can you see a difference between your expensive and cheap moissanite?

posted 1 year ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Helper bee

I’m interested in the responses to this as well. I’d love a pink moissanite, but will go with the more affordable option if I can.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Ohhh great question, following!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Yes, a huge difference in my experience. I’ve had a few “brand name” moissanites, and I also gave in to curiosity and bought a couple moissanite stones off eBay. The eBay ones were from different sellers, and one was round, the other a pear. One I felt was very poorly cut, the other was okay, and I found the color an issue with both.

There is that whole “I bought a cheap moissanite on eBay” thread, if you want to take a look at pics of what other Bees have gotten. Personally, I was not impressed and wouldn’t bother buying one again. I’d rather pay more for what I feel is a better quality product. To each their own!

Im not sure if I have any pics of the pear, but here’s the round brilliant next to a branded moissanite ring. The difference is much more stark in person. The loose stone is really dull and flat compared to the ring. You can see there are issues with the cut and the color.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I don’t have a “brand name”… I do have 17 Ebay moissanites (and a few from China on the way that is supposedly much better quality). For the most part the Ebay is poorly cut and wonky. I just got one today that is actually white and sparkly and not at all “wonky”. But it’s the exception lol. I think you pay for a well cut stone. I’ll have to weigh in again once I get my Tianyu China moissanites next week. I have a feeling (from seeing photos and videos from other buyers) it will be night and day. I know David Klass has set a few of the Tianyu moissanites and there are videos on his Instagram. I can’t tell the difference between those and “brand” names.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

 Oh I should also mention I’ve been chatting with someone who has owned C&C moissanite as well as Tianyu. And prefers the Tianyu. There is a thread on Reddit about it with a link to her imgur album showing each one. Her OEC is gorgeous. I’ve ordered 2 5mm OECs myself for earrings.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

There’s a different if you buy them from India. The really cheap ones from eBay are usually from India. I have purchased few. They can’t seem to do “white” correctly and sometimes the cut is really bad. They’re cheap for a reason. I have found some good ones for $20 or so, but still, they’re not perfect.

There is also the cheap level of $100-200 range from China. The big one is Tianyu. You can search Tianyu and you’ll hear people talk about them. Supposedly it’s actually pretty good. Like Nat82 said, few people over in Reddit have purchased them and couple of the bees on here are also in the process of doing the same. China has a pretty big lab gems district going on. There are some good ones. 

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I can see many differences between C&C moissanites and two very inexpensive ones from India. The ones from India are pretty but I think they still need practice and improvement.

Nearly 20 years ago, I bought a C&C Forever Classic, not long after they first became available. More recently, I bought a C&C Forever Brilliant. They out-sparkled the others by far. C&C are the original creators and do have a product worth the purchase cost imo. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

I’ll be able to speak to the China moissanite in a couple weeks; I have an OEC coming. I’ve had a NEO round and a round from India and I was impressed with neither. The India one was crisp, but far too “off white” for me to set it in anything and the NEO was milky in appearance. I sold the India and returned the NEO. 

I’ve seen several positive reviews about the stones coming out of China and have even read they cut for all the big name brands anyway; they’re just the middle man. I have a hard time spending thousands on a moissanite, but I’m okay with what I paid for my OEC. If it’s anything like what I’ve seen others get out of China, I’ll be ecstatic. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2006

avafox :  lets see…i have a classic from C&C and a forverone from C&C and tw half eternity from C&C. two rings from Charles Winston  and a pair os studs. One cheap Ebay color blue green. The ebay one was just horrible. Looks cheap, dull, its a piece of plastic basically. Not to mentioned it arrived chipped.  I chipped the for ever one, ( have no idea how) but now i want to reset it in a bezel to hide the tiny chip and wear it as a right hand ring. The classic has seen hell and back and still standing strong. its white 95% of the time and gets warm when its cloudy out. the Forever one although more expensive, i did noticed warmth in certain lights. Also they are both diferent shapes and sizes. One is oval and one is square.The half eternity bands are white and perfect. Personally i would never again buy any princess cut stones again. The Charles Winston i have, i l ike the most and they are cheaper than C&C. Never again will i waste on any indian Ebay stones, thats for sure. I do want to someday get a crush ice moissanite.  So to answer you, yes i can tell a diference in all  my the stones. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

Aw crap lol. I think my 6mo daughter just flagged a response on this thread. I’M SORRY. 🙈

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

I was curious so I made one attempt at buying a cheap moissanite off eBay which came from India. It was garbage. I know others have had decent or good experiences so I thought I would give it a shot and buy an OEC (had it been pretty I would have wanted to set it as a RHR). The first pic is the one they had up on the ad, the second is what actually arrived. A 50 cents CZ is prettier than that. It’s incredible dull and lifeless (not to mention not even close to an OEC in cut!) and if I ever go the (cheap) moissanite route again I would probably buy from a more reputable seller in China. Or a vendor in the US (even though they probably buy their gems from China too).

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

There is a difference, especially if you want a white crisp stone, but I have no regrets over my $20 ebay green moissy! Sparkles like nothing else. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2000

Olivepepper :  omg I have 2 ebay cheapies exactly like this and seeing yours set makes me me drool 🤤 

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