Post # 1
So I have been lurking these boards for a few weeks now, my boyfriend and I have been looking for an engagement ring and we have about $10,000.00 cash for it I always figured the ring would cost about $15,000.00. I have always wanted a big rock and he is on board with it but now I’m seeing other options available that I never knew there were such as Moissanite and asha theh both seem to look just like a diamond at a portion of the cost. Now I’m just confused about what I want :/ why should he spend 15k on a ring when I can have the same thing for under $3,000.00. Please excuse any typos or bad grammer I’m typing from my Iphone bored at work…hehe
Post # 3
@beeNICE 87: Exactly! I don’t have a moissy, but they look beautiful and if you’re all for large stones and finger coverage, it’s a great option!!
Post # 4
I agree, I don’t see the point in spending thousands more dollars on one sparkly rock over another when they are so, so similar. I have a 1.5ct moissanite and I LOVE it!
Here is a video of mine before it was set:
Also, here is a video of a moissanite and a diamond right next to each other:http://vimeo.com/24371182
Diamonds are overrated for no reason, imo.
Post # 5
It’s not just you! Many couples have chosen moissanite even though they could afford a diamond.
I wouldn’t say they have just the same look as a diamond, though–they have their own distinct look, which some people actually prefer to a diamond. And they aren’t an option (yet anyway) in certain shapes.
If I were looking at moissanite I’d hold out for an Amora Gem to see if they live up to the hype! Personally I would not go with Asha, I’ve heard too many stories of them chipping and scratching.
Post # 6
It’s a personal preference and you have to think about what you value. no right or wrong.
For me, I value diamonds and appreciate the stone & it was important for me to have that specific stone.
Post # 7
A moissanite, especially a larger one, is obvious to me and isn’t similar to a diamond visually. Smaller ones are less noticeable but that is obviously not what you want.
I would and did spend the money to have a diamond.
Post # 8
If what you’re concerned with is size and the look/wow-factor, definitely go with the moissanite! To me, a diamond is just . . . timeless and treasured and something I will one day be very proud to give to my children. I know other people feel that way about moissanite but I, personally, don’t.
That said, I have a relatively modest ring. In the just-over-$5k range. For you, the savings is SO great and if you’re really not opposed to not having a diamond, I’d say definitely go for it.
Post # 9
He shouldnt have to spend 15k if you’d be happy with a moissy for less than 3k. But many people who truely want diamonds wont settle for a moissy. If you’re not one of them, and would be happy with a moissy, you should definitely save the money! For me, I don’t care that my ring cost like 5-7x what it would have if it was a moissy… I wanted a diamond.
Post # 10
It’s really all about what you like and what you feel comfortable with. My SO and I could definately afford a diamond BUT we have pretty much decided on going with the Amora Moissanite. To us, we would rather spend those thousands of dollars into building our home, or something like that!
I honestly think it is really hard ( especially in person ) to tell the difference between the two. We here on the board are more aware of it, so we may be able to tell the difference whereas to people you see IRL will more than likely not know.
Growing up, I always thought I wanted a diamond. Afterall, it was my birthstone lol But after researching Moissanite on these boards and learning more about diamonds, I knew I didn’t want one, atleast for my ering. I think sociecty makes you feel as if you NEED a diamond in your ering or you are “less” and I don’t buy into the hype that diamond are soo rare. because they really arent.
With all the being said, I think it is really up to you. If you are comfortable in knowing the your ering is a moissanite, then I would go for it, if you like the way they look. If you are not comfortable and will think ” I wish I had a diamond” then I would go for a diamond.
Post # 11
@Over the Moon: My e-ring is diamond, but I don’t see how CZ could possibly get chipped or scratched easily, as it is 8.5 on the MOH’s scale of gemstone hardness. I also own a turquoise ring (6 on the scale), and an emerald ring (7.5 on the scale), and a citrine ring (7 on the scale). I have owned these rings for many years and wear them all the time, and not one of them has ever chipped or is even slightly scratched. And they are all softer on the MOH’s scale than an Asha (CZ) is.
Post # 12
I am simply not impressed by diamonds, even the big ones. They just don’t do it for me. I find sapphire and moissanite a lot more interesting to look at, so that’s what I’d spend my money on. I kind of like being the one out of my friends who didn’t go for the standard diamond ring 🙂
Post # 13
Has any one ever seen Moissanite in 2 or 2.5?
Post # 14
@DeathByDesign: so which is the moissy and which is the diamond in the video? lol
Post # 15
OP: have you checked out the betterthandiamond.com boards? You should be able to see some moissy rings that big there and judge for yourself.
I do not have a moissy ring, but I heard that larger stones can have a greenish tint. Do you want it to pass for a diamond or do you not care and will appreciate it for the stone that it is?
Post # 16
If you look at the thread below and look at Obsessivebee, she had a 3ct equivelant amora. I think she is getting it set right now, not positive.
and actually, there are a few who have an 8mm ( 2ct )amora on there