- 3 years ago
After spending almost a year trying to find a stone for my engagement ring I could be happy with, I thought I would share my experience and my opinions on each of the stones. I personally have seen all of the following:
Charles and Colvard Moissanite Classic
Charles and Colvard Forever One Moissanite
MoissaniteCo Hearts and Arrows Cut Colorless Moissanite
Amora Gem Ultra
Amora Gem Soaring Hearts (not the Soaring Hearts Eternity)
G Color SI GIA Graded Diamond
For those who want to know which I think is the best diamond like stone out of all the simulants I’ve listed above, the short answer is the Diamonna. I’ll explain why below. However, for those who want to know which I preferred the best, the answer is the Amora Gem Ultra. The explanation why is also below.
The Moissanite Classic and the MossaniteCo Hearts and Arrows did not compare to the fire and brilliance of the Forever One, Amora Gem Ultra, or Diamonna. However, the H&A gem that MossaniteCo sent me had terrible axle symmetry and was not close to a real H&A cut stone at all. I’m sure they could have better quality stone, but buying a stone from them is kinda like a luck of the draw. Unless you have the patience to keep returning them until you get a stone you like, you may end up with a poor cut stone.
The Amora Gem Soaring Hearts had issues all on it’s own. The Soaring Hearts reflected light in pin fire flashes which caused the stone to “glitter” rather than “sparkle” in my opinion. When the stone was in normal indoor lighting, the stone had good light return but ultimately tended to look flat.
The Forever One, the Amora Gem Ultra, and the Diamonna were very comparable from a fire and brilliance standpoint. The difference between these three is ultimately cut.
The Forever One does not have a H&A cut pattern. The cut and flashes of light are more splintery looking, but to my eyes just as sparkly as the Amora Gem Ultra or the Diamonna. However, when you view this stone from the side, the shallow crown will differentiate this stone from a diamond.
The Amora Gem Ultra has very chunky arrows compared to a H&A cut diamond. However, these chunky arrows enabled larger flashes of light which gave me the impression that this gem was more sparkly than the others, but by a very narrow margin. Because I don’t care about passing off my stone as a diamond and I really like having a Hearts and Arrows cut stone, I honestly like this stone the best. However, they don’t sell these anymore.
The Diamonna does have a true Hearts and Arrows cut pattern. While these stone may not be cut to the accuracy and degree that the Amora gems are, the cut is pretty close to ideal. I have confirmed this through pictures of my gem through an idealscope and also through staring at the stone through a loupe. The size/thickness of the arrows in the Diamonna are much closer to that of a normal diamond. The flashes of light from the Diamonna are slightly smaller than the Amora Gem Ultra, but very frequent when you sparkle or twirl the stone. Everything here is why I personally think the Diamonna is the most comparable diamond like sim I’ve come across.