Post # 1
I’m curious do you explain to people what your stone is? Say if someone is looking at your ring for the first time and asking about it (say you just got engaged) do you volunteer with the stone or do you think people assume it is a diamond and you leave it at that? Or is it a case of what you say depends on who you’re talking to.
Post # 3
i tell them that mine is a sapphire 🙂
Post # 4
I have never had anyone ask, so I don’t comment.
I am having a ring made with a barely pink moissanite, and I think that one I am more likely to explain– since there is no way it is a pink diamond.
Post # 5
@Andyboots: I don’t have a simulant but thought I’d contribute anyway. For what it’s worth, no one has ever asked me about my stone OR commented on my diamond. I don’t know if that’s because it very obviously looks like a real diamond so there is no reason to, but I’m not friends with gemologists and I’m sure none would know the difference between a CZ/moissy and diamond.
The only time I could I disclosed info about the stone is when someone asked, “is that a blood diamond?” as a joke.
I seriously have a hard time thinking about someone with a simulant could reply to compliments with, “Thanks, it’s moissanite.” If feel like if I complimented someone’s ring IRL and they disclosed the type of stone it was, I’d reply with “ummmmm okay?”
Post # 6
@letigre: In the very rare instances where someone has asked about my e-ring, I do volunteer what it is (aquamarine) and why (special significance to us as a couple). No one finds it odd, and they learn a little bit of trivia. If I had a stone that looked like a diamond, but wasn’t one, I would likely educate anyone who asked on what it is. But that’s just me. If I’m fond of it enough to wear it as an engagement ring, then I would be fond enough to disclose what the stone is when complimented on it.
Post # 7
I don’t volunteer information and I’ve never been asked what it is or to confirm its diamondyness. For those that believe the authenticity of my love/ engagement is based on whether it’s a certified diamond or not, I cannot help and they can go on making those sorts of judgments without any implications on my life.
Post # 8
No one has asked if my ring is a diamond, or has complimented my “diamond” directly. If someone did ask, I would be more than willing to talk about what a great deal I got, how great it has held up, and how even professional jewelers have mistaken it for diamond, then pass them along to the website 🙂
Post # 9
@SeaSalt: There is just a pervasive attitude that those with simulants need to disclose, and I just have a hard time imagining how that would be appropriate in conversation unless you have the time to say, “well there was this meteor that landed on earth and some scientist discovered a substance called moissanite. Fast forward a few decades and a company thought they could turn the green crystals into a colourless spectrum and facet it so it could look similar to diamonds…”
Post # 10
Person: Who, what a beautiful ring!
Me: Thank you! It’s a XXXX. <insert tidbit about stone here>
That is what I would do. Again, if I was all crazy about moissys or ashas or whatever enough to want it as my engagement ring, I would be thrilled to share my discovery with others. For me personally, I did not want a diamond (I have 5 diamond e-rings at home from family members). That’s cool, and I get that lots of people don’t. So I have no problem explaining what I have and why, and people have been genuinely interested in it. But I also didn’t want something that 99% of the world would assume is a diamond either. I guess if I felt that I was trying to misrepresent my stone, I might not be eager to share, but I never had, and am proud of its story, so I’ve always been happy to share.
(All irrelevant now given I don’t wear my e-ring now that we’re married)
Post # 11
@letigre: I love you for saying this! I’m a science geek (and nervous of the ecological/human ramifications of diamonds) and for those reasons, I’m desperate for a moissanite! My SO is convinced that an engagement ring must be diamond, and I’m trying to talk him out of eventually purchasing a diamond. I have already told a lot of people in my personal life that I want moissanite, so I probably wouldn’t have to explain it to them… But strangers or acquaintances? Um, it’s just awkward to throw back a long-winded response when someone throws a “nice ring!” your way.
A lot of cz/moissanite bees get a lot of crap from bees with diamonds for “faking it”, but it’s just hard NOT TO, even when you don’t WANT to!
Post # 12
I tell most people it’s a moissanite because I specifically chose a moissanite center over a diamond. Since I have diamond sidestones, it’s a good way for people to see the optical differences between the two and it always makes for an interesting conversation. I have never had anyone specifically ask me if it’s a diamond or not though. I honestly think the most judgement you’ll get for having a moissy is here on the bee.
Post # 13
Granted, I don’t have a moissy and I’ve only had my engagement ring for like a week, but no one ever says “your diamond is nice” They usually say “I love your ring,” maybe “wow, what a rock,” something along those lines, and I just say thank you.
I could see it happening with earrings maybe “I love those diamond earrings” But I just don’t think anyone’s walking around calling out diamonds specifically in an engagement ring, that’d be a little strange and if someone did, I’d think they were fishing.
Post # 15
@Andyboots: I have a moissanite and I tell everyone exactly what it is! My ring is quite large, and I feel that I would get more judgement from it being a diamond than a moissanite – and I would judge myself too. Most people are aware of the somewhat dubious ethics of the diamond industry and I didn’t want to buy into that. I chose moissanite over other stones for a reason so why wouldn’t I want to share it? I get a beautiful sparkly ring from a clean source and for a fraction of the price, what’s not to be proud of. In fact, I actively discourage people from thinking it’s a diamond 🙂
Post # 16
I have a 2.1 diamond ring and have beeen asked. “Is it real?” How rude?