Post # 16
It’s not really accurate to say moissanite sparkles more than diamond, or diamond sparkles more than moissanite. There are so many factors that go into the light refraction of diamonds, that to say moissanite sparkles more than diamonds is not factual, it just may sparkle more then THAT diamond due to poor cut/inclusion/etc. There are high quality diamonds that will sparkle the crap out of moissanite, and theres good moissanites that sparkle more than some diamonds. It all depends on what is right for YOU. It sounds like you have priority things going on in your life so don’t feel bad about not getting a diamond.
Post # 17
If you want to save money and buy a moissanite, I really don’t see the need to try to justify it by saying diamonds are unethical, the movie Blood Diamond, new house, baby, blah blah blah. Honestly, no one cares what YOU bought with YOUR money for whatever reason. If you just want it cause it’s a fraction of the price and it looks close to a diamond and is passable as one… hey, good enough reason. No one comes on here trying to justify diamonds, I dont know why so many people feel the need to justify moissanites.
Post # 18
sc5645: I read up on the Kimberly Process that you’re talking about, and I know that most people do say that their diamonds are conflict-free, and I really really hope that’s true (I guess you could call me self righteous because I do think this is morally correct, but my opinion may be unfounded)… but I’ve also read numerous articles about how unfunded this Act, to the point where they couldn’t afford to investigate or violate a company if they wanted to =( (something that definitely needs to change). And while I know that companies like Zales, Kay, and Tiffany’s guarantee conflict-free, I also know that false advertising exists (though I hope its not, for sure!)…. and, for myself, I didn’t want to take the chance of spending so much on something that may or may not be what it says it is. Just a personal thing =)
Post # 19
reaganalexa1229: It’s a personal decision. IMO, cushion moissanites are very obviously not diamonds-something about the way the girdle and the facets look. I wouldn’t prioritize home decor over a ring that I would wear forever….Your ring would outlive your furniture 😉 I know many people do upgrades, but I couldn’t foresee having that much extra cash later on, that if you wanted to switch to a diamond, it would be easy. I always equate later with more bills…older kids will want to do a million activities-dance or sports, their clothes, mortgages, cars, saving for the kid’s college, etc…If you really want a diamond, I would just do it right the first time around.
ETA-Wanted to add, the jeweler Darling Husband used deals exclusively in Canadian diamonds, so that wasn’t an issue. Here’s my cushion cut!
Post # 20
Also, I don’t think it’s fair to bash on diamonds because many people DO prefer diamonds over moissanite for a variety of reasons. The “diamond monopoly” is not the case for many years already, and as other bees have already said, diamonds are a huge part of Africa’s resource, and many of them ARE mined ethically and help fund really great things for Africa.
Another thing, if people are going to say diamonds are made in “unethical conditions” and this is why they refuse to get them, then they should also get rid of their clothing, sneakers, and electronics as those are made in unethical conditions, by exploited, underpaid workers in abhorrant conditions.
Post # 21
If you are wanting a gorgeous ring that is reasonably priced go with moissanite. You can always upgrade to a diamond later if you want to. If you are wanting a ring with a stone that is just like a diamond go with a diamond.
Moissanite is beautiful in it’s own right but does not behave like a diamond. I have a 0.60ct diamond engagement ring but I have just upgraded to a 1.25ct OEC moissanite. I love diamonds but at this point a 1.25ct is out of our budget so after lots of research and umming and ahhing I ordered a loose moissanite stone so I could view it and make sure I would be happy with it before I had it set in a ring. I carried it around everywhere and viewed it in all types of lighting before I took it into my jeweller and had it set.
I have had my ring now for nearly 2 weeks and I really love it. It is gorgeous and sparkly and even when it shows more of a warm buttery tone it is still very beautiful.
I am pairing it with a G coloured diamond wedding band that is currently being remade as I can’t size down my current band 3.5 sizes without poppping out the diamonds. The second pic is my ering with my diamond wedding band before I dropped if off to the jewellers.
Hope this helps 🙂
Post # 22
reaganalexa1229: Personally, I have always envisioned myself with a diamond engagement ring, so that was my preference from the start. However, moissy rings are beautiful and even though they are less expensive than diamonds, they’re certainly not cheap! I think it really comes down to your personal style and feelings about how much to spend on a ring – sometimes I’m even a bit uncomfortable when I realize I’m walking around with thousands of dollars on my finger. But I love my ring so much, it is exactly what I wanted, and my Fiance was excited to be able to provide me with such a timeless and “grown up” piece of jewelry that I will have for the rest of my life, so the diamond ring was the right choice for us. Here she is:
The only thing I find questionable about moissanite rings is when women want them just to have a big rock on their finger and “trick” others into thinking it’s a diamond. That just seems super unclassy and superficial to me – like, anyone who is that obsessed with image and money might as well just get a big fat glass “diamond” for $100. Moissanite is a beautiful gemstone all on its own, it’s insulting when people try to use it as a knockoff diamond.
Post # 23
sea.brunette: Well said 🙂 I love and prefer moissanite for what it is and won’t ever try to pass mine off as a diamond! I love the warmth in the colour, and I think it’s incredibly neat that it originally was found in a meteor. My Fiance is a huge space and sci-fi buff, and the fact that moissanite originally came from space reminds me of him (he thought it was really cool!) 🙂
Post # 24
Personally I think both are beautiful! But I have a 0.77ct diamond with little tiny ones on the side and profiles (profiles are lager than sides just an fyi) but I think your decision to get a moissy is wise BUT are you sure thats what you want? I think if you really would prefer a diamond then I would go for that. Honestly prior to picking out my forever ring Fiance considered a larger moissy and my current diamond, and I told him I’d prefer the diamond A) because even though I wouldn’t lie to people about it, I personally prefered to say yes its a diamond B) diamonds are my birthstone! (April baby here!) and though I know that’s silly I would have rather had a smaller size diamond than a larger moissy.
Sorry for the rambling I hope that all makes sense!
Post # 25
Whiskers0: It’s not an opinion. Moissanite is doubly refractive, and casts higher dispersion. Moissanite will ALWAYS be sparklier than a diamond…because science.
Post # 26
reaganalexa1229: The “greenest”, most eco-friendly thing you can do if you are concerned is to purchase something pre-owned, like a vintage piece for instance and give it a second life. A vintage diamond might be an affordable option. There are many to be found on sites like Etsy, Ebay, Rubylane, Diamondbistro, Loupetroop, etc.
My diamond ering is a second hand vintage piece from Etsy and I also own moissanite. I don’t know that I would buy a new diamond (I work in fine jewelry and get a great discount). It’s not for conflict fears, as I am well advised on what measures are taken to insure the sale of conflict stones is slim at this point, but I like older cuts and enjoy recycling old diamonds to give them a second life. Just an idea. And it’s true that faceting is usually done in poorer countries with lower wages than what you would find acceptable if it were your own wage. I agree with the mention by PP of reconsidering where your sneakers, cell phone, clothing come from. The reality of our privledge is a whole other conversation! Anyway good luck with your choice!
Post # 27
Look, there’s no need to justify your choices in life.
Wait for the gasp, bees…and there’s nothing wrong with passing off moissanite as a diamond.
If you really want a diamond, buy a diamond – you won’t be happy with something else.
I don’t explain my fake hair color, my pushup bra, my Spanx, or anything else – it’s no one’s business.
Do I brag about moissy? Yes, because I love it, and I have no compelling reason to lie. I want to brag. Do I care if someone else passes it off? No. It is a gemstone, but it is manipulated to be more diamond like. Why that’s a bad thing, I do not understand.
But there’s no moral flaw in lying about it. It’s a freaking rock. I lie every day. We all do. We all present ourselves and our appearances in a dishonest way. Why this particular lie stirs up so much drama here, I have no idea.
If it would take 3/4 of your savings, you cannot afford it, which you obviously have already thought of.
Buy what you like and can afford. It’s that simple.
Post # 28
I think that moissy is a great purchase considering everything you have happening in your life right now. I have both moissy and diamond, and both are beautiful. Nothing but a diamond looks just like a diamond, but I doubt people would notice, especially in that size. 😉 And having kids, I know how expensive they are. Sometimes, it pays to be a bit thrifty and have some extra savings.
Post # 29
Whiskers0: No, it is actually factual. The refraction index (brilliance) on moissanite is 2.65 and diamond is 2.44. And the dispersion (fire) is .104 for moissy and only.044 for diamond. So moissanite will absolutely sparkle more than any diamond. The massve amount of sparkle is actually one of the tells that it is not diamond.
Post # 30
reaganalexa1229: I think it’s totally up to you for sure. But in my opinion (or if it was me) I’d go moissanite! I have a diamond engagement ring and a moissanite stand in I had made to match my ring (my e ring will be getting a thinner band soon so it doesn’t match perfectly yet lol)
If my mom hadn’t given my husband the diamond I have in my engagement ring I would have wanted to go with moissanite for my ring! After having my moissanite a couple months I started to perfer it to the look of diamonds but obviously that just my own experience.
Hers a picture of the two together! (the wider band if the diamond .64 ct and the thinner band is a 6.5 mm moissanite )