Post # 1
I thought I’d read somewhere that moissanites have imporved over the last few years. They are now whitter since when they first came out? Is this true? Is Amora that much better? Has anyone compared a standard moissanite to a Amora side by side? I’ve also heard that Amora voids the warranty.
What’s the new moissanite coming out in a few years? Is it Mira? Will it be that much of an improvement?
I’m worried about buying a moissanite for two reasons:
1) too sparkly (but if I get 6 thicker prongs on a custom made solitaire, maybe it’ll cut down on the fake sparkle?)
2) too yellow (maybe that’s not a concern with the curent moissanite?)
What is the best company to buy a loose moissanite from?
Post # 3
My best friend just got a 1.5 amora moissanite, and while its GORGEOUS, it def doesnt look exactly like a diamond. A more “gray” tint than a diamond and VERY VERY VERY sparkly.
The new amora GEM that’s coming out (not moissanite) will supposedly look exactly like a diamond as far as cut/color.
Post # 4
@october22: too sparkly? What kind of a setting is her stone in? I was hoping for 6 heavy prongs to help hide some of the stone to cut down on the sparkle.
Post # 5
It sparkles more than a diamond, but I don’t think it’s so much more that in a way that’s bad. It’s not going to sparkle in every type of light either, just like a diamond wouldn’t. The Amora process makes regular moissanite a few grades better in color. Unehanced moissanite is whiter than it was years ago. Recently, Charles & Colvard announced they are enhancing new moissanite with a process they call Forever Brillant. This process makes them even whiter, but not as white as Amora.
Amora voids the C&C warranty, but if you read the fine print, they warranty only the optical properties of the gemstone. It also states not to contact them for warranty related issues but to contact the company from which it is purchased
If you want to see side by side comparisons of unhanced and Amora, you should visit the forums at betterthandiamond.com as there are a few posts there comparing the two.
Post # 6
It sounds to me like you really just want a diamond. A moissanite does not look exactly like a diamond, especially when it’s in full sparkle mode (recessed lighting makes the most sparkle for mine). It has been mistaken for a diamond, however. One of the best features of the moissanite is the sparkle (and I don’t consider it ‘fake’), so I’m unsure as to why you would want to hide it. Some CZ’s look very similar to a diamond. Maybe you should check those out.
Post # 7
@dirtdigger: It’s definitely REALLY sparkly. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful.. but just waaay more sparkly than any diamond I’ve ever seen. Hers is a 1.5 round in a 6 prong ritani solitaire setting. If you want it to look just like a diamond I suggest waiting for the amora gem to come out (it will be available in other countries this summer!). Supposedly it’s going to be F color, flawless and hearts and arrows cut!
Post # 8
I would also suggest checking out Ashas if you want it to look and sparkle more like a diamond.
Post # 9
Well, too yellow is subjective. I love my unenhanced moissanite as it IS warm and did not want treatment! I do not like white-white stones.
Amora treatment brings moissanite up a couple colour grades (in a round to a G/H, lower for fancies), but has no effect on the higher brilliance or “sparkle”. It voids the C&C warranty but you get other protections anyway from the vendors, and the C&C warranty was more of a mind-clean thing for people really who were uncertain about moissanite longer term, yet there is no reason to be anymore now that it is no longer so new. It is kind of useless in that it does not protect against loss, damage, etc. That is what insurance is for.
The Amora Gem will be an F colour, and the rounds will be cut to H&A. They will also have other fancy cuts not available in moissanite now. However, it will actually have more “sparkle” apparently than even moissanite It is not available for a while longer yet, depending on patents, etc.
Your 6 prong setting will not really reduce the sparkle, as the light enters & refracts and reflects through the top. I really do not see the extra brilliance/fire as a negative though! I love it!
My moissanite does perform different than a diamond, but it is also different from one lighting condition to the next, sometimes lots of fire, sometimes just very bright white light return, sometimes warmer and just showing its fun faceting. Diamonds also perform differently across different conditions, but still different than diamond. Some can tell, others cannot.
Honestly, if you want something very similar to diamond, you are better going with an Asha or a diamond itself. Get moissanite only as you want moissanite.
The posters at BTD can answer all your moissanite/Amora/Amora Gem/Asha questions and even show side by side comparisons.
Post # 10
Yeah, I was going to suggest Asha also if you’re looking for a “diamond” appearance..
Post # 11
moissy is way more durable than asha though. i’ve seen a 9yr old asha that is cloudy around the facets. i woulkd rather go for something that stands the test of time. and mosisy seems to do that.
Post # 12
How exactly is the sparkle “fake”? It’s not a pretend diamond it’s an entirely different gemstone.
I prefer more sparkle but if I decided diamonds were fake moissanite because they weren’t sparkly enough I think some people would be quite upset.
I have a CZ stunt double six prong ring in silver with very thick prongs to keep the gem secure in the softer metal, it doesn’t seem to do anything to reduce the sparkle. If you are looking for something that is the same as a diamond i’d suggest Asha because Ashas are supposed to look like diamonds, moissanite just happens to be a colourlessish gemstone and like white sapphire, and various quartz and crystals it got sucked into the black hole of the special snowflake syndrome that diamonds have been struck with through no fault of their own XD
Post # 13
I wish I knew someone with a moissanite….I’d love to see this sparkle up close and personal.
Post # 15
I agree that it sounds like you want a diamond.
I have an amora moissy and it shows a lot of color, often. It also has a warm tone in overcast weather and sparkles like mad. I love it and its perfect for me, but I don’t think moissanite is a good choice for people who want a diamond or something that looks exactly like one.
^This is an unedited picture of it picking up the green of the trees I was near. I have never seen a diamond do that.
Post # 16
I’ve decided I don’t want a diamond. But, I’d rather have a diamond than a moissanite that people think is a fake diamond. It’s hard to put myself into words.
I’m fine telling people it’s moissanite, I just don’t want them thinking I’m trying to fake a diamond. I appreciate the fact that moissanite is it’s own stone. I don’t see it as a fake diamond, but I don’t like the idea that people think I’m faking it.
However, I guess it doesn’t matter because I look at people’s rings everyday and wonder if they’re real diamonds (especially when it gets into a larger stone). So, I could get a diamond and still have people wonder if it’s real. It seems to be loose loose, or win win! Depending what way you look at it 🙂
Do many people out there have a moissanite and have strangers ask “is that thing real?” Visa versa too, does anyone have a diamond (say 1 carat or less) and get asked if it’s real?