(Closed) Moissanite coloring

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Are you wanting to pass the stone off as a diamond?

I’ve heard from ladies on the boards that enhanced moissanite is colorless.

However, if you are upgrading your ring to a larger stone (i.e. a stone lager than you could afford in a diamond) people may be more curious about it.

From what I’ve seen Moissanite is gorgeous, but if you go with moissantie don’t pass it off as a diamond. Own your choice. It is its own beautiful stone.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

The body color of moissanite depends on two factors: The shape and whether or not it’s enhanced.

Even regular round brilliant moissanites are pretty white. Cushion cut moissanites also face up quite white. The reason for this is that those two cuts allow for a lot of light to be reflected from the stone. The more light being reflected, the more white the stone looks. Fancy cuts like pear or oval tend to show a lot more body color.

These days, moissanite can be “enhanced” to be whiter. This is done with extreme heat, it’s not a coating on the stone or something like that. An enhanced moissanite looks 2-3 shades lighter than an un-enhanced stone.

Here is a picture, enhanced on the right:

Here is a picture of a radient enhanced. You can see it makes a big difference for that shape:

if you’re worried about color, get round brilliant stones and get your center stone enhanced. My 1.5ct enhanced round brilliant moissanite looks very white 99% of the time (It does look a little buttery in the car for some reason, but that is the only time it does). I definitely see no green in the stone at all. I looked at my stone next to a G color diamond and it looked the same. The way I see it, if you were going to buy a diamond graded H or lower (many people do), you might as well go moissy.

Also, moissanite looks a lot like a diamond. So far only two people have seen my stone (besides my SO and I) and they were both 100% convinced it was a diamond. They didn’t doubt it for a second. Also, my finished ring was held at the Canadian custom’s office when being shipped back to me because they didn’t believe it wasn’t a diamond and thought we were trying to get out of paying the proper fees. They didn’t believe us until we showed them our receipt from Moissanite & Co. lol.

Also, if you want to pass off a moissy as a diamond, go right ahead. That’s what my SO and I are doing. It’s no one’s business but yours. I agree with the PP though, if you get a stone that is unbelievably big, people may not, well, believe it lol.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

@DeathByDesign:  PS pics please!  I don’t think I have ever seen yours.

And like DBD said, enhancing over a certain size is a great idea. The guys over at moissantiteco.com told me anything over 1ct will benefit greatly from the enhancing.

Post # 6
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5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

@heather25: Here is a video of mine. 🙂 It’s been set now, but I haven’t seen the finished ring! My SO won’t show it to me until he “officially” proposes.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

So pretty!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Mine is a Ring Bearer, 7mm, and enhanced. It shows no color whatsoever and I was checking it in every possible light situation when I first got it. They say only larger stones need enhanced and it depends on the cut you want. 

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 1996

I just want to say that deathbydesign is Spot on! Moissanite can be enchanced by heat which will make the clarity better but what ever you choose, choose it because you want to.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I purchased a loose moissanite cushion as a stunt double for when we go overseas soon, and the colour was horrible. It was enhanced and 1ct, it looked like a greeny yellow colour I sent it back the same day. If you go moissanite makes sure you buy from a company with a good returns policy such as moissaniteco, and I would suggest you stick with a round. Order a loose stone and see if you like it first, because moissy defers in colour in different lighting.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Anyone else willing to share pictures? I’d love to see more!

Post # 14
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Wannabee

Hi all. After discussing with my girlfriend, I bought an enhanced 7.5mm (1.5 ct. equivalent) moissanite and had it set in the #671 Tiffany setting from Excel Diamonds. It’s stunning.

I’m planning to write a full review of the product and process, but for now, here are my thoughts. First, the enhanced moissanite is colorless to very near-colorless. I’ve looked at non-enhanced stones extensively, and I’ve been unhappy with the greenish tinge. The enhanced stone almost never shows any of that. Occasionally there is a hint of it, but so far that has only occurred when the surrounding environment was also yellow/green. This stone does tend to pick up the colors of its environment. That may also be typical of diamonds; I’m not sure.

Second, under most lighting conditions, the stone looks frosty, icy white — just like the platinum it’s set in. 

Third, the moissanite is incredibly similar to diamond. No, I do not think it will fool a competent jeweler. But I do think any layperson is going to be hard-pressed to find a noticeable difference. I studied a 2ct. moissanite (non-enhanced) against a 2ct. diamond for nearly two hours and, other than the color, I just couldn’t reliably tell them apart.

Unfortunately, I’m limited to cell phone pictures right now. I’ll try to get a real camera and post better images later. 

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