- 5 years ago
NOTE: Any comparisons made to diamonds are made simply as a communication tool to aid in describing the loose moissy as more people are familiar with diamonds and many of their features are very similar.
DH and I are working on another long term ring project (not sure if it’s a ering upgrade or another ring just yet). While we bought a diamond for my ering, we simply aren’t wealthy enough to afford the 1-5 larger stones we’d need for a couple of my ideas…yet. I’m currently waiting for the Amora gem with plans to utilize it in our future design but in the mean time I’m exploring my other options so I can make a sound decision when it’s released in the States. My goal in stone selection is to find something that has a cut and faceting that is pleasing to my eye, clear, and that performs well in both ambient and direct lighting. I ruled out white topaz due to it’s milky vice clear appearance. White sapphires were considered for a moment but I have not yet found a loose stone in a cut I love. CZ are out given their temporary nature, which is unfortunate.
I recently ordered a 1.5ct equivalent Forever Brilliant moissanite as the Amora moissies were still not in stock. While I’ve never seen the Amora in person I’m making the assumption that they probably aren’t terribly different, if at all, in appearance given they are both whitening treatments on the same stone.
*People aren’t lying when they say moissanites are insanely difficult to photograph. I’ve done the best I can and have been able to capture good representations but the in person view is still significantly better.
Stone arrived quickly and discreetly in a very lovely display case. The photo below was taken with ambient lighting in a dim room. Stone still glowed white through the case and the faceting was much sharper than pictured. Direct lighting made the stone too bright/white to be captured by my camera.
I’ve yet to come across a photo of a loose moissanite crown and I’ve always wanted to see it. Crown shot below:
The stone is very white and shows no signs of yellowing or tinting. Like a diamond, it will reflect strong colors in the environment but they are not overwhelmingly perceptible. Diamonds exhibit similar prism-like behavior in the right lighting and the moissy behaves in the same way. Over the next week I will be taking it on some field trips to experiment with lighting environments to see if this changes though I do not expect drastic differences. The photo below was taken with no flash, window light to the right and an overhead kitchen light to the left in the next room.
The next photo was taken with no flash, no overhead light, next to a window on a cloudy day. While this is not a face-up shot of the stone, the slight angling allows you to see the splintery faceting of the stone. This faceting reminds me of other round, white sapphires I’ve purchased in the past. Personally, I think it’s very beautiful but I don’t know if it tugs at my heart strings but this is mostly due to the fact that I’m still rather in love with H&A stones. The cut of the moissanite round does not lend itself to a lot of contrasting within the stone.
Below are some hand shots for those wanting a stone-finger ratio. I wear a 4.5 and the stone is a 1.5ct. Please note the general discoloring of the entire 1st photo and do not interpret the off stone color as actual stone tinting.
The stone is very sensitive to any light in the environment and will readily snap it up if it’s there.
It is a contender for our project. I will need further evaluation and a comparison to the Amora gem before we make a decision. At $699 for a 1.5ct stone, it is certainly a financially desireable option. It’s a very beautiful stone though I’ve not yet seen any of the fire I’ve read about after observing it in several different types of lighting around our home and outside. Another reason why I want to take it elsewhere- to view the fire. While it shares a lot of characteristics with diamonds, and at a quick glance could appear to be a diamond, it is still visibly not a diamond upon further study. I mention this for the sake of disclosure for those who are wanting an alternative stone but still love some aspects of diamonds. In addition to the faceting, culet and contrasting, the stone does not share the depth that can appear with a well-cut brilliant diamond. But this last difference is still barely perceptible. Nonetheless, it’s a solidly bright, white and beautiful stone.
A potential negative: In the original photo file of the stone in the case, and in person, the culet is visibly dark from a distance when viewing from the face-up position, through the table. This point dissapears depending on the light it’s being exposed to and its angle. Some people may never notice it, or may notice and find it to be a normal, pleasing aspect of the stone. For me, it takes on the appearance of a spot and I’ve not yet decided whether or not it’s something I could live with. If this were a diamond (I know it’s not) I would not purchase it as a dark culet is considered undesireable. But given the fact we aren’t spending 20K on this stone I am still considering whether or not I want a dark culet, especially since it’s NOT constantly visible.
Another potential negative: Under certain lights the table appears darker while the edges remain brighter. I suspect the pavilion angles might be a little too steep, or some other proportion is “not quite there” but, as an enthusiast and not a certified gemologist, I can’t say this is 100% the case. I can simply state that I observe a darkening in very specific lighting environments and someone not studying the stone may never, ever notice given that it disappears in a majority of environments.
I hope this information is helpful to anyone considering a moissy in the future. I will be updating this thread over the next week if I observe anything else worth noting before I send it back. That being said, you will need to actually order a stone for viewing to make a full personal desireability decision as explanations and crappy pictures only do half the job. And with zero restocking fees, you’d be silly not to.