haven’t seen a moissy in person, but I will say that when I look at pics online, the cut can be a giveaway. I’ve noticed that the “arrows” in moissy are needlelike. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, and most people probably won’t be close enough to notice it.
@Jade33: Sure! I notice them throwing off more colours than diamonds. Diamonds look kind of white-ish or grey-ish sometimes and the sparkle is white or yellow. Moissanite throws off more colourful sparkles. It’s really hard to explain!
Something about them almost looks extremely perfect too. Even compared to a “perfect” diamond. Maybe it’s what a PP said about the cut.
I don’t think the cut difference is as pronounced as many profess, and neither does my jeweler. There are actually many different cuts a diamond can have and still be considered Round Brilliant. Sometimes this is due to a poor cut, but other times it can just be a different style. Also, I’ve read that only something like 2% of all diamonds have the true H&A Round Brilliant cut, so saying the fact that moissy doesn’t have this (or any specific Round Brilliant cut) is a dead giveaway doesn’t really make sense.
Tons of people have mentioned jewelers being fooled, so I don’t think you have to worry about people off the street knowing the difference. Also, several people have mentioned that a circle in the middle of the stone in pictures is a tell-tale sign, but I’ve noticed several pictures where diamonds have this same appearance. I think the difference is more pronounced in pictures, but still not blatant. I don’t think there is anyway a casual observer could tell IRL. It all boils down to: people can assume, but they certainly won’t know.
It doesn’t matter if someone has a good eye for telling moissys vs. diamonds- everytime someone looks at your ring and admires it your going to wonder if they know it isn’t a diamond and where’s the fun in that? Moissys are wonderful for people who aren’t trying to pass it off as a diamond and proud to tell people what it is. Stick to diamond if that’s what you want.
I can never tell the difference. Ive tried looking for the difference when compared to diamonds. My girl even fooled the jeweler at Tiffany’s. He wasnt happy to know that the “diamond” he was covetting was a Moissy. Heres a close up of my girl.
Please take a look at our video of a round brilliant Amora on Youtube and you can tell us if you think it is noticeably different 🙂
Because we sell Moissanite, I am very familiar with the cut and can spot it immediately. That being said, in my opinion, the average person who isn’t a jeweler or a jewelry aficionado cannot. The table does tend to be larger than an ideal cut diamond, but what percentage of the population knows what the ideal table size is? I would guess it is a very small percentage. In fact, I would dare to say that a large percentage of the US population has seen Moissanite before, they just don’t know they have since many women choose not to openly proclaim whether its a diamond or not.
I switched from a round brilliant diamond to a round brilliant moissanite (unenhanced) and I can’t tell the difference. The fire of the moissanite is different (I love it!), but the cut seems the same to me.
@lollypop: I honestly would never be able to tell the difference from the cut alone, even though I’ve read about the difference, and I doubt many people can unless they really, really knew what they were looking for and got to inspect your ring close up. All the round cuts look the same to me!
As for other differences, I would say that a moissy can definitely look noticably warmer in certain lighting, but most of the time looks completely clear. Rather than finding this off-putting, I’m instead in awe of how it can behave so… eratically? I like that it changes colour! It also definitely throws a lot more rainbows, whereas I feel like diamonds throw more white flashes. All in all, I think the differences are fairly discreet, but I actually prefer the amazing light show that a moissy produces.
Here’s a video of my 1.5ct Amora enhanced moissy in natural sunlight (the rainbows come out most under bright artificial light).
I think if you “know” what a moissy Round Brilliant looks like, it becomes easier to start picking them out of a line up. But the fact is, is that most do not know. They see round, and think round diamond. If you happen to have an H&A cut, the difference in cut m ight bug you more.