Moissanite gemstones are available in a wide selection of shapes and cuts. This article compares the top 8 best for the most sparkle and beauty. We will also discuss the unique properties of moissanite you need to know and its faceting system to help you decide on the best Moissanite shape and cut for your next ring.
What is Moissanite? Its Unique Properties
Moissanite has unique physical properties that truly make it, unlike any other jewel. It’s a stunning gemstone that strongly resembles diamond in more ways than one, therefore offers beauty, durability and rarity. The beauty of a gemstone is usually defined by its brilliance, colour, fire and lustre. Moissanite’s brilliance is determined by its refractive index and is measured by the amount of light that enters the gemstone and is reflected back.
Moissanite, in fact, has a higher brilliance score than a diamond. The refractive index of moissanite is 2.65 compared to 2.42 of diamond. Fire, as it refers to Moissanite, is the dispersion of the gem combined with the cutting design or the breaking of light rays into the spectrum of colours and is measured by the number of coloured flashes viewed when the jewel is moved in various lighting conditions.
The dispersion of moissanite is 0.104 compared to only 0.044 for that of diamond. Finally, lustre is the amount of light that is reflected back from the surface of the moissanite. Moissanite again has superior fire and lustre.
In terms of rarity, it is much rarer than a diamond in its natural form, therefore, as such, all Moissanite available in jewellery today is lab-created. In terms of durability it is only slightly less than that of a diamond making it very durable and life long lasting and suitable for daily wear. When it comes to durability, diamond scores a perfect 10 on the Mohs scale while moissanite is only just behind this at 9.25 -9.5.
The Top 8 Best Moissanite Shapes and Cuts for the most Sparkle
Moissanite stones are available in a wide selection of shapes and cuts. We’ve selected the top 8 best for your next ring design for the most sparkle and beauty:
- Square or Princess
Although the round brilliant moissanite makes the top of the list for best shape and cut for sparkle, with availability in larger stone sizes than other shapes, other top options include; marquise, cushion, square or princess, oval, radiant, pear, and trillion. See these shapes and cut moissanite stone’s from Forever Chic Jewellery, a Brisbane, Australia based store, below.
The Difference Shape and Cut Moissanite Stones
As mentioned, round cuts provide the most sparkle. They’re cut with 58 facets that are carefully angled to reflect light back through the top of the stone, rather than allowing it to escape through the sides or bottom. Those reflective characteristics are what brings the fire and brilliance to your Moissanite ring. Additionally, the rounded corners can be used to increase brilliance.
Reason For Our Selection – Facets, Quality of Cut, Sparkle
Behind the moissanite sparkle, which is the most commonly sought after trait in a gemstone ring, is the number of facets which are the little cuts within the stone.
Facets act like prisms to refract light, bouncing the beams throughout the stone to create those flashes and sparkles that make moissanite gemstones so stunning. If the facet is cut perfectly and precisely the cut can increase the sparkle and value of the moissanite gem.
Forever Chic Jewellery’s highest quality moissanite gems are carefully and precisely hand-faceted, each moissanite is cut according to exact angles and proportions designed especially for moissanite to maximise its brilliance and enhance its incredible fire.
Most stones will have between 48 and 70 facets. More facets generally means more sparkle, though that isn’t the only influence on sparkle. The quality of the cut of the moissanite stone is the other important factor in determining the sparkle.
Moissanite Cut Quality is King
If the moissanite stone has a low quality cut, then it won’t sparkle that much regardless of the shape and number of facets…even if it has an amazing colour and clarity for example. If the angles are wrong, light will escape out of the bottom or sides. That escaped light makes the gem look dull and lifeless instead of vibrant and sparkly. An average grade stone with a high quality cut will always look much better, and sparkle more, than an amazing stone with a poor quality cut.
Selecting a Moissanite Shape and Cut for your Ring
In selecting a Moissanite shape and cut for your Moissanite ring or Moissanite engagement ring, you’d want to check with the jeweller the quality grade they offer, how many facets each style has and the quality of the cut to ensure you get the most colourless moissanite gemstone colour with the most sparkle as well. Ideally you can view the moissanite stone or ring at least in a video to really assess it for yourself.
You should aim for a cut quality minimum of “Excellent.” Not all jewellers have a high-quality cutting system of their moissanite or sell colourless or D or DEF colour grade, VVS 1-IF clarity moissanite as we do at Forever Chic Jewellery, located in Brisbane Australia. This can lead to disappointment if you’re not aware of these questions to ask and you can end up with a dull moissanite ring with a green/grey tinge to it.