut, castle cut, rosette, half moon, etc. not sure which ones I am missing, but there are likely others). This is how the previous OEC rumors began. However they later retracted this statement and stated they were not going to discontinue. <br /><br />However the latest news is that C&C IS in fact going to discontinue the OEC. This time it appears to be final (although, really, who can say for sure with C&C?). The reason provided was surprising. Apparently virtually all OEC Moissanites test positive as a diamond using a Moissanite tester. C&C’s legal department has supposedly received complaints about people selling OEC Mois as genuine diamonds. <br /><br />At first I thought, well that is silly. Why would C&C be liable for that? They can’t control what people may or may not do with their product. I wonder (and this is pure speculation) if it has anything to do with their involvement with the development of Moissanite testers? C&C’s original name was C3, and C3 had a patent for the “Tester Model 590″ which was the first Moissanite tester. If they are making royalties off the sale of Moissanite testers, and the testers are failing to identify Moissanite correctly, there may be an issue. If nothing else, it doesn’t look good. <br /><br />Anyways, this is the info I received from C&C for what its worth. On a side note, out of pure curiosity I tested about a dozen OEC stones in our safe, and every single one tested positive as a diamond with our Moissanite tester.”

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