Post # 1
After trying on every ring style and carat size, I have decided I prefer 1.5-2 which is of course out of our budget and I would rather spend that money on something else even if I could afford it. But, my question is, does anyone have any opinions on clarity enhanced vs moissanite so I can get the size I want? I’ve read just about every article out there and I’m torn at this point. I feel moissanite lasts longer, but, with the CE I like that I would still be able to say it’s a diamond. Thank you!
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY
The answer is in what it’s more important to you: for your stone to last longer, or for you to be able to call it a diamond.
Post # 3
I wanted a 1.5 carat stone and ended up with a F1 moissanite. I am really happy with it. I feel if and when we decide to upgrade to a diamond and we spend that kind of money, I want it to be exactly what I want in a diamond. Not everyone is comfortable wearing moissanite and that is ok, just get what feels right to you.
Post # 4
It seems you are more interested in having a diamond, and there is nothing wrong with that! For some people, there is a “mind clean” feeling, and it seems you would be uncomfortable having people mistakenly assume a moissanite is a diamond.
I have a little bit of everything, but moissy/AG is my favorite for many reasons.
Post # 5
diamond over simulant IMO
Post # 6
I have both moissanite and diamonds and love both! can you buy a fairly cheap diamond without the clarity enhancement? If you lower your specs a bit etc. otherwise moissanite Until you can afford a diamond in that size range. You can also experiment with longer cuts like oval and pear they face up pretty largely and you can get a bigger look for a smaller carat weight. Good luck bee
Post # 7
I would never do clarity enhanced. Just how I feel. Not worth the worry of it cracking during sizing or other work. I’d take mossinite over that every time.
Post # 8
Neither. Clarity enhanced creates a higher personal liability. For example, if it cracks during a setting its your diamond and your fault. Jeweler assume none since ur diamond is CE.
Moissanite is a no for me as well. I dont like how the light hits them, they seem shallow cut, and the rainbow doesn’t do it for me. Beautiful but not for me.
Post # 9
See, that’s the thing with CE…you never have to say it’s a diamond. People assume it is a diamond because they generally look so bad. You really need to see it in person before you choose one because sales practices in this area run rampant with deception. If you want something large and nice and clean, I’d say go moissy. I have a GORGEOUS CE stone but I also have had some salt & pepper ones too! It’s a crap shoot.
Post # 10
I have had/have both diamonds and moissanite. I prefer diamonds by a slight margin for various reasons. But I would take a nice moissanite over a clarity enhanced diamond anyday (or a poor cut diamond, as there are many of those too). I would go with a plain band over a clarity enhanced stone to be honest.
The stones in my new three stone ring (stones are 4H silicon carbide stones (like Forever One, or Amora Gem)) perform incredibly similarly to my diamonds. The cuts on the stones are great (an H&A cut, not the usual round moissanite cut) and they give off very similar white and coloured fire to my diamonds (not the “crazy rainbows” that some don’t like about regular moissanite). But I also don’t have any issue telling people they are moissanite. Not that anyone ever really asks what my rings are (only one person has ever asked about the stone in any of my rings).
Post # 11
I personally prefer diamonds but I wouldn’t consider a clarity enhanced diamond because typically they are in pretty bad shape before the enhancement which means they could be very weak. Plus they usually arnt cut well, which effects the sparkle greatly. If anything, go with a laser drilled diamond instead of fracture filled since laser drilling is a permanent enhancement and GIA is willing certify them. But if I were in your situation I would go with a moissanite or an amora Gen temporarily until you can save up for a good quality non enhanced diamond.
Post # 12
I had a clarity enhanced diamond my first time around. And after I got it, I wished wished WISHED that I had gotten a moissanite. Or even a CZ. It was completely lifeless and downright ugly, and I got it from a pretty reputable company. The pictures of it were nice on the website, but it was awful in person. Coming from a gal who’s had both, go moissanite! No use in having an ugly stone just to say it’s a diamond.
ETA – I had a laser-drilled stone!
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2014 - victoria educational gardens
You could get a smaller diamond with a double halo to add more finger coverage. If you know you want to upgrade in the future, buy a diamond from a vendor that has an upgrade policy. That way when you’re ready, you can trade in your current for a larger size.
Post # 14
I have a 1 carat F1 moissanite and I love it. I chose between a 1 carat diamond and a 1 carat moissy. That said, I don’t care about this whole business of being worried about people’s feelings regarding my stone, and I don’t run around telling everyone it’s a moissy either (oh no I’m “tacky!” haha).
If you care about others’ opinions or you just really have it in your heart that you want the diamond (which is fine and valid!) I’d either go for a smaller diamond that is NOT CE, or do an F1 moissanite and upgrade to diamond later. CE diamonds can be very fragile, and I’d rather have a more structurally sound stone (my opinion).
Post # 15
Over 10 years ago my wife purchased a 1.5ct princess cut clarity enhanced diamond from an ebay seller. Within about a year it turned a very dark gray, almost black. Clearly whatever it was filled with had degraded. We had no luck getting the diamond replaced.
There are also other considerations when it comes to stone setting (i.e. it can be more prone to chipping, if the jeweler adds to much heat it can literally break up into multiple pieces, etc). Therefore I would ensure you purchase it from somewhere that is going to back it since, at least in my experience, it can be temporary. I know Yehuda Diamond, for example, has been around for a long time.