Post # 1
My boyfriend and I have started looking at rings (wooo!) and I’m debating the centre stone. I always thought I wanted a lab diamond cause they were cheaper than mined (never really thought about a stone other than diamond). That said, the jeweller we went to reccomended we buy a moissanite centre stone because the lab diamond value is dropping and will keep doing so. Im Canadian and hoping for around 1.25 carats (diamond) or 8×6 measurements (moissanite). The lab diamond would be around 4K and a moissanite would be around 700-900$ for the size and quality I’m looking for. The savings would be substantial if we go with moissanite and I liked both as the only difference I could tell was the rainbow vs white light sparkle they give off. Obviously I’m not an expert but just hoping to gain other users’ opinions on moissanite vs lab diamond and if anyone has been in a similar situation and what they went with.
Thanks so much!
Post # 2
Congrats! It’s worth checking out rarecarat.com and filtering for lab diamonds. An H/VS1 1.25 oval is about 2.2K.
Post # 3
What center shape are you looking at? Diamond ovals and moissy ovals are also cut differently. Diamonds have a crushed ice look and moissy have a brilliant cut.
Post # 4
I will caution you right away, Bee, that there are some very vocal very anti-Moissanite people around here who will probably see this thread as an opportunity to jump in and talk about how it’s “overpriced costume jewelery” and that “everyone will be able to tell.” So just… brace yourself! Haha
All that being said, I personally have a moissanite and I love it. I love the sparkle it gives off, and I’ve only ever gotten compliments and positive comments on it. It can definitely perform differently than a diamond does in different lighting, so that is something to keep in mind!
If you feel like not having a diamond will bother you, I’d say go with the diamond. Otherwise, maybe go with the moissanite, see if you like it, and if you don’t, future stone upgrades are always an option! You could replace it with a lab diamond down the line and do a pendant or right hand ring with the moissy, if that’s something you’d want to consider too. It definitely will save you a considerable amount of money, but you are the only one who can decide if moissy is right for you! 🙂
Post # 5
I’m looking at ovals so that’s something else to consider, thank you!
Post # 6
Congrats on your impending engagement! If you’ve always wanted a diamond, I say go for the diamond. Many people love moissanites, but they are not diamonds. Of course, if you’ve seen the moissanite and love it enough to pick it over a diamond, then go for it. But there is a good chance you will have regrets going with a moissanite if you’ve always longed for a diamond. And I agree with PP who recommended checking out rarecarat and other reputable online retailers. One in Canada is https://usacerteddiamonds.com/ (website is very unsophisticated, but they are very reputable). There is a lot of savings in purchasing online vs. through a jeweler. Granted, you need to do much of the legwork and research and should only buy from an online retailer with a good return policy, but the cost savings can be substantial. Have fun shopping!
Post # 7
Thank you! And yes we’ve discussed doing the upgrade down the road if I decide I really do want a diamond, especially if the prices are going down. We are hoping to have a small wedding so the extra 3K if we went with moissanite would be a big difference with that as well. I’ll keep in mind to ask to see the stones in other lighting. Really appreciate all your input 🙂
Post # 8
thank you for the suggestion! I’ll check it out 🙂
Post # 9
4k sounds overpriced for a 1.25 carat lab diamond nowadays. I bet you could do much better online. Check out rare carat like PP suggested. Do some thorough research to find out how far your budget can stretch. You can get much more diamond for your money these days!
And if I were you I wouldn’t approach buying something now with the intention of upgrading later. If it’s in your budget, why not get what you want now?
Post # 10
Congrats on the upcoming engagement! I went back and forth with a similar argument with my now fiance. He was so dead set on a real diamond. I think it’s a pride thing with guys maybe? I said from the get go that I didn’t want a real diamond and I was looking for a lab stone or a white sapphire. While looking into other options, we fell into moissanite.
Much like you said, I am not an expert…and honestly, most people aren’t. If it’s strictly the aesthetic look that you’re going for, no one is going to be able to tell the difference between a $10k real diamond, a $4k lab diamond, or a $1k moissanite stone.
My sister got engaged the year before I did. She and her fiance spend upwards of $10k on a BEAUTIFUL ring and I would never fault her for that–they had the money so whatever works for them!
My fiance and I don’t make nearly as much. I opted for a gorgeous moissanite pear shaped stone and comparitively, I don’t think anyone can tell a difference between mine and my sisters.
Also, with a cheaper stone, you can size up! If I had been shopping for a real diamond in the stone shape and budget I was looking for, it would have been miniscule. But opting for a moissanite stone, I was able to get a larger stone and I am much happier with that aesthetically since I have larger hands/fingers.
No one would fault you for going a cheaper route for a ring that you love. It’s you who has to wear it.
Good luck to you!!
Post # 11
I had a moissanite in my original engagement ring but over the years began to feel like it had a plastic look. I ultimately switched to a lab diamond after having my ring for 4 years and couldn’t be happier. I was able to get a 1ct ideal cut colorless beautiful lab diamond from with clarity for about $1800.
Post # 12
I originally WANTED a moissy and got one for my e-ring. I could afford a diamond (the moissy haters hate when you say that!) but I wanted a moissy because I LOVED the extra sparkle. However, over time I wound up growing to dislike that it looked like plastic on occasion. I also occasionally worried someone else would know it wasnt a diamond. For the most part, I honestly couldnt tell them apart. However, on the occasions it looked plastic I hated it. Also, I am obsessed with antique stones and thats where my heart was. I really wanted an antique diamond, and I was just trying to be “responsible” by not getting a diamond, but at the end of the day I did fall for the marketing and felt like i deserved a “real” diamond. So I spoke to my fiance and he supported the decision to switch it for my dream antique diamond.
Post # 13
Don’t get a moissanite just because it’s cheaper. If you want a diamond, get a lab diamond. Yes, you’ll need to fork out more money in the future if you want a different stone, but you’d be doing that with a moissy anyways.
Moissy =/= fake diamond. It’s it’s own stone and if you’re not in love with it, don’t do it.
Post # 14
For ovals, here is a photo that kind of shows the difference. The far left is a C&C oval moissy. The middle is diamond. The far right is a Harro crushed ice moissy. Harro crushed iced moissys look closer to diamond cuts but are slightly more cloudly. Most jewelers will have C&C cut moissys. They are all beautiful, and I actually prefer the look of the cut of the left. I think you should get a moissy if you prefer the look of it more. If you still like diamond more, get a diamond.
Post # 15
“…no one is going to be able to tell the difference between a $10k real diamond, a $4k lab diamond, or a $1k moissanite stone.”
I do not agree with this statement. While identically cut mined diamond and lab diamonds with similar specs will perform nearly the same, moissanites perform quite differently and there are many people who can tell a difference. Even most people who own and love moissanites will agree. Though most people don’t pay enough attention in passing to notice the difference and if they do notice, are not likely to actually comment on it. But moissanites do not perform as diamonds, mined or lab.