(Closed) Moissanite…too sparkly? Longevity?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Worker bee

@ali_oop:  Hi! Welcome to the bee! 

 

1)My SO and I recently ordered a 7.5mm (1.5 carat equivalent) Amora Moissanite loose stone to be set as the center stone in my engagement ring. I only had the chance to gawk over it for a couple of hours before SO took it away and hid it from me, but I don’t think it was “too sparkly.” It’s absolutely beautiful! It definitely does reflect light more than a diamond, though, and if that’s not something you like, then you may not like it. And to me, it doesn’t look gawdy or “fake,” though it isn’t meant to be a diamond simulant, so moissanite doesn’t look exactly like a diamond. I’ll post some pictures below.

2) I can’t talk about the longevity, since I’ve only had it a few weeks. But I did so much research prior to purchasing, and from what I hear, it’s nearly as hard as a diamond, meaning it will last nearly as long.

3) We went to NYC to check out Manhattan Moissanite (http://www.manhattanmoissanite.com/) since we live about an hour away. We went on a Saturday, though, and it was CLOSED! So I know nothing about the place, didn’t even see more than the lobby of the building they’re located in, but at least you have somewhere you can start! I’m not sure jewelers carry the new stock of moissanite, which would be something you should probably ask. There have been many advances in terms of moissanite, and many still carry older stock – which could be yellowish/greenish, and in general not the best.

 

You can always order a loose stone online (we ordered from MoissaniteCo.com and it was a breeze!) and return it within 14 days if you don’t like it. That’s what we did, but ended up falling in love with it and decided to keep it.

 

Let me know if you have any other questions! So excited for you!

 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ali_oop:  I’ve had my moissy for a little over 2 years now, and it’s still exactly the same as the day my FI bought it.  I personally love the rainbowy sparkle, but if you’re looking for something that sparkles like a diamond, moissy isn’t it.  I think I’ve heard people say Macy’s might carry moissanite in their jewelry department, but I’m really not sure.  We purchased my ring from a local master jeweler.  Just know that the larger the size, the more yellow/green/gray will be in your stone.  Mine is a 6mm (0.75 ct) with diamond side stones, set in white gold.

Post # 5
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Worker bee

@housebee:  Yea, I’ve heard that about Macy’s too… and Sears! But I went to both places in my area, and no one who worked there even knew what moissanite was. In fact, they directed me to the marcasite section and thought they were the same thing. I think you can order it online from Sears, but again, who knows what you’ll actually be getting. I can’t imagine they use the best moissanite since no employees had ever even heard of the stone! Beautiful ring, by the way! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@FutureSLS:  Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚  Congrats on your stone, can’t wait to see pics of your ring once you have it set! 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Don’t buy a moissanite if you want a diamond.  Don’t buy a moissanite if you want a diamond.  Don’t buy a moissanite if you want a diamond.  Get it?  Ok, good. 

I say this because you want to know if it looks “fake”, which makes me think that you want it to look like a diamond, and to be honest, it is a white stone, and in some light it looks diamond like, but in many others it does not.  If you want something that looks like a diamond for less money there are other options, but I don’t know of any that last forever, but maybe the other bees do.

As for longevity, it harder than sapphire, ruby, pretty much everything but diamond, and it is extremely tough.  So if you do decide you want a moissanite it should be a forever stone.  

Post # 9
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Newbee

@BuBuBubbles:  “Don’t buy a moissanite if you want a diamond.” This is SUCH good advice! I am actually having an issue with choosing the type of stone I want for my e-ring. I keep wanting to say that moissy is a “fake diamond” and my SO keeps telling me that it is its OWN stone. It just happens to be white. I’ve done my own research and have concluded that this is true, however any white stone gets a reputation of being a diamond stimulate. I watched a documentary on Debeers and the Oppenheimer family and I was sick to my stomach. Aside from the blood diamonds and such, the marketing used by this company is downright disgusting. And after doing further research after watching the documentary I decided I wanted nothing to do with diamonds. But I like moissy. The problem is I don’t want to feel like I’m passing it off as a “fake diamond.”

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I don’t think my moissy is “too” sparkly. For instance, in my office lighting it doesn’t really sparkle… it just kind of shines. But once it hits flattering lighting it’s like a light show! It’s so beautiful and I cannot get enough of the sparkles, to be honest. I am constantly staring at my stones.

I have had mine for about two and a half years now. It hasn’t changed at all.

I do not know of Moissanite retailers in NYC, sorry.

I agree with the PP that suggested not purchasing one if what you really want is a diamond. You won’t appreciate the stone if you are really longing for something else. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck, dear! I hope you find something you LOVE.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@housebee:  Ooooh yours is just dreamy! I love that setting on you!

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@BuBuBubbles:  +1

Also, I think that if you’re worried about it being too noticeable or “fake”, you should stick to a reasonable/believable size. The bigger it is, the more people will assume it’s a fake whatever, you know?

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@JJ920:  Have you considered a gemstone, or a lab created diamond?  As someone who wears a moissy ring day in and day out I’ve got to say I don’t feel like I’m passing anything off as anything.  It’s my engagement ring and unless I’m on the bee I don’t even think of it as moissanite, or think of someone else’s ring as diamond.  It’s just my ering and there’s not much else to it.  Of course I told people from the start what it was, but even hadn’t I don’t think it would matter now, because it’s just my ring.

Think of it this way, how many women in their day to day lives really think about the fact that their diamond is J in color, or ideal cut, or whatever?  I would venture to say not many, because it’s just their ring 

 

 

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@BuBuBubbles:  +1.

If you are buying a moissanite only despite truly wanting a diamond, then you will probably never feel 100% happy with it.

As for the sparkle, I don’t think there is such thing as too much. I have an enhanced Amora OEC and to me, the OEC’s sparkle more than the RBs, but it’s a different type of sparkle. OECs give off broad flashes of light, and RBs give off tiny pin prick sparkles. I don’t think moissanite looks low quality at all, as I feel like that is the real question here.

(OEC= Old European Cut) (RB= Round Brilliant Cut)

Longevity wise, as other has said, it’s the second hardest gem on earth. If that isn’t enough to make you feel at ease, then your only other option is diamond.   

 

Post # 15
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Newbee

@BuBuBubbles:  I actually like sapphires, but I felt like I was being too trendy with Kate Middleton’s e-ring being sapphire and all. I know I’m being silly lol Even though this is a really rude question for anyone to ask, has anyone ever asked you if your moissy was a diamond?

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@JJ920:  No, I’ve never gotten an “Is that real?” and if I did I would neglect to answer the question and make them feel like an ass.  They would get a dirty look and an “I beg your pardon?” or “Excuse me?”, if they were dumb enough to repeat the question I would probably look astounded and walk away. It’s not that I am resistant to telling people it’s moissanite, it’s that I don’t humor rudeness.  Chances are if the hypothetical person asking had just kept his mouth shut for 2 more seconds I would have gotten around to telling him, but now he has to look like a jerk instead. 

People compliment my ring a lot and if they seem interested and I have time I tell them about moissy.  Other times if I’m busy, I don’t like the person, or they don’t seem interested in a gemology lesson I just say thank you and leave it at that.  I don’t feel like a fraud or anything, I just don’t feel like taking 10 minutes out of my day to explain my ring to every stranger who notices it, and chances are they don’t care to hear it. 

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