Post # 1
I ordered a moissanite ring online (3/4 carat round brilliant Charles & Colvard) and I was a bit disappointed. After reading all the reviews and articles online about moissanite, I expected the moissanite to look like a real diamond. Although the moissanite is beautiful, it did look fake. I’ve been comparing it to friends’ real diamonds, and you can tell it’s fake with the naked eye. There are all these articles online about how some jewelers couldn’t tell the difference between diamond and moissanite without looking at it through a loupe, but I don’t believe that anymore. The reason why is that the rainbow reflections WITHIN the stone are a dead giveaway. Real diamonds may give off rainbow reflections externally, but there are no rainbow refractions or reflections visible inside the stone. For more info on this, do a google search for: “fake diamond rainbows”.
The moissanite stone is beautiful in its own right, and I’m happy that my fiancee and I saved money for a better honeymoon. I’m also happy that we didn’t contribute to the blood diamond cartel scam. I’m going to keep my moissanite stone for life, but I’m not going to try to pass it off as a real diamond.
Post # 3
Moissanite is a gem of its own right, and it’s not supposed to be a diamond stand-in or look like one. It isn’t “fake” — it’s a different gem.
Post # 4
Interesting. I’ve never seen one in person so this is good to know.
Post # 5
@MissCalifornia: Thanks for the clarification, jocember.
Post # 6
@cakebaker: It’s understandable that you were disappointed. There are so many gushing reviews here that I, too, am on the moissy bandwagon. With all that hype, I think our expectations become really high (it’s like finally going to see that movie everyone’s been talking about and then being really disappointed). I’m glad to hear that, despite your disappointment, you realize moissanite is a completely different gem and you still plan to use the stone. I’m sure it is very gorgeous!
Post # 7
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Post # 8
Thanks for this review. I’m still on the fence about moissy and it’s useful to hear less-than-glowing opinions and comparisions with diamonds
Post # 9
@cakebaker: Thanks for the feedback. I thought I could tell a difference when people post pictures of the moissys on here, but then I thought I could be just making myself believe that I could. But like@MissCalifornia: said, they’re a different gem. They’re beautiful, they’re classy, they’re a great engagement ring. But they aren’t a diamond.
Post # 10
I do think it’s important to go into it not expecting a cheaper diamond replica — Moissanite is a gorgeous gem of its own that creates a fire and sparkle quite different from diamond. I guess I’ve always known that from the reviews and information I’ve found here and on other sites, so I’ve never expected to “pass” it off as a diamond.
Some may indeed expect this, though, so it is good for them to note that it is not a replica.
Post # 11
What @jocember said. Moissanite is not supposed to look like a diamond, but they are similar in that they’re sparkly white stones, so most people just assume. Most people don’t know that the extreme rainbow reflections aren’t a natural characteristic of diamonds (diamonds do have fire, just not as much); they just assume that a moissanite is a “very sparkly diamond”. I’m sure there are some jewelers out there who wouldn’t recognize it without a loupe because of the crazy lighting in jewelery stores that makes even diamonds have extreme fire, so until you get it close up it looks just about the same.
It sounds like you think everyone has been lying about moissanite, but I don’t think anyone has been.
Post # 12
People who really know diamonds and sims will tell you that moissy isn’t the best sim – CZ is far better. However, many moissy owners get the gem because they like the properties of the stone. When people say it looks “fake” I get a little irked, because if you’re so worried about getting something that looks like a diamond, then get a diamond. Moissanite is its own gem with its own properties.
I am glad you pointed out the differences, though, this makes moissy appeal to me more.
Post # 14
@abirdword: And as someone who is a soon-to-be Moissy owner by choice, it’s a little offensive to hear that my stone/ring “looks fake”. No, it doesn’t. I got a Moissanite, not a diamond. My ring is a REAL moissanite (well, lab-created, that is. I wish I could have a natural one but I’m not a space explorer).
I think many people these days assume the ONLY socially acceptable choice for an engagement ring is a diamond, and the idea of any other clear white stone being used is an indicator that the person is trying to “fake” a diamond for less money. This can be true, but I’d wager for every person trying to pass their Moissy off as a diamond, there are many more like me who simply don’t like/want a diamond and chose their stone based on its unique properties and beauty.
Post # 15
Well, lesson learned, don’t buy a completely different gem if you wanted it to look exactly like a diamond.
I don’t get why people say it’s “fake” either, that’s like trying to pass off a white sapphire as a diamond and calling it fake because it doesn’t look exactly like a diamond.
Post # 16
I think moissanites are awesome! Its weird that I don’t know anyone with one IRL (that I know of) because i feel like they’re too amazing not to catch on. Maybe you bees are just early adopters 🙂