Post # 1
Ok Bees…I need some honest input. My boyfriend and I have been discussing engagement rings. Because we live 500 miles apart, most of our looking has been done online. I am 45 years old and have waited for the perfect man (and the perfect ring) forever so I am beyond excited about the whole thing. I have a crazy love for jewellery and large hands, so I really want a ring that I will be in love with. My boyfriend knows that exact style that I want (princess cut solitaire) and we both feel that anything under a carat will be lost on my hands. Here’s the thing though…diamonds are crazy expensive and we just don’t have that budget. So, we have been considering the moissanite as an alternative. He thinks we can get the style that I love at a price point that he can afford.
Honestly though…I’m nervous about it. I’ve never seen one in person and I’m scared that if I get a moissanite e-ring, I may not like it the same as I would a diamond. Believe me, it has NOTHING to do with the value of a diamond. It’s just I want something beautiful that will withstand the test of time and not lose it’s luster. It would have to break my heart to have to replace the stone down the road. I spoke to a gemologist about the moissanit stone and he said he would only give it 10 years before it had to be replaced. This is not what I have read online at all. Has anyone else heard of this?
Please…if anyone can put my fears at ease, it would really help. I just want the ring to be as perfect as I know the proposal will be.
Post # 3
I am going to start this with this – nothing is perfect. I know you have waited a long time and want things to be very special, but even with the most expensive diamond ring set might end up having a flaw.
That being said, there are a lot of Bees here who LOVE their Moissanite. I am one of them. But if you are hesitant, you might want to consider ordering a loose stone from one of the many online vendors that sell them that have a 100% money back guarantee. That way you can look at it face to face and decide.
Post # 4
I think the way moissanite is cut, princess cuts typically look very different from princess cut diamonds. Only you can decide if you like that look, but it’s something to be aware of. I second PP’s suggestion to order a loose stone so you can see exactly what you’re getting.
As far as durability, I had a hard time finding info on that while I was researching before buying my moissanite. It seems that moissanite is still fairly new and the manufacturing process has improved a lot over the past 5-10 years, so it’s difficult to find people who’ve had it for a long time and make a fair comparison with current moissanite. In the end, I decide to go ahead with the moissanite despite my concerns about durability. I hope it will last a long time, but if not, it’s still more affordable to replace it than to buy a diamond.
Post # 5
I have one and I love it! Nobody knows its not a diamond. I agree to order a loose stone first if you want to see if you will love it. I will show you some pics of mine..its a 1.75 and my ring size is 5.5
Post # 6
I LOVE my moissanite. Cost wasn’t an issue, I could have had whatever I wanted. It is gorgeous and sparkly and clear. Mine is “unenhanced,” and don’t let that scare you off.
Here are two photos – one in great lighting with a decent point and shoot, one in a a poorly lit room with a camera phone.
It is a 1.1 square brilliant on a 6.5 size finger.
Post # 7
I ordered an amora a while back as we were also considering moissanite. I really didnt like the look of it at all, but I also had a local jeweler order an unenhanced stone for me to see, and it looked much more diamond-like. I would recommend finding a local jeweler who is familiar with moissanite and willing to order you one to see in person. I know so many girl here are thrilled with their moissanite from moissaniteco, but mine seemed like a dud. Now I don’t believe they are offering amora anymore, just C&C forever brilliant, which I’ve read mixed reviews about. If I were going to go with moissanite, I would go through a local jeweler.
Post # 8
Thanks Ladies for your input.
For those of you that have the princess cut…are the stones true “princess cut” or the square brilliant stone? I’ve been really interested in the Amora princess but they are still awaiting the patent for the that one so it hasn’t come out yet. 🙁
Also, I want mine set in a wide yellow gold band. The jeweller told me that yellow gold will change the colour of the stone and a diamond that has a bit of a yellow tinge will actually look more white set in yellow gold. Since I understand that Moissanite can sometimes have a bit of a green cast, I wondered if setting it in yellow gold will effect the colour at all. Any ideas?
Post # 9
@beth276: it should make it appear more white
Post # 10
I love my moissanite ring. I have never EVER heard about it needing to be replaced after 10 years.
It has MORE fire and MORE dispersion than diamonds. This translates to SPARKLIER than diamonds (so if you don’t want sparkly, then moissy may not be for you). Read this article for details: http://www.squidoo.com/moissanitevsdiamond
Here’s my ring set: Engagement Ring is 1 ct moissanite with an additional .5 total ct in the band… Wedding band is an enhancer/wrap, but I forget the total ct weight in it..
I can’t WAIT till I can wear my wedding band with it!
Post # 11
the cut looks dramatically different. compare those above to the cut pattern of the AGS000 Ideal cut princess from a vendor that specializes in ideal cut, super brilliant diamonds.
i agree you should order one and see if you like it in person, if not, buy a nice diamond from a vendor with an upgrade policy and get a bigger one in a few years.
Post # 12
We know how moissanite will hold up over time because molecules behave in predictable and measurable ways. If the component molecules don’t naturally decay, react or degrade over time then the substance won’t. As I’ve mentioned before I bought my moissanite in full confidence knowing if the laws of physics start changing the last thing on my mind will be a pretty rock.
Nothing is invulnerable but as far as longevity goes even the softest gemstones have our lifespan beat for a start. 🙂
Silicone Carbide (moissanite material) is used in Tank Armour. That was enough to put a smile on my FIs face.
Post # 13
I also agree that you should order a loose stone. you will be able to return it w/o paying a restocking fee, and you can always get a local jeweler to set it.
as far as princess cuts go, they do exist but they’re very hard to find. like PPs have said, they might appear off color, since that cut doesn’t work well with moissanite.
here is another idea: what about ordring an Asha for now, and then when the Amora Gem becomes available (which is looking like 2015), then you can upgrade?
an asha won’t make a great “forever” stone, but from what I’ve read, they sound like they’d be a really good placeholder for about 5 years or so. you can order them as a loose stone too, and they are the same company as moissaniteco.com: http://www.ashadiamonds.com/
Post # 14
I will admit that I was not at all interested in moisanite but I saw one IRL last weekend, my friend had a 1 carat round set in yellow gold. I put it next to my 1 carat natural diamond and wore them both all day comparing them in different lighting. The moissy was a lot better looking than I expected. I thought it looked nearly identical to my diamond, except it gave off more colored sparkly flashes of light. My diamond was equally giving off flashes of light, but the colored flashes were less frequent, it seemed there were more white flashes from the diamond.
In any case, after seeing the moissy I am now wondering how many women are sporting them these days? I really liked it and maybe I will get one someday.
Oh- and I had read here about moissy having a green cast to it, i didn’t see that in any light. I’m converted!
Post # 15
@Anardana: Ha, it is used in drill bits too! My Fiance thought that was the coolest.