(Closed) Moissanite …. what is it???

posted 6 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I saw a bad batch at a cheap jewelry store in an outlet mall once. It was green as hell. 

I can tell that that’s not the case for most moissanites though. Some of the ladies here have such beautiful stones!

You should google the Amora Gem. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Moissanite does exist in nature, but only in very small and rate quantities. Moissanite used in jewelry is manmade, but very much “real.” it’s also pretty offensive to call anyone’s choice in e-ring “fake” so I would consider editing your OP. Also, it’s very easy to google “what is moissanite” and you’ll get a very detailed and scientific explanation.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Moissanite’s Silicon Carbide.  Structurally, I’d imagine it’s similar to a diamond, since it’s crystallized silicon and carbon, though I don’t know this for a fact.  It’s very rare in nature, so it’s pretty much all manmade.  Being manmade doesn’t make it “fake”, as structurally it’ll be identical to natural moissanite.

 

It’s harder than sapphire but softer than diamond, so it’s extremely durable.  If you want to see pictures of it, check out moissanite threads on here or the moissanite threads on Better Than Diamond.  The ladies are all very helpful and very honest about what their moissanite looks like.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@mrssoontobeh:  Manmade stones are not fake if they’re structurally and chemically identical to their natural versions.  For example, I have a lab created sapphire.  It’s chemically and structurally identical to a natural sapphire.  The only difference is origin.  If I were to buy a piece of glass dyed blue to mimic a sapphire, that would be fake.  If you buy a lab created diamond (made of crystallized carbon), then you’re buying a real diamond.  If you buy a cz thinking it’s a diamond, or because you want it to pass as a diamond, that IS a fake diamond.  I’m not offended by  what you wrote, just letting you know there’s a distinction.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

@mrssoontobeh:  I have never seen it or heard of it before weddingbee.  But i have learned that “moissy” lovers are very sensitive to how it is characterized!!  I am not sure why people take it so personally.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Sunchick19:  I believe it’s because they love the beauty of the stone itself. It’s like people referring to a white sapphire as a fake diamond. I’m not a moissanite owner but that’s what I’ve gathered being here.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve heard that moissanite is more refractive than diamond and appears more brilliant. I love it, I would have been happy with a moissy ring. I do agree that fake is absolutely the wrong word to use. There are many lab created diamonds used for engagement rings and no one would consider those to be fake stones.

 

 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@mrssoontobeh:  I didn’t see controversy, just people trying to let you know that was an incorrect term and why.  You made a mistake that’s a pretty common one with people unfamiliar with gemstones, and that’s ok.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Moissanite was discovered by Henri Moissan in 1893. It is a naturally occuring stone that cannot be found or mined on earth. It was discovered in a meteor from outer space.

Because it is so rare, most commercially sold moissanite stones are grown/crystallized in a lab. The result is completely identical to the naturally occuring stone in chemical structure (thus it is not ‘fake’).

It is more durable than a diamond, yet not as hard (they are different categories). Plus it has more “fire” (higher refraction= more sparkly)

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have a moissy, it is super clear and pretty, and yes, it sparkles more than a diamond. 

 

here are pictures:

 

 

 

(it is dirty in this picture, but you get the point):

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