Post # 17
@Jeravae: hmmm, interesting. I know someone who has one from JTV in silver, think it was the fire and it’s truely beautiful!. All moissanite is created from synthetic silicon carbide in the same exact factory. Some moissante receives additional treatment to make it whiter more like a colorless diamond color (forever brilliant or amora) However that treatment is always disclosed and even costs alittle extra. I’ve see the C&C owner on JTV as a guest hawking his own wares!
Post # 18
@gemgirl6: You’re right about the enhancement, but I’m actually talking about a moissanite that starts with a lower quality rough. Up until about a year ago, it hasn’t really been offered before. It’s fiarly recent, and only a couple of companies are offering it. One eBay store, and JTV are all that I know about.
C and C were keeping the lower quality rough back because they wanted to keep the brand clean with a good reputation. When the new CEO stepped in, a few things changed. This being one of them.
Anyway, I just wanted to let people know that there is a lower quality out there, and the easy way to identify it in most cases is that it’s called “Fire” Or G1; and the high quality stones that we are used to seeing, is sometimes being described as VG.
Post # 19
There is definitely some lower quality moissanite and rough that it comes from. If I were you, I would order what you want from schubachs as they hand pick the best stones there are, and then just return if you don’t like it. Super easy and then you can see it for yourself.
Post # 20
@Jeravae: thanks for the info. Hmmm, the use of the word “rough” is confusing. “Rough” is a term used for raw genuine natural gemstones ie chunks of turqoise or quartz etc from the ground before polishing.. Moissanite is not an actual gemstone, its all man made from synthetic silicon carbide in a factory, so no actual “rough” exists. (or has ever existed as no gem quality moissanite has ever existed)
Are you saying that some of the moissante made from the synthetic silicon carbide is found to be defective (ie not made correctly)because of processing/creation method?, or is the factory using substandard synthetic silicon carbide to make it? It would be understandable that either of those scenarios would lead to the end product being defective/substandard.
Post # 21
@nkwu22: I hadn’t thought at all about gold vs silver, I was too occupied with the stone! Thanks for pointing that out. Annnd this is why I’m here 🙂
Post # 22
@BlondeMissMolly: Have you worked with Schubach’s in person? But either way, did you have a good experience with them? It looks like they have a location not terribly far from LA, I’m wondering if it’s worth the trek.
Post # 23
@gemgirl6: moissanite and other synthetic gems are also grown as rough and then cut and polished. Just like natural gems, the quality of rough for moissanite varies (which is why some look much more attractive than others).
I did order a barely pink moissanite from them a while back that I ended up returning because there are some properties of moissanite I just don’t care for personally, but the reason I would recommend them is because I haven’t seen any moissanite from them be near as yellow or glassy as that from other retailers. Since they don’t sell only moissanite, they are much more careful about what stones they use, whereas other retailers who only sell moissanite need to sell all their inventory, which includes some less attractive stones. Anyway, I had no issues ordering or returning it.
Post # 24
So I just went to my guy in Downtown LA to look at some moissanite — ended up with a 10x8mm (3 carat) and it is AWESOME!!! Great price – less than I have seen advertised anywhere (about 20% less). I will try to figure out how to post a pic…
Post # 25
@newbie_bee: hey, I realize this is an older thread but in case you still haven’t pulled the trigger and purchased online, icing on the ring is in downtown LA and sell moissy. It’s in a building by hill & 6th – up on L.4 I think? Great selection and will custom make anything as well. Xx