(Closed) CZ and Moissy?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Moissy is short for Moissanite, but the chemical name is Silicon Carbide. It’s a naturally occurring stone that was found in stars. However, it’s extremely rare. The ones they sell are all lab-created. They’re not quite as hard as diamond and can therefore be scratched more easily, but beat diamond in basically every other caregory. Color-wise, they’re about the equivalent of a G-H, which is near colorless, but they can be enhanced to.. F? I think. Which is colorless. They’re about $300 for a 6.5mm stone, which is approximately equal to a 1ct diamond. 

 

My engagement ring is a Moissy, .75ct equivalent. 

 

I don’t know much of anything about CZ. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

They are two chemically different materials. I believe CZ is zirconium oxide (someone correct me if I’m wrong) and Moissanite is silicon carbide. Both can be found in nature, but are generally made in labs. CZ is usually an 8.5 on the Mohs hardness scale and moissanite is a little above 9.

As for prices, I believe moissanite goes for around $500/ct. For CZ, it depends on where you get it. Every manufacturer has their own treatment process and places a different value on their brand of CZ

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

@SpringBride14:  It is pretty cool! According to a video I watched with the owner of the company that makes all lab-created Moissanite (Charles and Colvard), there’s only enough naturally occurring Moissanite in the world to make a 1ct pair of earrings. 

I forgot to mention, you probably have seen CZ. If you’ve ever gone to Khols, Target, Walmart, Claire’s, etc. and seen the cheap jewelry with a white stone in it, that’s almost definitely a CZ. However, the Bees who have CZ engagement rings have much higher quality ones. They also look more diamond-like than Moissy does. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

@mepayne:  unenhanced moissanite is J-K in color and enhanced is H. Just wanted to clarify because some people are very color sensitive (like myself!). 

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