Post # 1
Are there any negatives to a moisanite stone?
I am already engaged and have a diamond, but I am really intrigued by how real these stones look and how much money you can save, I feel like there must be a catch.
Post # 3
Lol I guess there isn’t! I’ve been wondering this too. I would really love to sell my diamond and get a moissy twice the size for half the cost. Less than half actually. Plus as a bonus I would know for sure it wasn’t mined by a starving orphan in Africa that got paid nothing to do it.
Post # 4
if you read through some of the threads on moissanite, there’s some really good factoids on the positives and negatives of moissanite. In my research so far.. doesn’t seem to be any though! the only thing is that you should get it enhanced or else there’s a yellow/green tint in certain light. also, moissanite looks best only in certain cuts, whereas diamonds are more versatile in looking great in all types of cuts. otherwise, unless you DONT LIKE a crazy sparkle and fire, then it’s quite perfect =)
Post # 5
I haven’t noticed one negative in my moissy, but I’ve only had it a week 🙂 I don’t plan on discovering a negative – my jeweler speaks highly of them; in fact, he recommends them to his customers over diamonds!
Post # 6
@norab2684: I have the same questions as you since being on the bee! I have a diamond as well, and never heard of moisanite until AFTER I was engaged. I have a one carat center, and wish we could afford at least a half carat more, but as we all know diamonds (especially good diamonds) are soooo expensive. I have to admit I am jealous (not in a catty way) of all the girls on here with these huge moisanites! I am always thinking, aren’t diamonds supposed to be better? Is there really nothing about a diamond thats better? If so feel majorly ripped off!
Post # 7
I know, I totally wish I had heard of moissanite before I got engaged. I would have asked for one for the e ring. also, I don’t like my diamond wedding band very much. I “settled” for it because I thought it was the best I could do within my budget.
I’m thinking about going ahead and getting a moissanite eternity ring anyway, and seeing if I can return my wedding band. I hear moissanites are dazzlingly beautiful!
Post # 8
The only negatives I’ve found are that it looks just slightly grey on cloudy days (I guess it’s reflecting the sky). But when I try it on with the band FI was given for me (which are diamonds on white gold) it looks incredibly white and awesome.
The only negative is the fact that you’ll have to contend with all the “opinions.” There’s apparently a code of conduct that moissanite owners are supposed to follow. I treat that with about as much regard as I do most inane codes of conduct, but it causes frustration and hurt feelings for some.
Post # 9
for me, the negatives are that they look like czs in pictures. so if you’re trying to pass it off as a diamond, it’s probably harder to pass it off by taking a pic of it….when i see pics of moissy i can tell they’re not diamond. BUT this could just be a personal thing 😛
the double refraction is also something that you either have to like or not. a lot of ppl like it because it’s shiny. for me, i think it looks fake -too much flash. it doesn’t flash like a diamond (unless perhaps one of those 100 facet ones -which, for the record, i don’t like either) haha
this is all personal though, moissy might be right for you. but i would definitely go in store and look at it, because the double refraction thing is something you might like or not.
Post # 10
@hypercrazy38: I agree. I recently saw one in person, and although it was really nice, it was way too flashy. I could tell something was off. After reading about moisanite here i suspected that was what it was and her FI told me thats what it was. But as long as you are not trying to pass it off as a diamond, i think they are a good value.
Post # 11
@EffieTrinket: Mine will be a moissanite center with a diamond band as well. Do they really “over” sparkle like people say? I honestly don’t want to lie but I don’t want to offer the information about it NOT being a diamond either. I’m nervous about it being a moissanite. I’ve never seen one in person but my FI has been investigating them and has it all picked out.
Me-I’m just nervous about people knowing. I know, you all may think I’m shallow but I just don’t think it’s anyone’s business what it is so if I don’t have to explain anything that I don’t want to. He got me a pair of colorless diamond earrings set in platinum that sparkle like no one’s business so I am thinking it may look like that?
Post # 12
@walksa: I don’t think my moissy “out sparkles” the sidestone diamonds in my band at all. In fact, I’ve paid close attention to it and they each seem to emit the same colorful sparkle. It could be that the diamonds are significantly smaller so the less sparkle characteristic is not as evident. I’m not really sure, but I’m super pleased with my choice. You may even like the moissy and will use the diamond money for something else!! I have been open with all family about my stone and they couldn’t believe it wasn’t a diamond! Whatever the choice – it will certainly be beautiful :)!
Post # 13
@walksa: double refractive means when the incident light is split into two separate ways, whereas a diamond is a single ray. so it’s usually a lot shinier than diamonds (some have mentioned ‘doubly’ so because of the double refractiveness.
i think you should make sure to buy it at a place that let’s you return it in case you don’t like it. since you haven’t seen it in person yet.
about your worrying people will “know”
this analogy is only if someone’s trying to pass a moissy off as a diamond (a simulant). otherwise, it’s a completely different gemstone and disregard.
a prada bag. you could buy a fake prada, and if you look like you can afford a real one, a lot of people could be fooled into thinking it’s real. BUT the people who know the bags aka have one or something, can usually spot a fake. BUT a lot of people will be fooled because they know nothing about prada bags/the details that they have.
for me, i have a good quality, ideal cut diamond, and so i know how very good diamonds sparkle. (this is also from countless hours of browsing tiffany, birks etc haha) because of this, i can tell when the sparkle is “off” like mzlouis said. but a lot of people know very little about diamonds/how they sparkle, so they can probably be fooled.
the thing is, even if i knew a ering was a moissy or cz i would never tell the girl this. i think that’s kind of rude. i wonder how many people who comment on moissy erings are the same; they think something is off but they exclaim how beautiful it is? (not that they’re not beautiful but they wouldn’t voice their doubts to the person kinda thing)
sorry this is so long; i guess there have been a lot of very vocal moissy cheerleaders on weddingbee, and it seems like moissy is the exact same (or better) than a diamond but is waaayyy cheaper, so i wanted to explain what the key differences between them are.
this obviously doesnt apply to people who are loving moissy for moissy.
Post # 14
I have owned a moissanite and I don’t think they look diamond like. The cut is off and the double refraction annoys me, and the colour of the small enhanced stone I had was yellow.
Post # 15
I had never heard of them until i started to read these threads. They look stunning to me!
Post # 16
Well, I think one of the negatives of moissanite is that it hasn’t been around long enough to tailor it to fit special wants. An example I am refering to is the fact that I LOVE old european cuts but couldn’t get an OEC Moissanite without compromising on color, because for some odd reason the moissanite cutter who fooled with OEC cuts noted that moissy turns significantly more warm when cut into antique stones.
I have a 3ct. moissy, however, and I love it! I love that the fire is so great, and I’m not trying to pass it off as a diamond, so I didn’t care if it looked like one because I don’t think diamonds are worth all the fuss. But from my research, the negatives are what I posted above, and slight coloring in the unenhanced fancy shaped moissanite stones. All in all, the value FAR out ways these slight negatives, and who knows, maybe one day they will fix these little negatives…?