Post # 122
I knew they were not “gemstones” but I’ve been calling them “stones” sometimes, for lack of knowing what to accurately describe them as, other than “simulants” and “synthetics.” I felt, “well, they’re not really stones, are they? but they’re stone-like, and at least it’s not specifying “gemstone” which they are definitely not” (“stones” is a wider category).
Glad to know that the correct them is “jewels,” and that it is not to be called a “stone.” Moissanite is a “jewel.” I’d think this is a useful point that gemgirl6 has explained, since, firstly, it is accurate, which is important for some of us, who are sticklers for accuracy, and secondarily, it sounds complimentary, which seems important for others.
I will now be sure to call it a “jewel” and not a “stone,” and don’t “jewels” sound nicer to the ear than “stones” do? Ask a child or neutal party and they’re sure to say so. Accurate and more flattering-sounding… isn’t that a rare instance of win-win in the moissanite discussion?
Post # 123
@joya_aspera: +1. I’m glad to now know that “gemstone” had an official, technical meaning.
Post # 124
Wow, a lot more posts on this thread!
Thanks to those who posted sources and confirmation that moissanite is indeed a man made jewel, not a gemstone at all…
Very interesting reads especially the FTC rules for jewelry in general!
@bkrocks13: thanks for all your efforts on clarification, you’re clearly a patient person, I finally gave up…
@joya_aspera: thanks. Glad I could help. I agree, “jewel” is a very nice term. Dfinitely a win/win. I like how you think.
Post # 125
@Kir32: I don’t think you did. 🙂 I appreciate the information you’ve shared, thanks! 🙂
Post # 126
@gemgirl6: Hahahaha, okay you can continue to say you tried your best hon, anyone can see how hard you “tried.” You can have a gold star if you want! Thank you to everyone who has made a sincere and true effort to clarify for me why moissanites are not gemstones.
Post # 128
@bkrocks13: Got anything useful for us?
Post # 129
as someone with a diamond, I honestly DON’T GET IT when people are upset people with moissanites “pass theirs off” as diamonds. I’ve NEVER said “thanks, it’s a diamond!” when someone says “wow what a pretty ring!” or “what a gorgeous stone!”, EVER, and I see NO REASON why people with moissys should feel obligated to say “thanks, it’s a moissanite!” as though their not making sure the person looking at their ring knows it isn’t a diamond somehow makes my ring worth “less” or somehow “less of a real diamond.” WTF. how do I know people complimenting me don’t think it’s a moissanite? should I go out of my way to correct them and tell them it’s actually a diamond so people with moissanites know that I’m not secretly passing my stone off as one of their stones? whaat. this whole argument is insane. If anything, moissanites are BETTER than diamonds, they’re more clear/pure/sparkly and just about as hard, and they’re 100% conflict free. How do people KNOW the diamonds they’re buying weren’t created (grown) then cut? that would make them essentially the same as moissanites (“man made”)??? are “grown” 100% diamonds “fake” diamonds then?? ugh. threads like these make me want to stay off weddingbee.
Post # 130
Okay girls, I’m stepping in to close this thread so the mod team can review flags. Thanks!