Moissanite Review — Extremely detailed with PROS/CONS and advice

posted 5 months ago in Rings
Post # 31
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Busy bee

chillbee29 :  It’s never going to be an exact apples to apple’s comparison. For example, moissanite is lab-created and doesn’t have the same general appeal and likelihood to persist as a heirloom as a diamond has. The irony is that the H&A cut and DEF color are descriptions initially developed for diamonds. While it is probably is true that it would be harder to find a used diamond with those characteristics, if those were the only traits the buyer cared about, then a H&A cut CZ would be much cheaper. My guess is that, for the same price, most people would rather have a 1 carat diamond ring (even SI, nearly colorless, excellent cut) than a 1.5 carat DEF, H&A simulant.

Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

anonymousbee001 :  CZ and moissanite isn’t really a good comparison since CZ gets cloudy over time. Moissanites and diamonds are a lot more comparable than CZ and diamond. 

I wasn’t talking about what stone most people prefer. I was simply responding to your statement moissanite not being cheaper or much cheaper than diamonds. If someone is comparing low quality diamonds, then it may appear that way but not when they compare mid range to higher ranges.

As per your logic, lab created diamonds should not have the same appeal either but they do and many people buy them and it’s becoming more and more common.

Personally, I cared about how the stone looked and I liked the H&A cut way better than the regular cut and didn’t want any visible inclusions. C&C F1 H&A just happened to offer all of that and so I went with that. The specifications led to it looking the way it did. If something else looked the same way and with slightly different specifications, then I would’ve been fine with that too. 

Post # 33
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Busy bee

chillbee29 : I’m not sure why you brought up lab diamonds; since I think you can infer I was referring to mined diamonds. Lab diamonds are so new at this point that it’s difficult to project what will happen, but I would agree they probably won’t have the same allure. I disagree that moissanite is more comparable than CZ to diamond: It’s subjective. Also, moissanite is double refractive, and can be moody and develop oil slick stains. I would still argue that preowned middle and high quality diamond jewelry (eyeclean, at least near colorless, well cut) can be found at around the same price as it would cost to buy similar moissanite jewelry in gold/platinum.

Post # 34
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Blushing bee

anonymousbee001 :  you’re absolutely right that some moissanites are overpriced. I recommend never buying a moissanite from Brilliant Earth, for example. But look around, and you’ll find some that aren’t. And you are indeed ignoring equivalent appearance comparisons.

Charles & Colvard was asking $1400 for a particular moissanite. You could get the same C&C stone for about half the price at MoissaniteCo. You could get MoissaniteCo’s brand (which I actually preferred) for less still, about $400. That’s not to mention trying from Tianyu (maybe $150) or Indian moissanite on E-bay (~$50?).

Mined diamonds this size and cut, from a low-priced online retailer (Blue Nile), started at $5000. Diamonds of equivalent color and clarity as the moissanite started at $15,000. From a jewelry store, they’d like be considerably more.

Now, I have no doubt that you can find some stuff cheaper used. Maybe at an estate sale you could get this diamond for a third its online retail price, so about $5000 (perhaps with no grading certificate). But $400?

If you want a diamond, pay for a diamond. Totally fine. Don’t claim diamonds are cheaper, though.

Post # 35
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Busy bee

adastra :  I agree you’re not going to find decent sized diamonds for ~$50. Furthermore, internally flawless, ideal cut, d color diamonds are going to be expensive. I stated earlier that I think it’s unjust (and rather silly), though, to restrict the comparison to only those diamonds, rather than the entire choice set, as moissanite is a lab created simulant. (Why not throw in to the comparison CZ or strontium titanate then?) However, one can find nice, eye clean, near colorless and well cut 3/4 to 1 carat preowned solitaire diamond rings for around 500-1200, which is around the same price Moissanite Co lists their F1 H&A solitaires.

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

anonymousbee001 :  But it’s not silly. If you’re not going with moissanite because you love it for what it is, which many do, you’re probably going with it because you want the look of the 2ct, D color, IF diamond but can’t afford it. If that’s the look you want a .75-1ct solitaire is just not going to cut it.

Sure some people like to be able to say they have a diamond, and to those people they would be better off just getting a smaller diamond, but a lot of people just want a big, quality, sparkly ring.

Post # 37
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Busy bee

chelbell23 :  I suppose if you like how a moissanite in particular looks, I can’t argue with that. Moissanite prices may not increase as much with carat size relative to diamonds, but many moissanite retailers are overpriced. Furthermore, you should keep in mind (1) the 2 carat moissanite isn’t going to look exactly like a D IF diamond as much as you want to convince yourself it does (2) I call BS on anyone who insists he/she can identify a D IF diamond in its setting.

Honestly, I can totally see going with moissanite if you are set on a particularly large size; I just find it sad when people say they wanted a .75-1.5 carat diamond ring, settled for moissanite because it was more affordable, but still ended up paying 1000-2500, and then feel compelled to defend moissanite.

Post # 38
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Blushing bee

anonymousbee001 :  some people just prefer moissanite? That’s not to say diamonds aren’t gorgeous and right for some… they are. I don’t personally value them in any way, though. I chose something that I liked the optical properties of, and made me happy. My moissanite brought me far more joy than any of the diamonds I tried on. 

You don’t need to feel sad for anyone because they have different interests and value different things than you. While diamonds are absolutely stunning, I don’t think they’re worth the money they cost because they don’t bring ME happiness. They just don’t float my boat, personally. This in no way disparages diamonds, because there are always going to be people like you who value diamonds more, and that’s okay. My moissanite makes me incredibly happy and so it was worth every penny because of that fact. I guess the bottom line is that there is no reason to compare the two, and there is certainly no reason to feel sad for those who don’t have diamonds. They aren’t the same stone, and pitting one against the other doesn’t prove anything. Even if someone’s reasons are purely financial, a brand new .7-1.5 carat diamond in a new setting is going to be MUCH more expensive than a brand new moissanite of the equivalent size in a new setting. Let’s just let people enjoy their gorgeous rings no matter what material they’re made of, how much they cost, or how many they may have. 

Post # 39
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Blushing bee

drbee2020 :  this is a great post! I’m sure it will be super helpful to a lot of people. I agree, the beauty of a less expensive ring is that you can “upgrade” and keep the others 😂 I prefer moissanite optically and the price was a bonus… so much so that my husband has gifted me with a few now and we’re still under the cost of what an equivalent traditional diamond would have been. I do have a few diamond pieces and love them, but moissanite just warms my soooooul. 😍

Post # 40
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Busy bee

carowl :  That’s great. You clearly didn’t read my posts thoroughly. I was merely suggesting that people who preferred a diamond but were considering moissanite for financial reasons look into buying preowned.

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

anonymousbee001 :  Not everyone is a diamond expert and can tell the difference between a D IF diamond and a moissanite, and a lot of people don’t care that it’s slightly different. If you can tell and it bothers you, then no you probably shouldn’t get a moissanite. But again, a 2ct moissanite is going to be less expensive than a 2ct diamond with halfway decent specs.

If you really want a diamond you’re better off with a diamond 10 times out of 10, no one is arguing that. You’re not going to be happy with moissanite if you really just want a diamond, of course not. But if you’re not tied to the notion that diamonds are the end all be all, but want a durable clear stone, moissanite is hard to beat. 

Post # 42
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Blushing bee

anonymousbee001 :  actually, I did read your posts thoroughly. I’m not an idiot, so there’s no need to speak to me as though I am. 

I was initially commenting directly in response to your first comment (and then the line in a later comment saying it was sad), where you inexplicably brought up how “inexplicably pricy” moissanite is, and you then compared it to a diamond ring you bought. Your language has an air of “why would you buy a simulant when you can have the real deal”. I’m simply replying to that statement saying that some of us truly do prefer moissanite, cost aside. If you laid out a moissanite, a natural gemstone, and a diamond, and told me I could pick one for free, I would pick the moissanite. I don’t care about resale value or rarity, I don’t care about the social stigma, I just like how moissanite looks the most. As for the comment about how you feel sad for people who settled on a moissanite despite initially wanting a diamond, my feeling stands. I don’t think you need to pity someone for changing their mind and deciding to go with a stone that fits their visual wish list and their budget. 

Perhaps you could try a less condescending tone next time you respond to someone who disagrees with you. I’m not obligated to respond to each of your many comments individually, and have every right to respond to specific points as I chose without being spoken to like I’m a moron. ✌️

Post # 43
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Helper bee

Love my Amora!! I dont think I will ever crave a diamond. It’s been three years and mine is still bright and sparkly! 

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