Post # 31
Discalimer: I am yet to see one in real life, but based on many photos, videos and reviews….. I think your average everyday person will assume the AG is a diamond. I have read a few posts where jewellers have been fooled and thought a bee’s AG was a diamond. However, for people who know what an AG is and how to tell the difference they may pick up on it…especially for sizes above the 1-1.5ct mark, smaller sizes may be difficult to tell. Even then they can never be 100% sure though.
At the end of the day I have seen some amazing diamonds and some really crappy diamonds too. All stones are different and one diamond can look different to another diamond. Best bet is to take it into a jeweller and compare for yourself. But keep in mind, it may be easy to tell one stone from another when they are side by side, but when there is nothing to compare it to it becomes harder to do so. I can tell color pretty well when stones are side by side, but when not I could not accurately tell you what a diamond’s specific color is. Love your stone for what it is, accept it’s “negatives” if you view them as such, but also realise that even a diamond has it’s downfalls too. From many posts I have read it seems the D/E colors are the easiest to pick and most with F/G colors appear more realistic. Again if you are above the 2ct mark people may assume its not a diamond. To be honest, if you could afford the same specs in a diamond, then that should answer your question as to what people will assume…. But people will assume anything for no reason too.
Just my $0.02 and I have not seen one IRL so take this with a grain of salt
Post # 32
snickerwickens is absolutely right. If you want something that no one will ever mistake for anything other than a diamond, get a diamond. If you WANT a diamond and want everyone to know it is a diamond, get a diamond.
The biggest thing to remember, IMO, is that no one cares nearly as much about your ring as you do. No one else will be staring at it in different lightings, watching the reflections in the cabin of a plane or in the car. No one else will wear it as the symbol of their love and marriage. So if a diamond matters to you, and if that’s what YOU want to look at, then buy a diamond. At the end of the day, you are the person you need to please. Even if you fool everyone else, you will know what it is. So if an Amora is what you want, then get the Amora. If a diamond is what you want, even if you fool everyone else you ever meet, you will never be happy.
Post # 33
My answer is yes, it is diamond-like. I suggest closing this thread since so few on the bee have seen an AG in person and the pictures really do not represent IRL appearance. On btd.com you will get a wide variety of people from different walks of life and countries that can give you an honest answer with proper evidence. Meaning they have seen a diamond and an AG.
Post # 34
You aren’t allowed to say anything even remotely negative about AG on btd and live to tell the story so I’d have to disagree on that point.
Post # 35
Live to tell? You mean avoid banning and so far I have while making some unpleasant post. I think the Queen of Hearts is done chopping off heads over there. Either way, then maybe the facet lounge would be best for this subject. The bee can be very judgemental about anything non-diamond. Those two forums are more about jewelry lovers in general regardless of which stone you choose.
Post # 36
LOL!! TFL is a great place to talk about anything that shines – diamonds, moissys, glitter, shoes, if it sparkles, it’s a go!
Post # 37
I love it over there, but I have yet to hit the hundred post to becom a “real” member. Oh well.
Post # 38
I have both, both old cuts, and both rather large… So I think my comparison videos are pretty good. I would mute unless you want to hear cartoons, lol.
So, as someone that spends a silly amount of time looking at gems in all the different rooms of my house, I *can* pick out differences. But it is not normal, lol, and the dfferences are not huge. Most people simply do not have that much experience, nor do they have a diamond of similar stats to pull out and compare to yours. For all intents and purposes, when people see a white, sparkly stone, they will think it is a diamond. So unless you have far exceeded your means in terms of what a diamond would cost, I would really not worry about it. It is a sparkly ring, to be worn and enjoyed, and to commomerate a special time in your life. If wearing an AG or some other alternative brings your stress or anxiety, just buy a diamond that you can afford, and upgrade when you can. Sometimes I think it is the fact that people really actually want a diamond… so if that is the case, get what you really want and will be proud of.
Post # 39
I find it easy to tell the difference but to someone who doesn’t know Amoras even exist…they will proably think it’s a CZ. Who cares anyway? If you wanted people to think it’s a diamond so bad, you should have bought a diamond, end of story.
Post # 40
I’m assuming when someone asks about “naked eye” view of the gem, it means people who are going to be looking at the ring from at least a foot away and for only a few seconds…if so, I feel like anything can look like a diamond. I’ve worn a cz ring among the ladies who wear their diamond engagement ring under the same lighting, and they looked the same for me. I feel like there will be very few people who will have enough gut to stare closely at someone else’s ring, so in my opinion, go ahead and have everyone assume it’s a diamond.
Post # 41
I just received my Amora Gem today and it looks just like a diamond to the naked eye. Its gorgeous and I’m in love. I was very very hesitant about going with a gem over a diamond and I am so glad I did.
Post # 42
I bought an Amora stone, and because they said it could fool a trained gemologist, I took it to be appraised. I avoided saying the pedegree of the stone, and just let the extremely well trained appraiser do his thing (he’s GIA trained, btw). He thought it was a diamond, all the way. The only thing he said during the course of the appraisal was it didn’t weigh quite what he thought it should based on its dimensions. At the end, he appraised a 3.10 carat $3,200 Amora cushion cut stone at $54,000. Now I would NEVER try to pass this off as a diamond. I’m not going to lie to anyone about what it is, but I was surprised it could fool a man with a list of certifications as long as my arm. Great product, great bling for the buck. On the downside, I paid for a D, VVS1 stone from BTD. The GIA guy appraised it as G, and SI1. Now, I can’t see a darned thing with the naked eye, or a loop, but he said there was some goo inside the stone somewhere. If I can’t see it, I don’t really care but I would have preferred to pay less if it was of lesser quality.