Show me your moissanite eternity bands!

posted 2 months ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

Pbj_123 :  I have heard that moissanite melee is prone to cracking! That sucks 🙁 

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

FutureDrAtkins :  Yes I’ve heard that too that’s why many jewelers won’t work with it. I think the reason is because the inclusions made during the lab growth process are too large for such small stones so a good amount of pressure on them can cause the breakage. 

Post # 18
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Busy Beekeeper
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jasc8790 :  Could be, but to my knowledge “retail grade” moissanite doesn’t have any inclusions, hence no clarity gradings on stones, because they are all flawless or at least IF. No?

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

FutureDrAtkins :  Well I call them inclusions but they’re more like striations. It’s kind of the fingerprint that shows how the gem was grown which is how most gemologists can tell a lab gem from a natural one. It’s not usually visible to the naked eye or under 10x magnification which is how gems are graded for clarity which is why most moissy has an almost perfect clarity grade. 

Post # 20
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Busy Beekeeper
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jasc8790 :  Ah ok, yes this makes sense! Good observation.

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2007

Op, if you get an eternity band, please consider getting one with the prongs set lower than the tops of the stones.  While I don’t have an eternity band, I do have a “prongy” 5 stone band that literally put callouses in the insides of my pinky finger and middle finger due to the rounded prongs sticking into these surfaces for years.  You won’t be disappointed in the beauty of a Moissanite eternity band, but you may regret getting one that’s not in a flush setting. I’ll attach photos to illustrate the issue I’ve encountered.

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2007

Here’s an example of a setting that has the prongs below the surface of the stones.  This is a very comfortable setting (all pronged settings should be like this, IMO).

 

 

See the difference?  The prongs on this ring are not as tall in height as the first band in the previous posting. One band is a torture device (first set of photos), second band (second set of photos in this post) is a joy to wear from a comfort standpoint.  Learn from my mistake.  Just a word to the wise.

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2007

annili :  yes the ring in the first set feels very rough and spikey over the 5 stones.  The ring in the second set feels very smooth over the 5 stones.  There’s just differences in the prong design between both rings.  Ring 1 has prongs which stick out further than the side profile of the band, ring 2’s prongs are concave and this gives the ring a bubble and breathe appearance from the top of the ring (though that’s not a bubble and breathe design, it’s just really well done).  For an eternity band regardless of its diamond, sapphire, Moissanite, cz, your birthstone, whatever, you want it to feel smooth against your skin.  Not only did I never get used to the prong design in photo set one, my fingers got progressively more irritated wearing it with time.

Second big difference between the prong design in ring one and ring two is the overall width of the prong itself.  Ring one’s prongs are very thick, sloppily so, IMO.  See how the stones in ring 2 stand out more?  That’s because you’re not looking at oversized, rounded prongs found in ring one.  

I never noticed this until developing callouses and inspecting the ring closer to find out why.  Then once I knew what I was looking for, I made sure that I got a replacement band that didn’t have this issue.  Night and day difference.  

If in the market for an eternity band, prong design as well as the overall height of the ring would be my #1 priority.  For my comfort, as well as the general aesthetic of the band, smaller, u prongs, which are concave on the side relative to the rest of the band, are the only way to go, IMO.

Hooe this helps.  Happy shopping!

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee

Mine is a 3/4 forever brilliant moissanite 3mm shared prong eternity band. Ive had it for 2 yrs and have never had a problem with cracked stones:

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