Forever one vs amora vs hearts and arrow.
What is the difference between each?
Forever One is a colorless type of moissanite, made by Charles & Colvard. So think of that as the raw gemstone material, it comes in different cuts/shapes (including hearts and arrows round, for a time). The Amora Gem is also a colorless, or near colorless, type of moissanite, made by Better Than Diamond. The big difference with Amora Gems vs other moissanites is their premium cuts and their grading: each gem is graded by an independent lab, just like diamonds, so you know exactly the color, clarity, etc., of your individual stone. The premium round cut of an Amora Gem is a hearts & arrows style.
Hearts & Arrows is simply a cut style. It can be made with either Forever One or Amora Gem or any other gemstone. It is highly valued in diamonds and moissanites not because of a brand association, as the previous poster suggested lol, but because the H&A cut produces superior sparkle, light return, etc — basically a H&A moissanite or diamond will generally look much better than a more typical, inferior cut. The H&A cut is also relatively rare, in both diamonds and moissanites (I think something like only 2% of all diamonds are cut to this standard). Also, specifically for moissanites, they traditionally were cut (by Charles & Colvard) with a very flat crown with splintery facets, and may people don’t care for this look. So with the H&A moissanite you get a more diamond-like cut.
There is a third brand of colorless moissanite now available through Moissanite&Co which is a round H&A. It’s not F1 or the Amora Gem, it’s a third supplier, but the cut is fantastic by all reports.
There is also something called Supernova moissanite, grown and cut by yet another company, which is another brand of colorless moissy.
So for colorless moissanite you basically now have 4 options: 1. F1 (which is not necessarily well cut), 2. the H&As rounds from Moissanite&Co, 3. the Amora Gem (premium cut and various shapes), and 4. the Supernova (available in all shapes).
Is there one that is the best? Although it seems the amora is not being made and pretty much not available at all anymore?
The best is a very personal preference if you’re talking about aesthetics. Some Bees really like color and moodiness so they prefer classic moissanite. Personally I like white gems so I prefer the Amora Gem and other colorless moissanites. By all accounts the best you can currently get for a round gemstone is the newest Amora Gem because their cut is so good (Soaring Hearts, I think it’s called — stupid name imo lol but it looks exceptional). The Amora Gem is indeed still being made, in fact they seem to have just ramped up production again after a long delay, and they release new stock twice a week. However they are still in VERY high demand and sell out almost instantly, so you have to keep a close watch on their website if you want one. But I suspect that Moissanite&Co’s Hearts & Arrows stones look nearly as good (just a different style of the H&A cut). So personally I wouldn’t necessarily wait around for an Amora Gem if I simply wanted my ring NOW, lol.
The hearts and arrow seems to only be available in a round cut. Will a cushion cut hearts and arrow ever be available?
Yes Better Than Diamond makes H&A cushions. However I dunno if they’re restocking those at the moment as they are focusing on their new premium round cut. I wouldn’t ever hold my breath for Better Than Diamond — I have an Amora Gem and I love it, but the company has ridiculous wait times, they simply cannot keep up with demand and their gemstones really are very rare. I had a regular moissanite for FIVE YEARS while I waited for BTD to work out their production of the Amora Gems, lol. Worth the wait, though!!
So if you want a cushion cut I would check out a F1 cushion or a Supernova. I think Supernova can do a H&A cushion cut. And at least with the F1, you can order a gemstone to see for yourself in person through Moissanite&Co, and return it for free. Easy! That’s what I did initially because there are hardly any retail stores which carry premium moissanite. However there are some stores! Have a look on the BTD website for their retailers, maybe you’ll be lucky and happen to live next to a shop that has Amora Gems.