Five C's Of Moissanite
When choosing this type of gem for your jewelry, it is important to know the five C's of moissanite. Read on to learn more.
This refers to the way the jewel is cut in terms of shape. The goal is to find a cut that will provide the best brilliance and beauty for a particular gemstone. In the case of moissanite, it uses a different number of facets or cuts than diamonds. The proportions between the table, girdle and crown are carefully calibrated. The cut of all moissanite we sell is rated excellent. The most common shape for moissanite continues to be a round cut, but there are other options available as well.
The diamond color system was never intended for moissanite. However, many of our customers continue to reference diamonds when describing the color of moissanite. In short, Forever One is comparable to diamonds of D-E-F color. Forever Brilliant is G-H, and Forever Classic is I-J-K. Moissanite is a clear stone that picks up a wider range of light colors and reflections than a diamond. It can be near colorless to slightly warm, with a variety of undertones when the light hits it a certain way.
While diamonds and other stones may have more impurities, moissanite is a relatively clear stone. Moissanite is rated VS1-VS2. It is man-made so a high percentage of it is free from inclusions or any muddled appearance you may find in other stone types. In fact, moissanite is manufactured in a way that allows for total control over the entire process to help render a stone of impeccable clarity.
One of the most important of the five C's of moissanite is the carat weight. This factor will determine the value and cost of the particular jewel. We list all of our moissanite gemstones and jewelry in diamond equivalent weight. Moissanite is 12% less dense than diamonds. For example, an 8mm round moissanite jewel is approximately 1.76 carats, and is equivalent in size to a diamond that weighs 2 carats. This factor is often confusing for consumers. But what is important is the apparent diameter of the stone, since settings are made to fit certain dimensions.
When it comes to the final element of the five C's of moissanite, it is all about the manufacturer. Joy Jewelers has sold Charles & Colvard moissanite since 2005. Moissanite is created through a carefully honed process that renders each stone with the best in brilliance and sparkle. This process was patented by Charles & Colvard exclusively for many years. Today, there are a variety of moissanite manufacturers. Joy Jewelers is pleased to impart confidence to our customers. This conviction is derived from the fact that if you are purchasing moissanite, it should be offered to you with the confidence that it is high-quality. For example, all Charles & Colvard created moissanite includes a generous limited lifetime warranty on the stone.
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