white sapphire vs moissanite.. I need your help!!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: white sapphire vs moissanite
    white sapphire : (16 votes)
    21 %
    moissanite : (58 votes)
    74 %
    other (explain in comments) : (4 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    150 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Can you buy the setting with the CZ in it (or empty, I don’t know how Shane Co. sells them) and have another jeweler set the moissanite for you? That setting fee is REALLY steep. I work in the industry and we never charge more than $200 to set a client-owned stone, and even that’s a little pricier than a lot of places.

    I wouldn’t consider white sapphire to be an adequate replacement for moissanite or diamond. White sapphires can be perfectly nice stones in their own right, but they don’t look at all like diamond or moissanite in real life.

    Post # 4
    Member
    8518 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Could you get it without getting it set without anything, and take it somewhere else to get it set in?

    Post # 5
    Member
    131 posts
    Blushing bee

    That’s incredibly pricy for setting! I would get a second opinion or go elsewhere for sure before you decide to go with a white sapphire replacement.

    That being said, white sapphires are beautiful themselves, but if your heart is set on the moissy, keep looking! In the case of my SO and I, we are looking at WS rings because we are on a tight budget, but will more than likely upgrade in the future.

    Post # 7
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    150 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Does the Shane Co warranty actually cover the center stone if it’s customer owned? Oftentimes those warranties apply to diamonds in the settings and the center stone IF the center was purchased from that store/company, but do not apply to customer-owned stones. 

    Post # 9
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    293 posts
    Helper bee

    @bethygrace16:  Don’t. They’re mad ripping you off with those fees. Setting a ring costs maybe 25-30$ where I am, and I am in the mecca of high cost of living! (Los Angeles). 

    And don’t settle for white sapphire. Sapphires have a lower refractive index, and don’t sparkle the way diamonds do. Moissanites actually have a double refraction, so it kind of sparkles more than diamonds. 

    My BIL’s now wife was obsessed with one particular setting that she found at a jeweler that wanted $8000 for just the setting. I made him contact David Klass online, and he ended up getting the whole thing for much less than even half of that, even with a huge honkin’ 2.5ct Forever Brilliant moissy.

    Is your SO okay with you buying online? I highly recommend at least even getting a quote. Can you link to the shane and co website’s link for that specific setting? I can hunt around for something similar, too?

    Post # 10
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    2731 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

    I chose sapphire before reading. However your heart is set on moissy so id find a way to do that. I personally don’t like moissy and prefer sapphires. The refractive index looks unnatural and eye jarring to me and I prefer natural stones. How sparkly a sapphire is depends on the cut, but the problem is most white sapphires are cut like crap because they are treated like second rate stones. A well cut bloom cut round white sapphire is a beautiful thing to behold very sparkly with soft blue/lavendar undertones. However this is a preferential thing and I think you should get the stone you want.

     

     

     

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

    @madelise:  Please don’t refer to another stone as settling others may find that insulting. The op certainly should get the stone she wants, but many find sapphies including whige perfectly suitable. I have a sapphhire that isn’t white but an unusual color. It is marvolously sparkly thanks to the cut. I did not settle we bought the stone I wanted and a diamond wasn’t it for my ering.

    Post # 12
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    5483 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @allyfally:  +1 this is what I would do. I also checked into this, OP, and Shane Co made me ridiculously angry with that fee. I was like, f that. If I really loved a setting (which I did not, in the end) I would buy it and take it to a local jeweler to set — should be about $50.

    Post # 13
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    6887 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

    $300 to set a 1ct stone!? That is completely asinine. I would have another jeweler like Schubach’s recreate the Shane Co setting and give them my business!

    Post # 14
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    6887 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

    Also, the moissy will be under the C&C warranty – and definitely don’t forget to get it insured through a 3rd party like Jeweler’s Mutual. 

    Post # 15
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    293 posts
    Helper bee

    @dewingedpixie:  I called it settling because she herself said she doesn’t want it. In this case, it is settling. I am speaking to OP. I also have sapphires. I love them. But if she doesn’t want one, but it’s all Shane & Co has because they want to overcharge her for moissy, then yes, my word choice is correct. 

    Post # 16
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    2731 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

    @madelise:  I find your word choice offensive. I also find it rediculous that because I think the stomping of any stone in comparison to another beyond personal preference is rather juvenile. If someone had said this about moissanite people would have a fit, but its ok in this situation? Hypocrisy. Now I’m done with this because it really is trivial.

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