FAQ - Moissanite, Amora, Diamond

Welcome to our page! Here we provide answers for any inquiries you might have concerning your interests in what we have to offer at Fire & Brilliance. We hope that the information listed below might make your decision-making a little easier. If there is a question you have that we have not yet answered, feel free to contact us!

What is Moissanite?

More than 100 years ago, Nobel-Prize Winning Scientist Dr. Henri Moissan stumbled upon a fallen meteorite from the cosmos 50,000 years old, and it was in it that he found our beautiful, iridescent Moissanite. Its impressive qualities as a mineral beguiled Tiffany & Co.’s well-respected gemologist George Kunz, who saw a great potential in it as a gem stone and gave it a name most befitting. Now, through the advances in technology and proprietary processes, Moissanite is made readily accessible to the public as a diamond-simulant by Charles & Colvard, whose unwavering faith in it can be seen in their devoted purpose to always improving the product.

There are numerous reasons why Moissanite has drawn so much press in pop culture and why it might be the right one for you. It is solely comprised of silicon carbide, which means its abundance is limitless. Its double refractive index enhances its fire and brilliance, or measure of sparkle visible to the human eye. We find that Moissanite might also pique the interest of those who wish to help decrease the amount of gem-mining on Earth as it is a very eco-friendly choice. And what’s more is that this gemstone is resilient, which is important for the practicality of fitting into the everyday of life. Charles & Colvard has a wide selection of Moissanite varieties to choose from, and with the very new addition to the Forever family, their collections help give Moissy fans a choice for every voice. 

 

What is Amora Gem?

According to amora.net, Amora Gem, like Moissanite, was found in our universe as a natural occurrence. Amora Gem minerals were first discovered as crystallized stardust that took rest upon bodies of large stars. Its growth depends on high temperatures that can only be present on Earth at its core, which makes it extremely rare in quantity. After 4.3 billion years in hot pursuit, it has been officially released with high acclaim as a diamond simulant, made of, also, silicon carbide. However, in contrast to Moissanite, the difference is in its overall performance chemically and optically. Better than Diamond Inc. has, for years, produced lab-grown diamonds and gemstones through copious amounts of research and development. With credits to the payoff of their productivity, Amora Gem is now available on the market for lovers of the once extremely rare crystal.

This is another wonderful, eco-friendly choice! What can set it apart from other gems is in the way it is crafted. As opposed to being cut by machine or laser and then hand-faceted, Amora Gem is exclusively cut by robot. This assures super-human precision, “as the robot only cuts to optimal proportions and exacting symmetry” (amora.net). Cutting can control 98% of brilliance and the Hearts and Arrows unique to BTD Inc. helps to improve the gem’s quality optics. Their Hearts and Arrows are primarily featured in Round and Cushion cuts. 

What is Diamond?

Most loved for its notable difference among other natural minerals, the Diamond is a treasure that many have come to know and love as a classic beauty. Through use of the Kimberley process, F&B ensures customers that our diamonds are certified, ethically mined, and conflict-free. It is comprised of only carbon, and is available as Colorless or with added color like the two above.

Although high in price, the reasons to follow make sense of its worth. Because Diamond is mined and labor-intensive, it is an incredibly rare find (which makes each one that much more special)! Oftentimes, its crystals can be found in quantities more than enough, but there are certain requirements in sizing, proportion, and etc. that they must meet to be marketed in jewelry. Diamond has inspired many alternatives, simulants that have very similar if not the same properties, but there is no denying that this particular gem is unique in its completely natural state.

Within the 4C’s, Diamond has advantages in diverse selection. In color, it has a range of Light to Colorless. In clarity, from I3 to Flawless. And with all cut scales available up to Excellent, carat weight can, too, vary to your liking.

Below, we have attached a chart with specifications to compare for each collection.

 

Color

Brilliance
Refractive
Index (ri)*

Fire
Dispersion*

Hardness
Mohs Scale*

Price

Forever Classic

J-K

2.65-2.69

0.104

9.25

$

Forever Brilliant

G-H-I

2.65-2.69

0.104

9.25

$$

Forever One

D-E-F

2.65-2.69

0.104

9.25

$$$

Amora Gem

D-H

2.71

0.104

9.5

$$$$

Diamond

D-Z

2.42

0.044

10

$$$$$


*Brilliance refractive index (ri) – The measure of how much a gemstone refracts light at various angles.

*Fire dispersion – The measure of how much “white light disperses in the gem and reflects on its inner surfaces”

*Hardness mohs scale – The measure of hardness, or “resistance of a material to being scratched”

We at F&B have a great love for each of these gems and we hope we have provided enough information to help you in your search for what you can call your own. Thanks for visiting!

Here is an exciting short video that we made to compare a natural diamond to the Amora Gem and the new Forever One Moissanite by Charles & Colvard. - Enjoy!

 


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