(Closed) Real vs. Fake: can people really tell? [diamond rings]

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Bumble bee

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joyjoywedding:  Someone posted a thread about a cheap moissanite they got off ebay for $15. You could order one in the size you want and if you end up liking it, get it set. If you don’t like the stone, then it’s only $15 you spent. I don’t know if you’ll be able to find some in stores. Big chain jewelers don’t know much about the stone, from what I’ve read. 

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/i-bought-a-cheap-mossianite-off-of-ebay/

Post # 18
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

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joyjoywedding:  as long as it’s a well cut cz, a believablesize, and in a good quality setting like gold or platinum, the average person will not know the difference.

Post # 19
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Busy bee

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joyjoywedding:  Your ering does NOT have to be a diamond. But if your Fiance is leaning towards getting you a diamond and you are hesitant about cost, you can always go pre-loved. I have a vintage .50 carat vintage ring I got for less than $500 from the pawn shop. You can also find dozens of vintage (or modern) erings on Esty on a budget. 

And as the other bee’s have mentioned, you can always go CZ, Moissanite, Amora Gem, or colored gemsones. Most of my favorite rings here on the bee are colored gemstones and moissanites. 

At the end of the day, get what makes y’all happy, not what makes OTHERS happy. 

Post # 20
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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swirlyclover86:  lol “unless you are hallucinating”

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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joyjoywedding:  When I was looking at Tacori setting in platinum, I told the jeweler I was thinking of getting a Mossinite. She said, why bother. If you are going to get a sim, why spend that kind of money, just get a CZ. (Please no flames from Mossiy lovers. This is what my jeweler said. I know many people love Mossiys. But they have their own look. And I wasn’t able to see one before getting the e-ring.)

So the jeweler bought the CZ for $20-$30. And the dirty little secret in the jewelry industry is many (if not most) ‘diamond’ rings you see in the display cases are CZ. The insurance is so expensive if they were all diamond. That’s why they will take it in back to “clean” it. They are really just switching rings/stones. 

I’ve had it 5 years and it still looks great. Yes, it does get dirty easier than a diamond. But I just use a kid toothbrush on it when I do the dishes. 

And I have very snobby Asian relatives, who are very into showing your wealth. Trust me, if they thought my ring was fake, they would have told my Mom. Only thing I got from them was how beautiful my ring was and how lucky I am to have a guy buy me a 1 ct ring. 

I felt bad deceiving them. They are the only ones though. I’m open about having a CZ. Not ashamed. Not buying a diamond paid for our 2 week trip to Japan. Meanwhile a friend spent years paying off her e-ring. He put it on credit and didn’t have it paid off before they got married. So she ended up paying for the majority of it.  

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

My diamond engagement ring (0.72 carat solitaire) is in the process of being reset due to the jeweler doing a poor job when they resized it. It will take several weeks and in the meantime I’m wearing a 1.3 carat solitaire CZ from Berricle. Not one person has ever asked if it’s “fake”. I miss my ring and will be happy to have it back but no one I know cares what ring I’m wearing.

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I believe a very small percentage of people can actually tell. And if you were to come face to face with these people IRL I would hope they would have some tact about it. So unless you are close friends with a jeweler, a gemologist, a collector ie someone simply obseessed with various gemstones/jewelry, etc. then no, I don’t think anyone would actually know.

Also, I disagree with assuming based on size. My diamond was handed down to me and is technically bigger than we could have afforded at the time. I know lots of people wearing thier grandma’s stones, etc.

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I have a CZ and I love it!  I need to be more vigilant about keeping it clean, but I have a white gold setting with CZ stones.  It makes me happy to know we spent $200 on a forever setting that I could upgrade if I ever feel like it, but right now, I have no desire to!  🙂

 

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Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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swirlyclover86:  what is a mountain dew diamond?

Post # 26
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Bumble bee

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MrsAL2012:  This was in the early 2000s.  Now that I was educated with Moissanite, I’m pretty sure it was a moissanite.  It was greenish-yellow stone, which was highlighted by bad lighting inside our classroom.  Looked like a “mountain dew” from afar. 

Moissanite has come a long way from then, but true cautionary taile of how people can be two-faced. 

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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joyjoywedding: I can in a jewelry store —  the jeweler tested me at random because I wasn’t interested in any of their high end, very popular settings, which are set with CZ. 

He had me sort 15 different rings of all types into ones I liked and ones I didn’t like by stone. I was able to sort diamond and CZ with 100% accuracy, after looking at all the rings independently.

i didn’t realize that he put CZ into the popular, fancy settings until after. 

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - Azle Deer Cove

My engagment ring is a quarter carat diamond but for my actual wedding ring I’ve been looking on overstock for some. They are made from CZ i think but it dosent really matter to me. As long as it looks nice and dosent turn my finger green it will mean the same to me as a real diamond.

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - Azle Deer Cove

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BabyInACorner: Where did you find yours at?

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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joyjoywedding:  All diamond sims come with a slight “but” when comparing to a diamond.

CZ looks way more diamond like BUT clouds easily and attracts oil/dirt. Lots of bees here have gorgeous CZ rings here and you just have to be more vigilant about cleaning it and know you will have to replace it eventually.

Moissanite is a forever stone and almost as hard as a diamond BUT can show color in certain lighting situations where a diamond/CZ would not which can be a tell it’s not a diamond. It also has a different kind of sparkle than a diamond (more disco-ball-y). I adore my moissanite ering but it is not for everyone. Smaller sizes of moissy will show way less color so if you go 1ct or less, you would need to worry less about that.

I can’t speak much about Amoras as there are mixed reviews on this board but they are also a forever stone, slightly more pricey than moissanite but are said to behave more diamond like.

Don’t be afraid to look at colored gemstones either, honestly they are gorgeous and sometimes make me jealous I went with a colorless center stone. Plus no one will be wondering if it’s a diamond or a sim (though frankly, who the heck cares what they think anyhow).

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