(Closed) Negatives of moisanite?

posted 11 years ago in Rings
Post # 122
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@TessaDL: agreed!

side note: when I read your post, I was like “a volkswagen, that’s still too fancy for me!” I’m a Honda kind of gal 🙂

Post # 123
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

@janie-janie: LOL! I know what you mean! I drive an almost 10 year old Ford! 

Post # 127
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@janie-janie: Thanks for the suggestion. I am looking for that fire though; I love the sparkle. Hopefully they do come out with them again.

Post # 128
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Diamonds are only a good investment if you buy an investment-quality diamond. If you buy a 2ct., IF, D-colored stone with an ideal cut, you’ll probably get every cent you paid and then some if you try and sell it ten years later.

But the women who buy .8ct., I1, H-colored stones will not see anywhere near a return on investment. Despite this, the vast majority of diamonds sold are of this type. Therefore, diamonds are in general a poor investment. But anyone who buys an engagement primarily for its resale value is completely missing the point. 😀

Post # 129
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@EffieTrinket: But anyone who buys an engagement primarily for its resale value is completely missing the point.

I doubt most people do. :/ … and the point they’re missing is probably that the ring is supposed to be about the people not the value of the actual stone or even what the stone is really worth.

Post # 130
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

For what it’s worth, I have an engagement ring from 1930 with the original reciept. The ring is platinum and the diamond is a little over 1.5ct. In 1930 it cost just under $500. That is $6045 in today’s dollars.

In 1972 my grandmother had it appraised, it was appraised for $3850. That is $19,524 in today’s dollars.

In 2009 we had it appraised again, the appraisal came back with a retail value of $11,400.

much of that value is in the platinum. Accounting for inflation, the appraiser said the diamond had only appreciated about 10% in 80 years.

That’s a pretty shoddy investment, really. It is a lower color diamond (I think the appraisal said an L, which is common for the era) and a VS1. It had a high value but as ideal cuts came out, gold became more popular etc the value went back down.

Point being, they’re not all guaranteed to appreciate, diamonds aren’t something like the gold standard. Fundamentally, any item is only worth what a buyer will pay for it, no matter what a piece of paper says. If I were to sell this ring I don’t think I’d get much more than $9000 for it given the styling and cut of the stone. That’s not a lot of money to earn over 80+ years, so its value is only sentimental at this point.

Post # 131
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@digitorum: And how. That’s why I got a moissanite. I simply could not be arsed to spend 5k on something that would disappear into the background of my life before very long.

Someday, when I’m cooking soup and trying to corral three kids into the house because it’s almost time to eat dinner and I’ve got my laptop balanced on a cookbook holder, trying to finish up what I didn’t get done at the office…I can’t imagine I’ll still even notice my e-ring, let alone care what it’s made of. The symbolism will have completely overtaken the object itself.

Post # 132
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

yikes, if I had a really expensive diamond that was super high quality, I wouldn’t wear it! I’m sure I’d chip it or something!

Post # 133
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

@EffieTrinket: Your second statement is so right!! I am a stay-at-home mom to a VERY active 17 month old boy.  Even thought I just recently got an upgrade a week ago (.75 moissanite in a pave band), and I LOVE it, I don’t think about it day to day.  Between trying to keep my son from climbing the furniture, keeping him busy, taking him to the park, keeping the house clean, running errands, cooking dinner, I don’t have time to think about it!! Even though I wear my ring every day and I love that it blings up my standard T-shirt and jeans, I still don’t think about it.  You are so right, it doesn’t matter what it’s made out of (although I think durability is important) it’s the symbolism that counts. 

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