I learned about Moissanite on this site and got 1.5 carat equivalent Amora Enhanced moissanite (not Amora Gem Ultra) ering from moissaniteco in 2012. I love my stone, have had a lot of compliments over the years, and have no problem telling people it’s a moissanite. The response is usually disbelief and a lot of questions about the stone. 4 of my friends have since then used moissa items in their Erings!
That being said, my original setting is very plain. I was hesitant ordering a ring online and didn’t want to deal with losing stones or poor quality so we played it safe. The plan was to keep this setting and eventually get my stone reset. Fast forward a few years, as a motivation to lose baby weight (down 20 lbs!) and combination 5 year anniversary gift, my husband said we should upgrade my ring!! Yayyyyayyyyyyy!
I knew after the patent was out there would be a lot of good moissanite coming out and I have been pretty much set on a 1 carat Amora Gem Ultra oval stone in a halo setting. But, I have recently acquired a beautiful .5 carat oval diamond for a steal. So I’m having a dilemma….do I go for a larger AGU or stick with the smaller diamond. Not going to lie, I love larger stones, but this diamond is beautiful too.
I think I will have to order an AGU oval and do a comparison.
Seeing as you have the diamond, you should use it for something. It’s beautiful and super sparkly. However, the new Amora ovals are near H&A and they look awesome. What if you got another 0.5 ct diamond, and make a 3 stone oval setting with a larger Amora in the middle?
I think you should really try and see am oval AG in person before you decide.. My ering has a 2.2ct AG and although it’s beautiful, it still looks and sparkles very different than that of a diamond. The oval AG has less of the crushed ice look than the oval diamond does..
Yeah, I won’t make a final decision without seeing the Amora Gem. After owning a moissanite for so long, I can tell the difference right away but I’ll just have to compare. The “crushed ice” (perfect term) effect is what I love about diamonds but I could never justify spending tens of thousands of dollars on a large diamond.
I worked in the industry for years and diamonds are so overpriced and very rarely retain value. I would love to pass down a diamond but quite frankly I’d rather be able to send my kids to college. The diamond I got for $800 and I’ve already been offered $2500 if I wanted to sell it. So I could almost break even.
When I do order the Amora Gem I will compare the two and take pictures!!
I had an Amora enhanced moissanite as well (also from 2012) and though I recently traded it to someone else I loved it: it was lovely and very white. I have also had other moissanites, and even an Amora Gem for a hot few seconds. Moissanites and Amora Gems can be truly beautiful stones in their own right! But, if you ask me genuinely what I like the looks and performance of better, well, that is a diamond, even if smaller. It’s not something that is apparent so much in photos as it is in real life day to day conditions. If I had to choose only one – if I lived in a world without RHRs or alternate rings – I’d go with the diamond. In fact, I recently sold off all my moissanites to help towards a new diamond ring without any regrets.
So, in your shoes, I would set that pretty oval diamond in a pretty setting that compliments it and be very happy. Not everyone feels that way though, so you need to really decide what is best for you.
I agree with both you and humanahumana that the best thing to do may be to order an Amora Gem in person first to decide 🙂
LynnGale2012: those were my exact sentiments when I decided to go with the AG oval. My fiance and I do well enough to buy the real thing but I still couldnt justify spending >10k when I wanted a “substantial” size and a beautiful stone. Either way, I’m sure you will end up with the ring you love after the research you put into it!
Here’s my ag just in case you wanted to see!
This reply was modified 3 years, 7 months ago by humunahumuna.
One of my dilemmas is that if I go with the diamond I will want it in some sort of halo setting. I Iove halos, but I know from experience and talking to many jewelers, that halos are very susceptible to losing the small stones which is a hassle I really don’t want to deal with. Plus, I like the look of a solitaire with a pretty band. I attached a picture of a setting style I like for the diamond that will be more secure but it is more bulky than what I like.
I plan on keeping my enhanced Amora and setting it as a pendant, it’s still special to me, but I like your idea of selling a bunch of moissanite to put it towards a better piece of jewelry! I have a ton of gold jewelry that I never wear that is just sitting in my jewelry box because I only ever wear my wedding set and my diamond studs!
I know whatever I end up with will be lovely! I feel a little bad for neglecting my husband for workouts and ring shopping haha!
humunahumuna: Wow!! Your ring is gorgeous!! My husband and I are in the same boat, he would get me whatever I want, but I just can’t lol!
There is a jeweler on Etsy who designed a cushion cut forever one moissanite ring for a friend of mine and it blew me away. I could not believe the improvements that have been made over the last few years, it’s exciting really. I spoke to the jeweler and asked her to compare the Amora Gem Ultra and F1 and she said AGU hands down because it has more sparkle under the table facet which is more diamond-like. I don’t pass my stone off as a diamond but that is the one diamond aspect that I love.
Thanks for posting the pics, it is so hard to find a lot of pictures of the AGU ovals!
sparklesalways: I love natural gems and I have been a gemstone fanatic since I was little. To me, diamonds are beautiful but they are just diamonds. I’ve taken my ring to an expert jeweler who actually sells bad quality moissanite and it took him a good 15 minutes to admit that it was difficult for him to tell what it was. He ended up getting rid of the old Moissanite and carrying better quality gems after that.
If I was going to spend the money on a stone, it would be on a gorgeous, ethically sourced bright green columbian Emerald! Emeralds have beautiful inclusions and characteristics that make them so unique and breathtaking…but I’m not a fan of colored gem engagement rings for myself. We will see what happens!!
This reply was modified 3 years, 7 months ago by LynnGale2012.
LynnGale2012: LOL should I post more pics/vids? Also wanted to note: BTD is coming out with a new cut for the AG Ovals (Called “pure hearts”) and they apparently achieved a hearts and arrows cut in the oval shape. I asked on the forum how it differs from the original AG oval and I was told that the first AG Oval release is similar to a traditional oval diamond facet pattern, whereas the “Pure Hearts” will reflect a H&A facet pattern. Not sure if this helps or makes things more complicated for ya but happy pickins!!!