Moissanite Grading Scale
November 18th, 2015 by Kady Smith
What’s Moissanite’s Grading Scale?
If you’re familiar at all with gemstones, odds are you’ve probably heard of the 4 C’s: Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat
The 4 C’s are what’s used to determine the characteristics of any gemstone. A gemstone is given a grade based on where it falls within a scale of each of these categories and is then priced accordingly.
The Moissanite grading scale is actually pretty similar to that of diamonds with a few minor exceptions. The stones share such similar visual appearance that the real difference lies in how the stones themselves are created. Each Moissanite stone begins as a raw crystal, but before any Moissanite stone is sold, it has to pass a set of very rigorous tests to ensure each Moissanite has maximum brilliance and is of the highest quality. Each and every Moissanite crystal is first evaluated for quality, color and clarity. Only those stones that meet the very highest standards are then cut and faceted. After this initial quality evaluation, a team of experts determines what shapes and sizes are best suited for each individual Moissanite gemstone. After this is determined, the Moissanite stones are sent to a team of 18 cutters, technical experts and faceters. Each one plays an important role in bringing out the ideal visual properties and maximizing the brilliance of each and every Moissanite. Every stones endures an arduous 18-step process that takes the gemstone from inception to a finished gemstone ready to be set and sold. Experts evaluate Moissanite against strict quality standards and specifications. The last step is final grading for color, cut and clarity. Only Moissanite that meet all of these standards and make it through the 18-step process are chosen to be sold.
The Moissanite Grade Scale
Unlike diamonds which are most commonly cut to maximize carat weight, Moissanite gemstones are cut and faceted to maximize the superior fire and brilliance of the gemstone. The Moissanite ideal cut pattern was established after years of studying the angles of light refraction through Moissanite. This video actually shows the faceting patterns for all the different shapes – check it out here.
Moissanite is not graded on color. But if you’re wanting a stone that mirrors the look of a colorless diamonds, the Forever Brilliant Moissanite is the premium brand of Moissanite from Charles & Colvard. This is for those who really want to capture the look of a colorless diamonds. The Forever Brilliant Moissanite delivers far more dazzle for your dollar than any of the other popular gemstones out there, out sparkling and outshining the rest. Check out this video here to learn more about Forever Brilliant Moissanite.
When looking for the perfect Moissanite gemstone, it’s also important to know that the clarity of Moissanite is very similar to that of a VS diamond clarity grade. What this means is that any imperfections that might be in the stone are invisible to the human eye. Because each Moissanite is meticulously created and cared for along the way, you can expect each one to be a superior stone with VS Clarity. You can learn more about the other qualities that make Moissanite so exceptional, like its superior fire, luster and brilliance here.
Carat is the traditional measuring unit of a diamond’s weight. A carat is divided into 100 “points,” so the same diamond can be represented as weighing a carat and a half, 150 points or 1.50 carats. Moissanite stones are about 15 – 18% lighter than diamonds, so while a 6.5mm round diamond weighs 1.0 carat, a 6.5mm Moissanite weighs 0.83 – 0.85 carat, but the two stones are still the same actual size: 6.5mm in diameter. You can learn more about Moissanite Carat here and view the stone size comparison chart to help you visualize your stone.
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of the Moissanite Grading Scale. If you still have questions, check out the education section here and learn more about the Moissanite process and grading scale.