Moissanite – question for the Aussies

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

There’s something called Secrets Shhh that’s been around for a long time. I had a little look for you, they are discussed at length here – http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1399101 Ah, WhirlPool it’s like WB, but for every topic ever 

I had heard of diamond simulants/grown diamonds from various eco/ethical websites as well, but this stuff isn’t mainstream. Many of the our chains (eg Zamels) do a line of cheap and nasty zirconia jewellery in wedding set styles though..?

I know some people in Sydney, sadly many of those stones are probably the real deal. Knew a girl who was bought for $20,000+ (or so her mother was bragging >.>)

White sapphires seem like a nice alternative also, but again, they’re not mainstream to Oz. I saw them on Etsy in eco jewellery ‘shops’.

I feel sorry for all those poor boys wondering innocently into the Michael Hill, never to see their money ever again.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

There is one shop that I know of that sells moissanite in Aus. Moi Moi, they are only in Perth or Sydney though ( I am in Perth but am yet to go look) the website seems a little blah though and so expensive! It seems like all jewellery in Australia is just so darn overpriced. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

mazz246:  I’m an Aussie who has one, I got it via a seller on Etsy (Lord of Gem Rings). It is pretty nice although the ones I saw in the States looked whiter, so I suspect their stock might be older. I have even had a couple of jewelers mistake it for a diamond, though. What part of Australia are you in?

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

mazz246:  Most people I know have never heard of it. I think it is less common here as only the one place stocks it- Moi Moi as a PP mentioned. Also, I saw some when I was visiting Syd and it was very yellow. I think it might have been older stock?? Who knows. The sales guy really didn’t seem to know much about it! (which makes me think it isn’t very common knowledge if even the staff can’t tell you anything). And moissy is expensive here :/ I mean, the prices for Moissy in Aus would get you a decently sized diamond on Blue Nile. For funsies, whenever I get a michael hill catalogue I compare some of their rings with ones from Blue Nile in the same price range. :O Us poor Aussies are getting ripped off! Jewellery prices here are insane. Can I ask, out of interest, what size diamonds you’d estimate these people to have? It might just be my age group, but I don’t think I know anyone with a ‘big’ ring- certainly not to the extent US Bees have. I think most people I know would say .5ct is large!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

mazz246:  They do look very similar, and I suspect 99.99% of people who saw it would not be able to tell. I have no idea if many other Aussies have them, but I do think they are a great diamond alternative since they are sparklier and almost as hard with none of the morally-troubling blood diamond or mining links. It also doesn’t cloud up over time like CZ, which is a bonus.

Personally I’m not that interested in huge stones (mine is about a carat), but after thinking about the blood diamond issue and having heard a few horror stories from people who lost $5,000-$10,000 engagement rings I just wasn’t that keen to spend a lot of money on one.  Especially since we could get something with essentially the same properties and a slightly different molecular structure for a tenth the price.

My future MIL has a huge diamond ring that she never wears and keeps in a safe, and that always struck me as being kind of sad. Meanwhile I feel completely comfortable taking mine out camping and accidentally bashing it against things or wearing it to the pool, because I know if I lose it, I can get another one for less than what many women spend yearly just insuring their diamond rings.

Could we have afforded a real diamond the same size? Sure. But I kind of like getting all the benefits in such a convenient and inexpensive package. I don’t go out of my way to pass it off as a diamond, but in over a year of wearing it, nobody has asked and I get so many compliments on my ring (it’s very sparkly) even from jewelers that I doubt anyone has noticed. Other women may feel the same. I would absolutely get another moissanite if I lost this one.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I’m in Aussie and I don’t know anyone that has a moissy.  I haven’t seen it in any of the jewellery stores near me (regional Aus).  I mentioned it to my jeweller and he had a moissy in his gem collection.  It looked very sparkly to me, but sparkly in a rainbow way rather than white like a diamond is.  The skeptic in me thinks he may just have bought a more highly coloured moissy though to convince customers to get diamond.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Little knitter:  agree! I went and visited moi moi out of interest. Very expensive. Very pretty, but expensive. 

OP, my FI went with blue Nile. Seemed so hard to actually get a good price in aus.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I have a good quality diamond engagement ring and after reading so much about moissanites, I ended up ordering a pendant from Moissanite Co. The moissanite is only 0.33 ct but I am actually disappointed because of how different it looks when compared to my diamond! In certain light they look similar and I can understand that they might look similar in pictures but in real life there is no question about which one is a diamond and which one isn’t… I really didn’t think that I’d notice such a big difference and before getting the pendant couple of weeks ago, I was certain that I’d be placing an order for small moissanite studs as well but, right now, I don’t think its worth it.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

mazz246:  I actually rang a couple of jewellers in Adelaide to see if any of them stocked any, and was laughed at. And then told to try Sydney. And then told not to waste my money “because it’s not a diamond”. I’ve strongly considered buying a ring from moissanite.com just so I can see what they look like, before deciding whether or not to consider it as an option for an ering, but I struggle justifying the cost “just to see”. 

Hrumph. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

diddles112230:  Oh my goodness, how incredibly rude. I find it so nasty when retailers try to gloss over their inadequacy (in not stocking popular items) by laughing at potential customers. I would have said that if I did decide to go with diamonds I would go with a shop that had been previously polite to me!

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