(Closed) I guess I don't understand (closed)

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

What’s the question? They’re cheaper than diamonds but look enough like them that you could pass them off as a diamond.

Post # 4
648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

They might look the same, but moissanite and diamonds aren’t the same. Just like CZ and diamonds aren’t the same. Diamonds are the real deal whereas moissanites are man-made and much more affordable.

Post # 5
1980 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@lizziealex:  What do you mean “what is the difference”?

They are two different stones. They do share similarities, but moissanites are man made to mimic a naturally occuring gemstone that comes from a meteorite and they are doubly-refractive and therefore more “rainbowy’

Diamonds are, well everyone knows what a diamond is made of so I won’t waste my breath.

We need one of the moissy experts to talk about the cool stuff about them, I don’t know that much really.

Post # 6
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I had honestly never even heard of them before joining the bee. From what I’ve read they sound like a good alternative for people who don’t want to or can’t spend as much for a diamond. Some people’s posts make it sound like they actually prefer them over diamonds, but I don’t know enough about them or their properties to know what benefits they have other than cost.

Post # 7
2098 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

She wanted to know what all the hype is about…that was her first question.


I have a diamond, so I can’t personally say what the hype is but according to what others say on here…

– Cheaper

-More Sparkle than a diamond

– Eco friendly (I think?)

– No “blood” involved



Post # 8
4893 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Moissanites are much more reasonably priced than diamonds. They look similar, but Moissanites have more fire than diamonds do. They’re made in a lab, but it is a naturally occurring stone that comes from stars. Only one company can manufacture Moissanites currently (Charles and Colvard), but they’re sold by a bunch of different places. 

It’s the sparkle/fire that sets Moissanite apart from diamond. They’re also slightly more resiliant to cracks, and not much less scratch-proof. Most other diamond alternatives, like CZ or white sapphire, are scratched quite easily in comparison.

Post # 9
6359 posts
Bee Keeper

I think it’s because they price themselves as a product more affordable than diamond but more costly than CZ. This gives the impression of a sort of tier system in which it is perceived by some as a middle tier between the two that is at a price point where a large diamond-like stone is affordable, but not “too” affordable.

Post # 12
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

They’re more durable than most gemstones and only slightly less hard than diamond. Always a plus!

Post # 13
8472 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Wow.. Some earlier responses seemed a little harsh. It’s very easy to ruffle some feathers around here. Next time just google it. 

Post # 14
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Rubbs:   +1+1+1   People need to take a breather before commenting sometimes.  🙂

Post # 15
417 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It depends on who you ask.  Some people love them because of the cost, some because of the look of them, some because of the story, some because of the ethical issues, etc.

I personally love mine and wanted it because I didn’t want a diamond.  I wanted something different and unique that not everyone had, but my super traditional fiance didn’t want a gemstone ring (actually itinitally he didn’t want anything but diamond).  So after months of looking and researching we decided to compromise with moissanite.  I love the sparkle, the color it throws, and everything about it.

Be careful boiling it all down to money though.  There are some moissy rings on here that are actually more expensive than many of the diamonds.  There was one set that was upward of 3K, and there are plenty of diamonds under that. 

Just like with anything it varies from person to person. 

Post # 16
609 posts
Busy bee

It has a higher refractive index, luster, and dispersion with a lower specific gravity. It is a mineral while diamond is a native mineral. It has in distinct cleavage while diamond has perfect cleavage. It does not have a colorless streak like a diamond but a greenish grey streak. It is marketed, by C and C, as a lower cost diamond alternative originally through home shopping networks. [content moderated for baiting, snark]

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