Question about Moissanite

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee

Some of us prefer the way a moissy performs over a diamond. And no, moissy wasn’t “made to look like a diamond” any more than white sapphires are made that way. There are more options for white/clear stones than diamond, just like there are more options than just rubies for red gems.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

@nolapeanut:  aye ya ya. There are tons of threads here about moissanite cz/asha.

No, Moissanite is not an actual gemstone. It’s a man made manufactured created jewel  made out of altered synthetic silicon carbide. All of it is made in the CREE factory in NC, sent to China for cutting.

In a nutshell, sims are cheaper. a 3 carat high quality ethically sourced diamond is $105,000, a moissanite is approx $800, an Asha (high quality c oated cz) maybe $400. Huge price difference between sims n diamonds.

What really runs the price of the rings up that have simulants is the setting- precious metal and designs. Setting prices for diamonds or sims are the same price.

Do a search here at the Wedding Bee, there is tons of info on moissanite/CZ/Asha simulants.

@JoCoJenn: yes, moissanite is made to look as diamond like as possible, that’s why they are constantly trying to make it whiter, why they use diamond equivalency wts, why they use diamond clarity and color verbiage, why they include a diamondtype lab certificate. That is why all their advertising mentions diamonds….No, moissanite is nothing like an  sapphire. Sapphires are actual natural, valuable gemstones, moissanite although beautiful is man made like cz.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@nolapeanut:  Moissanite makes a lot of rainbows.  That’s the really important part.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@nolapeanut:  Part of it is a matter of preference of natural vs. synthetic. I prefer natural always. Other people are drawn to size and sparkle and it doesn’t matter to them if the stone is natural or synthetic. Because Moissanite is grown in a lab there is more quality control and therefore more likelihood of getting a larger, clean looking stone for less cost than a diamond. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Have you looked at what the 3k Moissy rings some people post?  They are still significantly cheaper than diamond equivalents.  Some people also have diamond settings which are more expensive, and than a Moissy center stone in order to have a larger center.

 

Some people prefer the sparkle Moissy gives off, but for me the choice was all price.  To get just the diamond without the setting would have been 6x more than what we paid for the whole ring.  We had a budget, and I had an idea of what I wanted my ring to be, it was not possible to do both with diamond so Moissy to the rescue!

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@nolapeanut:  Like gemgirl6 said it is the setting that will run up the cost of the ring.  I have an asha but my setting is 14kt gold and diamonds.  

Some people may prefer the look of a moissy over a diamond since it sparkles so much and throws out rainbow colors.  Some may even prefer the warmth in the unenchanced stones.  

Personally I’m not oppose to diamonds but choose Asha just to avoid the $9K charge for my stone at that time.  I wanted to place other priorities first over my ering.  Starting a business, (a wedding cancelled over family issues),buying a house, and going to school were my priorities personally.  Now I plan to get a Amora Gem but if it does not live up to my expectations than I would get a diamond.  

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m asking for Moissy because I prefer the extra sparkle, nice price range, and I think it’s really, REALLY cool it was originally found in a meteorite. I prefer Moissy over diamonds, but to me it’s just personal preference. I have some diamond jewelry that I really love, but I don’t really buy into needing a diamond ring to express your love and commitment. I also have dreamed about having a good size ring, and that’s just more doable for my SO and I than a diamond would be 🙂

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@nolapeanut:  Honestly I’ve only had one person ask “Is it fake?” and that was because he’s an a$$hole and asked the same about my breast.  No one else has questioned my ring and I’ve had jewelers, children of jewelers, etc etc confirm the high quaility of my “diamond”.  

Post # 12
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5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@glitter-girl:  If you’re interested in stones that came from a meteorite have you looked into Moldavite? Not as an e-ring per se, it’s dark green, but it has the same origins. 

Post # 13
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462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Aquaria:  Yes, my SO and I actually are really interested in gems/stones and have a good start to a collection.. One of the first stones he ever got was a Moldavite. I love the texture of it 🙂

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

moissanite is cruelty free. diamonds aren’t always that way.

that’s another reason people like them.

they are a lab grown gem. they were originally a substance found in nature that they discovered could be cut and treated to look similar to a diamond. but the source wasn’t big enough to be able to handle the demand. so, they found out what the substance was, and began growing it. they make lab grown diamonds. moissanite is lab grown. there’s more on the history of moissanite here: http://www.moissaniteco.com/moissanite_history.html

i don’t have a moissanite, i have an heirloom diamond. however, if i ever do upgrade or get a different ring, we will be purchasing a moissanite or an amora gem.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Some people like me might prefer moissanite because:

-the rainbow sparkle

-the extra sparkle and light play, period

-stones grown in a lab don’t come from conflict zones

-affordable cost for a pretty object

You can like things that look *like* diamonds, but somewhat different, without actually wishing your stone was a diamond. Spending more money on a material object does not make that material object inherently better. If you prefer the look of diamond and are willing to spend the money for it, then fine.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

@nolapeanut:  You absolutely can’t get a diamond for the same price of a moissanite. Not on the same level, at least. If you get a 2 “carat” moissy, it’s going to look very clean to the eye, and cost around $800. A similar 2 carat diamond that is as clean and clear as the moissy is would be thousands of dollars. at least $5,000. Probably much, much more. 

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