(Closed) Can you spot a moissanite (versus diamond) in real life?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

@lilsweetie:  I agree with you. I don’t think they’re very well known amongst most people. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone in my area wear anything larger than a carat so I’ve never questioned the authenticity of a ring, though I bet plenty of people have cz. I personally can tell a moissanite from a diamond pretty easily IRL if I can see it up close (12 inches). 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

No, I cannot. And I find it kind of comical that people think they can tell easily when the visual properties are proven so close and most jewelers can’t tell them apart without close inspection.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper

I can now based on my experience with WB. I saw a large moissy the other day at Peets Coffee and it was pretty obvious. However, I am guessing for those that opted for smaller sizes like perhaps less than a carat it might prove difficult. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I don’t think I could (and I have a moissanite).  Maybe if I had two stones to compare in a variety of lighting conditions, but definitely not on someone’s hand from a distance.

I’ve had jewelers go on and on about the stone and how great it was before I mentioned that it wasn’t a diamond.  

I also had a jeweler act fairly rude toward my Fiance and I (we’re young and look younger), ask us what we did for jobs, talk about how she didn’t have enough money saved up for a honeymoon when she got married, how many couples get smaller rings, etc. until I managed to slip “moissanite” into the conversation.  Tone changed very quickly.  People who tell you your stone is nice might be flattering you, but this woman was definitely holding our “expensive diamond” against us, so I’m pretty sure she was none the wiser.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I have one and I havent really noticed it looking different to other peoples’ diamonds. mine is a .85 though…

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Yes I can, because it behaves differently from diamonds. It’s much easier to see in person than through photos/video. They behave most similarly under a jeweler’s spot lighting as this causes darkness and lots of short bursts of fire in both types of stones. They behave least similarly in daylight and diffuse indoor lighting.

I can also tell a CZ, but that is harder.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Oh my goodness a moissanite is so noticable IRL. It has much more fire (rainbows) than a real diamond. That in mind, they are pretty to look at.

If you’re considering a “fake” diamond I suggest a high quality CZ, and not over a carat. But it depends on your personal situation. For example, if you and your SO are both “poor” college students even a 1.0 carat CZ may be questioned. You may also consider getting a smaller stone CZ ring and upgrade later.

I got a CZ e-ring (I insisted on it because diamonds are expensive solely because of marketing not because they are rare) and no one even questions it. I got a 1 carat center set in white gold…both me and my finace have good careers so it seems reasonable it’s real. And I LOVE my ring, engaged almost a year and I can’t stop staring at it! The pictures don’t do it justice. Check out chicjewelry.com

Below is a comparison of moissanite (left) and a diamond (right) from http://www.moissanitejewelry.com/moissanite.htm

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I can tell, but only because my father is a master jeweler and I grew up around it all. Not to say that they are not beautiful, but a diamond is a diamond and a moissy a moissy.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think its hilarious that people think they can tell.  I’ve tested jewelers with it, both on the job and one in my own family at a reunion.  The only person I’ve ever had be able to tell was a fellow moissanite owner, and even she wasn’t positive.  If you spend enough time staring at one on your own finger in different lights the physical properties become more obvious, but other than that, no.  Also, someone with a good eye that got to examine it in different lighting conditions might.

 

That being said, I always tell people what it is because its so pretty, I’m so proud of it, and I wouldn’t want anyone to think that my hippie self was supporting the diamond industry;-)

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@BuBuBubbles:  I know many jewelers that can’t even tell a cz from a diamond. With that being said just because they can’t doesnt mean everyone can’t. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I really doubt anyone can tell without a loupe or or a very carefully positioned bright light or something. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Bebealways:  If you’ve got a jeweler who can’t tell a CZ from a diamond, much less a mossanite, you need a new jeweler!!!

I don’t say this to be mean at all, so please don’t take it that way!  I have a friend with an expensive CZ who’s husband didn’t want to replace it (so she challenged him and I was the 3rd party observer).  The only jeweler who thought it was a diamond was the same one who wanted to charge Fiance and I 3x anyone else in the area for a recast of a ring. :/.

@NAvery:  

@BuBuBubbles:  

@Bebealways:  

While I agree that your average everyday observer who doesn’t care, probably can’t tell, mostly because they don’t care if you have diamond or not and aren’t really paying attention or will just assume it’s a diamond….

Mossanite is awesome… they sparkle, flare, and show color totally different than diamond.  Really more so and more colorful.  I don’t think that makes them bad at all!  They just look different, I was looking at them and planning for them (and how to talk traditional Fiance into them) before we were given an heirloom ring.  Nothing wrong with them at all, they are just different.  But obviously so, even in over lighted jewelry stores and I knew nothing about jewelry other than I didn’t want something pointy or stabby!  I don’t see the point of pretending they are something they are not or that they look like diamond (other than a colorless stone), if they have a whole set of criterea and looks all on their own!  Love them for what they are, not what you wished they were!  Sorry if that’s harsh because it’s not meant to be because they are awesome as what they are.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MrsTangerine:  I actually totally agree, when I see those “comparison” lighting photos, the stuff that actually highlights the difference, moissanite always comes out on top for me. I want a pink moissanite right hand ring SO bad it’s not even funny.

I just think that as far as a white moissanite ring vs a white diamond ring in regular daylight on someone’s hand, I don’t think anyone really has more than a 50/50 shot at knowing which it is. 

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