(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 # 62
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Moissanite! There was no going back to diamonds after I saw moissanite, I love the sparkle. 

    Post # 63
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Oh no another diamond vs moissy thread!  I’m curious to see where this one goes…

    OP out of curiosity does this have anything to do with this trainwreck thread?

    Either way I’m not sure this applied to me as I didn’t know moissy existed before I came to the bee but if Fiance couldn’t have afforded the diamond I wanted I would have gladly taken a blue, pink or white sapphire and even told him that.  I haven’t seen moissy IRL but I don’t know that I’d go for it because I’m not sure I’d want twice the sparkle of a diamond attracting attention to me.

    Post # 64
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

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    @Kitquist:  the crown jewels are hundreds of years old, i’ve seen them and they aren’t chipped to hell at all. Why would a ruby just chip after 3 years? That’s ridiculous. My mum wore an Opal for about 15 years everyday on a ring and there’s still not a scratch on that. 

    If that was true someone better warn Prince William about his mum’s ring! XD Either way I know my families heirloom sapphires and emeralds are just fine. :/ it’s not diamonds > everything else might as well be chalk and hardness is not the same as toughness, sapphires are less brittle than diamonds. 

    Post # 65
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    Blushing bee

    A lot is said about the hardness of Moissanite but there seems to be some misunderstanding about it (unless I’m missing the boat?)

     

    Diamond is a 10 on the Mohs scale; moissanite is a 9.25/9.5. The scale is not linear, it is exponential, so a 9 on the scale is actually closer to 1 than it is to 10. So the point that moissanite is ‘almost as hard as diamond’ is not really true. It is definitely right up there, but it is not close at all to a diamond as might be misunderstood by the scale. Is this correct? I suppose that’s what De Beers based their big idea on – that it is the hardest (ie most endearing I guess) gemstone, therefore it should be forever. Not terrible logic if you ask me! I’d have a diamond anyday, big or tiny they are all special Laughing

    Post # 66
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

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    @JellyFeet:  It’s not linear but it’s not exponential either. It’s more an “order” with no standard increments. Diamond is 4 times harder than Sapphire/Ruby. It’s quite substantially harder but it’s not enough that anyone would realistically have to worry about any gemstone if they took care of it. 

    Post # 67
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @Mrs081223:  lmao you don’t even know what you started lol moissanite verses diamond.

    Ohhh the DRAMA this subject stirs. i can feel the heat in this room already lol 

    Post # 68
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    Blushing bee

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    @Anardana:  Ah thanks. Excuse me briefly spreading misinformation! Does anyone know specifically how many times harder diamond is?

    Post # 69
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    Blushing bee

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    @HisNightOwl2014:  The thread’s called “Moissanite vs diamond”, I’m sure we can all smell what is coming Wink They both have pros and cons and the argument will be one continued until the end of time I suppose, lol

    Post # 70
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    P.S i voted Diamond 1,000 % they are forever XD

    Post # 71
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

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    @JellyFeet:  lmao i made this mistake before starting this thread i just dident know any better when i first got on the Bee lol

    its a sure way to fire some women up.

    Post # 72
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    Newbee

    I voted no. I’m not engaged yet, but SO and I are more than likely going to go with moissanite. The biggest appeal to us was the price. We’re both juniors in college and we don’t exactly have a lot of money at the moment. When I found moissanite on here and did some research it opened up more doors. I’ve always wanted a .75 carat round solitaire, but with SO’s  budget all I could get would be MAYBE .33, so the moissy option opened up my dream ring. So I guess it would sort of be for size, but more for price issues.

    Post # 73
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

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    @JellyFeet:  About 4x harder. Sapphire has 400 (hardnessess sorry don’t know the unit lol) Diamond has 1400 hardnessess. Sapphire at a 9 is twice as hard as an 8 (topaz) which is twice as hard as a 7 (quartz). 

     

    Diamonds are truly very hard due to the carbon bonds although they are no longer the hardest substance. Lab grown diamonds are harder than natural and there are a couple of lab grown crystals that are harder. The hardness of diamond isn’t incredibly relevant to jewelry though, rubies and sapphires are also used in industry because they are really hard in and of themselves. 

    Steel is a 6.5 and drill bits are made out of steel. Platinum and Palladium are 5, gold is 3. 

    Yes Diamonds are super hard but people suggesting sapphires are not suitable for engagement rings is ludicrous. They’ve been used and are still around after hundreds of years XD I don’t know what people imagine they are going to do with their engagement ring but unless it’s drilling for oil it’s a bit over dramatic. 

    If someone just likes Diamonds thats fine, I don’t care but justifying it with a load of BS reasons to try and suggest it’s the only sensible option is really needy. I chose moissanite because it’s better for me, I don’t think it’s universally better, I don’t think any gemstone is universally the best.

    Post # 74
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I would want a diamond because it is a forever stone that can be passed onto my future children/grandchildren. Also, it is a tough stone that is very pretty and sparkly.

    I would want a moissanite because it is a forever stone that can be passed onto my future children/grandchildren. Also, it is a tough stone that is very pretty and sparkly.

    Moissanite won because it’s cheaper by a boat load.

    Post # 75
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @Mrs081223:  No way, diamonds all the way! I don’t want something man made.

    Post # 76
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @kitquist – They can just be scratched/chipped more easily by daily wear… so they might lose a little of that sparkle . That is all.  In theory they should only be able to be scratched by something harder but in practice anything gets wear and tear.. Might only be visible under a microscope though, not to you or I 🙂

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