- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2015
I put this on the Beehive board by mistake… I think it might be more useful here!
When I was trying to decide between a Round Brilliant or an Old European Cut moissanite, I spent hours searching online for pics. While ones like these:
After some deliberation, I sent the ring back for the stone to be swapped for an OEC. I’m so happy I did! I’ve put together the following pics to show the differences between the stones, in case it helps anyone else trying to choose between these two cuts.
I think the Round Brilliant showed a fair amout of tint under certain lighting. You can especially see the tint of the Round Brilliant in the pics with the CZ stone. I didn’t realise just how much body colour it showed until I put it next to a D colour CZ! It was often a green or steely grey tint, wheres any tint the OEC shows is buttery. I *could* have been send a dud Round Brilliant. When I sent the stone back I requested the brightest, whitest stone they had, with a small culet, so they probably hand-picked my OEC but not my Round Brilliant. Looking at the product shots above, it’s also possible that the OEC looks brighter because there’s more white light bouncing back from the larger facets.
It seemed to me that the facets on the Round Brilliant were “dusty”- undefined and too many.You can see that in the Round Brilliant pics below. The facets of the OEC is what sold it for me. They’re clear cut and make the stone look brighter. I also love the rounded profile.
The pics don’t show the sparkle, but I took some videos which I might post here if people are interested. The Round Brilliant *is* more glittery, so if you’re interested in that, the Round Brilliant might be the way to go. The rainbow sparkles were small and glittery, and the sparkle was uniform across the stone. It’s very reflective and because the top of the stone is flatter, the sparkle reminded me of reflections on water.
The OEC is a chunkier cut, so the flashes of colour are bigger. It’s not as rainbowy as the Round Brilliant, and the sparkle isn’t as uniform. I think this is what makes the OEC seem more “sparkly”. Every time it moves, the light bounces off the stone in a different way. Also, the sparkle is more white, whereas I think the Round Brilliant sparkle is more rainbow. For me, I prefer the sparkle of the OEC because it’s not so flashy. It’s a more understated sparkle. However, it’s still more colourful than a diamond or white sapphire, just moissanite toned down.
I’m very happy with my OEC. I feel it has all the positive qualities of the Round Brilliant but with an added brightness and solidity from the facets, if that makes sense.
I hope this helps anyone trying to decide between the two!
To show the facets better:
A comparison between my Round Brilliant earrings and OEC ring: