My second moissanite from India arrived today, 11mm. I like the mix of blue and green. There are hints of brown and gray in different lights. It's such a fun stone for the price. So now I'm just deciding on some settings
You can really see the moodiness next to the 1 carat blue.
Overall, I would never order these moissanite as a stand-in for actual moissanite. The cut and color is pretty random. But I'd happily use them as a stand-in for a semi-precious stone. They're deliciously sparkly.
Apologies for the giant pictures! I'm not sure how to resize.
I also got 2 stones on ebay after reading all the posts here. One of the stones I like, and the other I don't like very much.
I got a small (5.5mm) blue stone, and a larger (6.99mm) off-white stone. The off-white stone is not cut very well, so I am not too happy with it. The blue stone is little so the cut is less important, and I really like the color. Here are some pics:
I ordered a 9.90mm black moissy from them for .99 that arrived this week. I had assumed it would be jet black (like onyx or spinel) but it was more like dark slate...not a bad thing, but not what I expected, not having seen a black moissanite before. Overall, I was happy with the free shipping and getting a stone for just under a $1! I will probably have it set in silver as a fun ring.
I'd post a pic, but can't figure out how to do it on this forum!!
I put some of the "whiter" off white stones in vintage rings to re-sell and returned the rest (seller wasn't happy I didn't want to accept partial refund and keep stones). I ordered a matched pair of blue (earrings maybe) and have a smaller VS1 blue stone in an vintage Artcarved setting that doesn't return light well, so may replace that with 4 mm round .25 ct VS2 H color diamond to re-sell.
My original plan was to sell off some of my jewelry and other items on eBay to raise funds for F or G color 1 - 1.5 ct VS2 or better clarity diamond for new white gold E/Wedding ring (to match hubby's WG band with princess diamonds). But now I am thinking of trying AG or C & C F One stone instead after researching and reading several threads here and on TFL. I have watched numerous videos of the different cuts as well. I ordered H & A AG and am anxiously awaiting it's arrival! Wondering if I should order C & C F One stones to compare and return stones I don't like.
I have mounted I color .73 ct VS2 diamond from my original ering in beautiful YG setting with matching princess diamonds but want to get it appraised before posting for sale on eBay etc...
I'm a professional musician and purchase them on a regular basis. They're just as high a quality as Charles and Colvert who has a 1000% mark up on the same item/items. For what C&C charges, ie, 14 carat gold settings with a 4.5 carat Moissanite brilliant round gem (around $5,000 at least) can ordered from India for $500-$600. I do it all the time. The only negatives I can state with an India purchase is the loooooong wait times getting through theirs and everyone else's customs, and their seemingly inability to produce totally white gems. Their gems are usually off white hinting at a golden or yellow glint when in sunlight, which is just fine because the refraction is so beautiful that diamonds look like rock salt by comparison. However, when ordering from India and you want a gold rather than a silver setting be certain to specify it in your order. I guarantee the craftsmanship will be superlative but the wait will be long. You'll still come out ahead because you'll be saving thousands of dollars for the same quality (or better) craftsmanship and product than ordering from the skyjacked markets here. If you don't mind waiting several weeks to a month for your item then India is the way to go. They're honest, skilled and hungry, and have no desire to lose American customers, so have no compunction dealing with their products and markets because satisfaction is guaranteed.
I received a large 9 MM supposedly H I color (not) OEC cut stone from Indian supplier several months ago. I ended up with refund and didn't have to ship it back. I may take it to Downtown Jewelry Mart gemstone cutter and see if something can be done to fix the cut.
I'm resurrecting this thread because I'm a sucker for a deal, and can't find a lot of info on stones from India. I've also not been on here much if at all.
I bought 2 moissy stones off ebay, one listed as colored and one listed as off white. The colored one is 11.44 mm and I love it, however it does have "silk" through it that was way more visible before I had it set. Now that it's set the silk is hardly noticeable, I'm very good at seeing flaws with my super vision. Also, because it was listed as a VVS, they refunded half of the price when I told them about the silk. The slight almost invisible silk (that remains visible) looks more like a laser line in a diamond treated for imperfections, and overall gives the stone a bit of character. Because it has slight internal flaws it does look like a diamond, where as most people have an understanding that because moissy is simulated it will be flawless like a cz is. I expected the double refraction to be more of an issue with Indian stones, but it's on par with US stones and exactly what's expected of a moissy.
The stone sent to me as off white would be a beautiful light green stone with lots of fire if it wasn't so badly cut. The table is over 70%! Who the heck cuts stones like that? It's such a shame to have such a horrific cut on an otherwise good stone. They gave up all it's fire. Just a big splintery gaping "hole" in the center of the stone. They gave a full refund plus return shipping.
The stones are a gamble so don't expect it to be delivered for a shotgun wedding timeframe. Also, they really do care about the feedback, so talk to them and ask for refunds or returns. It could take some investing to have several stones sent to you, and then possibly the return shipping for the ones that don't cut it, but in the long run they are waaaaaaay cheaper than other moissy stones, yet the quality does reflect it.
I love my colored stone, it's a grey/green/yellow, and about 5ct of super sparkle. I really do love it, and we have given it the nickname of "The Arkenstone". It's captivating and just pulls you into it, plus now I might have a bit of "Dragon Fever" and feel an intense need to hoard more gems... But I digress... If you are going to buy from India, go for color. The ones listed in the white range won't be white. Just my view, but like diamonds, the washed out faint colors of green just aren't as nice as the deeper colors. Also anything more than $20 a ct is most likely over paying, send them a counter offer instead or agree on a partial refund if it doesn't live up to it's title. The color ranges of green, grey, yellow, and brown are mostly native colors, and many places can show you a picture of the slab it was cut from. The colors like blues and pinks have been treated, and I have never in all my hours of research on the subject, have seen a review about how long or well the color treatment lasts.