Moissanite begins as a raw crystal form. Each crystal is first evaluated for quality, color, and clarity. Only the crystals that meet the highest quality standards are allowed to be cut and faceted. After the initial quality evaluation, a team of C&C experts determine what shapes and sizes of Moissanite gemstones will be cut from the crystals. The crystals are then routed to a team of 18 cutters, technical experts, and faceters; each of whom plays a role in bringing the gemstone to its ideal display of brilliance. Along each stage of this involved 18-step process, from crystal evaluation to faceting the finished gemstone, experts evaluate Moissanite against strict quality standards and specifications. The last step is final grading for color, cut, and clarity. Only the most desirable gemstones that meet C&C's standards are chosen to be sold.
Moissanite Cuts & Shapes
Moissanite is Cut To Maximize Fire & Brilliance 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 ideal Moissanite cut patterns were established after years of studying the angles of light refraction through Moissanite. The Moissanite gems are faceted to take full advantage of the crystal's inherent superior fire and brilliance.
A round, brilliant cut is the most famous and the most common cut in the industry. Moissanite cutters have used innovative scientific theories of light reflection and detailed mathematical calculations to boost its fire and brilliance. A round cut Moissanite has 58 surfaces divided between its crown, girdle and pavilion and a distinctive ratio between 1.00 and 1.02 that brings about an all-out shine, sparkles the most and is the most expensive.
Radiant cuts were introduced over twenty year ago, but this distinctive shape is an exquisite hybrid of a traditional round cut and an elegant emerald cut. They come in square, near-square, or rectangular orientations. A complex, 7-faceted cut gives out remarkable brilliance. Hollywood A-list celebrities, like Jennifer Anniston or Khloe Kardashian wear radiant shapes on their engagement ring.
Cushion shapes were introduced into the industry in 1830, making a Moissanite history for hundreds of years. These are cut into square or rectangular shape with smooth-edged corners and sides. The qualities of the cushion cut vary more than those of other shapes, and personal taste plays a major role.
Also known as a “step cut”, the emerald shape Moissanite is less fiery with its step like appearance which gives it a classy appeal. The Emerald shape consists of 57 facets: 25 on the crown and 32 on its pavilion.
Pear is recognised as a distinctively hybrid cut that incorporates the brilliance and the stunning design of both Round and Marquise. The usual ratio stays between 1.50 and 1.70 and the shape consists of 58 facets, although the number of pavilion facets ranges from 4 to 8. Pear-shaped Moissanite may vary in appearance with some having a longer of "fatter" look.
Oval Moissanite have 58 facets with a standard ratio between 1.33 and 1.66. This shape enhances carat weight and its elongated shape makes it look bigger than the RBC of a similar weight. The oval cut is also an ideal choice for more slender fingers.
The heart-shaped Moissanite has 56 to 58 facets with 6-8 pavilion facets. This unique shape is similar to a pear-cut Moissanite , differentiated by two rounded edges and a cleft at the top. Being one of the most demanding Moissanite cuts, a heart-shaped stone requires great skill and dexterity on the part of a cutter.
Princess cut Moissanite are square or slightly rectangular in shape. Pointed corners and an array of intricate facets give the Moissanite an inherent sparkle. If you are interested in contemporary styles, consider the Princess cut.
Marquise shaped Moissanite creates an illusion of long fingers. It is popular as an heirloom jewellery. When Marquise is worn as a ring, it promotes an elongated, slender look. This cut maximises carat weight, making a Moissanite look bigger than a round cut of the same carat weight.