Post # 1
I am planning on proposing to my amazing girlfriend and confused doesn’t even begin to describe it! I have been reading these boards and have got a lot of help from that, so thank you everyone.
I am ordering from Moissaniteco.com and have chosen the ring base..setting? SOL251. The stone I decided on was 8.5mm OEC cut enhanced moissanite, unfortunately this isnt available EXCEPT for one that has a large open culet (I dont know how much of a problem this is, but Chris said in an email that many do not prefer it)
So these are my choices;
1 – Get an 8mm (2ct eq) OEC cut forever brilliant (smaller stone than I wanted)
2 – Get a 8.5mm (2.5ct eq) OEC cut unenhanced stone (would like a white stone so dont know if this is a good idea)
3 – Get the 8.5mm OEC Forever Brilliant with the large open culet (The guy that answered my emails, Chris, says that some like this and many dont)
4 – Get a round brilliant cut 8.5mm Forever Brilliant instead of an OEC cut
Any help would be so appreciated as without being able to ask my girlfriends opinion, I am honestly lost.
I wondered if I should just request that they use their best judgement and pick the nicest and whitest looking stone regardless of cut or size (but am not sure if this is something they would be prepared to do even though Chris has been incredibly helpful so far)
Post # 3
@confused607: I am in LOVE with OECs. In love. I am getting one, in a much smaller size though. The one thing I’m not 10,000% in love with on an OEC is the open cutlet, therefore I’d like mine as small as possible. I would honestly rather have a smaller stone size with a smaller cutlet than a larger stone size with a larger cutlet.
However, I am not your soon-to-be fiance! My guess would be to enlist one of her friends (one who’s able to be tactful and subtle) so find out what she loves or show her yourself many different examples including what your debating on, but enough samples that she wont’ be able to figure out which you’re debating on. Stone cut is kind of personal. I love or hate many different cuts.
Post # 4
@confused607: Hello. I voted for the round brilliant. Does Moissanite have a return/exchange policy? Maybe you could order the stone with the cutlet and the round brilliant, see them in person and then decide?
Post # 5
Well, I have to say you should have been taking notes on this stuff a loooong time ago, but at the same time, if she hasn’t gone out of her way to make her ring preferences clear, then she probably won’t fuss about the minor details as much as you are, so that’s good. I would go with the first option – 8mm (2ct eq) OEC cut forever brilliant – or the fourth option – round brilliant cut 8.5mm Forever Brilliant instead of an OEC cut. – If the stone is a little smaller than you want, you could always add a halo or have one added later like for an anniversary. Who knows, she may even find that the smaller stone looks more delicate/elegant on her finger. But I think that fourth option is going to have the most sparkle. Good luck!
Post # 6
Have you checked with her on setting preferences? I like your choice – it is classic, but I also would not have wanted that because it doesn’t have any detail. That said – many love those so this is not a criticism, I just want to make sure you got her preference down
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
I have an OEC and voted for the first option the 2 ct FB OEC with small culet.
ETA: The round brilliant does not even compare to the OEC so I would not switch to that just because it’s bigger.
Post # 8
After having worn both the Round Brilliant and OEC cuts of moissanite, I personally could never go back to Round Brilliant. OEC moissanite is my dream stone, and it still seems too pretty to be on my hand.
You haven’t told us your lady’s ring size, which could be important. I wear a 5 and wouldn’t want to go higher than 8mm for a solitaire, so for me the preference is clear. I voted for option 1.
Post # 9
I LOVE OEC’s and the open culet is what makes it an OEC to my eye. That said though, if your girlfriend isn’t expecting or hasn’t specifically asked for an OEC diamond, I would not get her one. Those of us who love them have a love (in general) for old-cut antique stones that isn’t shared by everyone. If you do not know her to be an antique stone lover, it’s best to purchase the more traditional Round Brilliant even though it is wee bit smaller (2.0 ct is still plenty large btw). As for the color, old cut stones traditionally show some color so it never matters to me if it’s enhanced or unenhanced, etc… it just add a realistic dimension to the stone. I’ve NEVER seen a super white OEC diamond in person. I’m sure they exist but the average person doesn’t have one.
Post # 10
If white is something you value in a stone, I’d go with the 2ct equivalent! I’e generally heard the bigger stones show more color!
Post # 11
I am honestly astounded by how many of you have replied in such a short space of time and it really has spurred me on, cleared my mind and helped me make a decision, so thank you everyone for that.
One of our friends recieved a moissanite engagement ring a couple of years ago with an OEC cut that my girlfriend told me on a couple of occasions she loves, which is why I initially wanted that cut.She loves older furniture for example, so thinking about it this way, I am confident in going with an OEC cut – thanks again to all of you.
I will email Moissaniteco and ask about the culet on the 8mm stone and hopefully go forward with that. From pictures I personally like a bit of a culet but I think too large would be distracting
However, now I am maybe reconsidering the setting haha After reading the forum for months prior to this, I became a bit nervous about getting something with the smaller gems on the band (I think it could be called pave?) in case they fall out – as we live in England, so repairs would be awkward.
Does anyone have any suggestions on less plain settings that are still solitare from Moissaniteco?
Thanks again everyone
Post # 12
@confused607: Probably a good option. Apparently larger stones will show more color if unenhanced, so I’d definitely recommend getting the FB. If you’re set on OEC and not round, then downgrading in size (lol, can 2 carats really be a “downgrade”?) then it sounds like you have your answer! I don’t know much about MoissyCo settings, but you could always find a setting elsewhere that you love and just buy the stone itself from MoissyCo. That’s what we’re opting for! Good luck 🙂
Post # 13
Have you looked at other companies that sell moissanite? I’ve read good things about Shubach’s (sp?)here on the Bee. Maybe they have a good OEC in the size you’re looking for? You can order the setting separately from MCo and have your stone set, or get it from a local jeweler.
Post # 14
Another suggestion: You can get a very nice stone from Moissaniterus on Ebay for a VERY reasonable price (cheaper than anywhere I’ve seen). He hand picks his moissanite and can pick one for you with a small culet. I was on there the other day and I’m pretty sure he has 8.5 mm FB OEC’s in stock. Talk to Chris, they may be able to set the stone for you in the setting of your choice. Good luck.
Oh, and I should mention that I did get a stone from him for a RHR (much smaller though 6.5mm OEC) and it was GORGEOUS. So, I personally recommend him :-).