- 8 months ago
Hi fellow bees,
So, after having owned a moissy for half a year this is what I can say with certainty; the true distinguishing factor for me between moissies and diamonds (my original e-ring was a diamond) is the cut and table. A moissy (round) cut will never look like a diamond (round) cut and the table will always cover a smaller surface area on a moissy than on a diamond of equivalent carat size. This is not something you will be able to notice in passing or even upon closer inspection, unless you have the two side by side, at which point EVEN THEN to the untrained eye the differences will be negligible to most. To me they are not lol. I had an issue with unsymmytrical prongs on my diamond e-ring (.87 ct) and when I went to my jeweler and pointed it out he had to use a loupe to see what I meant, but immediately apologized for overlooking the situation. But I digress. Let’s continue comparing jff.
As far as moodiness is concerned I don’t believe color to be a determining factor of a moissy. I hear you people, they are moody…but it’s not a moissy specific thing–most diamonds also appear really moody in certain lighting. So I accept the moodiness as a truth of really sparkly, light colored stones.
One difference I have also noticed that I think is again, related to table size and clarity as well as cut, is depth. In general, I’ve noticed diamonds take on more depth visually. If you put a diamond side by side next to a moissy and move the stones around to catch the light you’ll notice that the center of the diamond is usually deeper and darker than that of the moissy. Now this is also one of those things that may be more perceptible to some than others and more evident in certain lighting conditions. When people say they think moissies look glassy or plastic-like this is 99% of the time what they’re referring to. The other thing they may be referring to (although I doubt it) is the rainbow flashes. This is definitely a point of contention between diamond and moissanite lovers. Moissanites through rainbow flashes but they still sparkle white ime. Flawless, ideal cut diamonds also flash more rainbows than their average diamond counterparts. But they also flash white too and they also sparkle plenty of white. My point is, as far as I can gage, I don’t for a minute believe most people actually take issue with the rainbow flashes. It’s actually the double refraction! That’s right folks! It’s the extra sparkle and flash that throws people off. Because thanks to the double refraction, those rainbow flashes are way more evident in a moissy than they are in a diamond. But what else can really be expected from two chemically different mineral stones? Of course they can’t be 100% identical.
Having said all this and written a darned essay, I am going to say this where my personal preferences are concerned: I LOVE moissanites. I love their double refraction, their rainbow flashes and their exquisite sparkle (the latter being unmatched by diamonds, btw). If I had a choice to go back in time and not spend so much money on a diamond e-ring with ideal specs I would have taken it and bought multple moissies with that money AND have put the rest in a savings account. You really live and learn.
Please feel free to share pictures of your own moissanites and opinions, advice, experiences–whatever you feel is relevant! I love to hear from you all.