(Closed) Diamond Alternative Independent Studies

posted 5 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Have you considered lab created at all? Or are you thinking more moissanite, morganite, etc.?

Post # 3
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Newbee

Probably something available through GIA- I researched a bit like you and ended up picking an untreated Montana sapphire, we chose the particular stone based on preference for source and color, but chose sapphire in general based on the same concerns as you.  It’s a solitaire setting and does just great with all the hardships I subject it to every day unintentionally. One important thing I learned is a 1ct diamond is not the same size as a 1ct sapphire (sapphire is smaller) and that sapphires are cut deeper so they have a smaller face at a comparable weight to diamonds.   

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Sorry no scientific studies, but I have15 year old moissanites that look just the same as they did new.  Another thought is to buy one that has a decent return policy and take it for a test drive.  Maybe in an inexpensive solitaire setting.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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katehbee:  Ok. It’s terrible there are no studies on this stuff. It was really bothersome when I was searching for my ring. I finally decided on a colored stone, then went lab created ruby. I guess all you can do is make a list of your priorities. If you’re looking for strength but eco friendly, lab is as good as it gets. It’s literally a perfect diamond. But you’re right, they’re pricey. So then the next safest bet is moissy. Much cheaper but you’ll deal with a little color most likely. They’re not as hard as diamonds but it seems they hold up well. At the same time, if you ended up scratching you moissanite and replacing it, you’d still save money buying a whole other stone than all the money you send lab created. But if there’s a sentimental value, I’d go lab. Chatham is a good brand.

Post # 9
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Newbee

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katehbee:  Sure!  Each stone is cut differently, but I’d just say if I was going to do it over again I would like to have been more careful to observe the actual measured size (not weight) of each gemstone, their depth, symmetry, and face size so it’s more of an apples to apples comparison across the different types of stones since they have different densities. Happy trails 🙂 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If cost is an issue, and you want a diamond, go pre-owned! Ebay and estate shops, as well as pawn shops have great deals.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

If that’s the case, then they are not issues at all–they’re just convenient excuses.  Buying “used” does not mean the “diamond guilt” suddenly stays with the first owner so the next owner is cleansed from it.  That’s a weird logic.  

Either buy lab grown diamond.  Yes they are not cheap.  I’m sure they have 1/2 or 1/4 carat that would suit your “ethical” and “cost” issues.

But I guess the underlying REASON (the true one) is that you want a big stone.

Just be honest. 

 

Post # 14
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Honey bee

See pg. 72:

https://books.google.com/books?id=DIWEi5Hg93gC&pg=PA72&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

 

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katehbee:  Well, buying a sim is kinda sorta feeding into the “absurd diamond industry” in a roundabout way, don’t you think?

I’ve got moissies, CZs, and white sapphires. All lovely. All with different pros/cons. For “diamond-likeness”, I’d go with CZ. I’ve got a few pieces soon to turn 30yrs old and still looking great. Anything can get scratched, chipped, broken by something, so, if you get good quality highly graded CZ and fine jewelry settings, you’re golden. jmho.

My oldest CZ band in 14k yg is pictured here about my middle finger knuckle:

SANY0167

 

 

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