Post # 1
Like alot of other bees, I had never heard of moissanite prior to this site and I have become fascinated by it.
I had to see one for myself so I recently bid and won a moissanite on eBay from India for under $20 – woo hoo!
My question is this: What’s the difference between the moissanites on MoissaniteCo vs the cheap ones from India?
I noticed alot of the India ones were labeled “off white/yellow” in color but the price different from the MoissaniteCo are HUGE – so besides color are there other quality differences? Are the India ones as durable as the other? Do they rate the same on the hardness scale?
Thanks in advance for any insight – my inquire-y mind wants to know!
(Will post of pic of it on my break!)
Post # 2
In my experience, the Charles and Colvard moissanite is a much nicer colour and cut. I have 4 or so eBay moissanite, and the “off white” ones I got are super yellow, I did get a couple pretty blues though. Some have had better luck though, there’s a thread about the ebay moissanites and some are super gorgeous. It’s hit or miss, I guess.
Post # 3
My experience has been similar to kimmybee77’s. For the duration of Charles & Colvard’s patent, they had many years to perfect their formula and cuts to maximize brilliance. While generic moissys are being created elsewhere, they seem to fall short of C&C’s standards. Some are very pretty, but the C&C moissys remain unparalleled in their standards from what I’ve thus far seen.
Post # 4
Here are some examples of the differences. The moissanite with the band is a 7.5 mm Charles and Colvard moissy. I’ve had it for nearly 20 years and it still has an intense sparkle. It’s the Forever Classic, unenhanced, and with a slight tinge of green under certain lighting. It’s bright white in sunlight.
The one just above is one of the “off-white” moissys from India, 8.74 mm. It has a much larger table than equivalents in its size, which affects its refractive properties, hence its brilliance. It is still a pretty stone, and the cuts were well done, albeit disproportionately. But it fails to meet C & C’s standards and not nearly as brilliant.
The moissy at the very top is a grey moissanite, just under 8.5 mm. While lovely in its own right, especially if you like the darker steely color, again it too fails to meet standards established by Charles & Colvard. But some may really like this color, it has a nice sparkle, and is quite unique.
The same three stones with a flash of light…..
Post # 5
This is an 8.5 mm (2.5 carat equivalent) Charles & Covard Forever Brilliant moissanite:
Again, the same 8.5 mm C & C FB moissy when hit with a flash of light:
Note: FYI ~ There’s a sale in effect at MoissaniteCo right now, if interested. But I’m not trying to discourage you from purchasing moissanites from India. While different from Charles & Colvard’s moissys, not everyone wants as much sparkle or whiteness, and can appreciate the warmer stones for their own beauty. I hope you enjoy the ones you have.
Post # 6
I’ve only got the e-bay a 6mm green/blue 7.5mm blue/brown (really lovely color) and I’m a little sad with the lack of sparkle. I can tell the cut is all sorts of off. Oh well I think I spent $30 total on both.
Post # 7
I just realized that I did not answer your question regarding hardness or durability. I’ve not had the moissys from India for very long, so can’t say how well they hold up. But all moissys, whether C&C or those from elsewhere should be the same hardness and durability if they are true moissys . . . that’s to say if they’re composed of Silicon Carbide (what moissanite is made of).
Post # 8
My engagement ring and soitaire earrings I have are both charles and colvard moissanites so I’m a huge fan of them. I’m also a huge fan of India moissanites and have a good collection of them. The problem with the India moissys are that they can be really hit or miss, especially with color and cut but in the end it’s not that big of a deal due to the price. I have two sellers that I consistently buy from due to their cuts and colors and when I look at them with my jewelers loop, the cut is usually decent to good but not great like a c and c moissy. All my India moissys have also tested as diamonds which a real moissy will do.
I have set a few of my India moissys into sterling silver settings on my own and I wear them and enjoy them but have only come across a few that I would seriously consider asking my jeweler to set into a quality setting.
I can’t really comment on hardness and durability since I have only worn a ring I set one of the india moissys into a few times. The ring got banged around a lot and it was fine. I will say that due to the cut on them not being as good as C and c…they don’t sparkle as much in comparison but they still sparkle a LOT.
As far as colors go, the white yellow ones I have are more yellow than anything. The whitest ones I’ve seen are usually labeled off white but even then, they are not as white as a C and C moissy. I included some pictures of some of my best india moissys.
Fancy Grey that is currently set into a pendant
Fancy blue. These two happen to match very close. May have them set into earrings
Two off white rounds. Hard to tell from pics but one is warmer and the other is quite off white.
Post # 9
I have 2 moico and 9 ebay india moissanites. For collection purpose or earring/pendent ebay ones are fine but for engagement pls go with moico…. The ones i got from india are very inconsistent in terms of colour/clarity/cut. The description are not very accurate and even 2 stones with the same description may turn out to be very different.
i have an ideal scope at home and the ebay ones are not cut very well, 8 out of 9 have light leakages at the center area. However i collect for fun and at eye-view they still look sparkly however moico stones still look more sparkly and brighter with better cut.
Post # 10
The cut seems to be really hit or miss with the India moissys. I’ve never purchased the off white ones so I can’t speak on color. I’ve bought several ebay moissys and only a few were what I’d consider pretty enough to use for jewelry. Here are my favorites
Light yellow emerald cut (it has a slight green ting to it)
Light brown/champagne round brilliant. This is my absolute favorite and I have plans to set it in a yellow gold bezel solitaire rhr
Post # 11
I have seen some stones from India that are not marked off white, and marked colorless but the price jumps to over $250 for a good 2carat, still a lot lower than C&C, I am wondering if any has bought this and have pics and reviews
Post # 12
Kindly PM me the contacts of the eBay sellers.
Post # 13
I’ve personally purchased pretty nice green and blue moissys from ebay but they never arrived as pictured! It’s a fun little hobby though (uh-um – obsession!).
If you’re looking for durable moissanite that comes with a lifetime warranty for a lesser price, zen moissanite are currently having a 20% sale off their moissys from what I saw on their instagram page. Their moissys are made of the same silicone carbide than C&C’s moissanites.
Here’s the link : https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ZenMoissanite?coupon=BLACKFRIDAY20
Post # 14
I’ve purchased many large carat sized moissanites from ebay. I’ve also almost always sold them back. Not because they weren’t gorgeous, just because I never got around to re-setting them. diamondforest and jewelmart7 have a nice selection. Theres an ebay moissanite thread [part 1 and 2] you may want to jump into. Also you should be able to make an offer on the larger carat sizes. If you can’t don’t bother because they aren’t worth the price tag.
Post # 15
Unfortunately after calling Charles and colvard who told me
all of their stones even if sold to a second party to set the stones (all stones come with a certificate and warranty for quality of stone for the buyer. All of their moissanite is made in nc their company holds all the rights to.)
charles and colvard told me I can request for a jewelry store to use a moissanite tester is not the same as a diamond tester. After calling around I found a place near my home and when I took all 3 rings there the two off Etsy were fake (came with no certificate or warranty.)
but the Charles and colvard amazon ring that did come with a warranty and certificate registered as real moissanite with a moissanite tester from a jewelry store.
I got dooped with the moissanite made