- 8 years ago
So, after feeling very “ehh” about the round brilliant moissy I ordered a while back and returned, (see review: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/loose-moissanite-arrived-today-a-review-lots-of-pics#axzz2RaQRImfy ) and upon the recommendation of jcent, I decided to order a 2ct OEC. I was very excited as all the photos I’ve seen have had absolutely delicious, chunky facets and depth.
Well, stone arrived today and I have to say I’m underwhelmed. Now, don’t get me wrong, I could have just (again) received a subpar moissy but here we go:
Stone arrived from moissaniteco in 3 business days (yay!). Fabulous packaging as usual. I had ordered an Amora treated 2ct OEC with a small culet. Bright, white stone. Pleased with the Amora treatment though I noticed zero difference between the amora and forever brilliant treatments. In some later pics I tossed on my ring to show color performance similarities. Please note that my stone is a 1.5ct S-T color cushion and note that in the later shots that both stones pick up environmental colors in the exact same way.
I loved the tall crown and, to be honest, compared to the brilliant moissy, the OEC actually appears diamond like. The shallow appearance and splintery cut of the brilliant set it apart from other brilliant stones I’ve seen and, for me, had moments where it was distinctly different. But the OEC looks identical to diamond OECs I’ve seen. I’m assuming the high crown gives it a depth that the brilliant was robbed of that I’ve only ever seen in diamonds. Also, loved the flower-like face-up facets. Again, like with the brilliant, I’m not observing any incredible amounts of fire. I took the brilliant to a store with halogen lighting and, honestly, the fire was identical to any well cut brilliant diamond. This is not meant as a jab against moissy, I’m just hoping to provide an observation and difference of opinion as all reviews I’ve seen rave about “amazing” fire unlike anything seen in diamonds. Perhaps when compared to an average diamond. But an excellent cut? I personally see no difference.
Now, on to my disappointment. I understand that our big fat heads can block light from entering the tables of our stones, causing them to darken in the center, stiring up all sorts of “why isn’t my sparkly, sparkly?” feelings. With the brilliant moissy this was a non-issue. It’s cut overcame any shadows and glowed beautifully. The OEC? Not so much. So far, it hasn’t seemed to matter which direction I hold the stone, where I put my head, the stone is chronically dark in the center, creating a “nail-head” type of shadow. Personally, I loathe dark centers and I’m sure that makes me a little sensitive towards this stone. I mean, if my stone is going to look dark and sad every time I look at it then what’s the point? Unfortunately, my iphone loves to brighten things for me, which is usually convenient, but in this case it made it hard to capture what I’m describing. In this case, the photos below made the stone look better than it looks in person.
I’ll probably be returning this as well which makes me a little sad since I was hoping this would be the stone for my project. But I’ll be sitting on the decision for a day or so, taking it around town and look for some halogen lighting and, like I did in my last review, I’ll be uploading any additional shots I take along the way.
On to the photos and please forgive the quality. They seem to look better on my computer and worse after uploading.
Check out the gorgeously high crown. 🙂 The following 4 photos were taken with no overhead lighting, just the ambient light from a window.
This photo was taken with ambient lighting from a window with harsher lighting from a lamp directly above the stone.
Please note that my fingers are orange. The discoloration of both my hand and the photo comes from the lamp and this is not a flaw with the stone, just an example of how reactive it can be. Pretty right? 🙂
Here’s one of window lighting again. The others I had to shade slightly or the stone would become too bright to photograph. I feel this one captures the brightness better.
This one is taken in our pink bathroom with strong overhead lighting. Note that the walls don’t appear pink. They should. iPhone color correction is affecting the entire photo. The stone is also not face up. It’s more of a side shot but I love that you can see how tiny the culet is.
For anyone who is curious – I’m a size 4.5 ring finger. So, if you were wondering what a 2ct stone would look like, I hope this helps.
I feel this next shot better shows what I mean by the “nail-head” shadow. See how the center is dark? If it weren’t for my phone correcting shadows, and if you saw it in person, you’d see that the entire center is actually dark. A little disappointing.
This one is taken under overhead lighting in my vanity area.
I wanted to capture the 2 stones together in ambient window lighting.
This one is taken outside under the shade of our patio. Keep in mind that our patio is covered in green astroturf and you can see the color being picked up by both stones.
Direct, harsh sunlight outside on our green patio.
As a final note. My last return with moissaniteco went rather poorly. I returned the stone within the window and 11 business days after it was delivered back to Vegas I still had not been notified of my refund. I contact them and they respond that sometimes it takes a few days to process so I patiently wait. 10 business days later and still no word I contact them again. I received a guilt trip about how someone that the customer service reps knew had died and the person responsible for processing my refund had failed to even process it correctly. They promised that it was now being sent through the system. It really rubbed me the wrong way. It’s always a terrible thing when there is a loss in someone’s family. But I don’t feel like I need to be made to feel bad for repeatedly inquiring as to where my almost $700 is when I’ve been patiently been waiting a month for something that should be been returned to me after 10 business days.
Here’s to hoping I get my 1K back in a timely manner with no guilt trips if I decide to return it….