Post # 46
Thank you all for your Suggestions! I guess I should of put in my post that 1) I own a VVS 1ct round brilliant Tiffany style diamond solitaire excellent cut 2) I was looking at pre-owned diamonds which are much more reasonable- I have no problem with preowned :)I saw some I1 preowned that had excellent fire- it was also loose so I would have have it set. I love the 5 stone band suggestions it just doesn’t have the presence of a solitaire, and yes It will probably be in the jewelry box more then my hand with a new baby. Reading all of your posts I decided I guess I’m just suffering from “shrinkage”. My ring is beautiful but sometime I feel like it looks so small and dinky on my hand for whatever reason. A flawed diamond, and moissanite probably won’t solve this problem. I’m just a jewelry girl so I’m always looking at rings and I got the urge for something “chunky”. And resetting my stone isn’t really an option because I currently have it set for it to look the largest it possibly can. Also I don’t want to sound spoiled or ungrateful because I know it’s larger than what other people have…idk I’m just blah haha
Post # 47
if i had to choose id go for the diamond. where I am moissys arent really a thing (and I’d never heard of it before this board) so I’d just be passing it off as a diamond or people would say it’s “fake”….same with any white/clear gemstone.
But to tell te truth I’d go for a nice ruby or blue sapphire before either of these options.
Post # 48
What about. 1.5 eye clean diamond in a shape that faces up larger like marquee or round?
Post # 49
Based on your update, if you have a diamond now and have never had a moissy, I don’t think you’ll be happy. Have you tried heading over to Pricescope? I’d suggest doing that AND taking your time. Let them know what your budget is and what you’re looking for. They’ll be able to recommend some diamonds and possibly some comparable stones. I.e slightly lower carat but same face up dimensions as a larger stone. Sometimes it takes a little while to find diamonds with specific specs in a particular budget. I’d 100% say go for the diamond.
Post # 50
Well the original meteorite moissanite was a natural gem, but they are so rare as to be impossible to buy. The ones sold as erings and jewellery now are synthetic – not saying there’s anything wrong with that , but not comparable to an actual natural gemstone like an emerald or a ruby . ( I know there are synthetic/lab versions of these too of course )
Post # 51
You know I think I’d go for a morganite or something , or a (natural) sapphire or even an aquamarine . Got to be better than a flawed diamond, and you could go bigger too.
Post # 52
Since giving your update, what about resetting your solitaire into a very nice halo setting to get the extra finger coverage that you are wanting. It sounds like you have a very nice diamond, and I think it would be very hard leaving those type of specs to get into the carat size you are wanting. I understand diamond shrinkage all too well. I am also a very indecisive person. But, you could have the best of both worlds if you reset your diamond to appear larger and you were happy with that. And, you could also get the 2 carat moissante to have. Nothing saying you can’t have both. I own both multiple diamonds and now one moisannte…I love them all, because I love jewelry. Nothing saying you can’t have both!
Post # 53
I would definitely want a diamond, Im not a fan at all of the moissy, they just look too much like an “alternative” which is what they are I guess, the bigger they are the more they resemble a stone that is “trying” to be a diamond but clearly isnt. If you are someone who loves the look of them then you probably already know what you want.
Post # 54
I’d get an included diamond over a moissanite, hands down. A moissanite ring, to me, is like having a “Dolce and Banana” handbag.
Post # 55
amireyn13 : OP: I guess I would like to know the opinion die hard diamond lovers because well if you have moissanite, you would probably choose it regardless.
This thread was for those with a strong diamond preference. As I’m sure you know, moissanite would not exist as a commercially available product if it were not synthetically manufactured for the purpose of being a diamond alternative. Pretending a moissanite is diamond what it was intended for and it’s less of a faux pas than spinning wheels trying to pretend moissanite has its own inherent purpose. It’s an “economic” (budget-friendly) alternative to diamond and it seems it’s mostly moissanite owners who have a problem coming to terms with that.
Post # 56
If you are truly asking what I would pick, I wouldn’t pick either. Neither option makes my heart sing and several thousand dollars is more than I would want to spend on something that wasn’t quite right for me.
I would pick:
a smaller diamond with better specs;
a coloured gemstone (sapphire, spinel, ruby)
or hold off until I could afford to buy what I truly wanted.
But I’m not you. If one of those options feels right and you have the money, do what makes you happy.
Post # 57
for everyone that’s claiming they would rather buy a large ruby, emerald or sapphire instead, can you please post a source for such a purchase? and i assume you mean natural gemstones and not lab created since you’re all hating on moissanite for not being natural.
i’m requesting this because i LOVE emeralds and rubies. i was on a search for a long time for a gorgeous one with a diamond halo (preferably antique with OECs). however, i never found a nice one (that i think would appeal to OP as well) under $3000. so i’m having a hard time finding anyone who posted that as their answer to be helpful. is that even realistic to claim you could get a nice 2+ carat natural gemstone with a diamond halo for that price?
please enlighten me 🙂 thank you!
Post # 58
- Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle
nifer317 : I can’t speak for emeralds, rubies, or sapphires, but I have a 2+ carat morganite (which is just a pink emerald) in a diamond halo. It’s a natural gemstone and it was just shy of $1100. However, it did not tame the “I need more finger coverage” beast because it’s not a clear stone. It’s beautiful, I wear it all the time, I get compliments on it, but I still want that large, sparkly, clear stone.
ETA: I own a flawed diamond. I never wear it, but I’ll also never get rid of it. It was all we could afford at the time and my husband did his best to get me what I wanted.
Post # 59
dracarys : i specifically left morganite out of my post because, in my experience, they are signficantly cheaper than the stones i mentioned. they are also very trendy and easy to find right now! i think they look phenomenal in rose gold and i have my eye on one. 🙂 but i can definitely understand that it wouldn’t nearly quench the large clear stone thirst. but i think anything mentioned would be much more beautiful for the money than a cloudy flawed diamond.
i have a 6ish carat eternity ring that i got many moons ago before learning about diamond grading. it’s not in the I1-I3 quality, (locally certified in the SI range but who really knows), but a few of the stones do have flaws. and i admit those flaws do detract from it and i find that i don’t wear it often either. go big or go home does not always apply. lol
Post # 60
nifer317 : I never hated on moissanite (I own it) but I did say I would choose a diamond or a coloured stone over a moissanite if I had to pick. I also am okay with lab grown sapphires/rubies as they are identical in chemical composition to a natural grown but I also prefer the natural ones. I like the inclusions in coloured stones that make them unique.
You won’t get a 2ct trade ideal ruby or sapphire plus setting for under $3,000. But if you like colours that are off trade ideal (ie more greenish or grayish blue, green or yellows instead of blue, less saturated, etc), and/or are okay with heat treatment, there are lots of options to buy a stone right from a cutter and have it set. Look at mastercutgems, pristinegems, wildfish gems, contact yvonne raley to source something. I have seen her bring in some lovely Columbian emeralds time to time, and she does very reasonable cost settings in my opinion too. Go to the Colored Stones forum on Pricescope for help – they are amazing at finding fantastic stones and also educating you for what to look for. Buying a coloured stone is a whole different ballgame and patience is an asset.
I am also a fan of secondhand or vintage. You can save a significant amount (like 30-50% off retail) Jewels by Grace had a ~2ct heat treated ruby in a yellow gold halo from Diamonds by Lauren recently for sale for under $2,000.
There is also this lovely 3.35ct sapphire ring for sale on diamondbistro. Price? $3,000 with an inspection period (rare on DB). If the exchange rate was not so bad, I would have gone for it myself. Stone is currently uncerted but vendor is going to send for cert and consign it if it does not sell and I bet price will go up. This is a stone that does need a halo to shine: