- 7 months ago
- Wedding: October 2020
I am looking into getting a Charles and Colvard, Forever One, colorless, round brilliant center stone that is between 1.5 to 2 carat equivalent (7.5-8mm). I am hoping people with similar stones will chime in about their honest opinions. I am not looking for a diamonds vs moissanite debate. I want to manage my own expectations and prepare myself for the worst.
I’ve seen several posts about how the C and C lifetime warranty is “useless” and the card they send you doesn’t even match the stone. Anyone have a problem getting their stones replaced? Company trying to weasel their way out and claiming a certain defect isn’t covered by the warranty? If you got the stone from a jeweler, do you deal with the jeweler to replace the stone or do you have to deal with C and C directly? This is especially important to me because moissy can get scratched or chipped, and I want the company to honor a lifetime warranty. Any experiences dealing with the warranty would be highly appreciated.
-film or stain or oil slick
I read a lot of complaints about the stone building up a “film” that causes a “stain” or an “oil slick” even with regular cleaning. ???? I am hoping this is just an issue with the Old European Cut from C and C, that’s what the threads seemed to imply. Any issues with this on your moissy? I’d appreciate details on the cut, brand, line, size so I can see if this is a problem unique to just one type of cut.
I looked at a moissanite yesterday. The last time I had seen moissanite had been several months ago. I held up the ring, examined the stone from the side, and it had this plastic-y sheen to it. Instead of looking clear, it almost had this prism like dullness to it that made it look cheap.
When I first saw moissanite, I may or may not have noticed this, I have a hard time remembering. At the time, I was so excited about actually getting to see moissanite and finally looking at rings with the bf.
Maybe it’s because it was an old, grimy, discontinued moissanite at an outlet. Maybe it was the large size that made it noticable. Either way, it was very disappointing. The table sparkled beautifully, so it couldn’t have been that dirty.
I am aware that a moissanite sparkles differently. It doesn’t have the crisp depth of a high quality diamond. That is ok with me. I’d like to know if your moissanite has some sort of prismy sheen that makes it appear as if your gem is not completely clear. (Think sparkling clean glass as opposed to glass that has grown a bit dull, but still reflects some light.) I’d love specs, brand, etc.
On one site I read that you should stay within 1 carat if you don’t want your moissy to look too “funky” or “noticably different” from a diamond. On another site, the author says stay under 3 carats.
What kind of “additional” or “different” properties does a moissy take on the bigger you go, and what size seems to be a comfortable cutoff to avoid any obvious differences?
The consensus seems to be that the bigger the stone, the more noticable the rainbow sparkle and the color changes in the stone (it will reflect the colors of the surroundings.) I think those qualities are awsome. What I am really worried about is the sheen/dull glass look/plasticy look I saw yesterday. This would affect what size I get, although I’m sure there wouldn’t be a huge difference between a 1.5 and 2 carat.
Thanks for your time, everyone!