What the Hell is a NEO Moissanite?

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The NEO - Diamonds From Space

What is a NEO moissanite? Ok people, listen up. These are brand new, as in, just came available to us last week! They are rumored to be quite awesome, and we'll have one mid-week to check out. Look for a video on Instagram, as when it arrives that's the first thing I'll do. This new stone is available now because the patent for manufacturing and selling moissanite expired in August 2015. This is the first moissanite alternative I've seen since that happened, so you may see others coming to market soon as well. They are a product of Wholesale Moissanite. The mastermind behind the NEO, Guy Stimpson worked for Charles & Colvard in the early days. He was one of their first salespeople, and went on to become their top European rep. He is our mad scientist of moissanite, and developed all of the cuts for the NEO.

I haven't seen one in person yet, but here is what I know:

- I was told they don't have the color change or go "flat" in dimmer lighting - very intriguing.
- A more comprehensive warranty that covers clouding, color change and damage to the stone.
- They are made of a different material than the Charles & Colvard moissanite, a 4H crystalline polytype.
- Pricing is lower than Forever One moissanite, so they are being priced very fairly.

Post your questions below in the comments, we are happy to answer them.


UPDATED 11/25/15 - Here are a few videos of the sexy new NEO moissanite for your browsing pleasure.

The NEO Moissanite Has Landed

NEO vs Forever One Moissanite

NEO vs Amora Gem


UPDATED AGAIN! 9/9/16 - Our NEO guys (#moissaniteman) have had the cuts tweaked, and the difference in the stones is INSANE. Wait till you see...

4 Carat NEO Moissanite Ideal Round Cut

Giant Delicious NEO Cushion Cut

Pop by the NEO website for details, details on their awesome warranty(it even covers chips and scratching!) and stone registration info. Visit our shop to see what delicious things we can whip up for you with the fab NEO moissanite.

49 Responses

  1. Shabih
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    Hi! This is incredible! Where can we purchase this??

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Thank you! Are you interested in a loose stone or a ring/earrings, etc.? I can do all of the above. lol

  2. Kelsey Huber
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    WAY too COOL. I’m stalking your insta, waiting for your video haha! Can’t wait. ESPECIALLY can’t wait for them to have other cuts.

  3. Lacey
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    Did you post the video on Instagram? Just wondering if I missed it!
    Thank you

  4. Carla
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    What are your initial feelings between the FB and the Neo? Which do you prefer as far as fire?

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Charles & Colvard moissanites have more brilliance than the NEO. They have been cutting them for years. I think the NEO will get better in time, as they fine tune the cut. I honestly wouldn’t compare a NEO to the FB, the NEO is whiter, but the Forever One is a better comparison because they are closer in color. I did a few videos this weekend, there is a NEO in the top three on my Instagram feed. https://www.instagram.com/jhollywooddesigns/

      Check ’em out, let me know what you think!

  5. Lori
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    What are your thoughts comparing the NEO to the Amora?

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      The amora is more delicious, at least for the moment. 🙂 I’ll do a video this week comparing the two. Amora has great brilliance and much better scintillation (the intense sparkles in a stone as it moves), but I can see the NEO catching up quickly as they learn to get more out of the material.

      UPDATE: 7/10/16 The newer NEO’s have made amazing strides! Well, the gem cutters did. 😉 They are looking SO much better than last year. I’m getting some samples tomorrow to play with, so I’ll do some videos and share on Instagram/Facebook. Here is their new cushion cut – https://www.instagram.com/p/BGPR2bEl5Lu/?taken-by=jhollywooddesigns Their price is great too! Less expensive than Forever One moissanite. The stones coming out now are G-H in color, and I’ll have E-F color stones in the coming months as well.

  6. Judy
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    Two questions – 1) Sooo, Amora vs Forever One – your thoughts? and 2) I am leaning towards an oval cut – does anyone do an oval besides Charles and Collard, and if they DO, do I want to consider it?

    • Jen Hollywood-S.
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      Hey Judy! Sooo, here’s my opinion. *grin* Both are really beautiful stones. The F1 ovals are gorgeous. I’ve only seen one AG oval, and I didn’t love it, BUT, it could have just been a bad one – it was a bit flat and glassy. Overall, AG is my fav, they are very diamond-like, with amazing fire and brilliance. The negatives are price and availability. But even with their higher price, it’s still way less than a diamond. Like $35,000 vs $2,400 for a 2 carat stone. lol

      Here is the F1 oval in my amelia setting, it has a vintage vibe. https://www.instagram.com/p/_pIceJF5Fm/?taken-by=jhollywooddesigns

      What do you think?

      UPDATE: 7/10/16 I want to update my above statements. I’m finding there are certain cuts and size that look better in certain stones. At this point, now that I’ve learned more and have been selling these stones longer, no one stone is amazing across the board in all cuts and sizes. See this blog post for more info on it – https://www.jhollywooddesigns.com/not-all-diamond-alternatives-created-equal/ Thanks!

      • Judy
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        Jen, your oval in the Amelia setting is gorgeous! So what I THINK I’m hearing you say is… Amora would be the way to go… unless I want an oval, and then stick with the Forever One… yes?

        • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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          Precisely! 😀 The F1 ovals really are stunning. I wish they came in larger sizes, but the 2.1 ct size is nice, not so huge it looks fake or cheesy. Ovals in general look small for their size. As in, a 2 ct oval looks smaller on the hand than a 2 ct round.

        • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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          …and thank you! I LOVE the amelia setting. Very feminine, and the matching wedding band is gorgeous to boot!

    • Jen Hollywood-S.
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      Ah, forgot to answer your question about other companies making ovals. Besides the Amora Gem oval, the Forever One is the only other I’ve seen. I’m sorry!

  7. […] NEO doesn't go as flat in dimmer lighting, so they aren't as moody as some moissanite. Learn more here. These stones are beautiful, and I'm excited to get my hands on some to do some videos and share […]

  8. Judy
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    Hi Jen! So, now that you have been to the LV show, 3 questions… 1) Who, now, has the most “diamond-like” colorless moissanite, and 2) besides Forever One, did anyone else come out with a competing oval cut, and 3) Did Forever One come up with an oval larger than 2.10 carats?

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Hey hey! I’m still evaluating the stones, the new round NEO and Lustour in a few shapes will be here today/tomorrow. They are all very diamond-like – the question is now, with the subtle differences in the stones, which would you prefer – I can help you decide once I get my hands on some of the new stones. The NEO has all kinds of larger ovals! I will have one to evaluate in about a month, along with several other cuts to play with. Forever One is still only cutting the oval up to 2.1 carats. Not sure why, ovals look small for their size, a 2.5-3 carat would sell quite well.

  9. Jenn
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    Any Neo emerald cuts? FB emerald cuts don’t really do much for me, they seem kinda shallow in comparison to a diamond.. Also, do you think Neo’s will come in the standard 9×7, 6×8, 10×8 etc.? I’m hoping for something less square

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Hiya! I saw the NEO emerald cut in Vegas, was pretty, but it was a smaller one. I’m waiting on a larger one to evaluate, along with some other cuts, should arrive in about a month. There is no 9×7 coming out at first, but they’ll have an 8×6, 10×7, etc. I’m going to share the Lustour emerald cut today, compared to a FB emerald cut. Keep an eye on Instagram for it. I need to do further testing on them, but their emeralds are rather stunning at first glance.

  10. Jenn
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    that’s strange.. Any of the tiny sizes, like 5×3’s?

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Yes! The NEO emerald cut will come in 5×3 and also 4×2. Nice for 3 stone rings and doing up some cool anniversary band options!

  11. Lauren
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    I know someone already asked about the emerald cut… But any update? I read somewhere that the F1 emerald cut may be in the making, maybe with windmills (YAY) but I’d like to see the neo as I tend to prefer their subdued sparkle and middle of the road color grade. Are they still only in itty bitty sizes right now?

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Hiya Lauren! No F1 emerald cuts on the horizon, from what C&C told me last month. They can’t get the stone cut without a good bit of body color, so then they can’t be classified as F1. I’ll have a few NEO samples tomorrow to play with! Might be an emerald in the batch, it’s a surprise what he is sending us. lol Also waiting on a new moissanite that we are most likely going to sell as well, the Supernova. Will have samples of those soon, too. Have to wait to sell those until September, need a patent to expire and if they are gorgeous, we’ll be good to go.

  12. Lauren
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    Oh Wow, I’m glad I asked! I’ve heard of the super nova.. This is exciting! I hope I can wait that long hehe

    • Jen Hollywood-Showell
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      Me too! So excited to see all the fun new stones in person. Super fun! And so great to actually have more stone choices for people. Pricing should also get more competitive overall, which is never a bad thing.

  13. Lee
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    Hello Mrs Jen?
    i am already following your IG page, and I was wondering the difference btw forever One and Neo Moissanite?

    Kind Regards


  14. Jen Hollywood-Showell
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    Hi Lee! Forever One and NEO are 2 different brands of moissanite. Read more about the NEO here – https://www.jhollywooddesigns.com/neo/ There is a link to the F1 page there as well. We love the NEO, their stones are gorgeous and warranty is kickass, covers chips and scratches as well as color changes and clouding. So glad you found us on IG!

  15. Sukhmani
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    Hi Jen,
    Now that it’s been few years since the NEO has been out. Which moissanite would you recommend is most like a diamond?

    Thann you!

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