(Closed) Question about Moissanites

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Rainbowy sparkle’s one of moissanite’s qualities.  It’s not to everyone’s taste.  There are also different qualities of moissanite – many stores have greenish moissanite, while some of the newer stock/better quality moissanite is whiter – Shubach’s, Moissaniteco, and any moissanite with Amora or Forever Brilliant enhancement will have this.  If you don’t like the rainbows, though, then moissanite’s probably not for you.

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The ones I’ve seen online (have yet to see one in a store in person) are sometimes larger than it probably should be.  I think some retailers silently advertise them as a sub for diamonds and want to play on some people’s need for size and bling.  I think with anything, less is more.  

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Aquaria:  good quality moissanite shouldn’t be green – moissy can have a Mountain Dew color.  This is probably what you saw in stores.  You’ll probably have to look online for the stuff that’s closer to colorless.  Regardless of quality, the sparkle will have more rainbowyness than a diamond.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

Photos are not very telling for these kind of things. Any gem. Even video is not very helpful. Nothing comes close to matching first-hand experience looking at something in person to understand it.

This “un-photographability” of gems is personally very frustrating for me because I’m on the hunt for colored natural gems and there aren’t very many locally that I’m interested in… (very niche market so very few places carry them and they don’t carry many). Trying to find the right one online feels very much like gambling. I don’t like gambling.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Aquaria:  I have seen several in person that I ordered from Moissaniteco and Schubach. All were enhanced, Ring Bearer or OEC, and beautiful! 

Today I got a new ring that I bought on Ebay from Moissaniteco. The setting is gorgeous but the stone is very yellow and I don’t like it. I think I am going to keep the setting but replace the stone with a gemstone, I’m just trying to decide which. While I don’t think the size of the ring is huge, it is too big for an e-ring in my opinion. I prefer a e-ring to be understated but elegant, and so many settings these days look like they could be costume jewelry just by switching out the stone, if you know what I mean.

Also, this cushion cut that I got today is VERY rainbow-y, much much more than any of the other stones I looked at. I don’t know if its the cut or because it is unenhanced. It also looks a bit flat/glassy in certain lighting. If I keep it as a moissanite I would like to replace it with an anitque cushion cut, but all I can find of those are unenhanced. 

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Mine is really rainbow-y. So much so that I slightly regret buying it. I was planning to upgrade to a diamond, and was going to get an Asha, but I saw such rave reviews about moissanite, and not to bash it, I honestly love my stone, but it is way too flashy.

I went into a department store yesterday and was looking at solitaire rings, and there was one that looked virtually identical to my moissy stone, and it was a CZ. And when I mean identical, I mean I could not see a difference at all, and neither could the jeweler, because she asked if mine was a CZ due to the rainbow flashes.

The pictures I saw on the bee showed such nice, white stones, but mine is probably in an IJK colour range (I chose the Forever Brilliant enhancement as well), and I can easily see yellow in it, compared to my old J colour diamond, which hardly showed colour.

The only light I think it looks white in is regular daylight. At work it’s rainbow-y because of the fluorescent lighting.

If you are planning to keep it as a forever stone, the rainbow effect may not bother you. But if you are planning to upgrade to a diamond, the rainbow effect will be unwanted.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Mine fires rainbows but only in certain lights (really only under halogen lights). In my office we have flourescent lights and it’s pretty much all white. Outside in the sun it flashes a little, but it’s white. Everywhere it’s basically white, except under halogen.

I love it under halogen, though. Maybe it’s because I don’t see it often?

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@akirasan:  what cut and size stone do you have if you don’t mind me asking?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@peonyinlove:  I have a 1.5ct round brilliant.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Mine doesn’t really show color that often, sometimes it does but I don’t really notice it. I just got a regular unenhanced stone from moissaniteco.

It does sparkle like crazy and it is very rainbow-y which is what I LOVE about it. I get a ton of compliments from customers (I work at Crate&Barrel) about how sparkly it is or how pretty it is. It’s a quarter carat equivalent, if that helps : )

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

@Aquaria:  actually moissanite is marketed as a diamond substitute. That’s why it has typically been measured in diamond equivalency weight and compared color wise using the diamond scale. (although the current marketing is trying to get away from that)

The synthetic silicon carbide that is actually what moissanite is made from has been altered/changed to become whiter and more diamond like. All moissanite is created as there is no natural gem quality moissanite nor has there ever been. That being said, moissanite is still beautiful, durable and at 1/20 the price of a similar sized,quality, conflict free diamond, very, very budget friendly.

However to get back to your original question, I agree about the photographing issue. In addition, store lighting is notorious for emphasizing sparkle. The photo of moissanite rings on this website are posted in “normal”/”typical” lighting which typically downplays moissanites high refractive index and doubling effects. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@gemgirl6:  I’d always read and heard that moissanite was originally found naturally in a crater somewhere, don’t remember where. It was mistaken for a diamond at first but then was found to be moissanite. The reason they make all the moissanite now is because there isn’t enough natural moissanite on Earth to make jewelry. It’s thought that, or maybe they know, it’s from metorites.

Is that just companies making stuff up? I’ve always believed it. Love my stone regardless : )

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