Post # 1
I’m thinking about getting a Moissanite engagement/wedding ring, but it seems like the only way to do that is via an online site. I’ve heard mixed reviews about MoissaniteCo.com and almost nothing about other Moissanite sites. If you have a Moissanite ring, where did you get it? Did you buy the stone separately from the setting, and if so, where did you get each and how did you have it set? What went into your decision-making process? What experiences have you had with the various Moissanite sites? I would appreciate any help or advice you can give me! 🙂
Post # 3
Ummm… okay… Are these hard questions for some reason?
Post # 4
I personally have never purchased/owned a moissanite. (bf is stalling on the proposal)
Generally, I think the most popular place is moissaniteco. It can be hard to find quality moissanite on different websites. Also, not quality moissanite usually equals color issues. =/
Many retailers who do sell moissanite in person are often carrying old stock moissanite which is not as attractive. Think pee yellow color with some green.
I think buying a stone separately is a great idea in case you really don’t like moissanite. Finding a jeweler in your area that will set it for you may be tricky, so that is something to consider.
Also, there president of Asha diamonds is currently working on a moisannite/asha hybrid to see if he can’t whiten up moissanite even further! This is something to consider as well since the results should be out soon as to whether or not this experiment was a success. He even mentioned that product may be available (granted that it’s a success) this summer.
Here is a link to the forum
Third category down you will find the moissanite specific section.
I don’t think these questions are hard, I think new threads can just be kind of hard to keep track of. There are actually other ladies on here who have moissanite rings and will be able to give you more than I can.
Post # 5
@Tunacupcakes: Thanks! I hadn’t heard of the upcoming moissanite/asha hybrid– that sounds really cool! Are you thinking about doing a diamond alternative for an engagement ring? I can see how getting the stone and the setting/semi-mount separately would let me really take a look at the moissanite before I make the final decision– that’s a good idea to keep in mind. Do you happen to know if the older stock moissanite is more colored because it’s a different formula or something, or if that happens to moissanite over time?
Post # 6
I got mine at Moissanite & Co. and I could not be more happy with the product and their service.
They were extremely helpful on their online chat with any questions I had. When I made my order for a 1.5ct enhanced moissanite, it shipped the very next day and it arrived just one day after that (and I’m in Canada)! The stone is so sparkly and beautiful! I had the stone set at Excel Diamonds only because I wanted a tiffany replica and they had the best one. They set my moissanite with no issues.
Moissanite & Co. is currently the only place you can get enhanced moissanite, which is moissanite that has been treated to be 2-3 shades lighter than regular moissanite. I’ve never owned a regular moissy, but my enhanced one is so white.
Moissanite does not get more colored overtime, however older moissanite was cut exactly like diamonds are cut which is not the optimal cut for moissanite (Since moissanite is double refractive), making them show more body color. Today’s moissanite is cut specifically to enhance it’s optical properties and it’s much whiter.
Post # 7
I didn’t see this thread! Sorry! I ordered my moissanite from moissaniteco.com
Post # 8
Mine is from moissaniteco and I LOVE it!
Post # 9
moissaniteco was very helpful. they answered my emails promptly. they even offered to let me order a ring they knew I wasn’t going to keep (it was the wrong size), simply because it was already made– so I wouldn’t have to pay the restocking fee. I just wanted to see what it looked like in real life.
also, they have some stuff that isn’t shown on the website if you ask for it. for example, many of their eternity rings can be available as half or 3/4 eternity. when I asked about that, they quickly gave me price quotes
the only downside to moissaniteco is that a totally customized order (items not shown on the website) is not returnable at all. for other items, you may or may not have to pay a 15% restocking fee, so be sure to ask them about it before you order. you can order a loose stone and return it w/o a fee.
finally, they were fast! my custom order was estimated to take 2 weeks, but it arrived in 1. I am very happy with the quality of my 3/4 eternity ring, and it was SO affordable compared to diamond eternity rings ($460). sorry, I know we don’t always talk about prices here, but this will help the OP get an idea of the price of a custom order.
large moissanites may or may not suffer from a color problem, but my small 2mm stones are white as ice.
Post # 10
@DeathByDesign: Thank you for the additional info– I think I may have bugged you before about Moissanite! 😉 That’s good to know that the color doesn’t change over time.
@janie-janie: Thank you for sharing your experience with buying Moissanite! I’m glad to hear that it might not be too difficult to do returns because it has been really hard for me to imagine what the pictured rings on their website would look like in real life.
This is my back-story… I already have a diamond e-ring, and I would never have even looked around and found out about Moissanite were it not for the fact that the style of my current ring is soooo NOT “me”– not my style, my color, my look… My current plan is to just get a new ring instead of getting a wedding band for the wedding, and using that new ring as both the engagement and the wedding ring. I’m really attracted to split shank rings– it could kind of have the LOOK of an e-ring next to a wedding band. We’re going to have to have a somewhat long engagement because we both want to finish our schooling before we tie the knot– so I have some time to do research (and to save up more) before we actually make a purchase.
So, I started thinking that I could get a really pretty semi-mount for not too much money if it used Moissanite for the pave side stones. Then I started reading about some of the conflict diamonds– and guaranteed conflict-free diamonds seem to be extra expensive!– and then I found out about the DeBeers campaigns and cartel– and that information has drawn me toward diamond alternatives even more– so now I’ve been thinking about getting a non-diamond center stone too… But I don’t really know anyone outside of weddingbee.com who has had any experience with Moissanite, and I’m a little nervous about purchasing something like this over the internet already… And that’s where this post comes in! 😉
Post # 11
Mine was from Moissaniteco.com as well and my person experience was wonderful! I felt their customer service was great and I adore my ring!
Post # 13
I ordered a loose enhanced 9mm (3 ct.) moissanite from moissaniteco and I loveee it! I don’t think there is a color issue in the least and moissanite is simply beautiful if you get it from a reputable place who only sells new stock and has enhancement (like moissyco). I was also able to get a discount on my loose stone because they have a price match policy and I found a cheaper moissanite elsewhere. In initially they weren’t going to give me a discount but being that I’m a communications major I have a way with working magic lol.
Anyways, I don’t know anybody in real life that has moissy but me (or that I know of) but I ended up really pleased by my experience and the quality and proported long-gevity of moissanite. Also my BF and I are getting our setting custom made. I’m majorly excited!
Post # 14
I purchased my Moissanite ring from MoissaniteCo and had nothing shy of a great experience. I did a lot of research on moissanite before purchasing and emailed customer service for about a month with tons of questions that they replied to, they didn’t skip answering a single question. I got a 1ct round enhanced solitaire, I ordered the setting and also purchased the 1ct enhanced stone with it which was just an extra $100 added onto the setting price ($100 for every carat-enhanced).
I felt that MoissaniteCo was the safest choice because they seemed to be the most genuine. They had the most info, the most array of choices, and answered my questions quickly. To get the enhanced stone I searched “enhanced stone” and the link came up as to where I could purchase it. They set the stone for me and everything, so everything was taken care of before I received it. I am looking into getting my current stone put into a solitaire halo setting soon, so if I do I will post pics. 🙂
Post # 15
Helzberg just started carrying moissanite… I don’t own a moissanite but I believe it’s the first big chain of jewelry stores to start carrying it.