(Closed) Moissanite vs. Diamond

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Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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katek90 :  I like both stones but I feel similarly to you that the extra sparkle in diamond in certain lighting is not justified the additional cost.

Moissanite – I love how it sparkles under certain lights. It’s been over a month since I received my ring and I am still constantly admiring it. My SO often laughs at me when he sees me doing this. The only time I wish for a diamond is in certain indoor lighting.

Diamond – I like the crushed ice look but I don’t like how diamonds are overpriced and the additional environmental impact (even for lab diamonds). Moreover, as technology improves, I’m sure there will be a good crushed ice simulant in future.

ETA – The H&A cut in moissanite tones down some of the rainbow flashes. I saw regular non-H&A C&C moissanite in person at Helzberg diamonds and it didn’t appeal too much to me.

Post # 17
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

I think it depends on what cut you want to get and what look you’re going for. Older, “splintery” looking round brilliant moissanites don’t do it for me, and don’t compare to diamonds, IMO. Newer H&A cut moissanite is a lot more diamond-like. 

By far the best comparision are the OECs, simply because OEC diamonds also have a lot of fire. I can barely tell the difference (I wear classic/unenhanced OECs on my right hand and have a diamond OEC in my engagement ring) and they sparkle the same in the same lighting. The only difference I can really see is that moissanite appears a little more fuzzy due to double refraction and my diamond’s facet look a little more crisp. 

I like PP’s suggestion of just getting your setting made with a moissanite first and taking it for a test drive. If you don’t like it, then you can resell it loose and recoup at least 50% of what you paid. If you do like it, awesome, you just saved yourself $$$$$$ and you can always upgrade down the line (that’s what I did – I started with a moissanite in my engagement ring).

And I feel like I always need to bring this up – but certain moissanites can develop an oxidation stain that ranges from easy to nearly impossible to remove. I think it’s more common with the “Forever Brilliant” branded moissanites from Charles & Colvard.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee

To me, moissanites look like iridescent cellophane bags. Like the free bags you can pick up at Bath & Body Works to make a little gift. If you like that look, than by all means get a moissanite.

I personally only like diamonds. I can pick out the difference. I would like to see a colored moissy to see if I like them better, but have not been brave enough to just order random ones on eBay.

Post # 19
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Blushing bee

Get some moissanites to look at in person. If no local stores have them in stock, buy some online. Check return policies, but MoissaniteCo for example has a small restocking fee and otherwise a full refund.

I think moissanites are great, and a far more financially sensible choice regardless of your income, but you’ll need to see them in person to make a fully informed decision.

Post # 20
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Bumble bee

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jewels84 :  it surprises me when people say they don’t notice jewelry. Especially when you hang out on here. I must be weird because I notice jewelry. I am always looking. 

 

Post # 21
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Blushing bee

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penny1403 :  have you actually checked that you can really tell the difference? That is, someone gives you a stone without telling you if it’s diamond or moissanite, and asks you to determine which, and you correctly do? And you do this 10 times or so to make sure it’s not random chance?

I had a C&C emerald cut moissanite and a MoCo moissanite next to each other, and I can all but guarantee you that if I’d handed them to you and told you one was a diamond and one was a moissanite you’d have believed me. The C&C one had noticeably less fire. (Still had some, but of course diamonds have fire too.) Other differences people talk about can also be found within each category, due to variations in cut.

I’ve seen videos of identical-shape identical-size diamonds and moissanites next to each other in the same lighting, and if one really is a moissanite and one really is a diamond I can tell the difference. But that’s it. And no one does such a comparison in the real world with engagement rings.

Post # 22
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Helper bee

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penny1403 :  I notice jewelry on myself lol. Throughout the day, I can’t stop staring at my sparklies when I get a sec! However, I just have more important things going on during the day than to be looking at other people’s rings…especially that close. Life happens. I do get all the ring love and feels whenever I get to come on here though.  

Post # 23
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

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penny1403 :  “iridescent celophane bags” ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ omg come on

Post # 24
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

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jewels84 :  Haven’t seen you around in awhile! Welcome back, nothing’s changed ๐Ÿ˜‚

Post # 25
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Newbee

I posted a whole thread on this a few days ago (pros and cons). But I was so happy with my decision to go with moissanite. I was like you in that we originally thought diamond, but had discovered moissy and its price.  I was like if I end up hating the moissanite, I can always get a diamond. It was the exact opposite. I love my moissanite more than I ever thought, and I think it looks a lot more sparkly and beautiful than my friend’s diamonds. But that is my personal choice. I didn’t have any connection to the “meaning”of diamonds, but I think a lot of people do. Also, I got a round moissanite. I think the shape and brand really have something to do with it. Like I personally would never get a princess cut moissanite.  I made it a point to look at the moissanites in person at a local jewlery store.

Post # 26
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Helper bee

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DrAtkins :  Thank you, I see that ๐Ÿ˜‚. I don’t get to come on here as much, but every time I do, there is always some kind of moissanite/diamond discussion lol. Fun times…

Post # 27
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Bumble bee

Yes I can pick them out. But I also can pick out bad diamonds. 

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