(Closed) Diamond or Mossinate

posted 5 years ago in Proposals
Post # 2
7440 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Stop overthinking it. It sounds like your mind is already made up

Post # 3
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

$5k is actually not a lot of budget in ring world.  Settings alone can cause upwards of $3-$4k for quality and craftsmanship work, not quite sure what you mean by Sky is the limit.  

It would seem that moissanite is the choice that you are leading towards, which would cover the $1-2k for stone and about 3-4K for the setting you want.  

Post # 5
1046 posts
Bumble bee

A setting doesn’t have to be 3-4k. My setting was 100% custom made, 18k halo, and it only cost us $1,600, and the quality is great! Haven’t had a problem after 2 years of having it. My stone though is only .71ct, all in all, my ring cost $3,700. If you search well, you can find a great setting ang a bigger diamond just for $5000. Of course, no one else can decide about what stone you should get but yourself.

Post # 6
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: LA Athletic Club

I love my diamond Pear, but you have to pick what you like!

Post # 8
5648 posts
Bee Keeper


and if you don’t mind secondhand, you’d get a very nice ring indeed for your 5k. 

Post # 9
1974 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Diamond. I say so because I actually feel that moissanite in general is too expensive. I’d much rather have a diamond. You may find you can opt for a smaller stone if the cut and setting is right. Sometimes smaller diamonds look bigger than they are because they’re showcased so beautifully.

The best bet is to window shop. Go and try on lots of rings, of all sorts of stones and settings etc. This will help. 

Post # 10
393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’d definitely go moissanite! You have so mnay options, and the money you save could go towards the wedd, a house, honeymood, etc!

Post # 11
1206 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE

I vote moissanite because I like it better, and as you said, the sky’s the limit with a moissanite ring, whereas with a diamond ring you’ll have to be pretty careful to stay around a 1ct center to keep the whole shindig under 5k (unless you feel like doing a ton of research or shopping for vintage ring)

I would start with what you WANT first. Find the style and size of center you want, and then research the price of that ring in moissanite and in diamond. If you feel the diamond option is more worth the price, then get that, otherwise get moissanite and save the rest of the money for your wedding and honeymoon!

Post # 12
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

If you want a diamond, but worry about the size, then you can look at preowned perhaps? There are some really nice ones out there for a good price. You can check out jewelsbygrace. She has lots of nice options. Or you could even think about other gemstones? Like birthstones or something like that?

You mentioned you’ve had a moissanite before. Did you like it? If you did, then you can certainly do that again! But if you didn’t (or still kept thinking about a diamond) then you might want to consider doing something different this time. 🙂

OR! You could do a three-stone diamond e-ring. That will give you the finger coverage, and also the diamonds. This option is only viable if you’re okay with a non-solitaire e-ring. 

Another option is to get a less expensive e-ring and get a really bling-bling diamond wedding band. Something like this as an example (http://www.jewelsbygrace.com/rings/5-07ctw-carre-cut-eternity-band), that way you’ll still get your diamond ring & a nice moissy e-ring! 😀

Post # 13
2543 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I second the suggestion about looking at estate jewelry and recommend doverjewelry.com

or, if I’m being honest with that budget I’d go for a fabulous sapphire or ruby ring. I’d look at options on brilliantearth.com!

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