Post # 1
I’m wondering how common moissanite is in Canada, where I live. I have never seen it in a jewelry store here for example. I do see it advertised in store windows sometimes when I travel to the US though. I think most of the moissanite girls I’ve seen on these boards are Americans, except deathbydesign. I’m getting one so I’m just curious the amount of explaining I’d have to do if anyone asks what kind of stone it is!
Post # 3
@Pinkmoon: I’m a waiting bee, but SO knows to get me a moissanite when the time comes. I’m curious to see the answers as well.
Post # 4
I can’t vote because I don’t have a moissy….truth be told, I had never even heard of it until I joined the bee! I still don’t know anyone who has one and if I were to bring it up, most (if not all) of my friends would say, “what-anite?”
Post # 5
@Juliepants: Haha! That’s almost the exact reaction my mom had when I told her my ring is moissanite! I had to pronounce it for her like four times and she thought I was talking about the metal, not the stones. Yep, after that I decided I’m just not gonna say anything (unless asked) to Future Mother-In-Law or FI’s grandma because they probably wouldn’t “get it,” either.
And I would have voted, but I’m not Canadian!
Post # 6
Yah because it’s so unheard of here I kind of want to just take the easy way and let people keep on thinking its a diamond. That’s what they expect, so probably most people wouldn’t even assume anything else. And it is a pretty rude question to ask “is it real!” I’m not sure if my boyfriend has told anyone about it. His parents know, and my parents will know and that’s cool. I just don’t want to be always explaining to coworkers or random friends I barely know.
I’m not ashamed of it or anything, I just don’t really want to deal with the confused expressions all the time. I guess I’ll see what happens once I get it.
Post # 7
I live in the US and I think it’s not very common here either. I never heard of moissanite before I joined the bee. none of my friends had ever heard about it either.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
I saw it at the Farmers Market here in Calgary. And theres a few shops that sell it, but I’ve never met someone who has it.
Post # 10
I am in Ontario and have an Amora Moissanite – I have never been asked and I pass it off as a diamond.
Post # 11
@Pinkmoon: I honestly would just answer with “of course it’s real!” since it IS real moissanite, right? Unless I was close with the person, in which case they would probably already know, that’s what I would do.
@CarolinaCola: Haha, I STILL don’t know how to pronounce it! 🙂
Post # 12
I am from US, but people probably wouldn’t ask about your moissanite because it looks so much like a diamond. I just saw it in person today, and it is gorgeous. Most people in the US don’t even know what moissanite is. I didn’t know what it was until these boards. It is a heck of a discovery though!
If you do have to explain, my plan is to say that it is named after the man who discovered it. It was originally discovered from a meteor, but it is so rare that it is now lab created. And yes, it is real! But, not a diamond.
Post # 13
@Pinkmoon: I’m not Canadian but my husband is (we’re still in a LDR). We could only find two stores somewhat near (2hr drive!) him and when he checked one, they only had a few moissanite gemstones and the biggest stones they had were half carat. I think it’s safe to say, at least in the area of Alberta he lives in, it’s not very common. It’s not very common here either though (California). I had never heard of it before Wedding Bee and neither did anyone I know.
Post # 14
Thanks for the input ladies. I doubt it will even be an issue!