Do most people (outside the bee) know what an OEC is?

posted 2 months ago in Rings
  • poll: When did you see an OEC for the first time? What did you think it was?
    Before the bee, and I knew it was a type of diamond : (16 votes)
    41 %
    Before the bee and I first assumed it was a different type of gem : (0 votes)
    Not until the bee or some other type of online source and thought it was a diamond : (19 votes)
    49 %
    Not until the bee or some other type of online source and thought it was a type of gem : (4 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 2
    549 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    I don’t think too many people know. I went and got my hair done one time and complimented my stylist’s engagement ring and said “Oh my gosh! What a beautiful ring! It looks like an OEC, is it? Those are my favorite cuts!” And she blankly stared at me and thanked me and then told me she had no idea what I just said. Haha. 

    Her ring was super pretty! 

    Post # 3
    4876 posts
    Honey bee

    LOL I still don’t know what an OEC is…. 

    Post # 4
    4783 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    airoplane :  I have an OEC diamond, and have encountered several people who knew what it was.  Of the people who remark on my stone, they generally notice that it sparkles far more than the usual diamond that they see, and ask why.    When I first saw my stone (an heirloom from DH’s family) I did not know the cut, but knew right away it was the brightest and clearest and most sparkly diamond I had ever seen.  

    Post # 5
    11273 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    To my recollection, I had never heard of an old European or old mine cut diamond until I became a member of Weddingbee. I do think they’re beautiful cuts though.

    Post # 7
    261 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    Outside of the bee? Absolutely. Head over to Pricescope or other jewelry/diamond/gemstone forums.

    In real life, I don’t think most people know what it is unless they’ve reall delved deep into diamond buying.

    Post # 8
    6427 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I don’t think most people notice various cuts. We only figured out old cuts when we were in the throes of research of diamond buying.  I think people just see any clear stone and think ‘oh…diamond ring’ – end of. Unless they are really into gems.   

    Post # 9
    4628 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I think in general, most people who aren’t really into diamonds or jewelry don’t know the difference between RB and OEC. That is my experience anyway 🙂

    Post # 10
    94 posts
    Worker bee

    As far as which to get, I wouldn’t worry about if people would question it as a diamond or not – they’ll either recognize the cut and know it’s an OEC, or they won’t and will just think RB, but either way they’d assume diamond. What it comes down to is which YOU prefer visually. I find that OEC read better in person than in pictures as far as how they actually differ from RB; I was neutral until I actually had an OEC in my hands and then I was totally in love, no going back. (My ering is antique OEC and I collect antique jewelry.)

    Post # 11
    6336 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2016 - Lola's Trailer Park

    I have an OEC sapphire, no one has ever made any mention of the cut, they are usually just astounded by the color of it. I do think part of the reason the color looks so great and it’s so sparkly in lights (for lack of a better term here) is because of the cut. 

    I think most people just look at it and see that it’s round.

    Post # 12
    1756 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I don’t think you are generalized about something like this. Anyone who has seen an engagement ring from their great grandmother (and potentially grandmother) has probably seen an OEC. They may not know what to call it, but if they looked, they saw it. I have an OEC Amora Gem and nobody questions me about ‘is it real’. They just want to see the cool flower pattern in the middle. I also have diamonds and other gems that kinda span the range. Interestingly, the only time my gem was questioned was when I borrowed my mom’s 3.5 ctw WF ACA diamonds. 

    You need to buy a diamond YOU love. You will be looking at it. I find that old cuts have a unique personality as they were all hand cut. No two are identical and I love that. But, others want to stick to what they view to be more mainstream. I’d recommend you spend some time watching videos of both (JewelsbyGrace & LoveAffairDiamonds for old cuts; James Allen for new). Figure out what makes you go ‘wow’. Screw what anyone else may think. 

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