Post # 16
I already posted but forgot I actually have a moissanite band I wear with my diamond! Here’s a pic and I can’t tell other than I was off on the size of the moissanites in the band a bit so they are a tad larger than my diamonds in my ering. The ering is a 1ct princess cut with .50ct setting in white gold and the band is moissanite but not sure of the tcw. Hope this helps seeing the two together
Post # 17
kevinsbee : That looks great! Do you notice any difference in sparkle between your wedding band and the pave on your ER?
Post # 18
ohiobee : no difference at all they both sparkle a ton. I don’t know if it makes a difference but the band is from Charles and Colvard so I would assume they used high quality moissy so that may make a difference.
Post # 19
- Wedding: November 2020 - Maui, Hawaii
I dont think you’ll be able to tell, I have a moissy ring and diamond engagement ring, I’ll take a pic of them next to each other for you. I cant tell much of a difference.
Post # 20
Moissanite is more brittle than diamond, particularly in small cuts, and for that reason I would stick with a diamond band.
I think moissanite is better as a feature stone in a setting rather than an accent stone.
Post # 21
sunburn : Moissanite isn’t more brittle than diamond though. Its fracture resistance is actually anywhere from two to fwo and a half times that of diamond.
Post # 22
I have a moissanite center solitaire with lab diamond peekaboos in the cathedral, but my wedding band (which I’ve seen and tried on but we’re not married yet) is C&C F1 moissanites in a channel setting and they are BEAUTIFUL. Very sparkly and pretty. I was nervous they’d be less sparkly and look plasticky or cloudy. But now that I’ve seen it, I have ZERO regrets.
Post # 23
Aside from strength issues, which is a legitimate concern with moissy melee, there is the oxidation concern. Due to its chemical composition, moissanite can oxidize over time and more so in certain chemical conditions (think cleaners, hard water, acidic water etc). The oxidation stains are referred to as the “oil slick” stains but I have seen some pics of some staining that looked more rusty/orangey. The stain can in most instances be removed at home with silver polish and a gentle tooth brush, but you have to have access to the stone top, sides, and pavilion to scrub all surfaces. With melee, you don’t have access to the full stone. And soaking it in cleaning solution will not take care of the oxidation stains; in fact, most people get terrible results trying to use jewelry cleaners with moissanite. I have two moissanite rings that are in simple settings that give me full access to the center stone. Because of the oxidation issue, if I had wanted pave, I would have gone with diamonds, definite no to small moissanite side stones.
One pp mentioned Starsgem. They may be a good choice. They offer lab diamonds as sidestones and melee and that keeps the cost down. Although, I hear that anything from China is slowing down due to the Corona Virus issue. Brilliant Earth is switching to lab diamonds in their melee, but charging the same prices lol. I think most jewelers use lab diamonds for melee and just don’t say anything. I feel like the jewelry industry is a lot like the used car market. Lots of underhanded stuff and you’ve got to be careful or you’ll get swindled.
Post # 24
This is good info to know. I get sentimental about things, and definately want my wedding band to last forever. James Allen has some beautiful marquise wedding bands, but i just have a hard time justifying the price for such small stones (we have 3 kids between us, a home that we want to do projects on, and spending $750+ on a band just feels selfish to me). I looked at Zales, and they have a marquise band that a PP posted, but didn’t get great reviews (dark, heavily included stones).
Wedding is Jan 2021, so at least I have plenty of time to figure this out!
Post # 25
- Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey
I suggest to match the color grading of these two to make it more harmonious.
Post # 26
ohiobee : I don’t want to be a bad influence, but on a practical level…. You’re preparing for a forever purchase. This is a ring you would ideally be wearing everyday, all day, more than your ering. Prioritize comfort–to be sure that you really will be comfortable keeping it on, so you don’t have regrets about not being able to wear it. Prioritize durability–it’s a forever ring, so it needs to hold up. Get it made in materials that are built to last and it will be a better investment than “deals” that need to be replaced. Last, give careful thought to what you really love. You’ll be looking at this ring EVERYDAY. When balancing the cost/benefit trade off–which we all have to think about–be careful not to downplay your preferences to save a minimal amount of money that doesn’t justify the “loss.” I don’t want to encourage people to go hog-wild, spending over their budget. But ring regret can ultimately be expensive. It leads to more spending down the road and lots of agonizing over sentiment of original purchase v. getting what you really love when “finances allow.” Save up and prioritize getting what you will love and wear as your everyday/forever ring. To me $750 is not unreasonable for a forever ring, especially if something just a couple hundred less seems “affordable.” It’s not that big a difference over the long haul.