Post # 1
As I shop around for a replacement ring, I keep getting disappointed in the diamonds within my budget, a pretty stone is small, or I sacrifice color and clarity for size. Someone suggested moissanite, and while I was initially not that fond of the idea (I wanted a diamond) I am starting to warm up to it. I found a setting I adore, that would take up much of my budget, and a moissanite stone would be perfect price wise. Looking for maybe a 1-1.5 carat forever brilliant moissanite. How much like a diamond are they? Are they colorless and beautiful? And do they sparkle? How do they hold up over time? Please help me! And share any pictures!! =)
Post # 3
@ChellFish22: IDK dear. I feel like if you have your heart set on a diamond, you won’t be happy with moissy. I don’t have one, but I looooove them. From what I hear though (especially if you had a diamond before) they aren’t the same. Sparkly as hell, but have A LOT of personality! What made you warm up to moissanite?
Post # 4
@Peaceoutboyscout: I have been looking at pictures on the bee and googling the crap out of them. With my budget I would be looking at a .3 solitaire or below for a pretty stone. And I found a setting that I just love, but that will eat up most of my budget. So I started looking at the moissanite and they are beautiful. I was worried initially about them nit holding up as well, or not being as pretty as the real deal, but ive seen pictures of a diamond and moissy side by side and I cant tell the difference. What do you mean by personality?
Post # 5
I feel like to need to love Moissy for being Moissy not as a diamond substitute as they most definately are not.
If you have your heart set on a diamond i feel like the pp stated you will not be happy with the moissy just because its cheaper.
Moissys are beautiful in their own right. i do not have one but certainly would and be proud to tell people what the stone is but they are not a diamond and should never be compared IMO 🙂
Post # 6
@ChocolateLime: I didnt mean for it to be a substitute. I feel like they are compared so much in all aspects though. Moissanites are new to me. They are beautiful and I love the sparkle!! Ive never actually seen one in person, but all of thr pictures I see make them look just amazing!
Post # 7
I have a cushion cut FB moissy in the size range you’re looking and I love it. They are hard (just slightly less than a diamond) and if you get one from a good jeweler you will very much increase your chances of getting a good stone. I purchased my setting and stone from Schubachs-hand picked by Beth but because of the size of the stone it does have a very slight buttery color in some lighting though I only see it in poor lighting since I do have tan walls throughout my house. When the lighting isn’t all ‘soft’ the stone is white and very pretty. I get compliments on my ring quite often right now as it’s pretty new and nobody questions the stone (not that I would hide it’s identity and gladly offer information to those who ask for details). If you’re willing to love moissy for what it is I say go for it! Depending on the jeweler you choose you can always return it if you don’t like it and there’s always the option of getting a loose stone to look at before you make the final decision.
Post # 8
These pictures inside, outside, in the car.
I have both a diamond and an unenhanced OEC. I love love the moissy.
You should get get what you really want though. Here’s my moissy for reference.
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
I think when people say moissy has personality they are referring to the chameleon behavior. Depending on the lighting, the surrounding colors, and even what you are wearing it can look white, grey, buttery or even have a mirror effect.
For example, here’s my FB OEC moissy reflecting my neon green shirt, my pink cell phone case, and the baby blue sky:
While here it looks really buttery (tends to look more yellow in overcast lighting or inside cars)
While here it looks grey:
Hope this helps!
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I agree with others who say only get moissanite if you want moissanite, not if you really want a diamond. That said, I have compared moissanite and diamond side by side in person and it’s really hard to tell the difference. It is more “moody” and it sparkles different (but in a beautiful way!) I also have told several people that it is moissanite and most were shocked it wasn’t a diamond, and really interested in the stone.
I have a forever brilliant and most of the time it is super white.
Post # 12
If you’re looking for something that mimics a diamond, you’re looking in the wrong place. Moissanite is gorgeous, but it isn’t really a good substitute for someone who loves a diamond. Especially if you’re color sensitive.
Post # 13
@Trilly: +1000000!! This exactly OP.
Here’s a quick glance of the difference between diamonds and moissy
and a good video for comparison http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrEE9nHK6Us
I personally prefer moissy over diamond (more brilliance, more fire, etc), but one is not a good substitute for the other. You could always consider getting a CZ as a stand in until you can afford to get the diamond you want. Hope this helps.
Post # 14
@ChellFish22: I am getting moissy and think they are beautiful. However, I did not want a diamond. Moissy are not a diamond substitute – others on here will call it a “diamond simulant” – I think it is a stone and choice/taste in its own right and a diamond isn’t the “ultimate stone” that all of us strive to have. If you want a diamond and will get a sinking feeling on the inside that you are “substituting”, get a diamond, as even if no one notices that it is a moissy, you will know.
Based on a loose stone comparison, moissy has more fire and sparkle than diamond – very pretty rainbow reflections, almost like CZ, but not as “empty”/”flat” as CZ (I also have a CZ ring, no offense CZ bees). I don’t think you’d be able to trade up/in the moissy, but they are hard/tough enough to be a forever stone.
Another route to go if you are short on $$$ is a well-cut CZ in a nice gold setting. Not a forever stone, but in smaller CT weights it is very pretty. I have a 0.46 ct bridal set from Berricle (sterling not gold) that I sometimes wear for travel – it cost $40 so I won’t be heartbroken or terrified if I manage to drop it down the sink at a hotel or leave it in the shower. If you (like me, no judgement) tend to lose/drop/misplace stuff, it can be a good option for everyday wear and to try out different styles – I learned I loved the look of pave but the feel of it drives me insane/is irritating.
Finally, if you do get another diamond, make sure you get a specific rider on your renters/owners insurance. It will cost $50 year and covers things like loss and theft – even things like the center stone falling out or accidentally getting cracked, and you can purchase as much coverage/ring value as you need. Standard renter’s usually covers up to 1K, which depending on your underwriter may be replacement value (this is what you want – pays for you to go out and buy a twin of your ring) or “book value” (depreciated value – how much your ring is worth after being worn for X years).
Post # 15
OP, if you know in your heart you want a diamond, then you probably won’t be happy with a moissy. I’ve found that most (of course there are always exceptions) of the bees on here chose moissy because they actually preferred it over diamond and like showing it off/saying what it is/etc. If you want something that mimics a diamond, moissy doesn’t do a very good job usually, but it’s great at being the beautiful, unique gemstone that it is! Which is why I want one for my own engagement ring
Post # 16
Just an FYI as I visited my insurance agent yesterday to insure my new ring. My old diamond ering was appraised and insured in 2000 and in the 14 years since State Farm has increased it’s replacement value approximately 1/3 higher as diamonds prices have Increased. The replacement pay out did not go down, rather it went up. And it does include accidental loss. Good luck OP.