(Closed) Colour grading of moissanite; what i'd like to see.

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Do you think C and C etc inventorying their stones like Blue Nile would be an improvement?
    Yes : (5 votes)
    42 %
    Yes if it didn't affect the price at all : (2 votes)
    17 %
    No : (1 votes)
    8 %
    I'd pay a small fee to select a colour range for my stone. E.g H-J, K-M etc : (4 votes)
    33 %
  • Post # 3
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    1784 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    GIA doesn’t grade lab stones.  BetterThanDiamond does send its Amora moissanites to NAGL, which has former GIA graders, so that’s the closest they can get.

    Post # 5
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    1784 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    The problem with C&C is that their quality is all over the place, but they claim everything is the same.  I love moissanite, but I don’t think I would buy any more right now unless it was screened through a third party like BTD or a jeweler I trusted.

    Since their quality is all over the place, Less weeds out the best of what they have in terms of cut and color, and runs them through the Amora process.  The Ring Bearer stones aren’t cut the same as diamonds, but some of them are cut better than others because of C&C’s sketchy quality control, and those not so great stones are the ones Less sends back.

    Post # 8
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    1157 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I don’t think C&C is all that interested in honest business practices.

    Your idea may be a good one, but third parties like BTD and Schubach already functionally do what you’re suggesting. Thank goodness. I bet Schubach’s might be able to source a very warm moissy if that’s what a customer wanted.

    I *think* the problem with particularly warm moissy is that it may have green tones as well as yellow.

    RE the GIA, they refuse to grade moissanite. BTD uses graders who were trained by, and worked at, GIA. So they do spend the money to get as close to a GIA report as possible.

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I think the terms Less uses to discuss the cut of moissanite are not reserved for diamonds. A ruby, etc., can have varying degrees of quality in its cut, and those would be referred to as “very good”, “fair”, etc.

    So I voted “yes” to your poll but I may have just talked myself into a “no”, hehe.

    Post # 9
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    1157 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @Anardana:  Also I totally agree with you on the person choosing the moissy feeling bad if it’s particularly yellow. There is a Bee here who got a heart cut from moissaniteco and it just looked awful. Really green. But I do trust moissyco’s business ethics so I don’t think they would intentionally sell a sub-par stone (and they allowed her to return her ring even though it was a custom order). 

    I don’t know. Maybe sometimes the person setting the stone just doesn’t notice?

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