(Closed) Diamond? Moissanite?? Help!!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which one do you prefer?
    Diamond? : (33 votes)
    45 %
    Moissanite? : (41 votes)
    55 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @iheartoffbeat:  

    1) Do the moissanite jewelry/stones come with a warranty in writing? If so, what does it cover? Also, do they come with some form of authenticity? What about a serial number?

    My moissanite came with a certificate of authenticity. I don’t remember about the warranty etc. I imagine that would depend on where you got it from. I don’t think it has a serial number.

    2) Have you compared your stone to a real diamond? If so, did they look similar? Did the moissanite look fake or too much like a CZ?

    I compared other moissanites to diamonds in a store and neither of us could tell the difference (however, some people say they can. Fiance and I aren’t jewlery connoisseurs). I do get compliments on my “diamond” all the time, though I always tell people that it is a moissanite because I’m so excited about it and the good deal we got. FI’s aunt who is an antique/jewlery dealer told me she has a diamond the size of my moissanite that she doesn’t think is as pretty (there are more variables with the c’s etc. with diamonds of course). 

    3) I know diamonds are not just pretty but their price/value go up over time & serve not only as family heirlooms but as investments as well. Is that the case with moissanite too? I ask this because this is a lab-created stone & they are mass produced…Do they appreciate or depreciate over time?

    Actually the price of diamonds does not go up over time, and they don’t serve as investments. This is a interestng (but long/oldish) article about the diamond monopoly and inflated diamond prices. I’m not sure about the value over time, because they are relatively new.

    5) Is each stone unique like diamonds are or are they replicas of each other?

    To my knowledge they are all exactly perfect (I think the mess ups don’t make it to sale?)

    4) Is there anything else I should know??

    Things can get quite heated here about moissanties vs. diamonds, I would suggest you go somewhere that carries them both (though many stores doesn’t have moissanites) and look. There are pros and cons to each, but the most important thing is that you and your Fiance feel comfortable with your choice. Happy picking!

    For good measure (and ’cause I love it!), here’s a couple pictures of my moissanites. It’s a .75 round solitaire, though it is way more sparkily in person. 

     

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    I have both and love both!  It is really two very differnt stones.  They behave differently…  If you buy moissanite, you need to love it for what it is, and not expect that it is like a diamond, just cheaper.  It is not.  Moissanite is a moody stone.  It changes colour and reflects colour in a way that diamonds simply do not.  It also sparkles like mad.  πŸ™‚  You could love that!  Or be turned off by that, as diamonds never look like disco balls.  

    I love diamonds for their steeliness and unique-ness.  Everyone is really one of a kind  And I love moissy for it amazing sparkle and personality…and the fact tht it is so affordable makes it possible for me to have multiple rings.. πŸ˜‰  I could not do everything I wanted if I had to do it all in diamond.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

     1) Do the moissanite jewelry/stones come with a warranty in writing? If so, what does it cover? Also, do they come with some form of authenticity? What about a serial number?

    I bought a mossy from charles and colvard which came with a lifetime warranty against cracking or discoloration, but I didn’t like it as much as my Amora enhanced moissanite from betterthandiamond due to the color. The c&c moissy was a very noticaebly yellow color.

    2) Have you compared your stone to a real diamond? If so, did they look similar? Did the moissanite look fake or too much like a CZ?

    My mom has an H color si2 1 carat diamond that I compared to my Amora. I’ve actually seen lots of diamonds (we were shopping around before we discovered moissy) and I can tell the difference. My stone is really sparkly and white from the top and a light yellow color from the sides. The diamonds I have seen are not as sparkly and they are more uniform in color (E-H range). They don’t look fake. Even cz can look amazing if you get a well-cut one and take care of it, but moissanites are harder (9.25 on the Mohs scale; diamond is 10, sapphire is 9) and they don’t get cloudy the way cz does.

    3) I know diamonds are not just pretty but their price/value go up over time & serve not only as family heirlooms but as investments as well. Is that the case with moissanite too? I ask this because this is a lab-created stone & they are mass produced…Do they appreciate or depreciate over time?

    As MsCarabiner mentioned, diamonds are more like cars. They lose half their value as soon as you walk out with them. Sure, the appraisal value may say they are increasing in value, but if you try to resell them at that price, you’ll have no luck. Moissanites are in a similar boat and lose value when they become used jewelry, but because their price is lower, the amount you lose in terms of dollars is lower. As for being able to pass it on, moissanite is hard enough where you should not have a problem keeping it as a family heirloom. 

    4) Is each stone unique like diamonds are or are they replicas of each other?

    Moissanites are lab created, so they are pretty standard, but even then, they do vary a little in color from stone to stone.

    5) Is there anything else I should know??

    Betterthandiamond.com allows you to order a loose stone which you can return for any reason within … 40 days? (someone please correct me if I’m wrong) You could buy a stone, take it to a store and compare it with the diamonds there, if you want to see the difference. Also, cubic zirconia acts more like diamond than moissanite and it is much cheaper. ashadiamonds sell hearts and arrows cut cz with a diamond coating to improve wear.

    Good luck with your persuading! πŸ˜€

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

     

    1) Do the moissanite jewelry/stones come with a warranty in writing? 

    My ring was bespoke. It is covered under a lifetime warranty from my jeweler. 

     

    2) Have you compared your stone to a real diamond? 

     

    Yes. I wore it trying on wedding rings in high end high street jewelers. Under those shining lights it put those diamonds to shame. 

    3) I know diamonds are not just pretty but their price/value go up over time & serve not only as family heirlooms but as investments as well. 

    Not unless you work for DeBeers they don’t. Diamonds are not rare. Every jewelers on earth is crammed full of them and there are millions more in warehouses and even more millions being dug up every year. Their resale price will not go up for generations. Don’t buy a diamond as an investment, but one if you will love and enjoy it. 

    Moissanite probably won’t go up in price either. Only stones where mining/making decreases or stops will go up – Tanzanite, Aquamarine, Emerald etc. 

    If you want a shiny investment buy bullion XD otherwise just enjoy and cherish your jewelry.

    5) Is each stone unique like diamonds are or are they replicas of each other?

    They are grown so will possess a uniqueness like any crystelline structure. They are less likely to be flawed because labs are more sterile. 

    4) Is there anything else I should know??

    Moisanite can vary massively (no matter what Charles and Colvard say). They can look very very white (no matter what anyone else might say). Mine is very whitewhite and slightly teal when its cloudy and i’m stood next to my big green hedge. My stone is unenhanced. If you get an enhanced stone that is more yellow than your preference, send it back and ask for another. 

    I persuaded my Fiance in this manner. 

    “Honey you know how i’m a magpie and I love shinies?” 

    “yeaaah”

    “I’ve found a gemstone sparklier than diamonds and cheaper than diamonds so I can have like 20 times more sparklies for the same price. More sparklies is for me.”

    “Noted”

    My ring is set in Platinum (i’m allergic to white gold). It was independantly valued nearly twice what we paid.

     

     

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I actually had the same debate with myself the other month when my SO and I decided within the next year, we want to get engaged. I used to want a diamond, 100%, no changing my mind.

    When I discovered moissanite, I fell in love. Not only was it literally born from a star (love that), but I don’t have to worry about blood diamonds, or ethical reasons.  It has more sparkle (for me, that’s a plus) than a diamond, and best of all, it doesn’t break your bank!

    You could do what I want to do; I want a cushion halo in a pave setting, with a round moissanite centre.  Because I do still like diamonds, the smaller stones around the centre moissanite stone will be diamonds.  Thus, I get the best of both worlds. πŸ™‚

    Post # 8
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    886 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I almost wish there were a “sticky” topic for all the ladies who come here looking for advice on how to convince their man to just buy the moissanite already. πŸ™‚ Others have answered your questions adequately already, so I won’t answer them again. Bottom line is, if the ring is meant to symbolize your SO’s ability to love and provide for you, and you are prioritizing your child’s needs over jewelry right now, I can’t understand how your SO should object to what you want. Unless of course you really do want the diamond deep down. In which case, I say go for the diamond. Diamond and moissy are very similar, but to a trained eye, there are some differences. Unfortunately there’s a lot of misinformation about moissy out there since few jewelry stores sell it, so people just don’t see it in in real life. There was another bee in yor situation a month or so ago. I suggested she order a loose stone from a reputable dealer, like MoissaniteCo.com or the folks at Betterthandiamond.com to show her SO what it looks like in person to prove it’s not some cruddy-looking knockoff from Claire’s. If either you or your SO still don’t like it, these retailers have great return policies. Just a thought.

    Post # 9
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    Newbee

    We chose a moissanite because we are in medical school and couldn’t afford a diamond. I am so happy with our choice. Yes I have compared my rign next to a diamond and I cannot tell the difference. In fact, the people at the jewlery store didn’t know mine was not a diamond. The setting has diamonds and I cannot see a difference in the color of the center stone and the diamonds. No one has ever asked me if my ring is real. I dont lie to people, but I don’t volunteer the information. I have not noticed much color in it, no green. It sparkles like crazy, its more beautiful than most of the diamons I have seen. My ring is a size 5, 1.25 enhanced moissanite. 

    Post # 10
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    1595 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @jcent: My diamond looks like a disco ball IMO…

    If you are going to compare a moissy to a diamond realize that an excellent cut diamond is going to sparkle differently than one that is not as well cut. The sparkle of my diamond really is much better than my moissy…

    While diamonds are not an investment they do have a higher resale value than moissanite. Moissanite is lab created so will likely never appreciate in value. Diamonds are controlled by Dabeers and since they are a natural resource, and unless anyone thinks Dabeers is going anywhere chances are they will still remain scarce.

    My suggestion- buy a diamond engagament ring preowned. The resale value of a diamond drops drastically after you purchase it (like a new car off the lot)…We bought ours from wwww.idonowidont.com, and were competing with a jeweler for the ring…

    Post # 11
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’d also add the caveat that you should really look into customer service reviews from the companies you’re considering buying your moissanite from.  Moissanite Co provided very unkind customer service (and even made up false accounts to say unkind things in return on this board when I wrote about my experience).  I love moissanites, but I’d be very careful about who you purchase it from!

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    nwchick78 – What are you talking about? What false accounts? Please expand on this accusation. You have thread-jacked several posts regarding moissaniteco and from what I have seen the people who have responded to you are legitimate WB users. Nobody has been unkind but have only disagreed with you. I realize that you’re upset about your experience, but enough already. We get it. 

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I think it’s incredibly distasteful to make a slanderous accusation without providing proof or reason. Your response to my asking for an explanation is rather ridiculous.

    Post # 15
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    328 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @nwchick78: False accounts? All the other people that replied to you on the other threads that you resurrected have over (or nearly) 1000 posts. I seriously doubt any company would invest that much time in inventing online personas with life experiences etc just to refute any claims that might be made by disgruntled customers…just in case. 

    I understand that you are upset but throwing around accusations at other members is just deflecting from your original purpose of posting.

    Post # 16
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    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I think everyone needs to take two minutes to refresh themselves on our Commenting Policy, which includes information about leaving vendor reviews on the boards:

    http://www.weddingbee.com/comment-policy/

     Thanks! πŸ™‚

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