Post # 1
OK. So I’ve been all over this site, all over google, all over betterthandiamond and while I may be a failure as a researcher I still haven’t found any information concerning why so many moissanites in personal photos I see seem cloudy. BUT some, for whatever reason, are perfectly clear and gorgeous. I’ve seen a couple posts that mentioned they are hard to photograph due to the sparkle. But I wouldn’t think sparkle would translate to a photo as cloudiness. It would translate as glare. Right? Not right?
Now, I LOVE LOVE LOVE diamonds. They’re just my thing. Just like Italian sports cars. They are expensive, unncessary and absolutely beautiful. 🙂 But, we are not rockefellers and even though we could afford a pretty nice diamond I do from time to time wonder if dishing out that kind of money is totally neccessary. Because of this I revisit moissanite every once in a while. That and I could get an even larger stone if we went the moissanite route.
On another note, I’m not wanting to pass a moissanite off as a diamond. I just love clear, sparkly, white stones. And like I said, I’m sold every time I see a clear moissanite. But they lose my vote every time I see one that looks cloudy. Course it doesn’t help that I’ve never seen one in person.
Long story short, I need help, info, clarification, photos, anything…Just wanting to make an informed decision on a product I’ve never seen in person. Thanks in advance ladies!
Post # 3
Moissanite have perfect clarity, every time. 🙂 There are no cloudy moissanite. I know I’ve tried to take pictures of mine and they seem funky, but they really aren’t. I don’t think it’s even possible for a moissanite to have inclusions. You mentioned liking white stones…they aren’t always white. I can almost always tell in a picture if someone has a moissanite, they look very faintly yellow to me. But the ones I have owned were *white enough* that no one could tell a color difference. I’m sure someone else will be along with pictures, they really are gorgeous in real life!
Post # 4
@claireos: I think its the glare..its hard for my camera to pick up the reflection that the moissanite has with light on it. I love move it in the light to see its “fire” but it doesnt translate well on camera. On a side note: My moissanite is enhanced and I can sometimes ((especially at work where the lighting is TERRIBLE and hasnt been updated since the 70’s) see the yellow that people talk about. Otherwise it generally reflects what color is around (ie: may take on blue appearance in a sunny/bright day).
Post # 5
@claireos: Personally, I haven’t seen any cloudiness. There is somewhat of a glare when I take pictures though. If you check out my post here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/guess-what-i-got-in-the-mail-very-pic-heavy-video you can see pictures of my ring and there is also a link to a video of it. It’s amazing how clear it is. To me it looks like there is absolutely nothing filling the middle of the stone. I honestly don’t think pictures or videos can do it justice.
On Moissanite Co’s website, there’s an education guide and it says that most moissanite stones are “…equivalent to a VS diamond clarity grading. Needle-like inclusions are inherent to the Moissanite crystal growth process which can only be seen under magnification and are invisible to the naked eye.” You can see that here: http://www.moissaniteco.com/guide_clarity.html. There’s also a bunch of other information on there as well.
If fire and brilliance in a gemstone is what you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with Moissanite.
Post # 6
I think the “cloudiness” is because of the double refraction properties moissanite carries. Since there are so many facets in the stone, it makes it hard to capture in a photo becuase there is so much going on in the moissanite if that makes sense. In pictures, all of the facets I’d say, cause a big blur because of all the light that is hitting the stone, but no cloudiness in the actual moissanite itself. That’s the best way I could describe it. I have I think one picture where I captured the sparkliness of my ring without having it looked all blurred together. lol Here it is for reference 😉 But it shouldn’t matter how the ring photographs anyway! It’s gorgeous and definitely didn’t stop me from purchasing. haha
and here is another picture, not so great but it wasn’t as blurred looking as some others I have taken.
Post # 7
I would deffintly check out the info Noenyo gave you on the moissanite website 🙂 Here are a few photos of my beauty some are so blingy its hard to get a good photo of it…and the great shot of the cut I took in a yellow room with a yellow light haha and as one of PP’s mentioned the stone is so brilliant it picks up its surrounding colors!! I hope these help you a little bit!!
In the yellow room
Outside in amazing light (but not all sparkly so I could get a good shot)
And a blingy shot in direct sunlight…it dosn’t catch the amazing sparkle or glow 🙂
Post # 8
Moissanite doesn’t cloud. Camera phones suck. Simple as that. My moissanite is not cloudy. 🙂
Post # 9
@Miss Tattoo: I wish wedding bee had a like button!
Post # 10
NOT my engagement ring any more….but for educational purposes, here it is 😉
1ct equivalent enhanced moissanite from MoissCo:
Post # 11
Thanks everyone for the great input! It was very informative. Thinking I might just need to order a loose stone so I can witness it person and see if it speaks to me.
Post # 12
@claireos: I felt so horrible about my SO spending the money on a diamond, so I ordered a moissanite stone to see it in person first. I highly recommend you do this so you can make your own decisions, it is a BEAUTIFUL stone, but it did have a yellow tint, even enhanced, and we made the decision to send it back. I would love to have a moissy one day, but we decided it wasn’t right for us for our engagement ring. After researching other options, we both feel better about spending the money on a diamond too.
Post # 13
I just saw mine yesterday for the first time. 😀
It is stunning and clear and super sparkly. I can imagine that it is hard to photograph. Mine is unenhanced 7mm cushion and looks to be about a K grade in color–which I love. I hate plain white stones, I think that they are boring. The jeweler had ordered an enhanced one as well and wasn’t going to charge differently but I really preferred the slight yellow color. It was picking up all sorts of color from everything around–definitely not cloudy or dull.