(Closed) Can I pass the moissanite off as a diamond?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Can I pass a 1.8 carat J colored cushion cut Amora Moissanite off as a diamond?

    Yes!

    No!

  • Post # 47
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    @Petite_Fraise: “PS: a 1.8 carat SI1 diamond J color would be far more expensive than 8K”

    That depends on where you buy it from. The cost of a stone can vary a great deal based on where it was purchased, whether it is new or secondhand, if it has been clarity enhanced, and many other things. I hate when people say someone could never get a certain stone for a particular price. Sure, she couldn’t get it by walking into a jewelry store and paying retail, but what if she were to buy it used? If you don’t believe it’s possible, check eBay any day of the week. There are diamonds going for incredibly low prices all the time. Granted, some people don’t feel comfortable buying that way, but it’s not like the option isn’t there. People get amazing deals on things all the time. It usually takes a lot of time, dedication, and searching which many people are willing to put in, but some people are. This is sort of off topic, but I also can’t stand when people assume a stone is fake because they think the wearer couldn’t afford it. They could have gotten a great deal like I mentioned, it could be an heirloom, they could have been saving for a long time, etc. It never ceases to amaze me the assumptions people make, but, then again, those same assumptions make it easy to pass a moissanite as a diamond. People almost always assume any clear/white stone is a diamond, so the question rarely comes up and never IRL in my experience. 


    Post # 51
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

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    @GelaMac: 

    In respect to scratches, it is a 9.25 on the MOH’s scale (for comparison, sapphire is a 9 and diamond is a 10, but it is not like a directly linear scale either). So, they will scratch more easily (the usual diamond will scratch moissanite, another moissanite can scratch moissanite) but still are quite tough and totally fine for daily wear.

    In respect to “cracks and chips” though, moissanite is very, very durable. Diamonds have “natural cleavage” (gemcutters use this cleavage as an advantage to cut diamonds) so that a hit along this natural cleavage can result in a crack, and chips. If you look at old stones, you can see lots of their girdles are chipped and cracked. The corners of stones like yours (princess) must also be protected as they are prone to cracking and chipping. Many other stones, including moissanite and sapphires (except for twinned stones), are actually much more durable than diamonds in respect to cracking and chipping as they do not have this natural cleavage. However, as long as you do not hit diamond on a cleavage plane it is very durable too!

    I do not worry about my stone mainly as it is in a bezel and rather low, but other than that I just make sure to be careful with it – not just throw it on a tray or in a drawer with other loose rings or stones, take it off if I am doing housecleaning or manual labour type work. I fully expect it to be fine for a lifetime. I would not call myself totally clumsy, but I am not overly finessed either!

     

    Post # 52
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    A moissanite will totally pass as a diamond, unless the person looking at it knows the tell-tale signs to look for (slightly different cuts, sparklier than diamonds) and if they know what they’re looking for, they know about moissanite already and will probably ask outright “is that a moissanite?”  Otherwise, the average girl on the street will never know it’s not a diamond.  Stick to a smaller carat size (1 and under I’d say) and that will further decreaase the chances of anyone asking you.

    I have a yellow gemstone, which doesn’t refract at all (is:  no “rainbows”) but is still very sparkly, and people assume it’s a diamond all the time.  I tell them it’s not if they say it out loud to me, but I don’t go out of my way to make sure everyone knows it’s not a diamond… why would I? 

    “Beautiful ring!”

    “Thanks, it’s not a diamond”.  Kind of weird no?  

    I just say thank you and move on.

    Post # 53
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    Although I can tell on youtube, it would never cross my mind to think about it in real life.  I usually just assume clear gems are diamonds (unless they’re saphires or something).  No one I know in real life has a moissy so it probably wouldn’t cross my mind.

    Post # 54
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Can it pass for one to the general public yes, can it pass if someone is well educated on the types of stones probably not. I love your reason behind wanting a moissanite I would tell anyone who asked the story and in the words of the mighty doctor seuss “those who matter dont mind and those who mind dont matter”

    Post # 55
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    No way. 

    Post # 56
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    @Jane8530:  Yes you probably can.  To answer your question without all the ethics involved.  Unless you happen to be showing someone from the bee, lol.

    Post # 58
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Probably so. Frankly I don’t see why people care so much. Buy what you want and much happiness to you. 

    Post # 60
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    @mixtapehearts:  +1.

    I also was going to say, I would go with a Round or Cushion & stay away from other cuts.  I like their Princess cut, but it looks nothing like a diamond.  Good luck!

     

    Post # 61
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    I think a lot of the “no” votes in the poll are coming from closet diamond snobs, haha.

    Really, unless they are examining the ring with the intent to decide whether it’s a diamond or a moissy, THE VAST MAJORITY of people won’t notice!  We should have a poll on here to see how many Bees had even heard of Moissanite before coming to this site (I know some of you are jewelry buffs (like KatyElle) but a LOT of us had never heard of it, including myself).

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