(Closed) Moissanite Vs Diamond E-Ring

posted 3 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE

It’s YOUR ring that you’ll be wearing, and in my opinion that means you should get the final say. If you can’t tell the difference, then you should go with the cheaper option! You’ll get way more bang for your buck! He’ll get over it when he sees the difference in price, I’m sure… πŸ˜‰

Post # 3
Hostess
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

rimsie:  Welcome to the Bee!  πŸ™‚  The only thing I’ve noticed with moissanite in person is that the center tends to go a bit dark when looked at from a particular angle.  Most of the time you don’t see this in pictures, but in real life I’ve found it noticable. Not horrifyingly noticable, but noticable all the same.  I have a moissanite as a right hand ring and love it, so I and am not trying to dissuade you, but since you asked, I figured I’d let you know my experience.  

Also, regarding the diamond: I have read that cut is the most important factor when it comes to sparkle.  Try looking at diamonds in your price range with an excellent/ideal cut and then see how you like them.  You will definitely be able to get a larger moissanite for your money, but size is not always the determining factor.  Have fun looking at stones and let us know what you decide!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Look for ideal cut great clarity I diamonds…check online websites because you get better deals…then maybe pick a halo setting and you will LOVE it. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I don’t like mossys honestly they have a yellow Tint to them and unless you want a round stone the other stones that are cut differently look weird.  I would rather have a diamond it is an investment and can be passed down generations. mossys can chip a lot eaiser than diamonds i think. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Diamond sparkle is all about cut and polish. An I should definitely still sparkle! If its important for you Boyfriend or Best Friend to get you a diamond I would just deal… I mean it is a gift after all. I agree a small, excellent cut stone in a halo will sparkle brilliantly. I would think you could get gems for cheaper in India… I know people who jewelry people who travel there specifically for that.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

rimsie:  that is a ridiculously good deal by US standards. About half the price!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

It’s the first time I look at a video of a diamond and a moissy side by side, and I had no clue of what to look for, but the one difference that I could tell was that the one, that I later found out was the moissy, looked less “full”, more “see though” at the top? As if it was made of glass on the top? Whilst the diamond looked “stuffed” with “material”. Haha, I have no clue if this is even a correct observation, but that was my first thought seeing them side by side! πŸ™‚

 

 

Anyone else noticing this difference between the two different types of stones?

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

vikingbride89:  A diamond definitely isn’t an investment… there’s hardly any value in diamonds once they’re sold. 

I wouldn’t get a moissanite if you’re worried about people thinking it’s ‘fake’ unless you’re prepared to explain all the awesome properties moissanite has as it’s own stone.

Also for the prive youre paying I’d go diamond for sure – I’d just make sure its the right diamond πŸ™‚ 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Moissanites don’t “turn” yellow. Some of them HAVE a yellow tint to start with, just like a lower coloured diamond can. Forever One or Amora Gem (which are not moissanite, but are an option) are colourless.

I do like moissanites, certain cuts anyway. I have had a few of them and they are a great option if you really want a moissanite. But a well cut diamond to me beats a moissanite any day and I would take a smaller diamond over a larger moissanite if I had to choose between the two. They have a lustre and depth that none of my several moissanites could match. You can’t see this in photos or videos well.  Many people you meet in real life will have no idea as they see a colourless stone and assume it is a diamond (though they may suspect if you get a huge stone well outside your lifestyle/income levels). But don’t buy a moissanite because you think it is like a diamond, it is an alternative but it is not the same. They are however fine as an everyday stone.

It sounds like the diamond you saw was not cut well, or you were in poor lighting. Both diamonds AND moissanites need a light source to reflect and sparkle. No or poor light source =/= poor sparkle.

I am glad you are going to see a moissanite in person, but be aware they may be old stock, not cut well, as sources are more open now. Then again, the diamond may not be cut great either as I have no idea what you are looking at.

If you are still open to diamonds…well, cut is king when it comes to diamonds. Go over to Pricescope – check out their info pages on cut, post in Rocky Talky for help finding a stone in your budget, etc. Since you are open to buying online they can really help you get the best bang for your buck.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

vikingbride89: Moissanites are lower on MOHs scale which measures durability (resistance to scratching). At 9.25 they can be scratched by diamonds, whereas diamonds at a 10, cannot be scratched by moissanite (but they can be scratched by other diamonds in right circumstances). To add some comtext, corundum (sapphire and ruby) is a 9 and considered fine for daily wear.

But it is diamonds that are actually more susceptible to chipping or cracking due to their natural cleavage planes (and certain inclusions may also play into this). Their “toughness” is good to excellent (toughness is their ability to resist breakage from falls or impacts). Moissanite is excellent in toughness, as it does not have a direction of cleavage. Corundum is also excellent, except if the stones are twinned.

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