Post # 1
Took my ring in to be resized today (hated to part with it.) The jeweller tested it with a tester that should differentiate between diamond and moissanite. The stone tested as a diamond and the jeweller would not believe me when I told her that it was in fact an Amora moissanite. She called over another jeweller and they both looked closely at it with the loupe and retested it several times. They finally accepted that it was an Amora moissanite. They did seem very worried about people trying to pass off a moissanite as a diamond.
I love my ring and tell everyone who asks that it’s an Amora moissanite and that I purchased it at MoissaniteCo. To all those worried about how an Amora moissanite will look, you needn’t worry – it fooled a very prestigious jewellery store in Toronto (Birks Jewellers for those in Canada.) Get whatever stone (diamond, moissanite, asha, white saphire, etc.) you like and enjoy it – it’s your moment!!!
Post # 3
@Mrs.Bill: Wow that’s crazy/scary lol !
Post # 4
@Mrs.Bill: A Moissanite will test as a diamond on a few diamond tests I have heard. But I dont think anyone should buy anything trying to pass it off as a diamond If you want a diamond I dont think you will be happy with anything else.
I love my Moissanite and wouldnt change it for the world but I wanted a Moissanite NOT a diamond!
Post # 5
agreed, I am surprised that the jeweler could not differentiate just by looking at the stone…I have a diamond AND a moissanite and can clearly see the difference between both stones!
Post # 6
Add me to the PPs who said they were surprised the jeweler couldn’t tell! Although I didn’t get an Amora, I know I got my moissanite because it performs differently than a diamond. Maybe they just haven’t seen enough of them!
Post # 7
Well they tend to fool diamond testers because it’s diamond vs “other”. But moissy/diamond testers were made specifically to differentiate between moissies and diamonds. So if it came up diamond on a diamond/moissy tester that’s pretty cool. I wonder if the new Amora gem will screw up the diamond/moissy testers too.
Btw: Birks is so yummy isn’t it? Go Canada!
Post # 8
I’m surprised, too! Especially because the cuts appear different than diamond cuts for the most part…
That’s pretty cool, though!
Post # 9
I am a bit surprised since they used a specific diamond/moissy tester (not just a diamond tester) and as they looked via a loupe (it will look different under a loupe). However, I have heard of jewelers before mistaking them before (including the unenhanceds)? One girl on BTD (I think she is around here as well) with a 9mm Amora OEC had a jeweler ask how much she was looking to sell her “diamond” for the other day!
They just probably have not seen too many of them!
The cut thing, meh, not all moissanites are round (and I am not sure what OP has), and not all round brilliant diamonds are cut ideally either. Unless someone spefically knows how a moissanite “round” is cut they may not know. A cushion cut, OEC, etc moissanite also won’t “give it away” as diamonds are cut in many variations with those. While the optical properties are a bit different for those who know what to look for, under a jewelery store’s lights they may not be very differentiated.
The Amora Gem should still test differently under more specific tests, but the cut for the round will be H&A and it will be an F colour, so it will be interesting to see how jewelers identify those without the added tests!
Post # 10
sounds like a bad jeweller to be honest
Post # 11
My unenhanced moissy has fooled every jeweler I’ve visited, and many used the diamond tester. One kept raving “what a gorgeous diamond for someone so young!”
I told one jeweler it was a moissanite and he grumbled rudely about it “ruining the industry.” I told him I had never wanted a diamond in the first place because they are a rip off. I wouldn’t have said it if he hadn’t been rude.
Post # 12
I was as surprised as the others that they couldn’t differentiate a diamond from the moissanite. There are differences in the structure of the stones when viewed through a loupe, so I’m not sure why they couldn’t see it – the jeweller had others look at it and was completely taken aback. My original e-ring (purchased for me almost 30 years ago – wow have we really been married that long?!) is an e colour, vvs1 .25 ct purchsed from Birks. I really wanted a larger stone, but, as a registered nurse, did not want to contribute to wars and misery on the other side of the world. I considered white saphire and moissanite.
Death by design (many thanks to her) posted so much info and so many pictures that my husband went ahead and purchased the ring for me (as a birthday gift from the kids and him.) I’m very happy with it, I love that it’s beautiful and sparkly and makes me happy every time I look at it. I tell everyone who asks that it’s an Amora moissanite from MoissaniteCo.
Please don’t think that I’m passing judgement on diamond lovers, far from it, I’m one too!! The choice of ring is a purely personal choice that should bring pleasure to the wearer and symbolize your commitment to each other. As for passing it off as a diamond, from my long range perspective, it doesn’t really matter does it? People do this for many reasons, and who are we to judge? As long as you’re happy with your choice (of partner and ring) then live and let live.
Post # 13
Here are a couple of pictures of my precious. Sorry they seem a little out of focus, I’m definitely not a technological genious. Two were taken outside on the deck and one indoors. The semi eternity band is composed of 5 x .25ct diamonds. The moissanite is giving them a run for their money (sparkle?) I love ring porn so please post your pics of moissys (and diamonds and ashas and whatever else) too.
Post # 14
Yes, I do looove Birks (drool.) I too am wondering if it has something to do with the high temp, high pressure treatment that moissanites receive to “Amoraize” them. Both jewellers were aware of moissanite and Amora but, perhaps as other posters have mentioned, they hadn’t seen enough of them. If my understanding is correct, these testers work by sending a small current through the stone, diamond and moissanite conduct electricity differently and that’s how they differentiate them. Testers that just test diamonds send heat through the stone (diamonds are poor conductors of heat and so are moissanites, so both moissys and diamonds would test positive as diamond with this method.) I agree that when I look at the moissy, the cut looks a bit different than the diamonds that I own, again I’m not sure how it happened, but it sure did spook them. I will say that anyone bringing in a moissy for servicing (of any kind) should be honest because you would not want anything to happen to your stone. Best wishes to all of the bees planning their wedding!!
Post # 15
Gorgeous rings, both of them! I just love yellow gold, too.
Birks does have lovely stuff, for sure. I can see why they may be worried if someone was trying to do a swap on them or something, but as you pointed out they should look different under a loupe due to the structure and so forth (and they should match them to certificates and such anyway before taking anything back in a return or exchange!).
Tip for photos – try the macro mode, or, if you are like me and need extra help and your camera has it…super macro mode! It is usually easier to take pics with the rings OFF your hand or your hand resting on something, too – makes for steadier shots usually. Natural daylight works best, though sun shots are very fun for capturing some fire!
Post # 16
Thanks for the tips, I will try them when I get the ring back in 7 to 10 days (insert long, sad sigh here.)