OEC vs RB: A comparison with *PICS* (moissanite)

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@DarlingClementine:  Great thread! I like that you have them in the same setting, which is much easier for comparison’s sake.

I noticed the same thing comparing my FB cushion to my FB OEC. The cushion had smaller facets that appeared more blurry, or dusty as you called it. It looked overall more cloudy I guess? The sparkle was glittery and splintery.

The OEC’s cut is well defined, perhaps because they don’t try to fit in so many cuts/facets so it gives it a more crisp look? Not sure.

Anyways, I don’t have my cushion anymore, but I tried to take some pics of my OEC in the same lighting as previous pics I already had of my cushion.

Here they are – yellowish overhead lighting (kitchen)

Cushion on top (looks cloudy) OEC on bottom (looks sharper)

And office lighting (white light/fluorescent)

Cushion on top, OEC on bottom. In this lighting, you can see the facets of the cushion much better, they are much more defined. However, comparing the body color of the cushion to the OEC shows that the cushion is much warmer.

Also, the cushion and OEC face up the same (6.5 mm); however, the cushion is a 1.4 ct eq. and the OEC is a 1 ct eq. Cushions face up small for their weight.

Hands down I prefer the OEC.

2 more pics, outside, direct sunlight:

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@DarlingClementine:  Thank you!! I love it so much too! Yes, I did like my cushion, and in the future I would like to add one back into my collection. I’m really happy that I saw enough pics and reviews to take the plunge and get an OEC this time. I’m usually a fan of more “square” stones, but the cushion halo and claw prongs make it look squared off. 

Here are 2 videos comparing the cushion to the OEC in terms of sparkle. They’re not taken in the same lighting, but you get the jist. I’ve slowed the OEC video down x2.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@DarlingClementine:  great comparisons and very informative. Love my OEC as well and yours is to die for! Love it! Thanks for the in-depth review. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Wow this thread was just what I needed to see!!!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

DarlingClementine:  Great report! I love comparisons. This was so well done. I don’t have a moissy RB, but I have two OECs in different sizes. They are so different from one another. I feel that these OECs are each so unique, which is very much a part of the charm! Love your post!

Post # 10
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Newbee

Beautiful stones!  I’m in the market for either a diamond, FB moissy, Amora moissy from MoissaniteCo.com  Any suggestions?  I’m a diamond lover, but not a lover of the price.

 

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by  shilohlvr17.
Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 1984

shilohlvr17:  Charles and Colvard are no longer making OECs so, if you think that you might want one, you have to decide quickly before they are all gone.

I have purchased most of my moissante jewellery from MoCo, and I highly recommend them! I have multiple pairs of moissy earrings, including a 1ctw pair of Amora enhanced OEC earrings and the ones purchased from MoCo have a great cut – they really mean it when they say they inspect their stones!

Unfortunately for me, I recently purchased another pair of earrings from a well known jeweller that claims to hand selct their stones and I’m disappointed to report that the moissy has a shallow cut which causes a nail head effect and less overall brilliance and sparkle. 

Post # 12
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Newbee

Mrs.Bill:  Thanks so much Mrs.Bill!  I’m glad to know more about C&C, and your opinion on MoissaniteCo.  Are you a diamond lover?  If so, do you see a difference in diamonds vs. moissy?

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 1984

shilohlvr17:  Yes, I am a diamond lover – just not the price or the ethics/environmental impact of diamond mining (including Canadian diamonds.) The diamonds I have belonged to my mother, my husband’s grandmother and anything I purchased was done so before conflict diamonds were known to exist.

Because you are considering an old style cut, you may want to try estate diamonds. You can get gorgeous cuts and a bit of a price break too. Love Affair Diamonds has gorgeous stones graded by GIA. f you think you might prefer a modern cut, you can always purchase a lab made diamond (not CZ!) though they aren’t much of a price break at least you know their source.

To answer your question, there are MINOR visual differences between a RB moissanite and RB diamond cut but not enough that 99.9% (including jewellers) will ever know you’re wearing something other than a diamond. I have Amora enhanced moissy and an AG Ultra that have tested as diamonds on every tester so far. As a matter of fact, I just had the Amora moissy reset and the AG ring resized and the jeweller all but accused me of lying about them being moissanites.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

This is just a great thread!! Thanks!

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