Post # 92
That sounds reasonable. What I mean is I can see a history if where my money goes with lab stones. It doesn’t matter how easy they are to make, CDs are easy to make too XD Someone had to figure out how to make moissanite in a lab, grow it etc, they had an education and since it’s made in a developed nation, a decent job and wage. It’s someone’s intellectual property.
Diamonds are just there, and that’s amazing but i’m not giving money to whoever decided they owned what was buried under the earths crust, he didn’t create anything. Given the choice I’d have lab diamonds over natural too. Same for any stone.
I didn’t consider my moissanite purchase to involve any leap of faith on durability, I understand why someone might think that but from what I know from my own science studies I’m confident that barring an alteration in the laws of physics that materials will continue to behave in the mathematical and predictable way they have done so far. If silicone carbide has spontaneous weakening of it’s chemical bonds I’d be busy panicking thinking we had been sucked into a black hole and physics was warping! (The black hole thing is an actual paranoid fear of mine though, I don’t like Science about turning! Pluto is a planet goddamnit!) 🙂 x
Post # 93
I don’t think the price of moissanite’s going to drop that much when the patent expires. Moissanite’s not an easy stone to grow. I’ve been reading updates from the Better Than Diamond boards, and it’s quite an intensive and time-consuming process. The crystals take time to grow, and a lot of quality control goes into making the stones just right. Moissanite’s not a stone you come across easily in nature, so you need crazy temperature and pressure conditions to get the Silicon and Carbon to bond correctly. Plus some batches are going to come out included, with poor color, etc. As for lab grown diamonds, diamonds have been lab grown for years for industrial purposes. Until a few years ago, almost none of these were of gem quality. Growing gem quality diamonds is not an easy process either, which is part of why the price remains so high for them. It’s not all artificial inflation of price, part of it is trying to earn back money on an item that’s expensive and time-consuming to grow.
Post # 94
I personally would never get a moissanite. If I am going to have something that looks like a diamond, I want it to be a diamond. It would be different if I chose a sapphire or a ruby over a diamond. I have this thing where if I can’t have the real deal, I don’t want an alternative. I agree some Moissy’s look like actual diamonds on this site and some look very fake to me. I don’t understand why some chose to get a large moissy diamond like a 2+ carat. If we could not afford the diamond I have now, I’d be happier with a small diamond rather than an alternative.
Post # 96
Some people truly do get moissanite because they like it. I would love to get a moissanite five stone ring not because I want a diamond imitation, but because I love moissanite’s properties. One of its biggest pluses to me are the rainbowy sparkles. I get why someone who loves the stone and wants a flashy piece of bling would get a 2 carat rock. I don’t understand the attitude that only people who have the $10K+ to drop on a large diamond are the only ones who should be wearing clear stones of that size.
Post # 97
I feel like a lot of people get Moissy’s because
they can get a huge diamond. So they can be flashy and I really think people don’t mind others thinking it is a diamond. It is the same with my diamond, it is a 1.5 and I feel it is a perfect size because I wear a size 7 so it doesn’t look huge on my hand because I don’t want it to look too flashy. But even if I had a .75c I’d be happy, I just don’t think (a lot of) people with Moissy’s get them because they prefer them over a diamond (I understand some people do) but get them so they can have a big huge rock that they couldn’t afford. There is nothing wrong with getting what you can afford because it is a symbol of love, but don’t get something huge just to show it off, at least that’s my opinion.
Post # 99
@Anardana: I’m confident that barring an alteration in the laws of physics that materials will continue to behave in the mathematical and predictable way they have done so far.
LOL, your post just made me feel a whole lot more confident about my own moissy!
Post # 100
totally agree with both comments!
Post # 101
I love the sparkle and fire of the moissanite and that can’t be compared to a diamond.
Post # 102
I like moissanite on it’s own, but yeah, I also like that it looks like diamond. Or that diamond looks like moissanite, whichever. I like a clear stone because I am pretty plain in my fashion choices, and I feel a clear stone goes with everything.
I got a 1.1 carat moissanite, but we could have afforded any diamond I would have wanted. We are well-off. I just didn’t WANT to spend more than I needed to to get the look I like.
So it’s not really diamond vs moissanite for me. I like them both – and they are practically identical. I liked the price tag better for moissanite and it had no downsides (to me), and some upsides (bonuses, not why I picked it).
I bought moissanite for the price tag, absolutely. But it isn’t because I’m trying to “pass” as being able to afford something I don’t have. I’m able to afford whatever I want precisely because I do make frugal decisions.
LOVE my moissanite and would recommend it to anyone, but nothing against diamonds. Just don’t assume people’s reasons for getting moissanite. I announce it every chance I get (when it is tactful/appropriate). I think more people would choose moissanite if they knew about it and the marketing machine behind diamonds for the last 75 years.
Post # 103
XD Glad to help heehee
Jewelery loving and jewelry knowledgeable bees may be surprised to hear that I know many people in real life who would not be able to spot a diamond, a moissanite, a cz or cut glass. The people who say “diamond” and mean “white sparkly cut thing” XD if I put plastic gems out on my sorting table it’s diamonds, if I say my ring is moissanite it’s the name of this type of diamond lol.
They of course know that Diamond is an actual substance too, they just really aren’t interested in the prestige. I think this is why bees say they can tell the difference, they probably can, but lots of people can’t because the differences don’t matter to them in the slightest so they don’t notice them!
Post # 104
Say what you like, it’s still a lot of money for a manmade stone. Manmade sapphires are cheap compared to real sapphires. CZ is dirt cheap. Just doesn’t make sense. Anyway I hope you are happy with your moissanite, each to his own I guess!
Post # 105
I’m very honest about what I own. I have a 3ct OEC Amora Moissanite. I tell anybody I can about it is because I believe so strongly in the gem, and I love mine to bits. I chose it because I wanted a clear stone (since people have difficulty distinguishing a color stone as being an engagement ring), and I wanted it to be large because that is simply my taste. NO, it was not able appearing rich, since I make it clear whenever I can that it is a moissanite. However, why is it anybodies business that I own a large stone that isn’t a diamond? Why does my honesty on the matter seem so important to everybody on weddingbee? It’s just unreal that amount of hate that moissanite owners get, and in particular the deemed “poser” moissanite owners who wear large stones. Frankly I believe I have one of the most fabulous rings I’ve ever seen on the internet, and definitely the most amazing one I’ve seen in person. And I don’t feel guilty about owning what I do. I wear make-up, and I don’t feel the need to tell anybody who compliments me: “Oh, thank you, but I’m actually not naturally beautiful. Make-up is my trick.” I mean, get real. Here is my ring, and I think it’s beautiful, and I would NEVER trade it for a diamond, even if I could afford one of the same size.
(And the moral of my story was NOT to say that my ring is the best. Not at all. It was to highlight the fact that you can have an amazing ring without it being a diamond, and it’s nobodies business but your own. If you WANT to be honest about it, awesome! It might just help somebody else save money, but if you don’t that is perfectly with-in reason and a fine option too!)
Post # 106
your post just rocked my world 🙂 way to keep it real and be confident about your ring! (which by the way is totally gorgeous)