Moissanite vs Lab Diamond

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Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I have a sapphire and diamond ring, but I did try out moissanite and couldn’t hang with the super rainbow flashes, I think it’s a matter of what you like best! I know diamonds can throw rainbow light too, but to me the moissanite was too much in that aspect, I like them on other people but not on me… not sure why, so my suggestion is to go with whatever one you love the most on your finger!, also… there are websites you can create your lab diamond ring, or just buy the stone for less cost then the jeweler was quoting you! 

https://www.brilliantearth.com/rings/cyorings/view_diamond/9479964/?sid=

 

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

Sorry if it’s a dumb question but does it matter if the value of lab diamonds is dropping? That is only important if you are going to re-sell surely, or am I missing something?

If you’re considering resale value then whatever you choose is going to drop dramatically in value once it is pre-owned, even if it’s a mined diamond. 

PPs are correct that if you want a diamond, and you want people to think you have a diamond, that is what you should choose. I chose moissanite because I preferred it, and if I hadn’t discovered that I would have probably picked sapphire instead.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Shreveport, LA

I have all three, moissanite, lab diamond, and a mined diamond and the lab and mined diamonds do look the same but the moissanite is different. As a pp called a moissanite a FAKE DIAMOND it’s just not true at all! It is it’s own stone and performs beautifully and if your heart is not set on a diamond then I would suggest getting the moissanite. I love my moissanite rings and wear them over my diamonds most days. Do what’s best for you and if you love how the moissanite looked and aren’t just set in a diamond I say go for it! 

Post # 19
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

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@peach11:  I read that as, down the line, they could upgrade to lab diamond at a substantially lower price than if they were to purchase right now. IDK, maybe I’m wrong.

To OP, I think you can get the lab diamond in the size you want, and also in your price point if you order online and take it to your jeweler to set. Someone already mentioned rarecarat, it’s a great resource. FYI, moissanite is different, but beautiful.

In the long run, I switched my moissanite in my engagement ring to a diamond because it wasn’t “mind clean” to me (I felt like I was faking/pretending). But moissanite is so beautiful on it’s own, I own many moissanite pieces of jewelry now.

And also, one thing to consider, if your jeweler is providing a Charles and Colvard brand oval moissanite, it might not be the cut you’re expecting – very different than oval diamonds.

 

Post # 20
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Helper bee

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@peach11:  right? I didn’t understand this statement either? Who cares about the value of your ring? Are you planning to sell it?

we are also currently looking at an oval lab diamond! If you always thought about getting a diamond, I would go for this. Moissanite, while beautiful, doesn’t have the same look as a diamond or lab diamond. 

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee

Diamonds in general do not have good resale value. You will never get back what you paid for it. I heard the same thing when I was being pressured to buy a mined diamond. 

Go with what you love. I did consider a moissanite but I ended up getting a lab diamond and I love it. 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Like many PP’s, I purchased a beautifully cut moissanite for an “upgrade” but it just wasn’t mind clean to me – that was all me and specific to my personal situation, you may be different, but only you know what you really want deep down. If money is the reason you’re leaning moissanite, then you’re probably like me. I ended up returning the moissanite and finding a beautiful 1.15ct E color ideal cut lab diamond for under $2000, I couldn’t be happier with my choice! 

A PP shared a great visual of the different ovals (two moissanite and one diamond). The brilliant cut oval will sparkle much differently from a diamond oval and the crushed ice oval still lacked the depth of the diamond oval. Some things to really consider since a round moissanite and round diamond are closer in comparison than an oval moissanite and oval diamond. 

Post # 23
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Worker bee

Personally, I never understood wanting your ring to hold its value….are you planning on reselling it? I am diamond all the way, I never heard of moissanite until this site, it seems to have quite the cult following on here haha! Which is great, I think its beautiful but I have (like you) always envisioned a diamond. I would say if you want a diamond, get a diamond. I feel like if you are wanting a diamond but settle for the moissanite, you will always have that “well its pretty, but not a diamond” feeling. Just my two cents!

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

I personally love my moissanite. I love the rainbow sparkle and even wish it had more! Which points to the fact that these are very different stones in some ways, but not all. I couldn’t ever imagine spending so much money on a piece of jewelry so I initially went without an engagement ring. Family members have diamonds and while they were lovely, I just couldn’t imagine dropping so much money for one.

Then I discovered moissanite and loved that I could get a gorgeous, durable white stone for a a reasonable price. I watched a bunch of comparison videos on YouTube (which I highly recommend you do) and found I liked the moissy more. I showed some to my SO without telling him which was which and he thought the moissy was more beautiful because of the pumped up sparkle and rainbow. At the same time, it does resemble diamond in some ways. Assuming it’s not excessively large, people will probably just assume its a diamond. This is particularly true in passing or to the untrained eye – and most eyes are untrained. Before I joined this site I didn’t know a thing and would probably never have questioned any white stone (sapphire, CZ, moissy) under 1.5-2 ct was anything but a diamond. 

While I think moissanite is a legitimate choice, I also think lab diamonds are. I love that they are ethical and cost much less than mined diamonds. I’ve been impressed by the beauty and price points of many Bees’ lab diamonds and I’ve even recommended them to family members who have decided to go with them. I absolutely love that people are embracing lab diamonds – I have no love for the mined diamond industry. 

All that to say, whether others know or not – you will know. I think you’ll notice a lot of moissy owners on the Bee take pride in their moissanites. They have very specific reasons they chose it and appreciate its traits. I’ve seen the same attitude held by YouTubers boasting their moissys, as well as on blogs by frugal millenials (like me). If that doesn’t really hit home with you after your research, and its within your means to get the lab diamond, you should probably get the lab diamond. 

Last note is in agreement with PP – oval moissanites are particularly distinct from diamonds compared to other shapes. If you do a little research online, you’ll see pretty consistently that round stones are often thought to be the most diamond like and ovals the least. I think oval moissanites are stunning, but if you have tried on oval diamonds and are trying to get just that look, be prepared that your oval moissy will offer something different.  

ETA: Also agree with PP that I wouldn’t be concerned by the loss in value of the lab diamond – unless you’re not so sure about this guy. lol.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

I love moissanite and would never want a diamond myself. Gotta love the price! And I love the rainbow sparkles too. In terms of resale value, I’ve never heard of people making their money back on diamonds. I find that moissanite has better resale value, but why would your jeweler even use that logic? You’re getting this ring to wear, not to make money on in the future. 

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@ls8792:  I agree with PP. $4k for a 2 carat lab diamond is very overpriced. You can get a 2 carat lab diamond for $1.5-2k and that’s in the US. If you’re comfortable working with some overseas vendors, you can probably get that price down even cheaper. Now, nothing against moissanite but the prices from most US vendors is insane. There are some reputable jewelers on Etsy that can get you a 1 – 1.5 carat for closer to $700 and the overseas vendors can do very sizeable pieces for about $500. As much as moissanite is beautiful, no way am I spending thousands for it. Especially when you get a diamond for some of these prices. And finally,  any  jeweler talking about the ‘value’ of these stones is a very smooth salesperson because ALL jewelery has poor resale value. Diamonds included- you’re lucky to get 50% of what you paid. They are not assets. We buy them because they’re beautiful; not because they’re an investment. 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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@bluecutie00:  Can you give specific references to the jewelers or sites that sell lab diamonds of 1-2 carat size for $500-$700, or the US vendors that sell 2 carat lab diamonds for $1500? I haven’t found anything that low. Are they certified stones?

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@mollyjane79: Sorry, maybe I wasn’t clear $500-700 for a moissanite. $1500+ for lab diamonds. I’m not familiar with certifications for moissanite (I don’t have one,  but some sellers are Aquamarise, MollyJeweleryUS, MoissaniteRings) but the lab diamonds do come with certs – check out rarecarat.com for lab diamonds. ETA. Just did a search for loose lab diamonds and found a 1.01 carat, eye clean, K color for $600 on With Clarity. Certified as well. https://www.rarecarat.com/diamonds/529e825f-6997-4ea9-b9c0-08d81dd51fa2

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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@bluecutie00:  wow, that’s pretty good. Thanks! Your mileage will vary, based on shape, cut, clarity, & color specs filter- but that’s pretty astonishing. I’ve never heard of ‘with clarity’ before, and would probably stick with a better known company like clean origin, which also has some incredible deals. I guess DeBeers strategy with Lightbox priced @ $800/ carat has paid off, and driven lab diamond prices way down. Rare carat is a great tool for sourcing what’s out there.

 

Sorry, didn’t mean to threadjack, OP. I’ve got both moissanite and lab diamond. I like both gemstones, and don’t see a lot of difference in them at the 1 carat size range. Lab diamond is diamond, so if it’s cut well, it’s going to perform well. Some people report brown undertones in lab diamond, so maybe pay attention to color if you go that route. I’ve got a Lightbox stone that’s G/H and it looks great. It’s crisper than my moissy, but the moissanite is also beautiful if it’s cut well, and of good quality. 

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