(Closed) Question for Bees who chose Moissanite for ethical reasons

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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1621 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Well….I agree with your SO that if you’re choosing moissanite for ethical reasons, it’s a bit counter-productive to then have diamond side stones.  There are lots of reasons to choose moissanite….but that particular arguement just doesn’t make sense.

Are you looking on moissaniteco.com? I just randomly looked at 3 rings with side stones and all of them were moissanite.  

Which ones in particular have diamond side stones?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Sorry, just wanted to add that yes, moissanite can be cut in melee sizes.  I have the Antique Bella Halo and the melee is moissanite.

Also be cautious about how thin a band you want…I know that there are alot of very fine bands  and I agree that I love them, but they can torque/twist very easily, especially if the centre stone is mounted quite high.  I’ve read before (can’t remember where?) that bands should be at least 2mm.

Post # 5
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1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@Jazzylove:  I think 1.3mm is the smallest moissanite size, and is what they use for melee at MoissaniteCo. Sounds like you can still get a very delicate band with non-diamond melee.

Post # 6
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1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@cdncinnamongirl:  This.

OP, I know thin bands are beautiful, but be careful getting one. Even if you take amazing care of it, they can still bend.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Jazzylove:  Technically MoissaniteCo doesn’t carry baguettes, etc. that are as small as the diamonds in many of their rings.  However, I bet if you worked with jeweler, you could find smaller moissanite side stones and then cut them down to the right size, as you would a diamond.  You could also do sapphire sidestones–I’ve seen some gorgeous rings done like that, and I think moissaniteco will set them for you.  Another option would be to look into Canadian diamonds for the sides–they’re ridiculously pricey at the higher weights, but I bet they’re more reasonable at the accent-stone level.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I totally agree on being careful about rings that are too thin. I’ve seen a thread (awhile back) on WB complaining about a thin ring from MoissaniteCo (though honestly, it was so thin it could have came from any vendor and still had the same issues) that totally warped in a short matter of time.

OP, read this: http://www.pricescope.com/journal/thin-vendor’s-dilemma

Post # 10
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272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My ring is from MoissaniteCo and it has a delicate band with tiny moissanite side stones. 

As far as durability, it’s important that even if the band is not thick, it’s deep enough so there’s enough metal under the side stones to give the ring strength. My side stones are actually shared prong-set and sit up higher than the band itself, so it’s still a solid ring interior.

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Jazzylove:  i have eng 144! 🙂 i have a 1.8mm band with diamond sidestones… the reason it didn’t bother me to have diamond sidestones is because they are such chips, and they usually use bigger stones that are a very low quality to make the melee stones. i just love my ring more and more every day and love the moissy. i do wish my sidestones were moissy too, so if they could do that go for it! my Fiance was very overwhelmed with just taking my directions for the style and size, so i didn’t push my luck with a special order. 😉

Post # 12
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900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Jazzylove:  You can buy a setting from James Allen and put a Moissy in it.  All of their diamonds are certified conflict free.  That’s why my lovely husband bought my main diamond from them.  http://www.jamesallen.com/conflict_free.html

 
edit:  Also, it’s fun to be able to say your diamonds are conflict free. 
 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Your SO is right — diamond side stones are just as unethical as diamond main stones. And James Allen’s “conflict free” isn’t gonna help, either, if you’re seriously concerned about the issue.

So, if ethics is THE reason for your moissy choice, you need to forget about the rings with diamond side stones. Instead of compromising your ethics, why don’t you compromise your esthetics?

A 2mm band looks nearly identical to a 1.8mm band. Plus there is always the option of having a setting custom made. And I second pp’s warnings about the weakness of bands less than 2mm.

Post # 15
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900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@valintine:  Just curious…what makes you say that conflict free diamonds don’t “help the issue?” 

I lived for a summer in Botswana many years ago when I was 16, helping to build a school.  And I still remember learning how to diamond trade there (conflict free, by the way) helps school for all children until age 14 be totally free.  The diamond trade also funds hospitals and gives scholarships to college.  Anyway, for a lot of reasons…I fully support conflict free diamonds.

http://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/DiamondsBuyersGuide.pdf

http://www.conflictfreediamonds.org

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