(Closed) Does Anyone Else Want Unenhanced Moissanite?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@noenyu: I’m not sure exactly how the play of color from the sparkle would be affected if it were enhanced. I just know that I loooove the rainbows that my moissanite shoots out and I would certainly miss that if I didn’t have it! Of course every enhanced moissy I’ve seen on WB is absolutely gorgeous, too.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mine is unenhanced, and I wouldn’t trade it. Maybe I don’t have a really sensitive eye for stone color, but I don’t see anything in it that I don’t like! I only pass it off as diamond in that I don’t have the whole moissanite conversation with EVERYONE who looks at it, just the people who would be interested.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@ChickN: That’s the same size as mine! (1.5CT/7.5mm)

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have a Mira and it still sparkles like crazy! In overcast weather, it still has a beautiful almost buttery look and even a teensy bit of the lightest green! I love it!

 

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Re: the Mira comparison thread linked above, the rings the older moissanite are set in are yellow gold. I can’t help but wonder what it would look like if they had set the Mira and the regular moissanite in white gold or platinum, basically for a truly equal comparison. I say this because my unenhanced moissy picks up on colors like crazy no matter what the lighting. I really feel like the settings can influence the colors we see in the stones. In fact, my jeweler set my moissy in a special white gold alloy he’d formulated to help the moissy seem whiter. I personally love the rainbow effect and how it shifts colors, almost like a diaspore, depending on the lighting. I don’t try to pass mine off as a diamond, though I imagine most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference especially on brief inspection. Moissy love! (Sorry for the big pics!)

 

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m not sure about this, but doesn’t the ehnancement involve some kind of coating? 

I’m not a fan of anything being coated, because it seems that after years of wearing, it will wear off. I might be wrong about this (and feel free to correct me) but I just don’t see how it could be permanent.  I’m talking after many years or a lifetime of wear.

Of course moissys in general are still relatively new, so soemtimes I wonder how long our unenhanced moissanites will stand up to the test of time. Hopefully they are as good as they say, keeping my fingers crossed!

so, if enhanced does mean it has a coating, then I would personally choose unenhanced, because I don’t want any chance of anything that could wear off over time. I like the idea of a stone being totally uniform all the way through, from the surface to the center. 

My white gold rings are not rhodium plated for this same reason. I’m not interested in ever getting it redipped, that’s too much maintenance and fuss for me (and I think they look just fine the way they are.)

 

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@pfinarffle: Can we see a profile of that setting? It is so cool!

I have unenhanced moissanite for my stud earrings and love them! For rounds, I would not pay the premium for enhanced. In a fancy shape I might, depending. Here are some not so great pictures of my earrings by themselves and alongside my M color diamond for comparison.

 

 

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@janie-janie:I think the first type of enhancement was a coating (someone please correct me if I’m wrong) but now it’s some sort of process that changes the molecular structure.

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

*EDIT: sorry for repeat post!

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@janie-janie: Some enhanced stones had their bottom sides coated. The Amara/Mira process puts the stones under extremely high pressures to whiten the color by strengthening the carbon bonds. Not sure if this is permanent. I believe it is. Coatings can definitely come off if heated, say for example duriing a jewelry repair.

I have no doubt that moissy will last as long if not longer than diamond. Why? For one thing, moissy has the exact same type of chemical bonds as diamond (covalent). The only difference is that moissy is carbon=silicon at times, whereas diamond is mostly just carbon=carbon. Beyond the chemistry, though. moissy is a synthetic stone. (It’s too rare in nature to be mined for jewelry.) Since it’s synthesized, it doesn’t have diamond’s natural cracks and inclusions that can cause stones to break/chip etc. A huge plus for all synthetic gems!

@Over the Moon: Thanks for the compliments! My husband had the ring custom made. The jeweler liked it so much he sells “copies” on eBay. I know there’s at least 1 other person out there with my ring! Here’s the eBay listing. I love how you can see the prongs reflectng in the high cathedral-like shoulders… Have to get a profile pic of my own to explain… (Too bad I didn’t get around to cleaning it in the past week so excuse the grime!)

 

Post # 31
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@pfinarffle: cool, thanks for the info!

The Amara/Mira process puts the stones under extremely high pressures to whiten the color by strengthening the carbon bonds. 

that sounds like it would change the stone all the way through, not just the surface. good to know. I would definitely look into it if I ever get a large moissanite. 

to the OP: like other bees have said, I would get a loose unenhanced stone and examine it in lots of different light situations – esp yellowish lighting. they sound pretty, I think I like the idea of them looking a little warm in color. 

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