How is moissanite (natural and simulated) cut?
Moissanite is cut in much the same way diamonds are cut. They are cut to maximize their brilliance. To do this, a master diamond cutter evaluates the stone for inclusions and chooses whether it’s shaped using a step cut or brilliant cut.
If it is shaped using a brilliant cut, it will have eight faces, twelve edges, and six vertices so it won’t lose much carat weight and shine brilliantly.
If it is shaped using a step cut, it will have a square or rectangular shape with eight lines running parallel along the length and width of the stone. Step cut stones do not shine as brightly as brilliant-cut diamonds, but they tend to be clearer.
What is the moissanite cutting process?
The cutting process for moissanite can be complicated, but it can be broken down into five steps:
1. Planning: This is the most important step in the process. The planning stage determines much of how the stone will run out because it includes several details such as shape and size. The diamond cutter will use their expertise in combination with computer software to map the rough stones. This step is crucial because gemstone cutters try to cut without losing too much.
2. Cleaving: This is the most important step in the process. This is where the cutting expert will split the rough stone into separate pieces. It is typically done with mechanical saws or contactless lasers.
3. Bruting: This step takes the separate diamonds and turns them into round stones by placing them on a spinning axel and grinding them against each other. You may hear this step also called girdling.
4. Polishing: Although this is technically a two-step process, this step turns the round shape into a diamond shape with smooth, reflective facets. This part of the step prepares the stone for brillianteering where the remaining facets are added.
5. Inspecting: Even though it sounds similar to grading, it is not the same. This step checks if the stone meets the right specifications. If it does, it is passed on for sale. If not, it goes back to the polishing process.
What is moissanite used for?
Because of its hardness, it can be used in anything diamonds are used. This gemstone is a very popular stone for engagement rings, necklaces, pendants, and earrings. On the Mohs Scale, moissanite ranks 9-9.25/10.
What are the types of cuts for moissanite?
There are two different cuts to choose from, and within those two cuts, there are many different shapes. Each cut and shape display a different characteristic of the stone. Moreover, this stone is cut in either step cut, brilliant cut or a combination of the two.
Step cut stones tend to be longer and more rectangular in shape. Emerald cut and Asscher cut moissanite are two of the most popular step cuts. You can also find moissanite in a baguette and carré step-cuts. However, emerald cut shapes are known for a flashy mirror effect and Asscher cut rings are known for their tantalizing sparkle.
If a step-cut moissanite sparks your interest, be sure to consider the clarity of the stone. A step cut is less likely to hide any inclusions, but it is sure to be classy and elegant.
Brilliant cut diamonds are cut in a cone shape with the illusion of dazzling lights bouncing around the top of the diamond. A round cut is one of mathematical precision with 58 facets that maximize the light and brilliance of any engagement ring. If you’re looking for a fiery yet classic look, round cut moissanite may be the perfect choice for you.
This cut is a great way to combine the amazing properties of both step and brilliant cuts. Specifically, princess and cushion cuts are popular due to the intricacy and complexity that may hide any inclusions. Clarity is not much of an issue when choosing mixed cut moissanite, but you are guaranteed a brilliant and substantial stone.
What are the most popular shapes for moissanite??
Deciding the best cut moissanite is up to your personal preference, but there are a couple more popular than others. For example, round cut moissanite is popular because of its elaborate and versatile design. Additionally, it emphasizes the clarity and sparkle of the stone while improving color and masking any inclusions. A round cut moissanite engagement ring is a perfect choice for those who want to pay a bit more for an effortlessly elegant look. Lastly, round cut stones tend to be more expensive since so much of the rough stone can go to waste during the cutting process.
If you are looking for another popular choice, emerald cut moissanite may be perfect for you. Emerald cuts are popular due to the long, elegant cut that tends to make the stone look larger than it is. Emerald cut engagement rings are perfect for those looking to get a brilliant, unique ring that fits their budget.
What are the factor(s) when cutting moissanite?
When deciding how to cut moissanite gems, the stone is carefully studied and faceted. The stone is cut to emphasize its natural brilliance and clarity. This is because, just like diamonds, this gem has some degree of a yellow tint. When the stone is cut for clarity and brilliance, it is much clearer than others which makes it sell at a higher value.
Does moissanite have inclusions?
Yes, they do have inclusions, but they tend to be small. They usually are not noticeable without 10x magnification which means they are not able to be seen with the naked eye. Moreover, the inclusions one may find are usually “needle-like” and do not affect the clarity of the stone. Keep in mind, all stones have inclusions in some way. They are what make every stone unique.
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