Post # 61
- Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas
Personally, I’d rather have a natural diamond than any lab created stone.
However, I would not get a large diamond just for the size if it had a lot of flaws. I’d rather go smaller, better quality, etc.
Get what you want, though, as you’re the one who will be wearing it.
Post # 62
RayKay : thank you for the very thoughtful reply! i didn’t mean my response to be directed at you. i’m sure you’ve seen the hate i referred to. i respect their opinion. i just don’t think it’s quite as easy as others have stated to find something very specific for a very limited budget, ya know? “just find a sapphire instead” just isn’t really that helpful of advice. and quality emeralds and rubies are quite expensive so i feel the few that said that aren’t offering a very educated opinion, especially if they’re so deep into the “it must be natural or it doesn’t count as an engagement ring” belief.
i love jewels by grace and do frequently browse. so many beauties. i think i’m either just too picky or my budget is too low for her items. or both. however, it would be worth splurging a bit since the quality is superb! any ring i’m mentioning would just be an extra fun ring and not a daily ring. so maybe me mentioning my search wasn’t totally appropriate here,
i did see that gorgeous sapphire on the bistro! unfortunately i would prefer a chunkier halo, and that stone would be a smidgen too big for my lifestyle, and would also be very costly once the diamonds and halo would be added. thank for the link though!
sorry to derail the thread, everyone. and like you said, it can be done, albeit not easily and mostly just requires a lot of patience. i think i would prefer a true antique and would hate to dismantle a piece so i will just keep hunting and wait for that special ring. i also love to browse ruby lane!
thanks again for the tips and resources! you’re a fountain of knowledge 🙂
here’s an example of a halo style i’d like, but with a gemstone center. maybe it’s called more of a cluster than a halo?
again sorry to derail. i’ll be quiet now!
OP, your update mentioned that you have a very high clarity high quality diamond. since you’re used to that i think you’d highly regret going lower clarity in a diamond. it won’t have the same brightness and sparkle that you’re used to. in fact, i think it would be a big downgrade and not an upgrade for you, even if it was double the size. i would suggest that you go try some low clarity diamonds on and see them in person to get an idea.
Post # 63
nifer317 : Yes, when you are doing searches I would look for “antique/sapphire cluster”. I know Jbg had a pink sapphire one right now, but I am assuming you are looking more for a blue sapphire or emerald or ruby?
While people today might call them halos, that was not the term then!
My ring was described as an “antique cluster”:
Post # 64
I have a diamond but I would rather a mossanite over a large included diamond. For a couple of grand that is going to be one included 2ct diamond, it’s going to look horrid and not white or sparkly at all In My Humble Opinion. I would either choose a small 0.25/0.5ct diamond that like someone else said is eye clean and well cut but I do appreciate that the diamond is going to look very petite on a size 9 finger OR I would choose the big sparkly mossanite.
Post # 65
RayKay : yep that ring is a bit too pink for me. i normally love the color pink, but not in halo or cluster rings. i do prefer peachy pinks and purply pinks. just not bubblegum pinks. who knows why? maybe i’m crazy. 😉
your ring is gorgeous and makes my heart sing every time i see it 😍
Post # 66
- Wedding: December 2019 - Costa Rica
lesbeeinlove : well said!
Post # 67
Ok, i have a pretty great diamond ering, but recently saw the new moissanite irl and it is *breath taking*. Go see one before you decide
Post # 68
I’d buy a smaller diamond 😛 if I HAD to choose between the two, I’d take the diamond! 🙂
Post # 69
Olga Klepikova : which cut of the moissanite did you see? I would love to hear your thoughts/reviews!
Post # 70
A lot of people have a stick up their a** about diamonds being the only option for engagement. I think anyone considering moissy is familiar with the De Beers marketing campaign and the recent obsession with exorbitantly expensive intrinsically worthless rocks. I too have been on the fence about to diamond or not to diamond. I was initially all game for saving the money, and getting an Amora, but as time went on my mind changed. Diamond was always in the budget for me. Maybe not a 2 ct D IF but certainly a beautiful stone. My real issues with moissy:
1. Cut – BTD cannot figure their s*** out they keep changing the cut of the amora over and over. The most recent cut is dark in the center, and has a weirdly small table. The ultra had arrows that were too wide. C&Cs’ cut is hit or miss, and you can’t really hand select a stone. The OECs are dead in the center, and some have a gaping pinholes.
2. Quality – C&C doesn’t list the color or clarity of their stones which is annoying if I’m going to wear it everyday for forever.
3. Oil – Yeah that oily residue they get. Gross.
4. Double refraction – This is really personal preference, but I find that the double refraction of moissy takes away the sharpness of the stone if that makes sense. They are like a light that is always on which makes them look less intense. I’ve also heard that in low lights they don’t have any play, and in strong lights they have a lot of play, but I wouldn’t really know.
5. People are a**holes, and the very though of someone calling my engagement ring, this beautiful symbol of love, and devotion fake just tears me up inside. For all of my other quarks with Moissy none of them are worth the price difference, but this one. I’d don’t want to ever feel embarrassed about my ring, and unfortunately I know in my heart of hearts that I would be. Another woman with the tiniest included nightmare diamond could feel the right to call my ring fake because hers sh**y as it may be is a real diamond, and moissy was intentionally frankenstiened to replicate diamond.
Do I think you should go with Moissy? Absolutely!! They are so pretty, and you have a baby coming! Would I lie to that friend about it? Hell yeah I would! What would I do? Find a smaller diamond and double halo it TAKE MY MONEY DE BEERS.
Post # 71
I think thats a poor analogy, its more like would you want a beaten up platium Rolex or a platium pristine watch but wasn’t designer. Or Uggs that are worn and stained or new lambskin boots from the austrailia company (they have that have a diffrent name brand on the back). I buy things because I see them and I think they are extremly beautiful, somtimes they are from expensive designers sometimes they are dirt cheap and brandless, sometimes they are new and sometimes used. Buy what is the most beautiful to YOU because you won’t end up regretting that.
Post # 72
ringlesssara : Love what you said and I am In the same boat as you. Also sorry just wanted to point out #3 is reversed, Diamonds and CZ actually hold on to oil in a shockingly larger amount than moissanite.
Post # 73
gardnerg : she was referring to the oil stain moissys can get after a time.
Post # 74
I personally just like moissanite more than diamond, so I’d choose moissanite.
If the diamond you’re wanting isn’t eye clean, though, i wouldn’t do it at all. Especially on a larger carat, you’ll notice it and have to notice it every day. It sounds like you’re only confused because of your friend’s (imo, rude) comment. Do you feel the same way? Or do you now just feel pressured to go with diamond?
if you’re set on diamond, it might be a good idea to look into lab created diamonds and diamonds online just to see if you can find a better diamond for a lower/the same price as the current diamond you’re looking at.
Post # 75
I wouldn’t. I would not go below SI1. I’ve had an SI2 previously that was pretty eye clean but it is very hard to find a good one. These days I’d stick to a VS. Have you looked into white flash? I have never heard of them before joining pricescope but they have an amazing upgrade program on their premium cut diamonds. Down the line I may buy a small diamond from them that I plan to continuously upgrade through the years. You could start smaller with quality and continuously upgrade it every few years too. They have the best trade up program I’ve seen. I’d do that before buying a poor quality diamond. If that’s out of the question I’d get a moissy. I don’t own one but the bees on here with them have gorgeous rings for a fraction of the cost and that would be a better option as well.