Is Moissanite worth it?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I think personal value and the amount of worth you put on an object is highly subjective… to me personally, yes, a moissanite is worth the money because of the hardness, the size I can afford, the optical qualities.  Again, to me personally a diamond isn’t worth even a fraction of the present cost.

“Will it last” is another thing.  Moissanite is just over a decade or so old, so of course you won’t see any 50 year old moissanites.  But the 9.5 hardness and the fact that it never clouds would make me think that there is no reason it wouldn’t “last.”  The same way semi-precious stones such as aquamarine and amethyst, which are considerably softer stones, “last” through generations, I think a moissanite would hold up extremely well.

That being said, you should generally stay away from jewlers who plate metal.  While you save some money, and you see the platinum, depending on how often you wear the ring (if it’s a e-ring, probably constantly) the platinum will wear off and the silver might discolor.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

where the heck did you find one in sterling silver?!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

That is only a question you can answer for yourself.  Do you care if your e-ring is a diamond?  How big of a clear stone can you afford vs what you want in terms of size?  Like GoldFishPie said, its a pretty new stone, so no one can say for certain how it’ll hold for decades to come.  If you do go moissy though, I would just recommend maybe going with palladium instead of plat coated silver.  I think silver is pretty soft and can be bent out of shape fairly easily, at least my silver rings always did, they look like screwed up squished circles after not too long.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

I had never heard of moissanite before I came on this forum. It’s not big in the UK and the only high street jeweller who stocks it is the skeeziest one around. I’m not sure what to think of it. I’d rather have a smaller diamond or other gemstone than something that’s designed to look like a diamond but won’t hold its value.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Moissanite is NOT created to look like a diamond. It’s not a diamond simulant like CZ. It is a true gemstone in it’s own right like a sapphire or a ruby. I am going with a moissy. it is a gemstone that was originally found in a meteorite. It has double the refraction of a diamond, so blindingly sparkly. go space gem! Also most people that buy diamonds aren’t buying investment quality diamonds anyway. Go out, buy a diamond ring today, try to sell it tomorrow and you would be lucky to get 1/3 of the cost back.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

Moissanite will last and look great just as long as a diamond.  It will not cloud like a CZ.  I’d probably be more concerned about the metal than anything else–sterling silver, even with platinum plating, is just not sturdy enough to hold a stone on your hand reliably for the rest of your life.  

For me, moissanite it worth it.  It would be way out of our budget for me to get a diamond that is eco friendlyand conflict free and of the clarity and cut that I would want.  A moissanite is much more affordable and will be of the quality I want.  I considered colored stones but eventually ended up preferring a white stone.  A diamond of the same size and quality of my moissanite would have been over 10K for just the stone.  I will have a beautiful custom ring that I will love forever for under $2000.

Also any stone you walk out of a store with is going to immediately lose most of its value, just like a car.  A diamond is not an investment.  The heirloom diamonds are selling for maybe 10-20% more than their original cost adjusted for inflation and they are 50+ years old.

If it’s important to you to have a diamond, then get a diamond.  If the label of your stone is not as important as your personal preference and you like moissanite, then get a moissanite.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011
Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

For me, moissanite is totally worth it!!! I love everything about my super sparkly center stone (the side stones are diamonds), and my wedding band. We purchased the center stone just on a whim and I fell for the sparkliness AND the price! For us it made the best sense and we couldn’t be happier! 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Only you can decide if it’s worth it to you or not. I have a moissy and I think it is totally worth it! However, I would steer away from sterling silver as that may NOT hold up as long as your rock will!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MrsGolden2Bee: I understand that natural Moissanite was originally found in a meteorite but what is sold in jewellers is created Moissanite.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it, but much like any synthetic stone it won’t be valuable long term as it has no rarity value.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@SpecialSundae: Yes, natural Moissanite was found in a meteor in such small amounts that it couldnt be made into anything substantial, so scientists found a way to lab create it.

I’m not sure what you mean by rarity value, as diamonds are also not rare. They also do not hold value as nerdface said. They are priced as they are due to demand.

OP- Go with what you love!! Do some more research on Moissanite and see what you come up with!

@GoldfishPie: I agree about the value in an object being highly subjective! The monetary “value” of my ring has no significance to me, as I dont plan on parting with it. However, the emotional “value” of the ring is highly inportant because I know my Fiance gave it to me out of love and his desire to make me his wife.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@misschickpea: Honestly, it looks like a very pretty stone but as someone else pointed out elsewhere before it’s manufactured under patent and after that patent ends the value is likely to go through the floor.

I don’t have anything against moissanite, but I don’t understand the madness for it on here.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I would definitely go for gold or palladium/platinum, but yes- I think it’s totally worth it.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

All the moissy love on here probably has something to do with the fact that it’s almost as hard as a diamond, it’s twice as sparkly, it repels grease and oils more than diamond does keeping it sparkly longer before it needs cleaning. No one has dies or been horribly operessed to collect it. The way it’s made is better for the environment then diamond mining and it’s a fraction of the cost. It was mentioned that moissy is lab created making it less worth while then if it was mined. That’s silly. A mined sapphire and a lab created sapphire have the EXACT same properties. They are the exact same stone but one was created faster in a controlled environment the chemical makeup is the exact same. Same with moissanite. So who cares? Even on a molecular level the two stones lab and natural would look identical so the point it moot.

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