Post # 1
So I have been doing hours and hours of research trying to decide between an asha and a moissanite. I very very much want a moissy because of the sparkle and I love the “disco ball” look that moissys can throw.
My one hang up, the color. I have a headache from reading so much about how this person has seen buttery colors, this other person has not. This person has never seen any warmth, this person has in certain situations. It’s a lot to take in. So…. here’s my personal profile and maybe someone else can help decide. 😉
1. I am very fair and I do very well in jewel tones and cool colors. Warmth, as in yellow tones, do not look good on my skin. Best colors for me are royal blue, royal purple, emerald green, etc. I never wear gold or bronze or anything of the sort. Even white gold is too yellowish and warm for me.
2. I live in the pacific northwest. Oregon to be specific. I’ve read some people say that overcast skies make the stone have more warm coloring. Well….Oregon can be pretty grey sometimes.
3. I am a bit color sensitive. I looked at some diamonds and H looked just really yellow to me. F looked great and G looked noticeably better than H to me.
Also, I was thinking that something slightly warmer would be pretty in a vintagey brushed silver looking setting. Perhaps with some more detail in the metal instead of relying on extra stones to spruce it up. Try and embrace the warmth. I asked the boyfriend what he thought of this, but he isn’t big on vintage looking jewelry. He likes shiny and new, which is honestly my preference as well. You know, slick versus rustic, if that makes sense. We both like cold looking metal.
So that leads me to my next question. My ring will be in platinum or palladium, since even white gold is too warm for me. Would the warmth of the moissy stone look clashing against a more icy/steelish metal, like platinum or palladium?
Thank you so very much for dealing with my confusion! I really really want that space rock and I’m hoping I can make moissy work out!
Post # 3
Hey! I’m always happy to answer moissanite questions. I ordered a 1 carat moissanite solitaire in palladium. I really like the color of the metal- it’s a nice shiny grey, whiter than platinum and cooler than white gold. I think it compliments the stone. It actually makes the stone seem very white. I’ve seen pics of moissanite set in yellow gold and I think it makes the stone look discolored.
When I ordered my ring, enhanced stones were not available for round cuts. My ring has awesome sparkle and looks amazing, but on overcast days definitely looks a tiny bit gray/green. Now I’m seeing that round cuts are available to be enhanced (for 100 dollars.) In a few years I’m planning on purchasing an enhanced stone to swap out (and then my original stone will be worn in a necklace.)
I am the only person who has noticed the very slight coloration. My fiance thinks I’m crazy and says he can’t tell. And in 90% of lighting situations it looks very white.
I think you should go for it but go ahead and order an enhanced stone (it can whiten the color by about 2 shades.) I’ve gotten nothing but compliments. My family and friend’s jaws dropped when they first saw the stone. I even went to a jeweler to get it cleaned and they kept calling it “stunning” and “extemely high quality” and “flawless.” When I mentioned my fiance got it online, they seemed suspicious and used a diamond tester and it came out testing as a diamond.
I’m trying to attach a pic, but it’s not working.
But go for it! You can return it for a full refund for up to 30 days. If you have any more questions, let me know.
Post # 4
Hi! This is my ring on a cloudy day. The only time it has been a yellow color is when I’m wearing a yellow WV hoodie. Moissanite picks up the colors around you. I have looked at my stone in every possible light and it has never shone color. It’s a 1.25 enhanced stone.
Now, I read back in the day that the older stones were giving off a yellow or green tint, but I don’t think that’s too much of the case today.
I have white gold. (I didn’t research the metal as much as I did the stone. lol)
We had a jeweler appraise the stone without telling him it was moissanite at first. He told us it was a flawless diamond worth $$$$$. When we told him it wasn’t a diamond he argued with us. Told us that we didn’t know what we were talking about and no way that moissanite, a “Fake diamond” would fool him. He even ran it through a diamond tester and it came up positive, but he took a couple more looks under the scope and realized the double refractive index was there. He then complimented the stone…although he looked physically ill saying it.
Post # 5
Well I’m thinking my 3ct. enhanced loose stone moissy might not fool as many people since it does have a non-diamond look to is faceting. But still, I have never ever seen my stone look yellow unless I am in yellow lighting. It shines completely white. I have asked my BF several time to be honest about whether he see’s anything but white and sparkle and he truly does not. I think that you should order a loose enhanced stone and just give it a nice look over and decide if it looks yellow to you. I also live in Michigan, where overcast is pretty much all we know, and alas, still no yellow. I approached the moissaniteco.com’s chat feature and asked the person if maybe I’m just not color sensitive at all, or if I just got one heck of a stone, and she said it could be either, but she wouldn’t be suprised if my stone is just really great because it is an enhanced round brillant.
Just my 2cents. But I’d give moissy a try. I briefly considered asha as well, but at the end of the day I couldn’t rap my mind around having to tell people that my e-ring was CZ. I don’t have intentions to pass my moissy off as a diamond per se, but I feel comforted in knowing that I can be honest in saying my ring is a REAL moissanite, and not a CZ that’s only purpose is to simulate a diamond.
Post # 6
My stone is a 1.5ct brilliant round non enhanced moissanite and I have to be honest with you, some days it looks a little yellow or blue green. It definitely not something I’m worried about and no one else has noticed, but in my experience there are a few times i’ve seen it have some color… I really have to get a better picture of it, but this will show you what the sparkle looks like 🙂
Post # 7
Thank you everyone for your replies! I really love how much moissanite owners are dedicated to explaining moissanite again and again. It’s much appreciated. Sorry if it’s a bit redundant.
I think my final decision is to give an enhanced moissanite a try. It seems that it could really work out.
The main reason I was so confused is I went to the betterthandiamond message board and I ended up having about 15 tabs open trying to gather all the information I could. Felt a little like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. It was just a really bright and sparkly rabbit hole and there was a disco at the end of it.
There was one poster who lives in Seattle and she took pictures of her ring looking warm and that was partly what worried me, but I’m thinking there is a really good chance this would work out.
Luckily, boyfriend is definitely down with moissanite. He really really loved the sparkly and we both (being science majors) love the origin or moissanite and wanted something cool made in a lab. Moissanite sounds about perfect, but also sounds like the stone can be a bit moody. 😉
I wonder if the moissaniteco company would mind a little note with the order asking to pick out the whitest enhanced one they can find. lol
Post # 8
As far as I know they’re all created with the same properties, which makes them pretty uniform. I can’t speak for the enhanced ones though (in fact, I didn’t even know you could do that). I actually liked that part of buying my moissanite.. it wasn’t like I had to worry if there was going to be inclusions or what color it was going to look like, or if I had to pay an extrak 1K so it would look whiter or whatever. I am a science major too, and I absolutely LOVE my moissanite! Good for you for giving it a try, at least you know there will always be diamonds if you don’t like it! (btw, we got mine from moissanitefinejewelry.com and they have an exchange policy PLUS they sell diamonds too, so that way if we didn’t like it we could at least use the credit towards diamonds… maybe it would be worth finding a place like that for you too just in case, although once you see the sparkle I’m sure you wont want to send it back, I didn’t!)
Post # 9
@Miss Tattoo: that is interesting. Were you getting it appraised for insurance or something? Didn’t it come with paperwork?
Post # 10
@CorgiTales: Since we don’t own our house, we were getting it insured through our renters insurance. I guess you couldn’t call it a certified appraisal because we went in to the shop actually looking for a new watch and the owner guy wanted to clean my ring. Mr. Tattoo asked him if he could do an appraisal on the spot and the guy said he would, but it would just be an estimate because he would need the certification and insurance application or something. I remember when he was looking at it through the scope he kept saying “wow…this is a pefect diamond. Wow. You must have paid a pretty penny for this. I would say it’s worth at least $$$$$” then I said, “well it’s actually not a diamond…” and before I even got the rest out he was saying “no way! Is this a CZ!?” and I told him it was moissanite and again he said no way. He even brought out the laser diamond tester looking thing and it chimed green for diamond. When he went to go look at it again that’s when he said he noticed the double refrac.
We actually got the stone appraised with our paperwork at another place to have it added to our renters insurance. It may not cost as much as a diamond, but it was still a lot of money to spend on a stone so I would hate to shell out that money again if I lose it.
Oh, yes. And it does come with paperwork from Charles and Colvard.
Post # 11
I live in Vancouver, which is just about as rainy and overcast as it gets, and I’m perplexed when I hear people saying their moissanites show color on cloudy days. I have an enhanced 1.2 carat cushion cut moissy and like Miss Tattoo said, it only shows yellow under very warm lighting – which makes sense to me, I mean the stone can only throw back the same light that’s thrown into it! On overcast days it’s very white to my eyes.
If you’re very sensitive to color, I’d recommend doing what deathbydesign did and order an enhanced loose stone to inspect. You can send it back if it’s not what you want.
Post # 12
@Tunacupcakes: Haha I don’t think they would mind a little note at all! I left one! I think I said something to this effect: “I understand that moissanite is fairly uniform in quality, but I would be greatly appreciative, and a repeat customer, if you could select a stone that is even minutely more white than an I/J in color.”
I love my stone! Either all moissy’s are stunning, or they actually took what I said to heart! Either way, happy moissanite lady here!
Post # 13
@Kat: forgive me, but I have never seen photos of your ring! You know we love moissy porn up in these parts!
Post # 14
All Moissanite that is not enhanced is created equal. It’s manufactured by the same company. Most people do notice color on the non-enhanced stones in cloudy weather. It does look green/gray – not yellow (which some diamonds can look). If they weren’t slightly colored, I don’t think anyone would have invented the enhanced moissy to have a whiter stone, you know?
Also, moissy is doubly refractive. It sparkles WAYYYYYY more than a diamond. Most people won’t know, but it does have the “disco ball” effect and people will look at the ring. That was the case for me, anyway. I had a 2 ct. total, 3-stone ring with 1 carat center and half carat sides. I will say most people thought it was a diamond ring, but still… people did notice and I did become self-concious. Had I had just a solitare or a halo, I’m sure the effect would have been less disco-y and I probably wouldn’t have been so self-concious, but in 3-stones… it was like HELLO! lol…
I’m not trying to dissuade you from moissy. I LOVE it. I would be over the moon with a moissy engagement ring. I think I would opt for either a.) enhanced moissy for a ring, or b.) colored moissy in pink or yellow. The smaller the size, the less color that you see in normal unenhanced moissy.
Again, the average person can’t tell but if you already know that you are sensitive to color in stones and really can tell the difference, you might want to see some moissy before you commit to it.
Also, you can YouTube some videos taken of enhanced vs. non-enhanced moissy and also moissy v. diamond to see the differences. This won’t help with the color issue, but may give you a little more insight.
Post # 15
Hi, I hope I’m not threadjacking. I have never seen a moissanite or asha ring in person before. I was wondering if any of you ladies had a photo of their moissanite or asha rings in the sun, outdoors? I would love to see how the stones look in natural light.
Post # 16
@ATP2011: hi!There aren’t too many bees here with Asha and moissanite…I don’t think. I know on betterthandiamond.com you can see photos from ladies with diamonds, asha, and moissanite all on one hand or mixed together.