Mounting a Moissanite w/ James Allen setting, Brittle? Did your stone break?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Moissanite is the second hardest stone next to diamond. So I think you’ll be fine.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Chipping is possible with setting any stone. It’s harder than most other gemstones so I really wouldn’t worry too much. You could have the representatives put in a note to the jeweler to please be as gentle as possible if that would make you feel better. But i really think it will be fine. I’ve never heard of anyone complaining that their moissanite was broke during setting. Though it is possible even with a diamond but it’s very rare.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Daisylovex3:  sounds like they’re trying to sell you a diamond. If you don’t trust them to set your stone without damaging it just order the setting. Take your setting and loose stone to a jeweler with moissy experience to have it set. When I was originally planning to do that I was quoted a price of $35 to set the stone

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion

uncltredpearl:  This. My diamond is from JA and I love it, and DH says their service was wonderful, but it does sound like they would like you to buy a diamond.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Moissanite is NOT brittle, the girdle in the past has been cut super thin, which makes the likelyhood of that chipping a little higher than if it were cut a bit thicker, but I would not worry. They have to tell you the stone can chip (any stone can!), but I have found many diamond jewelers to be a little misinformed about moissanite (or blatant liars).

Yes, some people have had their moissanite stones (diamond, moissanite, sapphire, emerald, spinel, etc.) break or chip while setting, but JA has some very good benches and they work with a lot of stones, so you should feel pretty confident in their capabilities, even if they make it sound otherwise! 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Sounds like they’re trying to sell you a diamond. Buy the setting you want and take it elsewhere to have the stone set.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Daisylovex3: It’s bothersome when people say that Moissanite or Ruby/Sapphire is “almost” as hard as a diamond. They aren’t. The scale is not evenly distributed. The distance between 8 and 9 Mohs is not the same as between 9 and 10. Diamond is something like 14x harder than Moiss./R/S! Besides, hardness has to do with scratching the stone, not breaking it. Even diamonds chip. The general rule is that if a stone has survived formation and mining (or in moissanite’s case, lab-creation), and polishing, all which involve high temperatures and pressures, it can withstand use in jewelry. Most stones chip because they are not protected by prongs, because the customer or jeweler wants to expose more of the stone for aesthetic purposes (4 prongs instead of 6, etc.) If the stone is in a secure mounting, there should be no problem, but also make sure when you leave a stone with a jeweler that you know whether they are sending it out to another party, because sometimes that involves legalities that would make them not reponsible if anything happens.  

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

MoissaniteCo.com offers stone setting if you also purchase the loose stone at the same time. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Daisylovex3:  If the moissanite is frequently chipping when they are mounting it, then chances are they just aren’t used to moissanites and don’t know what they are doing. Different stones have different properties, and if they treat it exactly like a diamond it’s not that surprising that the stone could break.

For the record, I’ve had a moissanite ring for 2 years now, and have had no problems with chipping or ‘brittleness’.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

I know this is old, but I just got a call from my BF. Apparently he sent my amora gem in to be mounted on a James Allen ring and they broke it. I am gutted. I can’t get through work. Just thought it was worth sharing – and no, there is nothing that can be done. We are basically SOL.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

jamiegrego :  I’m so sorry.  I would be devastated if my OEC was broken. The basic rule for moissy is ‘protect it from heat like a diamond and set it like a sapphire.” How the heck can they have broken it? They set hundred, if not thousands, of saphires without breakage…..

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