(Closed) Moissanite vs diamond

posted 8 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Would you prefer a moissanite instead of a diamond just to have it bigger?

    No. Never.

    yes, of course, I prefer it bigger

    It doesn't matter, as long as my FI chose it

    other

  • Post # 17
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Yes, I did this. There’s no way we could afford a large diamond, so we bought a large moissanite instead. I have no regrets at all.

    Post # 19
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My fiance and I discussed moissanite, but he was very much against it. He knows that I have always wanted a large diamond engagement ring, and didn’t want me to later regret choosing a moissanite. I don’t think I would have regretted it, but he was pretty insistant on a diamond. I think it would have been a different discussion if we were considering it for financial reasons though. My fiance is a doctor, and so he thought it seemed unnecessary to purchase moissanite if he could afford a large diamond.

    Post # 20
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    Bee Keeper

    I don’t know enough about diamonds vs moissy to be able to articulate anything… but from what I have seen on here, I cannot really tell the difference and wouldn’t be bothered if DH purchased a moissy for me.

    Post # 21
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I have a sapphire, which is pretty big, and it has a diamond band and diamond halo, so it provides all the size I need on my big fingers. Anyway, I voted no in the poll, since obviously we went with sapphire over diamond w/o considering moissanite at all. Tongue Out

    Post # 22
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I’m getting the same size moissanite I would have liked if we had decided on diamond. We just decided to spend less money.

    Post # 23
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Picked other because I’d like moissy over diamond, but not due to size, just due to I don’t like white diamonds on me personally.

    Post # 24
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    Bumble bee

    Voted Other – I would definitely prefer a moissanite to a diamond but because it is more ethical and less ridiculously priced (though still ridiculously priced).

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee

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    @limegreenbride:  I’ve always heard that moissanite sparkles more, actually. (And that some people prefer diamond for this reason because moissanite is too sparkly for them to be able to pass it off as diamond, when that’s their intention)

    Post # 26
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    Worker bee

    It’s not really a size thing – I have pretty little fingers, so I wouldn’t want to go TOO crazy with size either way. I started looking into moissanite because A. I’m a cheap-butt and B. I think diamonds are beautiful, but have no sentimental attachment to them and only really think of them as one of many pretty rocks. After researching moissanite and discussing it with my SO, it would be my first choice because

    1. Moissy has more fire, brilliance, and luster than diamond. I own a pair of moissanite stud earrings which are absolutely stunning, and I’m not the only one who says so!

    2. Moissanite doesn’t attract grease as much as diamonds do. I do clean my jewelry, but I really prefer things to be as low-maintenance as possible, so this is definitely a plus.

    3. Moissanite is very hard (9.25-9.5 on the Mohs scale) and has excellent toughness. This is what made me favor it over other non-diamond options, like emeralds and sapphires.

    4. Moissanite is delightfully modern. A stone first discovered in a meteor by scientists, and then synthesized in a lab in the late ’90s… Some people dislike lab-created because they think it’s “fake,” but I think it’s fascinating what science can produce. I love the idea that I can own something beautiful and durable, the existence of which we’ve only known for about 100 years, and that we’ve only been able to own ourselves for less than 15.

    4b. Moissanite is a space rock. I know it’s lab-created, so it didn’t REALLY come from space, but my SO especially loves the story behind its initial discovery. We’re currently considering meteorite rings set with moissanite to maximise the “space ring” appeal.

    5. Moissanite is significantly less expensive for the quality. A 1 carat, ideal cut, I color, VS2 clarity diamond is over $5000. A similar Amora moissanite costs $455. Now, for someone who has always dreamed of owning a diamond, (or giving a lady a diamond,) the premium may be worth it. But for someone who just wants something nice, and doesn’t think a diamond is particularly meaningful, paying thousands more for an extremely similar rock just doesn’t make sense.

    6. There are no questions of origin when it comes to moissanite. I honestly don’t know a lot about the ethical issues of diamonds, or how certain one can be of the ethics of “conflict-free” diamonds, because honestly I was pretty much converted away from diamonds before I started to think about this particular issue. So this is really just a small bonus for me, but may be more important to other moissanite owners.

    7. Moissanite feels very appropriate for me and my SO, because of who we are and what we believe. We both have an interest in science. We are both frugal. We both feel very strongly that traditions should not be accepted simply because they are traditions, and that one should be able to take the good parts of an old custom (giving something beautiful and long-lasting to the one you love as a symbol of commitment, wearing something that instantly communicates to others that you’re spoken for) while throwing out the parts that don’t seem reasonable (the gift must contain a stone that costs as much as a down payment on a house, even if there’s another stone that looks extremely similar but with more sparkle, and holds up just as well, for less than 1/10th of the cost).

    There is nothing wrong with diamonds or diamond owners. They are lovely, timeless stones with plenty of interesting properties. But for me and my SO, moissanite simply makes the most sense. /endsoapbox.

    Post # 27
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

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    @VickyAurea:  One of the many reasons we chose moissanite was because we heard someone say it was “too sparkly” and “like a disco ball when compared to a diamond” it was at that moment Fiance said “yup, that’s the stone for you alright!”. I can’t wait to see this Amora gem… *grabby hands* If I could afford a tiara made of it I’d wear that baby every damn day!

    Post # 28
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Moissanite. Sold a diamond ring to get one actually, and I love it so much more. I can’t even fathom spending so much on a diamond now, but that’s just me!

    I always go back and forth between sparkle and colored stones though…

    Post # 29
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    @axeyourmakeupkit:  Hmm well my diamond compared to a friends moissanite, mine was def more sparkly 🙂 I guess it depends. 

    Post # 30
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I chose other since I went with asha over diamond to get a bigger center stone however we will replace it with a diamond in the next few years.

    Post # 31
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    @starla:  Do you know when the Amora gem is coming out for the US? I use to follow the forum updates but I’m far behind!

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