- 8 years ago
Greetings! I know there are a bunch of moissanite threads on this forum, and I know from lurking for awhile doing my own research (not necessarily for an e-ring) on moissanite that there are a lot of people who (like me) may be on the fence about whether it is all that & a bag of sparkly chips or not. My point in sharing this long post is NOT to create a ‘this is better than that’ thread; rather, I simply want to share with those who are curious about the stone and it’s beauty my experience and outcome with my purchase in hopes it helps them as much as all of the others who have shared their experiences have helped me.
First off, while I am dating someone and we do live together, we are not officially engaged yet. We just have so much else going on, and we’re established adults with careers, etc. We’ve both been married and are in no rush; it’ll happen eventually, but it wasn’t my primary reason for being on this board. My search for information, pictures, reviews, etc. for moissanite was more really for a right-hand ring rather than an engagement ring. When shopping for a RHR, I wanted (rather, feel I have EARNED) something nice, sparkly and beautiful for myself that I have wanted to purchase as a reward for the hard work and attaining certain career goals for myself. Because I have a versatile wardrobe, I knew I wanted a clear stone. Diamond is usually the first/preferred/default choice.
While I certainly appreciate the budgetary concerns of gem stone shoppers, and the attractiveness of moissanite as a budget-friendly option, let me just say that by no means should moissanite be considered a ‘lesser’ choice to diamond; rather, an equally fabulous option with fantastic appeal, sparkle, etc. I have been scoping the various ‘front-runner’ moissy retailers (Moissanite.com, MoissaniteCo.com, etc) for a nice “test drive” piece that wasn’t more than a few hundred dollars but would fit my style so that – if I liked it in person, it wasn’t a loose stone to send back and have set. But if I didn’t like it, I wasn’t waiting for awhile to have a large amount refund processed when sending it back. Most of the jewelers around me have turned their nose up when I asked to see a moissy piece, because I guess it doesn’t get them as large a commission as the “default” diamond and had only non-ring jewelry to show. And I don’t mean to speak negatively about diamond; I have several, and am financially secure enough to easily afford more if I choose; that’s just been my experience when trying to see/shop for moissy.
Last Friday, I happened to pop on Moissanite.com to peruse their sale items, and stumbled across a great looking ring that fit my style and budget for this particular purchase to a ‘T’. The fact it was in sterling silver was a bonus as I love silver/white gold vs. yellow gold. I ‘online chatted’ with the moissanite.com person to answer a few questions (as I find their descriptions/details to be a bit lacking). After that, I placed my order and have been eagerly waiting for it to arrive. My luck, though, is that the Charles & Colvard HQ is about 45 minutes from where I live, so shipping was super fast. I ordered it Friday, and it arrived this morning (standard delivery option selected).
And let me just say, W-O-W! If anyone heard or felt a loud thud or shudder in the earth this morning, that would be my jaw hitting the floor when I opened up that pretty box! I do not recall in my 38 years ever seeing such a beautiful, eye catching, sparkly, gorgeous piece of jewelry (and I have been given some stunners over the years, let me tell you!). It was so beautiful, that my poor, teenage daughter who is home sick today came out to ask me for some pain medicine right after I opened the box, and I literally told her to hold up/wait … I was that amazed by the ring! Once she got over the hurt of being turned away for a piece of jewelry, she agreed it was fabulous! LOL
As so many others have said of their moissy pieces, pictures do NOT do these breathtaking stones justice … you really do just need to see it for yourself to understand and appreciate the beauty of them. I’ve taken a few pictures to share of what I ordered, and had to do it in one picture on my left hand because I’m right handed. These are with my cell phone camera, so not the greatest, but I know from reading others’ posts that there is never enough ‘ring porn’ to be had. LOL I’ve not posted a pic on here before, so not sure how these will come across (too big, too small).
And a note to all who might read this – know that the point of an engagement ring (since that’s the majority of discussion on here) is NOT to out-buy, out-shine, or out-bling anyone else regardless of what size, kind or color stone/s they have. The point of an e-ring is really made by the man – it serves to put other men on notice that YOU are loved, YOU have a man, and YOU are spoken for and have committed yourself already to someone else — YOU are off the market. That is the purpose of an engagement ring – it’s not the size that matters; it’s the commitment that is made by saying ‘yes’ to that man, and putting that ring on your finger. It just so happens that we have a LOT of options in how we or our men choose to make that statement, and the choices are as individual as the beautiful ladies who wear them. So proudly ‘rock’ whatever gem you have on your wedding ring finger with pride!
I know I worked very hard over the years to be in the place – personally, professionally, and financially – that I am, and I deserve to wear a beautiful piece of jewelry as a symbol of that, just like someone who has their PhD has the certificate on the wall of their office. And I can not WAIT to rock my RHR … but having seen first-hand how beautiful the moissy is, I have no doubt that when the craziness settles a bit, and my man and I start discussing the ‘future’, that my engagement ring will be one smashing piece of moissy marvel. My only concern is that he is a traditionalist, and I’m afraid he’ll fight me on my preference for moissy over diamond.
As for the details on this ring, the site said (when I ordered it) that it was 1.3 ct equivalent, but the slip that came with it says it’s 6mm. It’s sterling silver, bezel set, princess cut, unenhanced … and I see NO yellow/green/gray in it whatsoever.
ETA: Crap! I accidentally posted this in the beehive vs. ring forum. My bad/newbie mistake.