(Closed) CANNOT tell the difference between Diamond and Moissanite – Can you??

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Can you tell the difference?
    Not at all. : (61 votes)
    25 %
    Very easily! : (81 votes)
    34 %
    Only in certain conditions, like the sunlight. : (98 votes)
    41 %
  • Post # 31
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2016

     I’m willing to bet that, in person, I could correctly guess which is which better than 50% of the time.

    But in general I don’t take the time to try and guess.. it’s sparkly and pretty so I say ooh and move on with my day.

    Post # 33
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    1815 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I think it’s a lot like the coke / Pepsi question. I can pick out Pepsi in a second – I hate it – I’m s coke girl all the way. It’s because I’ve drank a lot of Diet Coke in my life. 

    I can also tell between my moissanite and my diamond because I’ve spent a lot of time admiring them. The moisssnite throws off a lot more colours – diamonds throw off more white sparks of light. I can pick out a moissanite vs a diamond, but I doubt many people have sat around comparing like I  I have – so I doubt most people will Know the difference. Here’s a 1 ct diamond (yellow gold), and 1 ct FB moissanite (Rose gold) 

     

     

    Post # 34
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    602 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I can’t tell the difference.  I’d be curious what the results are for moissanite vs. diamond owners!  I have a guess.

    Post # 35
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    2002 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    It’s not hard with large round moissy. They have pie shaped lies from center.  Picture a round pie cut in 16 or more pie peices. I saw it said like that and its true. Real diamonds are cut different not so shallow.

    Post # 36
    Member
    672 posts
    Busy bee

    I can only tell if I see a load of rainbows. I know how diamonds behave and mine only behaves that way after a professional clean. Otherwise it isn’t nearly as firey as a moissy. I can’t tell by faceting or anything else. I think I saw one in an airport last year. At the time I thought wow her diamond is clearly better than mine, cut wise — clearly. It was really firey. It was a round and mine is a fancy so even though rounds throw more, it was a lot of fire. Mesmerizing. Looking back now I think it was a moissy. While watching conparison videos I can guess maybe 50% of the time. So that’s really more luck than anything. 

    Post # 37
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    234 posts
    Helper bee

    I feel like the only way you can tell is with a microscope! Diamonds have small, microscopic abrasions whereas moissy’s are clear. I wish I had known about moissanite rings! My husband got me a diamond, though I love it I definitely think maybe one day I want to “upgrade” to one that’s a bigger size (dream ring!)

    Post # 38
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    1471 posts
    Bumble bee

    KhaleesiStormborn :  To me they are fake because they try to look like something they’re not.  Hence the title of this thread…

    I also think it’s funny people think that others can’t tell.  It’s so obvious.  “But people only look at your ring for 2 seconds!”  Sure, if they’re in your life for 2 seconds.  My sister got one while waiting for her new wedding ring as her first one was lost, and as someone who was around her a lot – as family, coworkers, friends will be – it was very obvious.  Diamonds sparkle from far away and have a certain color and height that fake stones don’t.

    Post # 39
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    133 posts
    Blushing bee

    I cant really tell in pictures because like a PP said, it’s really the sparkle that gives it away. In videos, it’s easier as diamonds seem to have more depth to them and comparable moissanites look more “perfect”. I don’t see that as a bad thing though I love mine! 

    Post # 40
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    392 posts
    Helper bee

    SaraJeanQ :  I disagree about the sparkle. My last ring was a natural diamond just under two carats. My current ring is a two carat moissy. I actually expected the moissy to sparkle more, because that’s what I had heard, but it sparkles pretty much the same as my diamond did. 

     Also, I’ve seen you mention height a couple different times. Not really sure what you mean by that. Care to clarify?

    Post # 41
    Member
    860 posts
    Busy bee

    alybetter :  I see that concern. Honestly, moissanite isn’t really in the market where the jeweler is located. I highly doubt he encounters it often. My family has taken all of our fine jewelry to him for years–including (old) family heirlooms that have tricky repairs to do, and he’s always done an A+ job, so I don’t worry about his knowledge or talent at all 🙂 He actually designed my grandmother’s ring, and then my cousin’s ring as well 🙂

    Post # 42
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    978 posts
    Busy bee

    Smoochism :  She is probably referring to the regular F1 cuts have a flat crown, which is what I have. The new F1 H&A have a more diamond like cut where the crown comes up higher and is not straight across.

    Post # 43
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    380 posts
    Helper bee

    SoonMrsCrocker2 :  that’s actually not true for the new round cuts. But for the old moissanite yes, in pictures you can see the splinters/pie lines.

    A lot of posters insist that it’s obvious from the flat crown and splinters of the old round moissanite, but those have been eliminated in the H&A cut. I think when asking the question in the OP the answer depends on which cut or shape of moissanite. Of course one can tell with the older ones that weren’t colorless or cut like diamonds. But lately I think it’s a lot tougher. I’d be curious to see what someone thinks who has both a diamond and a new H&A moissy, same shape, size and colour. I’ve yet to see anyone post a fair comparison like that.

    Post # 44
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    1715 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    Seeing the difference in a still photos is hard. You really have to look at the cut pattern and facet sizes/distribution. These are different between moissy and diamond, as they should be for different minerals. Modern cuts are more obvious to me than old cuts. Moissy cut well in old cuts are pretty gorgeous. Modern cuts involve more smaller facets and this tends to make moissy look splintery. When moving, you are looking more for how they sparkle. But, I think the majority of people simply can’t tell if any gem is what is claimed or not. And…moissy cutting and rough are getting better and better.

    I’ve met quite a few women with ‘diamond’ engagement rings that were CZ or, in one case, a colorless sapphire. Lots of people talking about their natural sapphire, when is it glaringly lab-created to my eye. One co-worker was flashing a moissy calling it a diamond.  I think people just don’t see the difference. 

    There are a lot of people on the Bee and likely PS that have that “eye”, but I think we really are a small slice of the bigger world.  {But, you could offer me a great deal on a Louis Vuitton purse or Coach bag and I’d be totally utterly clueless as to how to judge them.}

    Post # 45
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    392 posts
    Helper bee

    luey12986 :  oh, okay, thank you. I have a f1 h&a, so I wasn’t really understanding what she meant. Thanks for explaining! 

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