- 3 years ago
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
Go with what you have your heart set on. I have diamonds and love them and have no regrets ever that we went with a diamond. I did have a moissanite that I wore on vacation, but it just never gave me the same feeling. I often felt people knew I was wearing a sim when they looked at my hand with the moissy, but it was beauitful. But when I wear my diamond everyday, it always gives me this feeling of awe and makes me happy. So go with what would make you happy and what you can afford – you can’t go wrong with either choice as long as it makes you happy!
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If you’re on a budget, just get a big gorgeous moissanite and save yourself the time. I also recommend buying the stone used, try ebay or diamondbistro, you’ll save a fortune. Put it in a setting you love and call it a day. Later on you can upgrade to whatever you want.
If you’re trying to get a certain size within a budget are you open to included diamonds? I think this one is beautiful for someone who wants a stone that big, it’s heavily included but they are pretty inclusions https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/520646664/640-mm-105-ct-natural-loose-diamond-cut
Oh, absolutely – if a freshly created moissanite or a newly mined diamond are the only options, moissanite is much more ethical. However, I always think it’s interesting when ethics is the main motivation for moissanite – an antique or vintage diamond is the only true no-impact solution. However, as marriedalready69 pointed out, there is a good marketplace for secondhand moissanite, so that’s definitely something to consider.
<div>I always thought moissanite being made without mining was a nice additional perk for someone who was attracted to the unique sparkle, the consistent quality, and the attractive pricing, or someone who loved the science behind a lab created stone – if ethics is the driving factor, doesn’t a stoneless ring or vintage ring make more sense? Of course no ring at all is the most ethical option. </div>
<div>Considering my phone was made by child slaves, I eat chocolate, and I live in a country I only get to inhabit because its original occupants were brutally slaughtered, I thought an engagement ring was the wrong hill to die on re: ethics. I have a newly mined sapphire with diamond sidestones.</div>
<div>However, I did try to at least minimize the impact by tracing the source mine my sapphire came from (allegedly, who knows if it’s all fabricated), and using recycled gold and Canadian diamonds.</div>
<div>But I’d never consider my ring ethical. It’s a pretty indulgence that I wanted, not a political statement. </div>
Go with the moissanite! I am obsessed with mine! If you get a quality stone you will have no green or yellow. You get a ring with more sparkle, and more stone for your money with moissanite. Charles and covard produce pretty much every moissanite on the market and have an exellent warranty for the stone. My only advice is since you want a halo get all the small stones in diamonds and your main stone a Moissanite. Aparently moissanite in the smaller size doesn’t hold up as well as diamonds.