Opinions!! Larger moissanite or smaller used diamond?

posted 7 months ago in Rings
Post # 46
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Honey bee

harlequinade :  Interesting. I have had some luck, and some I knew I’d have to pay the asking price. I figure it never hurts to ask politely.

Post # 47
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Busy bee

sunburn :  Likewise, regarding negotiating. It depends on the situation; some people just want the ring off their hands.

CowboyBootsAndGlitter :  The splintering in moissanite is caused by double refraction and may make the facets of the stone seem cloudy and less crisp than diamonds. Additionally, this phenomenon is part of the reason why fancy cut moissanites are less convincingly diamond-like.

I personally don’t consider moissanite to be a forever stone because of the oil slick issue, which still persists even in the newer stones, and because it is generally considered a diamond simulant.

If you were set on a large, sparkly stone and your budget were 300 dollars or you really wanted a specific, elaborate setting, I would suggest moissanite or CZ. However, I think in your case and given your budget, if given the same price, you would prefer a diamond over moissanite, I would suggest you look at preowned diamonds. For example, we were able to find my engagement ring (solitaire, larger than a carat) preowned for under the budget you described.

Post # 48
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Blushing bee

I think when it comes to the diamond vs moissanite debate you have to go what is well with your soul. Some girls LOVE moissanites and are proud of them and they should be. Others just can’t shake that feeling of it not being a diamond. I would go with what your gut is telling you. I caved to the societal norm a little. My ring being designed has a half carat center (but it’s an elaborate heidi gibson ring, it’s STUNNING) and I feel happy I chose a diamond. I did consider moissanite and every othe type of stone though!

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

Dude just get what you want. 99% of normal people don’t care what you wear lol.

Post # 50
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2021

One of my favorite websites for buying anything second hand is therealreal website. I’m always looking at there engagement ring section and I just checked there’s a couple of 1 Carat used rings from 1,000 to 2,000 dollars, give them a try! I would def go with a diamond 

Post # 51
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2021

Here’s an example of a really nice one! 

Post # 52
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - Hagakyrkan

For me always diamond over simulants, but I don’t mind small diamonds

Post # 53
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Wannabee

Hi, I am a jeweler who sells engagement fine gold jewelry with diamonds, lab grown diamonds and moissanites and I just wanted to give my 2 cents on this.

For moissanites, I find that they are more sparkly than diamonds but if the stone is anything other than a round cut or very large (bigger than 1.5 carats) it can have more rainbow colors when it is viewed. Round cuts still have colorful sparkles but not as much as other cuts, in my opinion.

I think if you don’t care about the whole natural vs synthetic debate but just want an affordable but beautiful sparkling ring then moissanites are a good option. Every person who has bought a moissanite ring made in 14k or 18k fine gold with real diamond accents has been very happy. But I think these people are fine with wearing a moissanite. I know other people who say that the moissanite looks nice but would never wear one. I think it comes down to what you are comfortable with.

Natural diamonds are very clear and white (more than moissanites) but are very expensive. If you really want a natural diamond and want a bigger size (0.40-0.70 carats) and not break the bank doing it, find a GIA certified diamond that is of lesser quality (color and clarity). Unless you are looking very closely at it or through a magnifying loupe, you won’t see the imperfections especially if it’s a smaller stone. But if you are going to pay for a natural diamond, make sure that it is certified.

Last option would be lab grown diamonds. These are made in a lab but are in fact real diamonds. The vast majority of diamond testing machines will show these to be real diamonds and even trained gemologists can’t tell the difference. GIA certifies these as well and they are laser inscribed as lab grown diamonds. They are much cheaper than natural diamonds and are more ethical since you know there was no exploitation involved with them. These could be a good option if you want a diamond but want to save some money.

Thanks and good luck finding the right stone for you ๐Ÿ™‚

Frank

Post # 55
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2019

It’s up to you. The issue of personal choice. For somebody the smaller diamond is better than moissanite, the others prefer big moissanite to diamonds. If both variants are good for you, you can stop on that one is most suitable and affordable at this moment. I guess, it is inappropriate to ‘climb out of the skin’ to buy a diamond because it is a DIAMOND!!! Indeed, if thinking from the point of future economic profit, GS Diamonds’ experts claim that diamonds are the best investments what couldn’t be said about moissanite.

Post # 56
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Newbee

It’s all up to you, OP! I personally chose a Moissanite. I never cared about diamonds and could never imagine spending that much money on a piece of jewelry. I tell you – they have one hell of a marketing campaign! =P Good luck! 

Post # 57
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Helper bee

Hey OP, some bees really prefer diamond and are vocal about how a moissanite is stimulant and people are just to nice to say anything about your non-diamond. The truth: outside of this website, people do not care about your jewelry. Look up pictures of older moissanite, they look like newer moissanite today. Wrights Silver cleaner will clear up any stains that you might get. However, I have no experience with the stains. I have had my moissy for over a year now and I am still completely in love. This is my forever ring, after all, the only thing that can scratch it is a diamond or another moissanite.  My friends have diamonds, sapphires, and even silicone rings. None of us care and we all still love each other. This website is so petty sometimes and detached from the real world. Do what will make you happy and live your life ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 58
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2020 - Round Rock, TX

I much prefer moissanite for several reasons.  For one, I really really disagree with the diamond industry and the ridiculous prices for them, even though they are not rare at all.  Two, moissanite is much much more affordable and you can get something just the same size, or bigger, with better clarity and color, for a way better price.  And three, I just personally prefer the look of moissanite.  It is not for everyone, but I love the way it throws rainbows and I love the personality of it.  Plus, it is so much more sparkly than diamonds! But again, not everyone loves the look of moissanite, especially if you’re color sensitive.  My ring is going to be a moissanite, but even if we could afford a good diamond, I would still go with moissy ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 59
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Newbee

I love Moissanite!  I’ve had both and we can afford both, but I couldn’t see the value in buying another diamond, I’d rather put that money towards the kids education.  I’m beyond happy with my choice.  I went with a reputable, local-ish jeweller and bought their in house moissanite for my most recent ring and I couldn’t be happier.  Pics don’t do it justice.  NOONE has asked me if it’s “real”. Or what it is.  I would happily tell them it’s a moissanite though.  I have no hangups on it being a diamond or not.  I wanted a beautiful ring, that sparkles, that I can wear forever!  I decided on a 9mm Center stone which is 3.3ct equivalent and I have a size 7 ring finger.  

Post # 60
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Wannabee

Moissy for sure. The diamond trade is not only a racket but bad for the enviornment. My fiance proposed to me 2 weeks ago in Disney World and my ring is stunning! You’d never know it wasn’t a diamond. I have a 7mm cushion cut. I think my finger is a size 5.

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