Diamond Versus Moissanite

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: can you tell the difference between diamond and moissanite
    Absolutely. Diamonds look MUCH better : (157 votes)
    45 %
    I can't tell the difference : (120 votes)
    34 %
    Moissanite looks much better : (56 votes)
    16 %
    What is moissanite? : (15 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    1173 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think you might want to add if the cost was not factored in, On your poll. If someone had a large amount of disposable income to spend on diamonds, then for sure most would, I would think. 

    Post # 4
    2358 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Its been a little bit since we had one of these I guess

    Post # 5
    3828 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Both are pretty and i’m in favour of whatever makes people happy. 

    Post # 6
    28 posts
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Time to brace ourselves, everyone… 😉

    I can tell the difference in most lightings, but I love my moissy and spend a lot of time looking at it.  I think in photographs it’s really difficult to tell, but the light play is when it becomes a little more apparent.  I absolutely prefer the look of moissanite.  I joked with boyfriend-at-the-time when I took him to see both stones that the diamonds looked “dead inside” in comparison.  And now I’m going to regret saying that given this thread.

    Post # 7
    3389 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. I’ve never seen a moissanite in person but would like to:)

    Post # 8
    2131 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    In general I don’t think people can tell the difference, because normally people aren’t looking for it. Outside of the Bee, Moissanite isn’t really commonly known about yet.

    I don’t think one is prettier than the other. Both/ALL stones are pretty in their own right.

    Post # 9
    356 posts
    Helper bee

    I prefer moissanite over a diamond. Not just because of the cost, but because there is more brilliance and fire, which I think is more beautiful.

    Post # 10
    744 posts
    Busy bee

    There was a post on pricescope about this (I can’t seem to find it now) – basically, almost everyone said they could never tell a moissanite vs. diamond on someone’s hand, not doing a crazy inspection of it.  I think there is a very small percentage of people who actually know what moissanite is and could maybe tell the difference.  But really, I think there’s hardly anyone who would just see a ring on someone’s hand and confidently be able to say, “that’s a moissanite”.  Especially since some lower-quality diamonds may have some of the qualities typically associated with moissanite (such as a warmer color).  Even some jewelers can’t tell the difference. 

    Post # 11
    6958 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @sporting:  I don’t know that one looks “better” than another. They look different. I like the look of my grandmother’s diamond ring when I wear it. I like the look of my moissanite engagement ring too. For me, the crazy flashes of color my moissy gives off are more appealing to me, but I can totally see how that is distracting, unappealing or ‘fake looking’ to some people. 

    Post # 12
    3268 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @sporting:  Uh oh, I bet this thread is going to blow up and then get shut down at some point. . . these always do.

    I couldn’t vote in your poll as there is not an option for my thoughts on the matter. I don’t think either looks BETTER or worse than the other, but I certainly find them very different in appearance. Diamonds are icier and refract fewer colors (and I find them less sparkly generally), whil moissanites are a little warmer and refract every color of the rainbow in an extremely dramatic way. 

    And no, I don’t think most people can tell the difference between moissy and diamond in a ring on someone’s finger. I don’t think people in general care about what type of stone is on another person’s hand. However, once you have seen moissanite in real life, I think it is possible, given some time staring at someone’s jewelry, to guess at which stone it is since they do definitely look different.

    Post # 13
    3268 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @Katie918:  +1. Uh-oh, I’ve outed myself. 🙂

    Post # 15
    1801 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @goblueca:  funny, because my friends have remarked numerous times that my moissanite looks like a very high quality diamond. I would take that as a compliment, but I prefer the look of moissanite over diamonds any day. 

    I know most people don’t keep up with developments in moissanite world, but the new rough being used for them is becoming whiter and whiter. “Forever Brilliant” moissanite doesn’t even go through an enhancement process any more, because it’s already white enough from the start. 


    Post # 16
    2831 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    i can tell, but i don’t think either looks better than the other. it’s personal preference. i like anything that sparkles, so i like both.

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