(Closed) Can diamonds have a lot of rainbow reflections?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Totally normal.  Diamonds are supposed to have fire, and certain lights will cause more rainbows than others.  Moissanite has more fire, but that doesn’t mean diamonds have no fire.

ETA:  I just played with fogging up both my diamond and my moissanite, and they acted about the same.  The moissanite may have taken a second longer to unfog.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

@FR825:  ya that’s my favorite type… the ones that sparkle rainboe colors!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My diamond willreflect little specs of rainbow color ! Here the diamonds are reflecting color (Below is a blurry pic tho you can see the colors ) 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Diamonds do have rainbow reflections (commonly called “fire”). A LOT of how much you will see them has to do with the particulars of the cut (because that determines how the light reflects back to your eye). Well-cut old cuts like old cushion cuts and old european cuts frequently have a lot, as higher crown angles usually produce more fire. Ideal/Excellent cut round diamonds are cut to balance white light and fire – white light will make a diamond appear brighter while fire will make it more characteristically sparkly. Badly cut diamonds often don’t really have either, from what I’ve seen. Dirty diamonds aren’t going to sparkle as much – and MOST people’s diamonds are FILTHY. The type of lighting you’re in will also affect which sparkles you see. Basically you see colored sparkles when the wavelength returning to your eye is like wider than what your eye can read, or something, and the “spillover” is what your eye is seeing as color. OR SOMETHING. You can read all about it on the intarwebs.

 

So yes, rainbow sparkles are perfectly normal, especially in a GIA-XXX, is the short version.

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

Diamond’s got plenty of fire, which can come in every color, but moissanite… it’s just a different look, much more broken up and “rainbowy,” even inside. It’s pretty much all fire, not white light return, and the fire is of a different nature. It’s kinda hard to describe to somone until they’ve seen both. Look up cerussite, it behaves more like moissanite than diamond does.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Oh yeah, I nearly get into accidents every day on my way to/from work because of how my diamond sparkles rainbow fire in the sun LOL

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Like PPs have said, fire is totally normal and desirable in a diamond! The thing is moissanite sparkles in a completely different way. It looks like a hologram, and it kind of “glitters” more than sparkles. The facets aren’t as crisp and the sparkles aren’t as big, they look like smaller sparkles. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@FutureMrsMcLaughin:  I can only catch the rainbows in blury pictures too.  Stupid rocks.

Diamond:

 

Moissanite:

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@joya_aspera:  I’d never heard of cerussite before.  Holy shit, I need one of these, like now.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Many people have never seen a well-cut, high quality diamond — they definitely throw a lot of fire!

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