Post # 1
I want to purchase a wedding band with diamon alternatives (non-colored), and I have found several on Etsy that I like, but I am stumped on the differences between these three stones. So far I just know moissanite is held to higher standards, and is more expensive, and it seems that sapphire is regarded as having less quality out of the three. At first I was just looking at cubic zirconia, but now I’m stumped. Any ladies with experience with these stones on wedding bands, is there a noticeable physical difference between them? Longetivity?
I also noticed some Etsy sellers emphasize that their stones are Charles & Colvard Moissanite Stones, and those are more expensive on the listings, is anyone familiar with that and do you have any comments on getting that specific stone vs a listing that just says it’s “moissanite”?
PLEASE show me your diamond-alternative wedding bands if you have pictures!!!
I feel so peer pressured by my family and friends to get real diamonds, but that’s just not for me because I can’t justify the cost difference. So I’m kind of going “against” the waves here, and I don’t want to get something I’m going to regret. Since my engagement ring does have a real diamond, I don’t want something that’s going to look so different next to it where it will be obvious, even though I WILL tell people it’s not a diamond if they ask, I just don’t want it to look obvious that it’s not, if that makes sense.
Post # 2
Here’s a wedding band I don’t own anymore. It’s got 7 3mm Charles and Colvard forever one moissanites in a 14k white gold shared prong setting and is .70 carats. I bought it from moissaniteco.com for $545. They have tons of beautiful moissanite wedding bands!
Post # 3
I also forgot to mention that moissanite will last forever. And that I wouldn’t waste my money on a cz band set in real gold because the stones will not stay beautiful for years to come. If your going to go the cz route then I highly recommend checking out berricle.com. They have rhodium plated sterling silver cz bands that are great quality and very affordable. And the fact that they are rhodium plated just like white gold is, makes the silver stay shiny and tarnish free for much longer than just regular sterling silver. That way you won’t be losing out on much money when your cz’s get cloudy. As for sapphire, they are pretty durable and can last a lifetime with proper care. However white sapphire isn’t nearly as sparkly as your other two options. And they also appear to be a bit lifeless and very translucent in my opinion.
Post # 4
The main difference, to the best of my knowledge, is that CZ is likely to get cloudier over time whereas the other two won’t. Moissy is similar to diamond but has a higher light refraction, so it is more glittery and throws rainbows. Moissy is also moody (can be different color depending on the lighting) but I don’t believe sapphire has this tendency.
My engagement ring is moissy and my wedding band has diamonds. I went with diamonds for my wedding band because it was what our local, small mom-n-pop jeweler had and it was actually more affordable than ordering a moissy online.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise
Sapphires are the most precious of the three, however they don’t have much sparkle. They tend to look flat, and kind of glass like.
CZ isn’t a stone that will endure years of wear. Unless you plan to replace the band at some point, I wouldn’t use it as part of my wedding set as more than a stand in.
Moissy is reasonably priced, durable, and very sparkly. It can be an heirloom gem, though market value is less than diamonds, that’s only because the market for diamonds is artificially inflated.
Charles and Colvard originally developed the process to generate the colorless gemstone from trace amounts of the mineral originally found on a meteorite. While they were the first, there are arguments that others have developed products of either similar or higher quality. The C&C name is to moissy what Tiffany is to the solitare. It commands a premium which is of arguable worth.
Lots of other sellers have beautiful products, the name is just a name.
Post # 6
Moissanite, C&C, 3.5 mm stones on yellow gold:
Post # 7
Agree with a pp that sapphire is the most precious of the 3. It Is also the only natural gemstone of the 3, but it is not as sparkly as the other 2.
Out of the 2 diamond simulants, the moissanite is comprised of some naturally occurring material with added chemicals and processing to alter it into a large clear stone. Cubic zirconia, is also a created, manufactured stone/ diamond simulant. Moissanite is more costly than cz but it will not cloud, thus it doesn’t require replacement. However moissanite’s unique cut and sparkle is more easily recognized as a non-diamond. Some moissanite also gets a recurrent rainbow stain that necessitates removal. Cz scratches and becomes cloudy over time and will definitely require replacement.
Post # 8
Sapphire may or may not be the most precious of the three options, depends on if they are using lab sapphire or not.
Post # 9
Unless you’re getting a higher carat weight band, diamonds and moissanite are pretty similarly priced. I was recently looking at stackers and was shocked comparing Etsy moissy to my local jeweler’s diamond bands. Others have already listed other potential issues with moissanite like oil slicks and the moody nature of some stones.
CZ is not durable and will need replaced.
Sapphire (natural) is the most rare of the 3, but doesn’t sparkle as much. I think sapphire shows dirt easily but YMMV.
Maybe a colored gemstone band or engraved gold band would be a good alternative ? You shouldn’t get a diamond or diamond look a like band if that’s not what you want.
Post # 10
That “rainbow film” on moissanite is easy to get rid of with some silver polish and a baby tooth brush. I just did it on mine actually. Here’s my FB C&C moissanite with my diamond band. I’d def go with moissanite because I dislike how most white sapphires look frosty and cloudy to me (though there is a step cut one a bee has that I love), whereas moissanite will be a sparkly, harder stone. I wouldn’t go with cz for the simple fact that it won’t last forever. But a moissy should endure; and I don’t know about other brands, but C&C come with a lifetime warranty.
Post # 11
Top band is made up of ZAYA moissanites. My ering is different type of moissy (NEO center) and the bottom ring is diamonds. I love all 3 of these rings.
Here is a color pic too, with a bezel band which I don’t wear a lot. It’s a cheap band with CZs from pandora, they’re so dark… I actually really don’t like it. I got if for free when I bought my mother a gift, so recently I tried it on, to see if I could comfortably do a 4 ring stack on my short fingers. It’s a good way to see moissanites, diamonds and CZs side by side, though I realize the different settings/ shapes and sizes make it hard to probably accurately judge.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess
My e ring is fb moissy, my wedding ring is moissy from jtv. no shame in my game.
Post # 13
Thank you so much ladies! After reading the comments on moissanite, I fell into a an online rabbit hole of information on moissanites. Now the hard part is choosing without being able to see them online. My engagement ring has one 3mm diamond in the center, and one 2mm diamond on each side of the center one. I’m thinking of getting a half eternity band with either 3mm or 2.5mm stones.
Would there be a noticeable difference between stone color E-F and an H stone color? It’s about a $100 difference between the two choices.
Post # 14
I don’t know if it’s my location then, but there’s a huge price difference between the moissanite rings I’ve seen on Etsy and the comparable diamond rings at my local jewelry stores. For example on etsy I could get a 1ct 3mm stones E-H clarity half eternity band for $600-$700, while at one of the jewelry stores I saw, something similar but 3/4 ct and with an (I) color costs $900 on sale. At naother jewelry store, the non-sale price for something similar to the Etsy one I mentioned was $1,200+