Your Guide to Moissanite Faceting Types
Faceting types are one of the many elements that give your engagement ring its unique character and mesmerising brilliance. Whether you desire a subtle glow or a dazzling sparkle, we have created this journal of the most common moissanite faceting types to help you discover, or craft, your dream ring to last a lifetime of love.
Firstly, what is faceting? Faceting refers to how the gemstone has been cut and determines the internal appearance of the stone itself. Unlike diamonds, which are cut to maximise carat weight, moissanite gemstones are cut and faceted to maximise the divine fire and brilliance we all adore. Depending on the chosen cut, two stones in the same shape can appear quite differently, as the contrast between white light and the dispersed coloured light within the gemstone also differs.
A more traditional style, brilliant cut moissanite. The type and number of facets within the brilliant cut moissanite stone is optimised to refract the most light, and therefore sparkle the most. Light will go down into the centre of the stone, reflect off of the clear and precise facets, and come back out through the stone. The clear and bright light dazzling between the seemingly endless facets is simply mesmerising.
Boasting a more subtle sparkle, a crushed ice moissanite stone has a multitude of small, randomised facets within the pavilion of the stone. Typically, the light will reflect multiple times inside the stone, sometimes exiting instead of reflecting back up. The smaller facets of the crushed ice moissanite are said to make the gemstone appear more diamond-like.
Old Mine Cut
Perfectly imperfect. Old mine cut moissanites have a beautiful, unique appearance that dates back to an era when diamonds were cut and polished by hand. Their soft, large facets produce a unique fire, giving the cultured gemstone a softer look than modern brilliant gemstone cuts.
Boasting elegance and classic beauty, emerald cut moissanites are simply mesmerising. Distinguished by its step-cut faceting and square or rectangular shape, emerald cut gemstones feature linear straight facets parallel to the girdle of the gemstones. This cut is subdued and sophisticated, emitting a divine subtle glow, with sharp flashes of light.
A beautiful and inimitable faceting type. Much like the sprawling petals of a fully bloomed rose, rose cut gemstones boast a domed table covered in distinctive triangular facets. The fewer facets of a rose cut diamond result in the subtle beauty of a soft diffused light - a divine choice for those dreaming of something truly unique.
Old European Cut
A divine antique-inspired cut. The old european cut is a round gemstone cut. Primarily cut between 1890-1930, this faceting type has a softer look than modern brilliant gemstone cuts and is easily recognizable by the small circle at the centre of the diamond's table. A divine choice for those who want to elevate their dream ring with a vintage flair.
At The Moissanite Company, our cultured gemstones are all hand cut - this allows for each stone to be perfectly faceted and cut to exact proportions that ensure the optical properties are second to none. They are D colour and VVS1 clarity, meaning whichever you choose, you’ll have the highest quality moissanite stone in your beautiful forever ring.
Moissanite is the perfect choice if you’re searching for an affordable, ethical alternative to a diamond ring. At The Moissanite Company, we utilise our highest quality Moissanite paired with impeccable craftsmanship to bring your forever ring to life. We’re here to walk with you every step of the journey and can clarify any questions you may have. Get in touch today to receive a no-obligation quote from one of our jewellery experts.