Post # 1
I give up~ I’m not sure what the difference is between the two. from what I can tell moissys are man made and morganites are nautral gems…
I know almost nothing about ‘stones’ except for the pebbles I used to play hop scotch as a kid!
If you could enlighten me by answering few questions, that would be awesome!
1. It may sound stupid..but I really don’t know…so…WHICH one is better?
2. What are the price difference? (when I search it gave me so many different, I couldn’t really make it out)
3. If you have pictures of either, could you please share?
4. Any advice in regards to these diamond twins would be super appreciated! 😀
Post # 3
Morganite and Moissanite are NOT the same thing. They are very different stones.
Morganite is a pink variety of the beryl family, more often than not found naturally. It has an MoHs hardness of 7.5-8. They don’t tend to be very expensive (though that entirely depends on your budget). Some ladies here have morganite rings, normally set in rose gold, they are stunning. You get various shades of morganite, they can be a pale pink to a very bright salmon pink. Depends on what you are wanting, really.
It has a VERY DIFFERENT CHEMICAL STRUCTURE to moissanite. The two are not even part of the same gemstone family.
Moissanite, on the other hand, is very different. Today’s moissanite is all made in a lab, under a Charles and Colvard patent (I believe). The ‘original’ tiny piece of natural moissanite originated from a meteorite, and was found in Arizona. Moissanite has an MoHs hardness of 9.25, which is harder than with Morganite. You can get it in different colours, though most ladies get moissanite in the colourless form.
Price-wise, it is more expensive (on the whole) than morganite, but the main ‘winning’ factor for the moissanite is the high refractive index, which makes it sparkle more. Main issue with moissanites is that they can be a bit warm-toned – meaning they might be a bit yellow or green. HOWEVER, that has improved over time with various production methods, not to mention the release of the Amora Moissanite has meant that more and more colourless moissanites are being released.
This is morganite in rose gold:
This is moissanite (apologies if this is anyone on the Bee’s, I’m simply using it as an example of a pretty moissanite ring 🙂
In the end, totally depends what you want. Check out the internet for more information on these stones. This is where a lot of the ladies get their moissanite rings from, and they have a lot of information on moissanite http://www.moissaniteco.com/moissanite_about.html
And you can google around to find some information on morganite 🙂 Happy hunting!
Post # 4
Ok, first off, they are completely different stones so asking which is better is not really comparing apples to apples.
1) Moissanite is a man-made stone. Clear in color, with sometimes just a tint towards blue/green or they can be made in all different colors. They are less expensive than diamonds, but still pretty up-there in price. They’re lab created to have more fire than a diamond, so if you want something really sparkly, this is the way to go. It also ranks at 9.5 on the MOHS scale so it is almost as hard as a diamond.
2) Morganite is a peachy-pink colored stone. It ranks lower on the MOHS scale so it is softer and more likely to get scratched if you’re not careful with it, however, that being said, I have seen plenty of bees on here with GORGEOUS morganite e-rings. They are beautiful. They’re nice if you’re looking for a colored option, but don’t quite want a bright or dark color. I think they look feminine and pair well with rose gold, but also look amazing in any metal.
Post # 5
@OrchidsandCandles: WOW! I feel better educated~ 🙂 thank you for the clear explaination. I’ve never been a huge fan of diamonds… I worked NGO in Africa for 3 years and in emergency relief…so I saw real blood diamonds being sold and how they were laboured for.
Moissanite sounds like the type I’d like.. 🙂
I am learning about these things now because my FI is dead set on getting a huge diamond and I’m trying to convince him with other options that can also save big bucks!
The rings you posted are gorgeous~ 🙂 I did see a few on Etsy… I just couldn’t tell which shops were better as I’ve never ordered to screened anything so pricy online before~ any suggestions to where I can get a good moissy ring?
Post # 6
Very different! As you stated, moissanite is man made (as natural moissanite is far too rare to mine) and morganite is mined. Morganite is from the beryl family, so it is like a cousin of emerald/aquamarine and a few others. Morganite is most frequently a soft pink or peachy pink color, but can be very very light almost white pink, to very vivid peach (very expensive) to a violet or lavender color. Generally speaking, the larger the stone, the more color you’ll see.
As for better, that’s up to you. Personally, while I think morganites are BEAUTIFUL (I have three rings, a necklace, and lots of morganite earrings) it is worth noting that morganite is softer than moissanite and therefore less likely to hold up to a lifetime of being worn on a hand; it could chip, crack, scratch, etc. Morganite is also usually heat treated to get rid of brown colors in the stones and to brighten the pink color, and some stones lose their heat treatment when exposed to bring sunlight or UV rays. I have a morganite that an ex gave me about 7 years ago that used to be VERY vibrant peach, but is now almost totally white.
Moissanite is far more durable, it sparkles a TON, and is generally more “traditional” because it is a white/colorless stone. But it does have natural color, so if you were looking to have a radiant, heart shape, oval, or any other “fancy” cut that isn’t a cushion or round, you might see some color. Rounds and cushions reflect more light that fancy shapes, so they face up as much whiter. Moissanite Co has a treatment called “Amora” that changes the stone at the molecular level and takes away a lot of the color.
Post # 7
@hopefullbeee: Thank you~! The pictures helped alot! 🙂 lol on my alternative research for e-rings morganites and moissys kept coming up and I was at a lost.
Post # 8
@NekoBride: The website I posted, MoissaniteCo, is where most women tend to get their moissanite rings from: http://www.moissaniteco.com/ They have a large selection. Take a gander 🙂
And no problem, happy to help! As long as you learnt something from my mini-essay hahaha
Post # 9
@GoldfishPie: noted!! Thank you I’ll take a look at moissanite co! Thank you ladies for such quick replies~~ I am always suprised at how amazing the BEEs are here at the hive!
Many heartful thanks!! 🙂
Post # 10
I agree with the other bees that replied….I do not have a moissy myself but I will say that I have heard awesome things about Moissaniteco.com where most of the bees got their rings on this site…good luck
Post # 11
@OrchidsandCandles: oh wow… there are so many….. (i mean on the website) feel overwhelmed! I am a gold/silver person mostly due to my living in africa and Thailand for a long time. So gems….I am clueless!
Loved your mini-essay~ thanks a bunch!! xo
Post # 12
@NekoBride: If your going for color Moissaniteco just got some peachy pink stones in Which look very close to morganite except they sparkle more =] Of course you would have to tell their sales team that is the color you want. I just got mine in today and It is stunning
Post # 13
My recommendation is for the places that do custom work and are more detail oriented who work with moissanite. Research each website for yourself. My 3 favourite places are:
Joseph Schubach’s http://shopping.schubachstore.com/custom-designs
Etsy The Vintage Goldsmith http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheVintageGoldsmith?ref=shop_sugg
Etsy Laurie Sarah http://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurieSarahDesigns
Post # 14
Moissanite can come in pink too 🙂 This is the new Schubach’s pink, and it is pretty light, like some morganite.
I bought the big 10mm OEC and it is eing set now, so I will post pics next week when I get it. My avitar is the peachy pink moissanite from Schubach’s. Aso beautiful, but a little darker.
Post # 15
This is the new barely pink… It is very pale. Like a pink champagne diamond colour. If you like morganite, I think you would love this!! It is more durable and more sparkly, but the same pale colour.
Post # 16
@juiceboxx: Thank you for the advice! 😀 Sounds beautiful!