Colorless vs Near Colorless Moissanite

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Moissanite Color Grading

Let's start out with a brief lesson in color grading moissanite (I know, I hear ya, snooze, but bear with me), and then we'll get into which color gemstone is right for you.

Here’s a breakdown of the primary color ranges and the corresponding letter grades:

White As All Hell: D, E, F

Almost As White As All Hell: G, H, I, J

Wee Smidge of Yellow:  K, L, M

Smidge More Yellow: N, O, P, Q, R, S

Yellow Ass Stones: S-Z

Back in the day, moissanite was around a K-M in color, and it looked even warmer in dim lighting. In some lighting they even looked canary yellow! With the newer 4H crystalline polytype available (#GemNerd), now we are carrying near colorless and colorless moissanite that will blow your frickin' mind.

I'll bet, when you think of a colorless moissanite compared to a near colorless moissanite, they must look fairly different, amiright? I mean, it should be easy to see the difference between an F color stone right next to a G, especially since F is considered colorless, and G is near colorless. Check out the video just above, 3 of the stones are colorless, and one is near colorless. Can you tell the difference? #HowaboutNope

The difference in color between an E-F colored moissanite compared to a G-H colored one is way smaller than most people realize. Which one is better? Well, that depends on you. Like, just as some women love a good man bun, and others just don't dig it, it's really all about how YOU feel. When it comes to what color moissanite you should choose, beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Some people prefer a whiter stone because they feel it's more beautiful. Others like a warmer stone, for it's old world feel, like a vintage cut diamond. There really is no right or wrong answer.

Feel free to ask us any questions you may have on stone color below! We are here to help you zero in on your dream stone. Or two. We are also down with it if you'd like 4, or more...

And thus, we conclude our fascinating lesson on colorless vs near colorless moissanite. #ManBun

colorless vs near colorless moissanite

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  1. Naz
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    Hi Jen, Thanks for your instagram posts and all the info on your site. It’s really valuable and appreciated. I currently have a 1.6 ct I colour VS1 round brilliant diamond in a solitaire. I want to upgrade to something bigger, but do not at all want to spend the money needed on a diamond and I love the look and price point of a moissanite. Unfortunately, I am super confused about how to choose from the many various types available. It took me a while to be happy with a round diamond as the few I had seen before had a lot fluorescence and the cool toned, bluish cast really drove me crazy. In the end, I went with an I colour with no fluoro and my eye seems to like that a lot more. Both stones were of equal cut (ideal) and clarity, but the one with more fluoro was a G colour and my current stone with no fluoro is an I colour. My skin tone is dark olive and I like the slight warmth of my I colour. That said, I see no yellowish cast and I’m not sure I would like that either.

    So all that said, can you guide me? I’d like to go with a 2.5-3ct equivalent size moissanite. I was considering a cushion cut or round, but not sure which type of moissanite to go with. Is Forever One a good option in that size with a cushion or round?

    I should note that I’m keeping my current diamond ring and just want to keep it in a safe as I already lost one engagement ring and fortunately was able to replace it as it was ensured, but hate the thought of wearing something that is valued at $20,000 plus on a daily basis.

    thank you so much again!!

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Hey Naz! I’m so glad you found us and enjoyed our site! We love teaching people about moissanite, the good and the bad – although there isn’t much bad, I gotta say, lol – so you can make the best choice and love your delicious new jewels. So I’d suggest the NEO moissanite in cushion or round, in a GH color, since you prefer a slightly warmer stone. Colorless moissanite does go a bit blue/grey in direct sunlight, since fluorescence bugs ya I think near colorless is the way to go. Side note, decent diamonds should have little to no fluorescence. The ones that have a good bit of it will have a milky or cloudy look. One of the downfalls of shopping for diamonds online, retailers may or may not include that info, and not everyone understands or has even heard of fluorescence! You know your shit. 😀

      Back to the NEO, they have 2 types of round cuts, a diamond cut and a round brilliant. Check out our blog and read about Guy Stimpson, our mad scientist of moissanite to learn more.

      • Nazanin Fallahi
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        thank you so much, Jen! That’s all so helpful. How does the old mine cut cushion Amada compare with the near colorless NEO? I’m thinking of the 2.5-3 ct range. Wondering how they perform and also how different they are in terms of cost and availability? Thank you so much!

        • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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          I can get the old mine cut cushion Amada in colorless or near colorless, so we have an option there. Amada is higher priced than NEO, shoot us an email or Etsy msg for pricing. Excellent availability on all of them! Need about 3 weeks to get an Amada cut, and I’m hoping to get an inventory list of the NEO tonight/tomorrow with all of the latest yum they’ve gotten in.

  2. Sandi
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    Jen, I love that you educate us on all aspects of Moissanite!!!! I feel like I already have so much more knowledge just in reading a few of your posts. I think you’re funny as hell and I LOVEEEEE that you’re a real person, that I feel I can trust when it comes to online buying. I have dreamed of having a moissanite ring for years. I think I can safely say, I will be doing business with you!!!!!! Thank you….??

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      I really AM a real person! lol It’s so much more fun than doing the typically stuffy jeweler thang, you know? I look forward to hearing from ya when you are ready! Jen xx

      • Sandi
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        Hi Jen, in so excited about buying my first Moissanite ring. I have a million questions, I’m undecided on what to choose. I have always loved a beautiful pear cut, recently fallen in love with cushion cuts, and I love the princess cut. The problem is, I love so many different styles I don’t know how to narrow it down to just ONE. I have been thinking that I want a 2 CT. I LOVEEEEE sparkle, but I don’t think I want the disco ball look. I feel like there’s so many different moissanite out there. I’ve read quite a bit, but I’m still confused. I just want to make sure that I make the right decision. I really wish you had a store front. It’s so hard to buy something online without touching it and trying it on and really seeing if you love it. Anyhow, thank you so much!!!!!!!!
        Sandi

        • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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          Shoot us an email or Etsy message and we’ll talk ya through it. I tell clients who aren’t sure about what cut to go with, think back to your first instinct. Going with your gut is usually the way to go.

          Two carat is our most popular size, big enough to garner you some fun attention, but not so big people are giving ya the side eye. lol

  3. Brenda
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    I’m looking for a 3 carat equivalent colorless round moissanitte. Do u have settings. Looking for white gold with a baguette on either side. Brenda

  4. Jen Hollywood-Showell
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    Hi Brenda! We do have the perfect setting for you, our Laurel. This one has a 2 carat center, but I can do a 2.7, 3.1 or larger colorless moissanite for ya.

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/384558174/laurel-ring-2-carat-diamond-cut-neo?ga_search_query=laurel&ref=shop_items_search_6

  5. Alexa
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    Hi Jen, I bought a 2ct neo ring from someone else and it is very disappointing – very very gray! Is this true for your neos?

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Hiya! So all moissanite goes somewhat gray in sunlight. Is that when it shows gray? Or all the time? Colorless NEOs do it more than near colorless. That touch of warmth offsets that behavior a bit. Some retailers will sub in lesser quality stones and call them NEO or Forever One, so perhaps it could be that?

  6. Janel
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    Looking for a 3ct heart shaped moissanite stone with facets out the ass. And with a, slap you in the face, hard to miss, bluish hue undertone. Somebody,, Please help me find it!!!!!! Lookin for a Very cool jewl!!!!!!!

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Hey Janel – We can totally cut you a gorgeous heart! With facets out the ass – cracking up – if you mean crushed ice we can absolutely do that, or a more traditionally faceted heart is doable as well. Moissanite can look quite blue/gray in sunlight at times. I’ll have to see if we can specifically cut you one that leans towards that color. Shoot us a msg on Etsy or via email and let’s chat! info@jhollywooddesigns.com

  7. Arianne A Elio
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    Need help with color difference in a 1ctw Moissanite of F-G or H-I. It’s about a $200 difference in price but online I cannot tell if there really is any difference in photos. I am a very pale/white gal and this will be my first Moissanite purchase and just want to make sure I am happy with my purchase. Thank you for any and all help, I look forward to hearing from you.

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