Post # 1
I’ve lost access to my former account 🙁 so posting from a brand new one.
My question is derived from whether people outside the bee are even familiar with OEC cuts? I am going back and forth between an OEC or RB. I have been wondering if people will more likely question an OEC diamond over the standard RB due to their lack of familiarity with it. Will they think its some kind of a different gem since it looks so different from the standard diamond? Also for those that are familiar with OECs will they automatically assume it is a diamond stimulant due to the difficulty+expense in purchasing an OEC diamond nowadays?
I love the look of both for different reasons but if I am going to spend the $$$ on a diamond I would rather purchase something that people will less likely question as being “real”, or if people are going to question it anyways I may just go with an moissanite OEC and save myself the costs.
and yes, I understand most people wont vocally question what my stone actually is, but just curious on what the impression of OECs are to people who are unfamiliar with them. I personally had never heard or seen OECs until the bee so may have thought it was some different type of stone if I had seen one in person.
Post # 2
I don’t think too many people know. I went and got my hair done one time and complimented my stylist’s engagement ring and said “Oh my gosh! What a beautiful ring! It looks like an OEC, is it? Those are my favorite cuts!” And she blankly stared at me and thanked me and then told me she had no idea what I just said. Haha.
Her ring was super pretty!
Post # 3
LOL I still don’t know what an OEC is….
Post # 4
airoplane : I have an OEC diamond, and have encountered several people who knew what it was. Of the people who remark on my stone, they generally notice that it sparkles far more than the usual diamond that they see, and ask why. When I first saw my stone (an heirloom from DH’s family) I did not know the cut, but knew right away it was the brightest and clearest and most sparkly diamond I had ever seen.
Post # 5
To my recollection, I had never heard of an old European or old mine cut diamond until I became a member of Weddingbee. I do think they’re beautiful cuts though.
Post # 6
RobbieAndJuliahaha : Haha! Didn’t think of that as an option since OECs are all over the bee. I actually haven’t even seen an OEC in real life, so I may not even notice in my regular day to day when its not zoomed up in a photo.
Post # 7
Outside of the bee? Absolutely. Head over to Pricescope or other jewelry/diamond/gemstone forums.
In real life, I don’t think most people know what it is unless they’ve reall delved deep into diamond buying.
Post # 8
I don’t think most people notice various cuts. We only figured out old cuts when we were in the throes of research of diamond buying. I think people just see any clear stone and think ‘oh…diamond ring’ – end of. Unless they are really into gems.
Post # 9
I think in general, most people who aren’t really into diamonds or jewelry don’t know the difference between RB and OEC. That is my experience anyway 🙂
Post # 10
As far as which to get, I wouldn’t worry about if people would question it as a diamond or not – they’ll either recognize the cut and know it’s an OEC, or they won’t and will just think RB, but either way they’d assume diamond. What it comes down to is which YOU prefer visually. I find that OEC read better in person than in pictures as far as how they actually differ from RB; I was neutral until I actually had an OEC in my hands and then I was totally in love, no going back. (My ering is antique OEC and I collect antique jewelry.)
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2016 - Lola's Trailer Park
I have an OEC sapphire, no one has ever made any mention of the cut, they are usually just astounded by the color of it. I do think part of the reason the color looks so great and it’s so sparkly in lights (for lack of a better term here) is because of the cut.
I think most people just look at it and see that it’s round.
Post # 12
I don’t think you are generalized about something like this. Anyone who has seen an engagement ring from their great grandmother (and potentially grandmother) has probably seen an OEC. They may not know what to call it, but if they looked, they saw it. I have an OEC Amora Gem and nobody questions me about ‘is it real’. They just want to see the cool flower pattern in the middle. I also have diamonds and other gems that kinda span the range. Interestingly, the only time my gem was questioned was when I borrowed my mom’s 3.5 ctw WF ACA diamonds.
You need to buy a diamond YOU love. You will be looking at it. I find that old cuts have a unique personality as they were all hand cut. No two are identical and I love that. But, others want to stick to what they view to be more mainstream. I’d recommend you spend some time watching videos of both (JewelsbyGrace & LoveAffairDiamonds for old cuts; James Allen for new). Figure out what makes you go ‘wow’. Screw what anyone else may think.