Moissanite Comparison - Classic, Forever Brilliant, and Forever One

Charles & Colvard - the makers of moissanite - have just released a colorless version of moissanite! This long-awaited innovation has been christened 'Forever One', and stones are slowly being introduced into the marketplace. For now the Forever One stones are only available in 5mm (0.5ct), 6.5mm (1ct), 7.5mm (1.55ct), 8mm (2ct), and 9mm (2.75ct) rounds, but C&C plans to expand on these options in the future. (Updated 4/25/16 to add - more shapes/sizes have been added since the date this article was written - please contact me for current info.)

Classic moissanite has a color grading of J-K.
Forever Brilliant moissanite has a color grading of G-H-I.
Forever One moissanite has a color grading of D-E-F (a rating considered colorless by GIA standards).

All three varieties of moissanite have a hardness of 9.25 on the Mohs scale, which is harder than emerald, ruby, and sapphire. All varieties have more brilliance and fire than any other gemstone, including diamond.

The video below (courtesy of C&C) does an excellent job of highlighting the color differences between the different types of moissanite.


I've also attempted to capture some images for comparison, under various lighting conditions. My pics are shown below, with Classic on the left, Forever Brilliant in the middle, and Forever One on the right (note that my order is the opposite of what is shown in the C&C image/video above). My photography isn't as professional as C&C's, but I thought you still might like to see them from my own perspective. In my opinion, the color difference was very obviously noticeable to the naked eye in outdoor/natural lighting, and less noticeable (if at all) in indoor lighting (even using my special 'daylight balanced' indoor photography lighting).

Forever One Brilliant moissanite comparison
<< Classic <<                          .. Forever Brilliant ..                          >> Forever One >>

moissanite comparison
<< Classic <<                          .. Forever Brilliant ..                          >> Forever One >>

forever one moissanite
<< Classic <<                          .. Forever Brilliant ..                          >> Forever One >>

forever brilliant moissanite
<< Classic <<                          .. Forever Brilliant ..                          >> Forever One >>

All of my designs are now available with either Classic, Forever Brilliant, or Forever One moissanite (within the limitations of what sizes/shapes have been released in Forever One at the time of your order). Exciting stuff! :-)

(Another update, 4/25/16 - Charles and Colvard has announced that Classic moissanite is being phased out, except in very small stone sizes (up to 2.5mm).)


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