Post # 1
Assume there is a true diamond and a moissanite gem, both of the same size. Assume further that they are priced exactly the same (not the case in reality), and that the diamond is perfectly ethically mined, and that the moissanite gem is lab-produced.
Under those assumptions, would you choose a diamond or a moissanite gem?
I am asking this question because I am curious as to the extent to which people justify their moissanite preference based on pricing and ethics.
I have seen both in real life and I think that a diamond is far superior aesthetically. If pricing concerns and ethical issues completely drop out of consideration, I wonder how many people would still pick the moissanite gem.
Post # 3
Diamond without question. You should add a poll!
Post # 4
Diamond! I like moissanite, but if it was as expensive as diamonds, I would get the diamond.
Post # 5
From what I have heard moissanite has more fire than and diamond but is not as hard (only by a little). My fiance and I were looking at both options and I have no idea what he has chosen, but I will be happy with either one 🙂
BUT if this were an alternate universe (as you say it is in this hypothetical situation) I would see no reason not to get a daimond, but honestly I would have to compare the two choices side by side…I like sparkly things and as long as it doesn’t look cheap I’m good.
Post # 7
This should be interesting.
Post # 9
If they were the same price because the price of moissanite had increased to that of diamond, I wouldn’t want either.
If they were the same price because the price of diamond had reduced to that of moissanite, I’d rather have the science-and-space one.
Post # 10
I’m a little bit surprised by this, although I shouldn’t be, since most people are still stuck on diamonds.
I would choose moissanite, because it’s sparklier and I love me some sparkle.
Post # 11
I’ve never seen a moissanite in person, so I had to go with diamond. Doesn’t count I guess 🙁
Post # 13
I don’t know… I did not vote. If I liked the ring, I would buy it despite what gem it was. In my case, my husband picked it out on his own but had educated himself on cut and clarity before hand. My diamond was actually lab created and not mined, so that eliminated any ethical questions.
Post # 14
diamond. i just think they look better? idk
Post # 15
For this to be true in my mind, that means a natural reserve of moissanite would have been discovered then and they would both be available as natural gems, and everyone would know equally about both of them, so no one would assume one was the other.
Assuming they were both priced like synthetic moissanite is now, this girl would have diamond earrings, diamond necklaces, diamond bracelets… etc. It is because of their whiteness, lack of yellow-green fluorescence, sharp, non-blurry facets, and (to my eye) most beautiful lightplay with larger, fewer flashes of fire thrown in with a lot of white light return, and which tends to take my breath away under any lighting conditions.
HOWEVER, when it came to green gems, assuming again that there would be a natural moissanite as an alternative and it would be harder and probably darker than emerald, I would probably wonder if there was a nice, natural, deep green moissanite I might want to add to my amazing fantasy jewellery collection. I would NOT go for natural green diamonds, as I’ve heard they can be radioactive even if natural (green being the only color of natural diamond that may be).
Post # 16
Moissanite. I love the optics of the stone. FI would have been happy to buy either and was willing to save up for a Canadian diamond, and assured me that price was irrelevant. And I ended up with a moissanite, so that’s what I chose 🙂