(Closed) Alternative stones: Lab-created, Moissanite

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 32
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

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@elley2012:  Thank you!!  I always thought I wanted a diamond until I saw a moissy in person.  I love the rainbow colors!

Oh and 

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@sweettealove:  here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQWibP8-rNA

I hope this helps – in the sunlight it is WAY more firey/refractive than a diamond, so again, if you are a diamond girl and want a diamond, a moissanite may not be for you.

Post # 33
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@sweettealove:  Hold out for what you want! You said it yourself many times, you’re set on a diamond, you’ve been waiting a long time.. So, why bother with something of lesser quality?

My Fiance agreed awhile back that we’d never get married until we both owned a home, and could afford to do it right.. which included making sure I got the ring I wanted. We’re now ‘half-engaged’ (he’s asked my parents permission) and we’re in the process of designing my ring with a jewler. I would never even begin to think about going this lab-created stone route because I know deep down I only want an actual diamond and would be unhappy otherwise. Good luck! And remember, you don’t need a ring to be engaged! Enjoy!

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@KC-2722:  Lab created doesn’t make it “lesser quality”.  

Post # 35
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@CARA1978:  In my opinion it does, which is why I stated it.

If it wasn’t of lesser quality then it wouldn’t cost so little. So far the only benefits of a moissanite over a diamond that I’ve been able to decipher is that they’re allegedly sparklier and cheaper. I’m not arguing about moissanite with anyone, I’m entitled to my opinion.

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@KC-2722:  The diamond industry is a perfect example of cost not always equating with quality, LOL. 

If we’re talking about CZ and other super cheap lab created imitations, I would agree with you. 

 

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

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@CARA1978:  you said: “If we’re talking about CZ and other super cheap lab created imitations….” “

It’s not very nice to denigrate someone elses choice in a sim especially if one has one oneself… people in glass houses….

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@KC-2722:  +100

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@sweettealove:  happy shopping.

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@gemgirl6:  I wasn’t talking about someone elses choice, I was speaking of an particular item.  Funny, you didn’t say anything to the person I was responding to.  

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My Fiance and I were together for a REALLY long time (7 years) before getting engaged and I also knew I wanted a sizable diamond. He thought paying anything for this “antiquated tradition” was silly.

I searched high and low and found that the estate market is a great way to get an amazing peice without paying the typical jewelry store mark up. Think about all the gorgeous heirloom pieces that are passed over for the modern trends. I love, love, love my antique 2ct diamond solitare that we bought for FAR less than we could have new! Just a thought!

Have fun shopping!

Post # 40
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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@abirdword:  +1

 

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@sweettealove:  I have a moissanite and as someone who thought I’d never consider anything other than a natural diamond, I couldn’t be more HAPPY with my decision!! But I do think that abirdword gave great advice about if you really want a diamond, look into settings that give you more bang for your buck, or think outside the box for where you’re purchasing it! My friend and her DH purchased her ering on a website called IDoNowIDont.com. It’s like Craigslist but for diamond rings because this way people can get more $$ for their rings than if they traded them in. another optiThais estate sales. If you have access to independent jeweler s rather than big chain jewelers like Kay’s or Jared’s, lots of jewelers will frequent estate sales looking for gems and that can significantly lower the cost. 

Def look into alternative stones if you’re open minded. You may surprise yourself and fall in love with another gem’s properties. Best wishes for your future engagement! 🙂

Post # 41
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

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@Strawberryfarmer:  +1

Sounds beautiful, post a pic. Love the history of vintage…who possibly wore the item, loved the item..

Post # 42
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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@CARA1978:  +10

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@gemgirl6:  Thanks! I also adore the history behind it — it’s had almost 100 years of love already. I am happy to continue that tradition!

Post # 44
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

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@Strawberryfarmer:  that is a gorgeous ring! Congrats! Love it!

Post # 46
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Worker bee

Just an FYI…there are a couple of .5 ct solitaires on ebay for uder 400.00. One is a magic Glo maker mark ring. magic Glo made diamond rings for Kays, i believe back a few decades ago. I had a magic Glo ring years ago and it was a nice quailty diamond. Not a fabulouss tone but a nice stone that sparkled well. i can link you toit if you want.  i think if you look around, you can find a small used diamond for less than a big moissanite. I love moissanite, but you said you really want a diamond 🙂  there is alsways tie for an upgrade later in life.

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