Post # 1
The Rings forum is one of my absolute favourites to browse through – but recently I’ve noticed one thing.
There are lots of threads about diamond alternatives – moissy, CZ, white sapphires – and in each one bees post that there is an obvious difference in how they look, the sparkle, the colour, etc.
I think I must be clueless, because if you held up a huge diamond and a cut of glass I would NOT be able to tell the difference. CZ, moissy, diamond and all the things in between look the same to my uncultured eyes!
Now don’t get me wrong, I am incredibly impressed that some of you can tell the stone just by looking! I wish I could, too. Can anyone please explain to me how you can tell the stone by the sparkle and stuff like everyone’s always taking about?
Post # 3
I own diamonds and have seen plenty, so I can usually tell if it’s a real diamond. If it’s obviously set in gold, that’s a major clue.
CZs are meant to look like diamonds, so often you can’t tell. Giveaways include the size – like if they’re ridiculously huge, it’s almost always a CZ. Also, CZ can cloud up over time, so that’s another clue.
Clear stones such as white sapphires etc. often are less sparkly in real life – like they look more like glass and are often set in rings that don’t quite look like engagement rings. You know, like your standard sterling silver ring that you’d wear on your right hand, for example.
I’ve never seen moissanite in real life, but it has a different type of sparkle called double refraction, and often gives off colors. I heard that many people confuse moissanite with diamond, so that’s not unusual. If I saw a sparkly rock from across the room and it wasn’t massive, and it was set in an engagement ring type setting an on a lady’s left hand, I probably would assume it was diamond unless I took a good, close-up look at it.
I have an interest in jewelry, though… so all this is more of a hobby to me. I always look at people’s hands and earrings, necklaces etc. Kinda like cars… if you know a bit about them, you can just tell which are expensive and so on. To some people, a car is a vehicle to get from point A to B. For some people, a ring is a ring is a ring lol.
Post # 4
Don’t feel badly, OP. Very few people couldn’t tell the difference between these stones unless they were using a jeweler’s loupe…and even with that, unless you’re educated on different stones and what to look for even then you might get it wrong!!
Post # 5
Honestly I can’t tell the difference either. All sparky stones look pretty to me, weather it’s CZ/Diamond/Moissy/Saphirre I have no idea, all I know is “ooo, pretty!”
Funny tho, I can tell the difference between all blue stones. London topaz,Swiss topaz, aquamarine, sapphires, etc. probably because those are the stones I’m drawn too so I’ve done more research in those. While I love the clear sparkly stones, they aren’t my thing so I’ve never really looked into the differences.
Post # 6
I am ging to venture out on a limb and say that most people cannot tell, even if they swear up and down on here that they can tell. There is so much variation with cut, color, quality,e tc that the lines easily get crossed. There are examples of each stone you mentiond that are obvious but an excellent example of each will be hard to judge.
The previous thread on “Is this a diamond or a moissy” sort of supports this. I have had jewelrs go ooh and ahh over cz’s (in quality settings) an jeweelrs that thought a pear shaped diamond I had was a cz due to its whiteness.
A good jeweler should be able to tell with a loupe, but again, I had three loupe my stone and still never got a real answer. It tests as a diamond though. With the OEC CZ’s and the heated CZ’s that are H color, it is evn hardeer to tell, especially if youa re not holdng it close AND next to a diamond. Even then, it may be impossible to tell.
Moissy, in certain lights, do sparkle differently than diamonds, but you would have to really know them to see it, so that one I think some peopl might know. A really good CZ or aha would be hard to distinguish from a diamond.
Post # 7
I find CZ very easy to spot. I never heard of moissy until I read it on the bee. I’m not even sure if I ever saw moissy in real life.
Post # 8
I can tell sometimes. My ring is a cz, but I’m worried everyone else can tell. When I get compliments on it, I feel guilty and want to be like oh thanks but it’s not real haha. Online, I can see a difference if it’s next to a real diamond, otherwise I can’t tell and I don’t really want that skill 🙂