Post # 1
I have been comparing these stones for a RHR or pendant and just want to get some input from those of you who chose Moissanite over Amora Gem or vice versa. What impacted your choice?
I am leaning towards the Amora Gem because of color and H&A cut, but am a little wary because on this board it seems that Moissanite is overwhelmingly the popular choice.
Any input is much appreciated!
Post # 2
I think moissanite is more popular because it is cheaper and has been available for years while the Amra gem is newer and more expensive. I’m getting a Forever Brilliant moissanite because it is cheaper but durable. I will be replacing it in a few years with a 1 ct very good quality real diamond. If I was keeping a simulant forever, would choose the Amora gem over the FB moissanite, it is whiter, more diamond like in cut, not as shallow ie “blurry” facets and doesn’t have the oil stain (that we know yet!) that alot of moissanite gets.
tldr: get the amora gem!
Post # 3
I chose an Amora Gem because they looked much crisper on the inside than moissanites. Plus the rainbow/oil sheen moissanites can get after awhile left me feeling oogy haha. I don’t want to deal with that and I haven’t heard of anyone having that issue with an AG (It better stay that way lol). Plus having a stone that isn’t moody made me feel more comfortable because all I was looking for in a diamond alt was something white, crisp, sparkly and BIG. If it was green/grey/yellow it might disappoint me. I’ve see moissanites in person though and I still drool, LOVE all that sparkle. Friggin gorgeous. For their price they are totally worth it. AG’s are a bit more costly for a right hand ring.
Best of luck choosing 🙂
Post # 4
Here are my thoughts which I had previously posted on BTD.
“Overall, given the options on the market, the AG is my best option for the following reasons:
1) Cost/Size: I’m able to get a 10+mm gemstone at a reasonable cost. (rules out natural diamonds)
2) Durability/Wear: I need something that can come close to, or even meet the wear resistance of a diamond. (Rules out CZ/Asha)
3) Color: I want my center stone to appear as colorless as possible. I dont like the green/yellow tinge that moissys have, and how moody they can be. Nor how discoball-y they can appear to look. They also tend to have a weird crystalline strucutre IMO that I can see with my naked eye (Rule moissys out)
I believe that leaves an ultra AG. It may not be perfect, but it can def serve as my right now center-stone for my ER, and it should be able to do so for years to come.
Again, I dont have much experience with diamonds, but from what I’ve seen and know, I’m very much still enamored with my AG! “
I’ve had my AG for 5months now and people constantly tell me how gorgeous it is!
Post # 5
Wow that is really helpful! You have obviously done your research and carefully weighed things out! Thank you for this
Post # 6
may i ask what is the difference between the two? i might be getting mossanite for a ring eventually. possibly a ring to stack with plain wedding band
Post # 7
Thank you very much! Yes I did to you about 12 months of research before deciding this was the stone for me, so best to be an informed consumer! What are your thoughts for yourself?
Post # 8
I picked moissanite over amora gem because I wanted an oec around 1.50 carats. When the amora gem ultra oec is produced in smaller sizes, I may buy one 🙂
Post # 9
I have and would pick moissanite again, because it’s been around longer and it’s easier to obtain.
Post # 10
I have both the AG and Moissy, both OEC cuts, and a couple RB moissy stud earrings too.
If I could only have one, I’d pick the AG.
The cut is consistent, versus having to wade through a sea of fair vs. good cut stones (a good vendor minimizes the risk, but does not necessarily eliminate it), and there is no risk of green/grey or immense yellow tinge like there is with moissy.
They both sparkle like crazy (one of my reasons for choosing moissy over other gemstones), are durable and easy to clean/maintain, but the abovementioned reasons have me loving my AG a little more than my moissys.
If price is a consideration, moissy should be dropping this year, the company that makes them, Charles and Colvard, is planning on trying to compete on price and dropping those prices down to “high end CZ” level.
Their patent expires in August of 2015, and the AG will be easy to get in the USA come then.
Post # 11
The biggest reason I went with a standard moissanite is just cost. I wanted a 1 carat equivalent, and getting that in either FB or Amora would have pushed us over our budget. That said, for a while I did entertain getting a smaller stone in either of those two options, but after weighing the pros and cons of each I went with my first instinct which was an untreated moissanite.
There seemed to be a lot of rumor or misinformation about the Amora process – that it scratches the stone, that it nulls the C&C warranty. I read a LOT about it, and I know that their process has improved and there seems to be a lot of changes happening currently, but when it came down to it, all that reading just didn’t convince me that the process was worth the extra cost. Same thing with the FB – it seemed like from my reading, the difference between an untreated moiss and FB was much greater a few years ago, but that the production process at the moment results in much whiter untreated stones. Again, it didn’t seem worth it to pay extra to get the FB. Also, we bought my ering from MoissCo, and I believed them when they said they handpick their stones to get the whitest colour.
Finally, I don’t have much exposure to diamonds, which I suppose makes me colour insensitive. I don’t own any diamonds and my mother didn’t have a diamond ring, so I don’t have any preconceptions about how white a diamond is supposed to be – so I figured I’d be just as satisfied with an untreated stone. And, I was right! I love my ring, and I’m confident I made the right decision. 🙂
Post # 12
I went with Moissanite because I wanted a 7mm cushion cut stone, and it wasn’t available in the Amora Gem. I may upgrade in the future, but I’m quite happy with my FB moissy.
Post # 13
I think from your description you are referring to the Amora treated moissanite. This tread is for the Amora gem and is a differebt type of stone (but in the same family) as Amora moissanite, FB and traditional moissanite
i also have both amora gem and FB moissanite. i will have to wait until i receive my Amora in its setting (very soon now!) for a full comparison but my first response is to say I would prefer the Amora. It has all the pro’s of moissanite but is color stable, it just cost roughly twice as much.
Post # 14
MrsCassie: Charles and Colvard, is planning on trying to compete on price and dropping those prices down to “high end CZ” level.
Really? Where did you hear this? I’m curious because that seems so cheap and seems like it would tarnish the in between market they were trying to carve out with moissanite.
Post # 15
I wanted a radiant cut and that was not available with AG. 🙂 If AG begins producing radiants though I might consider switching it out! I really do love my moissanit, but it would also be nice to never have to see the yellowy tones it sometimes takes on.