What Is Forever One Moissanite?
Many people ask, what is Forever One moissanite? It is a gem commonly found in jewelry in place of diamonds. Let's take a closer look at this affordable alternative. Learn more about Forever One moissanite and how it differs from Forever Brilliant and Forever Classic.
First, we should clear up the question of whether moissanite stones are diamonds. They are not diamonds, but they are a more affordable gemstone. Moissanite is a naturally occurring gemstone with similar appearance and hardness as diamonds. However, this stone has become increasingly rare in natural occurrences, so they are now created in laboratory settings. Since they can be produced much faster than diamonds, they are much more affordable for use in jewelry. They are not considered a synthetic diamond, but instead are their own category of gemstone.
This colorless gem is created by Charles & Colvard in a laboratory since natural supplies are very rare. Charles & Colvard Forever One Moissanite is a triumph of art, science and sustained effort. The structural configuration of this new Moissanite material is what yields its unsurpassed, colorless (D-E-F) quality. While chemically it is still silicon carbide (SiC), and its optical and hardness properties remain the same, it is the stacking of SiC material in the manufacturing process that makes Forever One Moissanite unlike any of its predecessors. Forever One moissanite is made of 6H polytype silicon carbide. Forever Brilliant and Classic moissanite are derived from 4H polytype silicon carbide. The 6H material holds far less color than 4H.
Through its research and development efforts working with Forever One, Charles & Colvard has developed a second grade of Forever One, in G-H-I quality. This near colorless gemstone emits a faint, icy hue compared to its Forever Brilliant predecessor, which yields a warm hue.
Essentially, all created moissanite is comprised of silicon carbide crystals that are created through a process that has been refined for years to get the best results. Forever One moissanite is made of the same materials as natural moissanite gems, but its molecular structure is responsible for its whiter D-E-F color. Forever Brilliant Moissanite falls within the prized, near-colorless G-H-I range. Forever Brilliant was developed through improvements to the crystal growing process from the original brand of Charles & Colvard created Moissanite also known as Forever Classic. Forever Classic offers subtle color shades in the J - K range of the industry color scale, with faint undertones of green, yellow or gray.
While moissanite is similar to real diamonds in a variety of ways, the color has always been a tell-tale sign it wasn't the real thing. Forever Classic moissanite can give off a slightly yellow to gray color on certain cuts. With Forever One moissanite, the improved methods of creating the stone create a completely colorless gem. The difference is that the silicone carbide materials are stacked precisely in a fashion that reduces the warm color often associated with moissanite.
The stone is also incredibly durable. Moissanite is resistant to scratches and will not break. It is also protected against fire damage. In fact, Charles & Colvard, leading creators of this stone, report that moissanite stones can withstand upwards of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit without showing any signs of damage. Forever One moissanite is the same in terms of hardness and durability as any other moissanite gem. The only real difference is the characteristic of color. If you are searching for a more affordable alternative to the look of diamonds while still keeping a clear, colorless quality, Forever One moissanite is the best option.
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