Low grade diamond or Forever One Moissanite?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
5985 posts
Bee Keeper

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FrizzyCleopatra :  I think the bigger question is, do you ultimately want a diamond regardless of quality and cost?  I think if you do, you will never really be happy with a moissy.  If you are okay with sacrificing this for the cost, get a moissy.  But a moissy will never be a diamond, and most certainly will not look like one.  It will come close, but it’s not the same.

I love the look of diamonds, I think they are gorgeous, and I love drooling over them.  But at the end of the day, I chose a moissy because I didn’t need a diamond and wanted a cheaper clear stone that was tough.  And I liked the rainbowy effect I get from it.  I don’t regret one bit.  But because I didn’t want a diamond.  I know if I had truly wanted a diamond instead I would never be happy.

Post # 3
631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

What is your budget? Is size important to you? Would you consider a lab grown diamond? Personally I wouldn’t have been happy with a moissy or a lab grown diamond so I got an earth mined diamond; If i had to sacrafice one of the 4 c’s I would have! You can still get a beautiful diamond with lower grade with some searching!

Post # 4
5560 posts
Bee Keeper

You have to love the diamond, regardless of the cut or color or inclusions if any.  Do you care that it’s enhanced? Enhanced diamond give you more bang for your buck.  If you have no plans to send it out for any kind of chemical treatments or certs-then you don’t have to worry about it.  Versus knowing exactly what you’re getting with a moissanite.  There are TONS of diamond deals and steals out there for the same price as the moissanites you just have to hunt for them.  Good luck!

Post # 5
49 posts

Neither. It sounds like you want a diamond, so I would just save up for a nice diamond!

Post # 6
4601 posts
Honey bee

I guess it would depend on how low quality you have to go to get that diamond.  I have an I, SI2 diamond and I know some people would consider that low quality, but I love it so much.


Post # 8
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

The question is too general imo. What does low quality mean? Do you like diamonds? Do you like moissonite? Have you seen the “low quality” diamond irl? Have you seen a moissonite irl? Did you look into lab diamonds? What size are you thinking about (as lighbox has 1ct princess cut lab diamonds for 800$ (+100$) What does your gut tell you? 

I would have never been happy with a moissonite. If I couldn’t have had a diamond I would have gone with a blue saphire or emerald or ruby. Or a smaller diamond. Or a lab diamond. Or a lab gemstone.  So you need to know what your gut tells you!

But tbh a 1ct lightbox can’t be beaten by a moissonite is you are considering both. But that’s just me. 

Post # 9
1558 posts
Bumble bee

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FrizzyCleopatra :  It would be more helpful if you let people know your budget. As for diamonds, you’re going to get the most out of your budget if you pay for the specs you can see. Mine is SI and near colorless, and the cut is decent: it’s still quite sparkly.

Post # 12
2322 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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FrizzyCleopatra :  For $2K you can find a decent lab diamond, or a smaller real diamond that is not super low quality.

I would go to Blue Nile or Brilliant Earth and see what your options are.

Post # 14
1482 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

You will not find a 1ct diamond for $800 unless it’s secondhand, clarity enhanced, or in really bad shape. A quick search on James Allen shows that a princess cut diamond with lower clarity and color starts at 1500ish. 

With a 2000 budget I’d spend almost all of it on the diamond and get a simple solitaire setting. They’re like, $250. In a few years I’d get the dream setting. 

Post # 15
539 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

You could also go to auctions or go down the second hand route. That would give you much more bang for your buck! There was a pave diamond band in 18k white gold for $500 with 2mm stones in H-G color. I considered buying it, but decided not to as I wanted a plain wedding band. But there can be huge savings in going second hand. 

Might be worth seeing stones in person. I love lower color diamonds and would choose those over a “better” color any day!

The thing I wouldn’t compromise on is cut and you can get away with lower color if the cut is fantastic.

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