Does moissanite actually look like a diamond?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1470 posts
Bumble bee

@walnutgirl:  Guess it depends on how good your *eye* for diamonds is. I’ve never seen moissanite IRL…I’d love to though. From pictures, I can only tell a difference between princess/square cut. The round cut looks the same to me. Then again, I don’t have an eye for diamonds apparently…I held one of my ridiculously fake beauty-store rhinestones (maybe CZ but probably not-they were $9?) earrings up to my very real diamond ering and I could barely tell a difference. Good thing my FI didn’t know that lol

Post # 4
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I had a really disappointing experience with a moissy. I saw so many raving reviews on WB that I convinced my FI to buy me one. When I got it, I immediately thought it looked “off.” It threw SO many colors (which a lot of people like!) and it had a very yellow tint. It was partly my fault because I expected it to have the same qualities as a diamond…but it doesn’t. Just education yourself! 🙂




This is my diamond e-ring on the left and the moissy on the right. We sent the moissy back the next day!

Post # 5
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@walnutgirl:  No. You will hear conflicting responses but my answer is a solid “no.”

Post # 6
3659 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It depends how much you know about diamonds, I guess. Most people see a clear, sparkly stone in a ring and immediately think “diamond.”

Post # 7
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Yea – I think it does.

Especially the enhanced ones

Post # 8
473 posts
Helper bee

While they both can be beautiful, they look decidedly different. If you look at a moissy and impose your expectations of a diamond, you will be sorely disappointed. In my experience (only in pics) a moissy throws more colors and is much cloudier than a diamond. But, compared to a moissy, diamonds can be monochromatic and feature too-sharp lines, for lack of a better explanation. 

Just my opinions!

Post # 9
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

The cut is different due to the optical properties, so if you know what a round brilliant cut looks like, you will be able to see the difference. If you asked 100 random people, not women on WB or people who know jewelry, to pick the moissanite out of a line up of diamonds (of all levels of cut and color), I think around 75% of people will get it wrong.

Post # 10
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

When I first got my ring my supervisor compared it to hers (she was recently engaged too).  Bouth our rings are similar size and both cushions.  They looked the same to both of us.  My mentor last year who loves all things diamonds was looking at it and before I told her what it was her comment was she had never seen a diamond cut that way before.

I think a lot of people on here say even though they have never seen moissanite in person they could spot it a hundred miles a way, it’s not really true.  I think you really have to know the differences (like the rainbow sparkles, the different cut, etc) and be looking very close to tell the difference.

Post # 11
4540 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

It throws more color, but other than that, I can’t really tell a difference. It might be more obvious if you compare it to a really high quality, wonderfully cut, D-F color diamond, though.

Post # 12
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think moissanite is sparkly and pretty, but it doesn’t look like diamond.  I first saw it when looking at diamond earrings – they had a 2ctw pair that were moissanite – I asked what they were, since they did not look like the other diamonds.  They were really pretty – and really affordable if you just want some big bling.  🙂 

Post # 13
8387 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Nope, I have a definite preference for moissanite, but it’s a very personal choice.  I recommend seeing a moissanite and diamond side by side in person to determine what you prefer.

Post # 14
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I think they look different – particularly the square and the cushions. Eternity bands and small things (less than maybe .50ct) look fine because all you really notice is sparkle anyway but the larger cuts have a discernable difference IMO.

Post # 15
2460 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’ve only ever seen a few IRL and I thought they looked more like a CZ than a diamond. 

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