Post # 1
Just wondering your take on this. How long do you think it will take before Moissanite is mainstream and part of gemstone vocabulary in the “real world”. Right now only select jewelers know about it and most of the big stores – Kay, Zales, etc – make you feel like crap for having/wanting Moissanite.
YET, on weddingbee it is so common and almost every other ring post is about Moissy.
WB is a huge forum and I bet many new brides to be join WB or at least stumble upon the forums here (it pops up in every search on weddings, lol). So it’s a matter of time before more and more people choose Moissanite, right?
Post # 3
@lilsweetie: I don’t think that the big stores will ever sell it, because they are so entagled with the diamond industry and they won’t sell anything that competes with it. I think they’ll be mainstream amongst young couples in 10 years, older couples in 20. To be honest I hope they never are though, one of the most appealing things about moissy for me was that it’s different.
Post # 4
Hard to say. No one I’ve spoken to around here had ever heard of it. A few jewelers knew of it.. but no one carried it, or knew much about it., there are a lot of brides that want different stones here, like rubies and emeralds. I’ve never seen anything other than diamonds and sapphires in the city. I don’t know is moissy can be different colours? I think they would have a successful market here if the word got out about them. I think moissy takes a long time to be produced right? It would be hard to order up enough to say, open a shop up carrying exclusively moissy gems. Also I think the company/compaines that produce them would likely keep the entire market to themselves. That by itself is going to limit how much it out there IMO.
Post # 5
It will not be considered similarly to one of the natural gemstones because it is a synthetic, and also because it is often used as a diamond simulant. I believe the price will decrease and it will be considered similarly to CZ.
Post # 6
Without brick and mortar stores, it will be difficult. But if a couple of those start popping up and it becomes more accepted as an alternative? Within 5 years.
Post # 7
I don’t think it will ever go mainstream, it’s not profitable enough for stores to carry it.
Post # 8
@BuBuBubbles: I disagree bc many big stores sell CZ e-rings. Why not moissanite?
I wonder if the price would be lower or higher if it were easier to get?
Post # 9
I saw them selling moissanite on a jewelery channel today, the whole show was about them! I had never heard about them before the bee, but I don’t think it’ll be too long, provided the demand is there.
Post # 10
Amidon carries it and they’re mainstream (at least they are in New England, dkn’t know about other places). I think within 10 years, more and more people will realize diamonds are far mkre expensive than they should be, and moissanite will become very popular.
Post # 11
Here in the UK a lot of our highstreet jewellery stores don’t sell high quality diamonds and prices for a diamond engagement ring are around £2k-£3k.
If it were to get big here, I think the stores WOULD get on it, so they could sell moissanite stones at a similar cost as their diamonds. And maybe make more of a profit? I don’t know – I’m just speculating.
I definintely wouldn’t consider it similar to a CZ as the main factor for a CZ to me isn’t price or the fact that it’s a ‘lab gem’, but that it clouds/isn’t a forever stone. Moissanite is.
Post # 12
I heard about moissanite for the first time in . . . 2007? And I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I couldn’t believe my friend’s earrings were NOT real diamonds. I thought for sure it was going to blow up. Here we are, six years later, and WB is pretty much the only place anyone’s talking about it. I don’t know if it ever will, which is a shame!
Post # 13
I was engaged 8 years ago and had a moissanite ring… back then it seemed NO ONE knew what it was. I was pretty shocked when I joined here and it was so common, so I can say from personal experience that 8 years has made a HUGE difference in its popularity, I think that popularity will continue to increase especially as hard as financial situations seem to be for most people these days.
Post # 14
@gelaine22: I know Jared doesn’t carry moissy or CZ because it competes with diamond. I’ve never seen CZ in any other large diamond retailer either.
Post # 15
@BuBuBubbles: They have moissanite and CZ e-rings all over the NYC diamond district. I figure if they have moissy there in the heart of everything then other places may soon?
I used to work at Macys when I was in college and men would buy CZ e-rings all the time.
Post # 16
I don’t know, I have never heard about it until joining this forum. A lot of people that have heard of it, like my husband, are not very informed about it and consider it to be a “cheap imitation”. From my understanding, the stone has been around awhile with that stigma attached to its name. I am a bit younger then he is so thats probably why I have never heard the name “moissanite” before. I have also still have yet to see one outside the internet, so people never get the chance to compare. A lot of people I have talked to about it don’t seem to know much about it. I have seen a few people with stones other then a diamond, but never a moissanite. People still seem to prefer diamonds.
From the pictures I have seen on here, I do think it is a very pretty stone and I do like the colors it gives off. I do love my diamond, but if that information had been available to me awhile ago…moissanite would have been a serious contender when telling my husband what types of rings I prefer. I also would probably consider getting a pair of moissanite earrings, because I do love me some sparklies… I am just very hesitant to buy any type of jewelry off the internet. I think a lot of people would be more inclined to buy if they can see and feel it.
But…then with his negative view on the stone, I think he would want to spend the extra money for the diamond anyway. Who knows…it is not his fault really…. the information is just not out there. As a society, we have had diamonds beaten into our skulls that the diamond is the only acceptable stone for an engagement ring. He is also a very proud man and diamonds have that sort of prestige about them…especially large ones because of the amount of money that one has spent on it. I will tell him all I learned about the stone from what I have read on here and he gives me a confused look and seems to think I am wrong and will still tell me that it is a cheap knockoff. I think his views mirror what a lot of people think when it comes to moissanite.
So, I can’t see it going mainstream for awhile…but apparently I have been wrong about a lot of things lately, so you never know.