Moissanite/diamond comparison. Cannot see the difference.

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
9521 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Interesting, maybe the differences just aren’t as obvious IRL, but I think the diamond looks much crisper and clearer and has better arrows. 🤷‍♀️

Post # 3
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

I also wonder if the differences are less obvious in person. The moissanite looks more flat in the pictures, like it lacks depth.  

Post # 5
400 posts
Helper bee

That’s interesting because I have diamonds and a moissanite and I prefer the moissanite too. I enjoy wearing it more and catch myself admiring it much more.  Your rings are gorgeous by the way! 

Post # 6
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2020

Depends what you like. I didn’t like moissanite precisely because of the “fire” , it’s sparkle with light  seemed vastly different to a diamonds sparkle. So since we were on a budget we went for a lab grown diamond. It depends on each person and their preferences  

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runningmama :  

Post # 7
29 posts

Your moissy is stunning!! Can I ask where you got it? It is crisp and clear but not too “stark”

Post # 8
1247 posts
Bumble bee

If you prefer the moissanite then go for it!  I preferred the look of diamonds (but I was also looking at ovals) and figured my one special ring ought to be what I wanted wink

Post # 9
418 posts
Helper bee

Can I ask about the clarity rating of that diamond? From the pictures, it doesn’t have visible inclusions but those arrows are not dark. That can happen due to clouds or a haze, which can cause a lower clarity that looks eye clean. That might not be what’s happening, but it would affect a diamonds performance. 

I prefer my diamond. I don’t like the rainbow flashes. I love the depth and clean arrows. When I take pictures, my arrows always show up dark. 

I have only seen moissanite at Helzberg. I think I may order earrings in moissanite just so I can see what they’re like. 

Post # 10
10369 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

I think it’s hard to pick up a difference in photos, but having had both myself, I have appreciation for both. The moissanite has more fire, but looks kind of fuzzy and plasticy in comparison. The diamond has more white light return, depth and looks crisper in person.

In one of these pics below, the diamond is set, and in the other pic, the moissanite is set. You reeeeallly have to know what you’re looking for to see the difference. Because of that, I honestly encourage anyone on the fence about moissanite to just go for the moissanite. If mine didn’t have an impossible-to-remove oil slick stain, then I would’ve kept it over the diamond. I think something about the Forever Brilliant OECs makes this problem worse than other versions, but that’s just speculation.

Anyways, pics.

Post # 11
899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Unset one looks like moissanite, lacks depth and looks slightly plastic. Especially under the table.

I have both and wanted to prefer moissanite but had to prefer the sharpness and depth of diamond. Moissanite is still a very beautiful stone but even though it sparkles more, the sparkles seem lazier and off the surface instead of scintillating from within.

Luckily lab diamonds are making big strides and will likely be more and more affordable!

Post # 12
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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runningmama :  I have both, and can definitely tell the difference at a glance, although I’ve had a jeweler assume my moissy was a diamond. 

I prefer the look of diamond, but couldn’t justify the price.  My 2nd hand moissy in 14c white gold was $400AUD.  equiv. look in a diamond is like $6000. 

Post # 14
879 posts
Busy bee

I have found also that my moissanite doesn’t photograph particularily well. I love the way it looks in person, but I always find it looking a little ‘flat’ and less crisp in pictures than I feel it looks in person

Post # 15
418 posts
Helper bee


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runningmama :  strong blue fluorescence? That could easily cause that haziness I was mentioning, causing less crisp arrows. Fluorescence is super tricky. 

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