Sapphire vs Diamond vs Moissanite – Show me yours, help me decide!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which centre stone best suits my style of ring?
    Lavender Sapphire : (51 votes)
    32 %
    Diamond : (49 votes)
    31 %
    Moissanite : (34 votes)
    22 %
    Barely Pink Moissanite : (22 votes)
    14 %
    Other - Pleas specify : (2 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    8389 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’ve had my moissy for over 3 years, and I really love it.  However, moissanite and diamonds do not behave in the same way, so if you have your heart set on a diamond, you probably won’t like the moissanite.  I actually prefer moissanite over diamond because I love the rainbow sparkle.

    Post # 5
    3112 posts
    Sugar bee

    @hidingpearl:  I agree with @housebee:! I got a Moissy for many reaons (the biggest of which is price), but I love the rainbow sparkle too!  I am a Moissy lover for life!

    Post # 6
    6789 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

    @hidingpearl:  Hi there! First of all, I love lavender sapphires! Nice choice. I’m not that big of a fan of the portugese cut, which I think is the cut of the loose stone you’ve shown.

    I found this Etsy listing – from a ring I’ve been drooling over

    Out of diamond, moissy, BP moissy and lavendar sapphire, the moissy (BP and regular) will still be the cheapest option. A BP OEC 1 ct is the same price as a FB OEC 1 ct and is $540. Lavendar sapphires are in the thousands. Then diamond is the most expensive. Lavender sapphires will also be mined from the Earth. You might be able to find a synthetic lavender sapphire, but I’m not sure where to look for that.

    Good luck!

    Post # 8
    2731 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

    I think no matter what you buy you will have some ethical issues. Its up to you to find what you personally find appealing to your eye, wallet, and ethics.




    I personally dont care for moissanite, but this is my preference its great for some people. I find its refractive index eye jaring. I also have a major issue that man spent the time and resources to make this in a chemistry lab rather than work on new antibiotics, sustainable farming, new treatments for cancer, etc. I also have an issue with creating a carbon foot print when stones can be harvested from the ground. I also believe in supporting the arts and stone cutting is a dying art, master cutters spend years perfecting that art. Moissanite is cut by a machine.




    I went sapphire for these reasons. I also like color. I feel sapphires allow for a range of colors that suit everyone’s personality. I did not want a transparent diamond, though we did consider a cognac diamond. We will purchase an ethically sourced cognac or grey diamond in the future. When purchasing my sapphire treatment, and ethical sourcing was important. I made sure it came cutter direct which means that the stone we got was purchased by the cutter directly from a small mine. The family that owned the mine got paid a better premium, the cutter got paid well for his art, and in the end we got a pretty good deal on an untreated stone. I felt really good about this decision.




    As to sapphires being flat that has everything to do with the cut, and the treatments its received. My sapphire is extremely lively. I keep it very clean, and its well cut. It is velevety in tone though so its not a over the top blinding sparkle like a lazer but it is warm and inviting like a good fire.



    Post # 9
    511 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @hidingpearl:  Is it a genuine lavendar sapphire or lab created? There’s nothing wrong with lab created, but that could explain why it’s cheaper.

    I have a blue sapphire and I LOVE IT. People comment on how pretty my ring is all the time. I’m not a fan of diamonds, and I love that sapphires mean fidelity. My ring looks a little purple in this picture but it’s more of a true blue in real life.

    Post # 11
    2731 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

    @hidingpearl:  There is a stone for everyone, what is important is you find the one that works for you. I feel moissanite is a better alternative for many and I am happy that they too have their forever stone. Same goes for those who buy ethical diamonds.

    Post # 12
    6789 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

    @hidingpearl:  It’s my understanding that moissys are cut by hand, that’s why there is such variety in the cut and why it’s better to have someone hand pick for you, since they are not all created equal. I could be wrong though. I’m guessing that first sapphire you showed is probably heat treated? I just bought a nice heat treated sapphire for pretty cheap – it goes from light blue to lavender under incandescent lights. Maybe you could check those out. Also, a lot of women use white sapphires instead of diamond, so that they can have a white/clear stone for their e-ring, but white sapphire doesn’t sparkle the way diamond and moissy do.

    Post # 13
    816 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Lavendar sapphires are gorgeous!!! I have a Forever Brilliant (which I recommend if you go moissy) Old European Cut in 1 carat. The rest of the setting is diamonds. I fell hard for the OEC’s chunky facets, pastel flashes of color and antique look. I believe that every stone has pros and cons, and moissy just made sense. No regrets!:)

    Post # 14
    1173 posts
    Bumble bee

    I have a natural diamond of Good size but I just love my OEC unenhanced moissy. I am a convert to moissy now. I also love the chunky cut of the OEC. 


    Here is mine 




    Post # 15
    5482 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @hidingpearl:  I have a diamond bc it was a family stone, otherwise I would have gone for color!! I loooove the lavendar sapphire! Gorgeous and different! Here’s mine.

    Post # 16
    122 posts
    Blushing bee

    I prefer Moissanite. I have “HQ” diamonds and they do not compare to the fire of my moissy. It’s kind of that “ten table diamond” idea for less. As for eh whole carbon foot print thing. I would rather buy my gemstone from labs that have strict emission standards in USA than impoverished nations who treat the workers like dogs and have no environmental regards. I guess in my head it the idea of “natural” is much like artificial or vitro insemination. Does the fact that labs and technology where used in the process make to a baby any less a person or your child? Look at the pearl industry. By farming pearls we now have affordable heirloom quality freshwater pearls that are more environmentally sound and safer for divers than the “pearl plated” Akoya or Tahitian pearls. Could science and resources be used for nobler endeavors sure? But that is when freedom comes in and it’s a beautiful thing that individuals can choose what they want to fund or create. Silicon Carbide (Moissy) has a ton of other uses like for sandpaper, electrical conductors and even telescopes. So it wasn’t grown just to be a “omg shiny stimulant screw curing cancer.” Rather it can be seen as making art of the ordinary and mundane. Sorry for the rant on to the pictars!

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