(Closed) How long will it take for Moissanite to go mainstream?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: How long before Moissy is widely known and accepted?
    It already is : (7 votes)
    4 %
    within 5 years : (25 votes)
    14 %
    6-10 years : (32 votes)
    17 %
    10+ years : (15 votes)
    8 %
    20+ years : (2 votes)
    1 %
    It never will be : (104 votes)
    56 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @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
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    4963 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
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    6360 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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
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    4313 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
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    8461 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I don’t think it will ever go mainstream, it’s not profitable enough for stores to carry it.

    Post # 8
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    8696 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @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
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    404 posts
    Helper bee

    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
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    2270 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
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    855 posts
    Busy bee

    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
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    2638 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

    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
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    503 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    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
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    417 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @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
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    8696 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @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
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    4275 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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.

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