Post # 1
Pros and cons of moissanite and diamond aside, was it the financial benefit that ultimately made you choose moissanite? I’ve been thinking about this and want to hear your thoughts!
This is not the place for a moissanite vs. diamond argument. Please refrain from anything that could be interpreted as an attack on others’ stone choice. Thank you! 🙂
Post # 3
I chose option 2. I guess I could have chosen 3, but it would not have been easy for me to let thousands come out of our house fund to go toward a ring. SO and I like to pay for purchses in cash. My ring will be custom made with a 7mm moissy center and diamond accents in yellow gold. In total, it will cost $1500 or so! What a steal. If I got a diamond center stone, it would bump the price up to about $8,000. I am very frugal and had to essentially come up with a speech to talk SO out of getting me a diamond center stone. He tried to refuse getting anything othe rthan diamond at first but his resistance was futile. I am getting my way and saving lots of money that we’ll be putting toward buying a house (you guessed it, we’re buying in cash.) So, my ring will be the best of both worlds. It will have a big, lovely center stone, diamonds (which I think are really cool since they are millions of years old), and yellow gold. Oh,and custom too, all for less than $2,000!
Post # 4
I wanted a flawless, crystal clear stone that sparkled like mad. The stones I liked in the stores that came to that mark were in the range of $20-25k plus another $4k for the setting.
Neither of us felt comfortable spending money on a rock that I could loose or that could be stolen. It would feel weird just to keep it in the safe, so I chose moissanite for the centre.
Turned out to be a great decision because I lost the ring a few months after the wedding.
Post # 5
I choose other. I never wanted a diamond, so comparing the carat weight never entered my head when looking for rings. I guess to me it would be like saying could you afford the same carat weight diamond, as your blue sapphire?
In truth, it would have been possible for FI to afford my size stone in a diamond, but the desire was never really there. We used the excess money for a vacation!
Post # 6
I have both a diamond and a moissanite. I love the way moissanite sparkles and how crystal clear it is. We could have afforded a diamond but to me, it was pointless to spend that kind of money on a stone rather than something else.
I like the “big look” but wasn’t willing to spend the “big bucks” on it. Although it is definitely doable for us.
The appeal of having the sparkle and bling while still having the $$$ in the bank was perfect.
Post # 7
I loved diamonds and I always thought I’d have a diamond engagement ring. But I also wanted a 1ct stone and I couldn’t justify us paying the price. I liked clear stones because they would match most outfits, but I just loved how diamonds sparkled.
When I first found moissanite, I was attracted to it because of the price.
When I GOT my moissanite, oh my god, I love it so much more than any diamond. It’s SO beautiful and so much prettier than any diamond I’ve seen. I would 100% choose moissanite over diamond again, irrespective of the price.
Post # 8
I don’t have what most would call a huge stone (6.5 mm). We definitely could have afforded the same ring in diamond. I simply did not want a diamond (My mother cannot fathom why, and thinks I settled, but that’s another story for another day). I have dabbled in jewelry making (casting, soldering, setting, the works.), and because of that, I have knowledge of materials and sourcing that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I dislike the diamond industry and needed a guarantee that my stone was sourced ethically and did not cause undo damage to the earth. Even the gold in my ring is recycled, which I’m sure many people would think is bad juju, but it gives me peace of mind.
I would have loved a family ring, on the other hand. The sentiment and the fact that it is essentially recycled would have won over moissanite. However, my FI didn’t know one was available until after the fact. It would have been much larger than my ring, but I’m kind of relieved that I don’t have to worry about accidentally chipping or losing a family ring that has 150 years of history.
Anyway, my choice was for ethical and environmental reasons. I do the best that I can with my knowledge to do what is best for the environment, and my ring is not an exception to that rule.
Post # 9
@gangqinjia: If finances were a major part of our decision, we would have gone with white sapphire over moissanite. We could have easily afforded a 1.5 ct diamond. We had priced some out in the $15k range, but we never would have spent that much on a stone. So I voted option 3 but option 1 is kind of applicable as well.
Before finding moissy, we were looking at lab-grown diamonds from Gemesis — in which case I would’ve settled for a smaller size; they didn’t have any above 1 ct at the time we were looking.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
I could have afforded any ring I wanted, but I asked for a small diamond. I didn’t want my ring to be super expensive. if I had known about moissanite at that time, I would have asked for one instead — probably 1ct or so. I plan on “upgrading” to a large moissy one day.
I just think diamonds are way overpriced and I’d rather use that money on something else.
also, my wedding band is moissy. it was super affordable. an equivalent ring in diamonds would have cost 3x more, even if they were low quality. I don’t regret my decision at all. I never look at it and think of it as cheap, nor do I ever wish it had diamonds.
Post # 11
I originally wanted a diamond e-ring just because I thought that was what you were supposed to get! And I like clear stones. I love colored stones on others, but I wanted something neutral for me. However, when I first began looking at the prices of diamond rings, I was blown away by their cost. No way could I justify spending thousands on something that would sit on my finger, even though we ultimately could afford it (though it would be a little difficult). I have zero attachment to diamonds, so I figured I would hunt for a different stone. I didn’t care what I wore as long as it would last and be colorless. That’s when I found Moissanite.
I still got a smaller sized stone (5mm – I think 0.5 or 0.75 ct equiv) because I like the size. I’m not a fan of big stones on me. That didn’t play into the cost factor.
Post # 12
@gangqinjia: My FI and I met playing WoW, so we’re into stats. Moissanite has higher measurable stats (brilliance, fire, durability), so it was an obvious choice. In gaming terms, I personally feel that diamonds are a green or blue item level, while moissys are epics. That, compounded with the fact that the diamond industry is riddled with inhumane conditions/practices, made our decision very easy for us. I have a white gold/diamond setting (recycled materials, crafted by an artisan jeweler) and a 6mm moissy that I love. I never plan on upgrading/changing my ring.
Post # 13
@Follydust321: Yikes! I just realized that I used choose instead of chose!