Post # 1
I had a question about diamond v. moissanite. My boyfriend and I are about to start looking at rings. He won’t be completely finished with grad school until May, and I am still in law school (to give you a quick background). I am all about cutting down costs (especially with student loans), but I want a giant sparkly engagement ring 🙂 Would it be completely wrong to purchase a 2-3 carat moissanite ring for the engagement for a fraction of the price until the bills are paid down and just not say anything to people about what it really is? I wouldn’t be ashamed to tell people that it is not a “real” diamond but I wouldn’t necessarily volunteer the information because I don’t care for people to know my personal business (thank goodness for anonymity here).
Also, I’ve seen pictures, but does it seriously look the same or close to a diamond in person? AKA it doesn’t look like a fake CZ or rhinestone right?
I’m sure I’ll definitely get some angry people about this, but I am the type of girl that wants a gorgeous sparkly ring and I don’t want my boyfriend to pay an arm and a leg. I’m trying not to be a diva about it, and I’m trying to be as unselfish as possible about the cost while getting a blinging ring 🙂
Post # 3
@mlinds2: Moissaite is pretty, but if it was as clear and sparkly as diamond, it would cost as much as a diamond. I think the best way to make this decision is to go check out some rings, compare the two, and see if it works for you. Also, I would still make sure the size of the stone is reasonable. If you get something super giant, and you’re both students…people are going to assume that it is fake or probably ask you a lot of questions. If you are concerned about that, make sure that it is reasonably sized.
Post # 4
@sapphirebride: Moissanite looks just like a diamond to anyone who knows very little about gemstones (like the majority of people). No one would ever be able to tell the difference. Even next to a diamond it looks exactly the same to the untrained and naked eye. Also, moissanite actually sparkles twice as much as even the clearest and most ideally cut diamond, so in that way moissanite actually outperforms them. The only reason diamonds are priced so high is because their prices are inflated artificially. Likewise, the only reason moissanite does not cost as much as a diamond is because it isn’t socially considered as “prestigious”. It most certainly has nothing to do with the quality of the two stones. Don’t believe me? Go to the “better than diamond” forum and look at photos and testimony yourself.
OP: The ring of your dreams is affordable, why should you pass on that? Moissanite is just as good an option as a diamond. Don’t let people tell you otherwise. Since you want to get such a big stone, you should be prepared that people will ask you if it’s real or assume it’s not. Honestly, who cares though? This is an engagement ring! You still got engaged and you still got a jaw-droppingly beautiful stone. Not getting a diamond doesn’t change either of those things. I say get whatever carat size you want! If you are really concerned about people believing your ring is a diamond, you could consider getting a three stone ring with a 1ct center and .5 carats on the sides for a total carat weight of 2ct. I saw a ring like this the other day and it was HUGE and blingy, and it would be a little easier for people to believe since a total carat weight of 2ct split between 3 stones is much more affordable than a single 2ct stone. Once again though, I urge you to get whatever you want.
I would suggest going to the better than diamond forum. They’re super helpful there! That’s where I learned everything haha! Hope this helps 🙂
Post # 5
I dont have anything against moissanite, so please dont get me wrong. Especially with gold prices at record highs its not easy on your pocket book to shell out 10-20k on a nice diamond. But in most cases Diamond pricing is not inflated artificially. Diamond price comes from the money it takes to mine them (see documentary Ice Roads) as well as each diamond is hand cut by a person. a “diamond cutter” is not a machine that magically makes each diamond perfect. It is a person with years of training who takes on huge amounts of stress. Everything from The Taylor-Burton diamond all the way down to the tiny diamonds that everyone incorrectly refers to as “chips” are fully cut and faceted.
The scam on diamond pricing comes with the grading. Some companies now have gemologists grading an I1 stone as an SI1, or an H color diamond as an F. That way you are getting an inferior stone for the price of a better one. Reputable Diamond Cutters and Suppliers are now introducing “The Code of Conduct” to ensure that the diamonds consumers are being sold are graded properly. Accompanying certificates done by EGL or GIA can be trusted.
If you choose to go with a diamond and it doesn’t have a certificate with it….well. I might try looking for an honest jeweler (they do exist believe it or not)