Post # 1
I’m only finding out about diamond alternatives after coming on this site!
Can someone please give me the low down on Moissanite and Amora Gem, and why its a better option than diamonds?
Between the 2 diamond alternatives, do you have a preference of a Moissy over an amora gem, and why??
And price!!!! If each of those rocks are the same size across the board, diamonds are obviously most expensive. What about Amora and Moissy… what is the price difference?
This topic was modified 4 years, 11 months ago by maocat.
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2015 - City, State
These two have been discussed to death… Just use the search function to look up info. on moissanite and amora gem.
And as far as prices, go to each of their websites and look at the prices yourself in the carat ranges you’re interested in.
Post # 3
Amora is less expensive than Amora Gem. Amora gem costs in the range of $750 per carat average, but it’s specific to the stone depending on its color, size, and clarity.
I personally do not like moissanite but I do have an Amora Gem ring that I wear when my diamond would not be appropriate or I’m worried about damage. None of the three really look anything like each other to be honest. I still prefer diamonds, but my amora gem is pretty cool.
The honest answer is price is the biggest reason to buy a simulant. Others will disagree, ethical mining etc but it doesn’t hurt that the price is so much less than a comparable diamond.
If you like rounds, the simulants have pretty much been perfected. The jury is out a bit more on the fancy shapes – I don’t care for the moissanite cushion cut, but then again, I don’t like most diamond cushion cuts either. So it really depends what you want your ring to look like and what you want to spend on said ring.
Post # 4
maocat: I don’t think you can go wroung with any of them, tbh. I have a diamond, and I love my diamond, but I’ve seen some moissy on here that has brought a tear to my eye.
Your best bet would be to see them in person and then decide. I think you can order a loose moissanite and return it if it isn’t for you. I’m not as sure about the amora gem.
What does yor Fiance prefer? Some guys are traditionalists and only want a diamond.
Post # 5
It is a better option for some because it is a fraction of the price (There are loads of ethical diamonds and lab diamonds but they’re just as $$$). If you don’t care at all about having a diamond, I don’t see the sense in paying for one. They’re crazy expensive.
From pics on here and buyer anecdotes I can say- moissanite is much warmer/moodier than amora gem. You can get a D-F equivalent AG but moissanite is much much more yellow/green, so weigh if that will bug you or not. If it will, go for the amora gem. Maybe order a ring with a return policy just to see?
There’s also the oil spill recurring stain phenomena on both so Id be prepared and okay with that. It seems the only people disappointed with their moissanite are the ones that truly wanted a diamond, and expected their moissy to behave the same way.
I would search the archives- there’s a million threads on the topic.
Post # 6
I’ve had all 3. And i love each one for their own unique properties. So it’s really a matter of what you like. If your going for a stone that looks like a diamond then your best bet is to get a diamond! Amora gem looks more diamond like than moissanite but it still doesn’t perform exactly like a diamond would. I love how sparkly moissanite is but it’s less diamond like than the amora gem due to its cut, warmth, and intense fire/rainbow sparkle but it’s still a gorgeous stone! You should definitely order a loose moissy and amora gem if possible. That way you can compare and maybe take them into a jewelery store to see how they compare to a diamond.
Post # 7
1. low price with a diamond look. Which is why I am getting a FB moissy and eventually upgrading to a real diamond.
2. I would get the amora gem if planning to keep it permanently because although there are reviews that it can appear white, milky or plasticy it is cut less shallowly and more like a real diamond than moissy. Have only seen 1 complaint so far about staining. Moissanite has had lots of complaints of the staining thing. Plus even the enhanced moissy reflects yellow, green , gray tones sometimes.
3. 1 carat high quality round diamond in simple 4 prong white gold setting: $8,000.
1 carat equiv wt round FB missanite in a simple 4 prong white gold setting: $495.
1 carat dia equivalent wt round amora gem in a simple 4 prong white gold $850.
If ethics are a concern, there are ethical issues with jewelry metal but recycled gold is available The manufacturing and processing of Moissanite, amora gem has issues. Moissanite is cut in poor third world countries and some of the jewery is made there, plus there are waste issues from the manufacturing process. Diamonds have the kimberly process but that is flawed as well. Buying used may be a good option.
Post # 8
Not seeing lots of posts on here about sapphires – but I went with a white sapphire and love it! They are the second most durable next to diamonds (I think) – and in my opinion are still way gorgeous – without the higher price tag of a diamond!
Post # 9
I have a round brilliant amora moissanite as my center stone in my engagement ring. I love it! Everyone always thinks it’s a diamond until I correct them. Super super sparkly, people at work always comment that they can see it shining from across the room, especially when it’s clean lol. My stone doesn’t really have much warmth, it’s very white. However, it does spark different colors in light, which I love. I also love that my fiance was able to get a beautiful stone with a much lower pricetag, and put more money into a more unique setting. But, everyone has their own preferences! I think each stone is beautiful for different reasons
Post # 10
I agree – I think there are great things about all stones – and I’m really glad to see lots of ladies are going with other options besides diamonds – there are lots of great choices out there when it comes to different gemstones! For me, size is more important than perfection – so a gemstone was more practical (price-wise) in this sense. 🙂
Post # 11
I don’t want a diamond, I want a colored sapphire…but if I had to choose between the options, I’d probably go with diamond, unless we could only afford a really small one, then moissanite.
Post # 12
I have all three and love them all. If I had to sacrifice size to get the a diamond, I would not. I would get an AG. I like the whiteness better than the warmness of moissy. But if I coould get the size I wanted in diamond, I would always pick diamond. I also have white sapphire, and they are pretty dull compared to the others, and need a lot of cleaning like CZ, so I would stay away from that.