(Closed) Diamond alternative

posted 11 years ago in Rings
Post # 32
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@DeathByDesign: Oh my god seriously??????? I told you why.  I do not like the double refractive qualities, and when I saw it it looked excessive and fake to me.  It was not my cup of tea.  There are real “diamonds” grown in a lab too but they cost just as much as real diamonds.

And I really didn’t want to get into this, but a diamond simulant is not just ordinary CZ.  But I already experienced the nasty attitude with Figment prior to this on another thread and didn’t want to argue.  Still, everyone wants to argue an OPINION.

All I was saying is that the Moissanite you buy from Moissanite & Co. is also a simulated stone, it is not naturally occuring.  You can have whatever opinion you want about that, but that’s science.

I do not understand the ladies on this board trying to tear everyone down.  I did not say anything bad about Moissanite, I only said it was too flashy for me and I didn’t like it.  And I think it’s misconception that Moissanite is a naturally occuring gemstone like we’re trying to make it sound like–it’s about as naturally rare as they come.

They’re both lab grown is my point.  They have differences, it just depends on what you like.  One is not better than the other.

And to the OP (who, heyyyyyy! I am also from Michigan!) I am trying to send the pics to my email as we speak ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 33
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Sorry, I didn’t mean to push you or “tear you down”. You do not have to defend your choice, to each their own! I just didn’t understand why you would say you were turned off moissanite because it is lab made and then get a CZ which is also lab made.

I also want to make sure that people who read these in the future get the right information, so I just want to add that even if something is rare, it can still be classified as a gemstone. Sorry if I offended you.

Post # 34
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Who wants cookies!?
I think what deathbydesign was trying to say if while moissanite sold today is not the same moissanite found in the meteor, it has the same chemical makeup. Lab grown diamonds are still diamonds. They have the exact same chemical makeup. One comes out of a ground and one is grown in a lab. You don’t call the lab one fake. Same goes with food. There are tomatoes grown out of the grown and some grown in labs. Both are tomatoes. One just grows faster.
Same with moissanite. Same chemical makeup…just grown at super speed.
I don’t think anyone is trying to tear anyone down. There are a lot of misinformed people out there spreading wrong information. Our posts come up in google searches so it’s best to post the correct information about the stone that’s being asked about. ^_^

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@DeathByDesign: I think it was just a bad run-on sentence.  I have no problem with them being simulated at all.  They were all simulated, so that helped me make the choice between the two.  In that scenario, one did not have more ups than the other.  There are things I still like better about Moissy than Sitara, but that 1 crazy thing stopped me from getting it.  That’s all.

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@Miss Tattoo: Thank you.  And you said it best, some people just don’t like the super flashy look, and I happen to fall in that category ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 36
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@deetroitwhat: Once again, I’m really sorry if I offended you. I definitely do not mean to say that your choice is not valid! Choosing a Sitragem over a moissanite is of course completely acceptable, it all comes down to personal preference in the end. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 37
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@deetroitwhat: And there is nothing wrong with that. ^_^ That’s why there are so many choices when it comes to your engagement ring! I LOVE bling, but I also love the look of blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds/white sapphire/moissanite, ect If everyone had the same tastes and same opinions about e-rings, we’d be walking around with all the same ring.

having said that, I do notice when I’m at the mall, my moissanite goes insane! It never sparkles that much in any other setting. Maybe it’s just the dim lighting? who knows, but it’s sparkle parade at the mall (and in any dim light settings)

Post # 38
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@DeathByDesign: Yep, exactly.

 

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@Miss Tattoo: Very good point! Mine actually sparkles more in warm or dim lighting as well.

Post # 39
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ok, here they are.  Sorry, all I have is a phone camera right now at work.

Post # 40
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I adore my moissanite ring….its has such gorgeous fire!  It was purchased from moissaniteco, and my fiance didn’t have any customer service issues. I specifically requested moissanite, mostly because of the way the diamond industry (cartel) manipulates supply to prop up the price….and also because I think they are prettier…..I like sparkle.

 

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@rgpj: aWWW, HOW CUTE ARE YOU TWO!?

Post # 42
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I had the same concerns about mining in Africa. I’ve done my research and also agreed that I didn’t wan a stone from there. That being said, I love diamond. Girls have their fetishes and mine is jewelry. Now that doesn’t mean i had to have a HUGE stone.. I just love the way they enhance a piece of white gold.. *sigh*. 

So in order to get the ring I was dying for i told my fiancé these two things, I want a lovely elegant setting and a diamond mined from Canada. Diamond mined from Canada are a bit more expensive but what you can do to cut down on that is to buy a smaller real, enhanced stone…

Those things made my ring exceptional perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚ Do the research on enhanced canadian stones, you may be able to find your happy perfection. Good luck!

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Post # 43
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Another company that deals in Canadian diamonds is Cross Jewelers in Portland, Maine. They do beautiful work as well.

Post # 44
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Lab grown diamonds or moissanites or any other gemstones are REAL. They’re not fakes, not simulants, they’re as real as any precious stone brought out of the ground. In other words, there are two types of real gemstones – mined ones and lab grown ones. 

But there are other stones which are simulants, stones that while very beautiful in themselves are made specially as diamond simulants, such as cz. This doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be used in engagement rings, because there’s absolutely no reason why they shouldn’t. A good quality cz will last for many years if properly looked after, although it’s true they aren’t as hard as diamonds and some gemstones. 

Don’t let anyone tell you diamond is the only stone for an engagement ring. It’s not by any means the traditional stone, as in Georgian and Victorian times coloured gemstones and pearls were much more popular. The whole diamond thing as the only stone for engagement rings was dreamed by the diamond industry, especially De Beers, and unfortunately has fooled an awful lot of people. Get whatever stone you want, a coloured one if you like colours, or a colourless one if that’s your choice. But you don’t need a diamond, there are plenty of brilliant alternatives!

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