Am I overthinking this? Moissanite over diamond?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Blushing bee

I think you’ll experience less sparkle with certain lighting with all stones, so I’m not sure switching it out will satisfy you. I personally would get a second moissanite  ring to swap out when you feel like and still hold on to the original (for sentimental reasons)

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I agree that moissanite is a down grade and I think CZ is a downgrade from a moissanite. I’d stick with the diamond. 😊

Post # 18
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Busy bee

jayslove :  I think it might be the cut of the diamond. Mine sparkles in the dark, no joke. I dont know how but it finds tiny bits of light and is always sparkling. 

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

naijabee :  I agree that this could be an issue with all stones. Good call.

OP, I have diamonds, moissanites and other stones. They all have their quirks and may fall flat in different lighting. Definitely thoroughly check our all options before making a regrettable decision!

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Cushions cuts are tricky. You have cushion modified brilliants, which can be crushed ice or X factor, or somewhere in between, which give pin fire but not a lot of defined facet flares. Then there’s cushion brilliants, which tend to have chunkier facets and larger flashes of light and fire, but less scintillation. Then you have actual old mine cuts, which are similar to cushion brilliant cuts. And to make it harder, there’s no cut grading for cushions, at least not GIA cushions  

It’s all a matter of personal taste, but it looks to me like you have a cushion modified brilliant crushed ice look, which may not be the type of stone you want. I have a small radiant that is very similar to yours, and I don’t prefer the look, personally. 

 

If it were me, I’d find an X factor cushion on JA and maybe swap it out. 

Also, you needn’t go above VS1 or VS2, those will be eye clean. It’s not really necessary to go as high as F or IF, you could devote the savings to higher color or carat weight. 

Post # 23
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Blushing bee

I think you should definitely see if James Allen can find you a more sparkly diamond or explain what’s going on with yours in terms of is it the cut or what before going the moissanite route. Hopefully they will have a stone you will love for the same price!

Post # 24
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Helper bee

Pricewise, some stones are in fact considered a ‘downgrade’. It’s just a fact. But that does not make one stone inferior or ‘less special’ than another. Who cares. 9 times out of 10, people don’t know what they’re looking at anyway, so BFD. 

To answer OP’s question, if you are truly looking for a different shine from your ring, definitely look into the Moissanite. If you like it better, go for it. You can always keep your diamond and have it set into a necklace or something else. Your ring, your jewelry, your choice. 

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee

 I think all stones are beautiful and I own many types of moissanite and diamonds. I am thinking this has more to do with the cut of the cushion than it being a diamond. There currently is not a formula for a perfect cut cushion or any fancy cut for that matter.They have so many variations and then you have to take in to account what the eye of the beholder finds appealing. This is why for a cushion or any fancy cut I would suggest trying to see it in person or video so you can see if the cut appeals to you. Good luck,it’s a beautiful ring and I hope you find a solution that makes you happy.

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

marriedalready69 :  interesting, the F1 is chalk white – I agree. Is the FB yellow though? If you know what i mean? I havent seen a FB in real life.

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper

nowmarriedgirl :  The FB definitely has the yellow tinge in off lighting.  The rainbow of color and sparkle is also much more prominent [by design].  But in cloudy overcast days when you look at the profile of an FB you’ll see the tint change.  Even in indoor lighting the FB will be totally white and sparkly but overcast days the tint is prominently there.  So unless you live in Seattle [where I hear it’s overcast a lot ;)] the FB is a gorgeous choice 90% of the time.

Post # 29
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Busy bee

OP – I think PP meant what is the cut designation? it an “excellent” cut stone? versus a very good or good? You want somthing designated as excellent or else it will not sparkle as much. I agree you should gown down to F or IF to VVS or VS, or even Si1, if eye clean. That doesnt really affect sparkle as much as the cut of the stone.

 

ETA – JUST SAW YOUR UPDATE lol

Post # 30
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Blushing bee

I agree with pp about the different types of cushion cuts. A true brilliant cut cushion will sparkle more than most modified brilliant. Good old gold has a few videos talking about the different cushion cuts. Here’s one: https://youtu.be/9N0y-E-Xg1M

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