Post # 1
Does anyone have the “new” (idk what to call it) moissanite since April 2013? Other than reading the article below, I don’t know much about the new moissy, and I’m hoping to see pics from you new moissy bees (either unenhanced or FB).
Post # 4
Well in case someone in the future finds this and wants to know, here’s what the Charles&Colvard lady told me. I found it very helpful, and maybe someone else out there will too!
C&C: Forever Brilliant was launched in June 2012. It was our classic moissanite that was treated to remove the color. The process did not change the optical properties, except to make it whiter & brighter. As of 2013 the rough moissanite has been vastly improved to such a degree that treatment is no longer necessary. Therefore, our Forever Brilliant is now not treated yet is still whiter & brighter than the classic moissanite. Also, the Forever Brilliant still has the properties of the classic moissanite such as harder than a ruby or sapphire & tough as a diamond, ruby & sapphire.
Me: So the new rough is improved, and the resulting untreated stones are sorted into two categories–regular (sold as classic) and the whitest/best (sold as FB)? Is that correct?
C&C: You are correct. The only thing I would add is that all of our stones – classic (original) and FB are both “unenhanced”. The difference is in the color grading.
All moissanite (Classic & FB) are graded as “near-colorless” – G-H-I-J. FB will grade in the higher tier of course. But all moissanite will have some warmth to the stone. It is part of the sparkle and beauty of the stone.
As moissanite is not diamond it should not be graded on the diamond scale. But if you are looking for letter grades then yes, Classic would range in the I-J and FB in the G-H. The only issue with this is that it all depends on the shape & size. A marquise, pear and radiant will always have more color than a round. So the scale would slide depending on shape & size.
Post # 5
Thanks for the info! It’s interesting, and not exactly what I expected. Selecting/labeling FB seems subjective. Hope people are happy with their sorting process.
Post # 6
@crescent: It sounds like people will be happier with both! Can’t wait to get mine 🙂