(Closed) diamond e-ring upgrade to moissanite?

posted 10 years ago in Rings
  • poll: upgrade diamond e-ring to a bigger moissanite?

    keep the diamond

    upgrade to moissanite

  • Post # 16
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    Honey bee

    i have thought about doing this too. my e-ring is 0.25 carat diamond.  Both DH and I were clueless and seriously just went to mall stores like Kays and Jareds when we looked for rings. I think if i had been on weddingbee before i got engaged and learned all i know now, i might just have went with a bigger moissy as it seems it would have fit our budget.

    but, i just don’t think i can do it ever.  simply because i would never see this new ring as my “engagement’ ring. i am too sentimentally attached to it.  DH said when we got engaged we would upgrade one day when we had more money. but i don’t know if i ever be able to part the THE ring he gave me!

    so i wonder if that factors into your decision at all?  are you attached to your ring?  if not and it could be any ring that symbolizes the same thing, then i say go for it if you will like the look of the new one better!  moissy or diamond, i don’t think it matters.

    Post # 17
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @dynamic_duo: I agree; your engagement ring is probably beautiful the way it is.  If you want a bigger stone, get a different ring and wear it proudly–might be a great chance to get a different style!  If you size up your center stone, you’ll likely have to get a new head with bigger prongs for your ring… that’s not cheap.

    Post # 18
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    It’s up to you and your Fiance. I do not see it any differently than upgrading to another diamond.

    I have a moissanite and it’s absolutely gorgeous! I get compliments from strangers all the time (and no one has ever thought it wasn’t a diamond anyway, not even a jeweler who complimented me on how nice a stone it is after looking at it through a loupe!). I would never replace it with a diamond. It’s my dream stone and ring! πŸ™‚

    Here are some videos of my moissy sparkling:
    Inside, near a window
    In bright Mexico sunlight
    Inside my office, under artificial light

    Post # 19
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I have also thought about this. Fiance has mentioned someday upgrading my ring, which I don’t think I personally would want. I said if he wanted to upgrade it in order to get a bigger center stone, we should get a moissy center stone with a new diamond setting. He had no idea what I was talking about. So yes, I agree with @MrsLongcoatPeacoat: if you want bigger stone, then get a different ring with a moissy center, so you arent blowing a bunch of money on a big diamond.

    Post # 20
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    Sugar bee

    I would say you should just get another ring of moissanite that you love, to wear as a separate ring, or alternate ring. One issue with moissanite I’m concerned about is that the patent to use it as jewelry, currently owned by Charles and Colvard, expires in 2015. After that time, the price of moissanite might drop by a bit. If you’re waiting to upgrade anyway, maybe you can wait a few years and not risk losing much money on it (or spending more than you have to).

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    My vote is to go with moissy because I cant think of a good reason on why NOT to with moissy πŸ™‚ 

    Post # 22
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I think I might do this in the future too. My diamond is just under a carat (forget the exact weight). My Fiance knows how much I love my ring & just the other night mentioned he wanted to get me an upgrade ring “with a big fat rock in it” for our 10 year anniversary. I was thrilled at the opportunity to tell him about moissanite, which has been kind of a personal obsession for me here on the bee. Although I don’t want another ring, I’d just like to have a big sparkly moissanite in the one I have πŸ™‚

    Post # 23
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    Busy bee

    I’m actually surprised by the number of people citric for moissanite. Then again I’ve never seem enhanced or Mira’s. I’m one of THOSE diamond people the ones that would always look at my ring and wish it was a diamond. Or would rathe. Have a smaller real diamond than a larger alternative. I still want to see these magic moissanite because the ones I’ve seen in person are greenish

    Post # 24
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    Honey bee

    @blingbling: from what i have learned on the bee, you have to get an “enhanced” moissanite.  i think that will make it clear?  this is just my observations from posts i have read, don’t quote me! but i have see tons of bee’s pics on here and they are all gorgeous!

    Post # 25
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I’m against paying big bucks for a diamond. I am all for lab made stones that are good quality. If I was a person who planned on upgrading the size or changing the cut of my stone, I would totally get a moissanite. (but I personally don’t plan on it myself, I like my ring.)

    but I would keep the diamond, maybe turn it into a necklace or something.

    Post # 26
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    @blingbling: Watch my videos above! My moissy is most certainly not green in the slightest. πŸ™‚

    When it comes down to it, both diamonds and moissanite sparkle and look gorgeous, so I fail to see why diamonds are so much more desireable at all (besides an ingenious advertising campaign, I guess). I think most of the people who “prefer” diamonds just haven’t seen moissy yet and are (understandibly) skeptical of something that may be “too good to be true”, especially since diamonds are so hyped up and play such an important part in our society. Just my point of view.

    Post # 27
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I don’t even like clear stones, but if I were to get one, I would pick the more sparkly option. So chalk another one up for moissanite!

    Post # 28
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    Honey bee

    @DeathByDesign: i think you hit the nail on the head!  like i said, i knew nothing before i got engaged and neither did DH. we just thought we had to get a diamond, which of course i loved the idea (advertising/brainwashing my whole life?!).  as much as i am in love with my ring, sometimes i wish i did better research at the time. i just didn’t know i *should* do research!

    Post # 29
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @blingbling: My moissanite is actually unenhanced and it’s a beautiful clear white stone. I don’t see any hints of green or yellow in it at all though I do think older stock tends to have them.

    My Ring

    ETA: Here’s a video of my e-ring with my diamond band.

    I do agree if you do decided to change the stone, keep the stone you have and use it for another piece of jewelry. Maybe you can even make it into a necklace or a ring that you could pass on to a future child.

    Post # 30
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    Just a thought….. diamond prices are rising FAST (reading a lot of articles about it for work)….. I would upgrade soon if you are going to do that.

    Besides going into a field where I work with diamonds (so i better lovethem!) I would be worried that eventually I would rather have a diamond then a moissanite. 

    And remember… if you like the sparkle of the moissinate and have a little more money to work with, you can get diamonds that are cut to sparkle more…. some are just get better which increases the sparkle and some actually can be cut with more facets to also sparkle more πŸ™‚

     

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