Moissanite Review — Extremely detailed with PROS/CONS and advice

posted 6 months ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Newbee

chelbell23 :  it’s a pros and cons of moissanite VS diamond thread. Almost every pro and con compares it to a diamond: if it’s cheaper than a diamond, as hard as a diamond, as sparkly as a diamond, if it will pass as a diamond…

You can dislike someone pointing out moissanite flaws all you want, but the comment was still pertinent to this thread and you questioning why someone would bring up their experience with the cost of a moissanite when the post explicitly discusses the price of moissanite is an interesting choice.

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

anonymousbee001 :  You’re comparing a new setting to an estate ring, that’s not really an apples to apples comparison. You could easily find a used moissanite ring for much less than a used diamond ring, because as you’ve pointed out a moissanite doesn’t hold its value.

Most people aren’t terribly concerned about the resale value on their engagement ring, but okay. 

Post # 18
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Busy bee

chelbell23 : You seem a bit defensive. True, but it is something someone in the market for an engagement ring may consider. I agree, another option is to buy a used moissanite ring. I did recently see one (solitaire, similar to yours) on sale for around 100-200 dollars, so I suppose that is also an option. So is a CZ ring. Of course, each has its pros and cons.

Regarding your last sentence, I was referencing a previous comment, since, obviously some people do. Plus, it wasn’t my engagement ring.

Post # 20
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Busy bee

drbee2020 :  I agree, prices for natural diamonds are typically convex in size (holding other factors constant), whereas I would guess moissanite prices are more likely linear or even concave with size. 

Post # 20
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Helper bee

My moissanite solitare was about $1250. The thin diamond band was about $500 and the bigger diamond band was around $3500. I have an heirloom diamond of the same size and I like my moissy better. But that doesn’t mean it actually is better, lol! I love the value and beauty of it. I guess I’m a pretty untraditional gal though!

Post # 21
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Blushing bee

 drbee2020 :  “from what I know diamond hold their value overtime”

Not true. Try reselling diamond, and you’ll get only a small fraction of what you paid for it. It is true that most diamonds have some resale value, while moissanites have little if any. But if a $3000 diamond resales for $1000, and an equivalent $300 moissanite has no resale value, you’ve lost $2000 on the diamond and $300 on the moissanite. (Although one typically hopes not to consider resale of an engagement ring anyway!)

Otherwise, I appreciate your overview. Extensive and thoughtful consideration of the pros and cons!

Post # 22
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Helper bee

Awesome review!!! However, no diamonds do not hold their value. Their “value” is mostly presented for insurance purposes because once purchased, you can only hope someone will take it off your hands for a small fraction of what was paid. I’m always amazed at how many diamond rings are sitting there for ages waiting to be purchased for sometimes 1/4th of the purchase price on eBay, poshmark, diamondbistro, etc. Several of them have all of the appropriate documentation, but are never sold or sold for almost nothing. This goes for previously worn jewelry in general, but there is a greater financial loss with diamonds because they usually cost the most. 

A couple weeks ago I bought a 14kt rose gold diamond band from someone on Poshmark for only $150. It had been on there for a while. She paid way more at a popular jewelry store;however, since no one else wanted it, she let me have it for that small amount. After I bought it, she told me that she was trying to sell her wedding rings bc her family is having financial issues and she needed the money to literally feed her baby. It broke my heart for that reason and also bc she barely received any $$$ for her very precious wedding ring. It’s hard enough to get rid of them, and then for basically pennies like that 😬😢.

Yet, it’s interesting that good quality, previously worn “name brand” moissanite rings are often sold for a lot more than a previously worn good diamond these days…much quicker also! I don’t know how long that will be the case, but I have been surprised by this.

drbee2020 :  

Post # 23
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Newbee

I have sold my diamonds before. Think 3 carat, ideal cut stone  – and lost about 40% from what I paid. (what I initially paid was already much cheaper than what other jewelers were selling it for after some comparison shopping). I was considered lucky that it sold in a few months, I have seen stones on consignment for 2 years! that never sold. 

One of my girlfriend was trying to sell a 1 carat, very good cut stone, and the highest offer she got was 30% of what they paid for. 

So yes, there is resale value – but it’s nowhere close to what one pays for it! 

Post # 26
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Newbee

Quick answer to your question, moissanite can look blurry in pictures due to the stones double refraction quality. In person it does not look like that. lynnnie :  

Post # 27
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

anon2020 :  I agree with the picture thing, but side by side I can see the fuzziness as compared to my diamond of the same cut and size. It does reflect more light and has more fire, partly because it has higher clarity and an ideal cut – something hard to find in antique diamonds. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

anonymousbee001 :  The reason you feel like moissanite costs the same as diamond is because you aren’t doing an apples to apples comparison. Most C&C Forever One moissanites are equivalent to DEF diamond color grade and the H&A cut is similar to ideal/super ideal. For someone who’s looking for those criteria in their stone, a moissanite is FAR cheaper than that of a diamond. I got a bigger stone with similar specifications from moissaniteco.com for less than half of the price ($600).

Post # 30
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Blushing bee

Thanks for your review!! … I will hang around to see those pics! hehe 

I am pretty sold on a moissanite ring …but you are so right..I need to make the treck to find a jewler that has them. I would love to see one in person. 

Right now I am leaning towards Fire and Brilliance and their “crushed ice” one in a cushion cut…but then I also get hung up on the emerald cuts. UGH! so many options hahaha 

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