Should I get a diamond or moissanite for a 2-3 carat oval stone?

posted 4 months ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

I can’t tell you much about ovals, but I LOVE Charles and Colvard’s hearts and arrows cut. It’s round. Again, only speaking for round shapes, but I did not like the look of a 3 carat moissanite. The 2.3 looked perfectly fine. 

With ovals, it’s my understanding that it’s common to see a black bowtie effect in the stone and that’s considered a flaw. I imagine finding an eye clean oval diamond that’s 2-3 carats would be quite pricy. On the other hand, a moissanite around 3 carats would look a bit off. 

When I asked one jeweler about moissanite, she said if I’m going to upgrade, I might as well get a Russian CZ. They do look nice! But obviously they don’t hold up. Given the price ranges and what you get for each option, you might want to consider a 3rd option. Also, there are white sapphires, I don’t know much about them. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

It’s really going to depend on your budget.

My friend just got a 2.5 ct oval lab diamond and it’s gorgeous, but it was pricey.

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

rdtobee :  if you want a diamond and you have the budget for it, get the diamond.  A moissanite is not a diamond and it won’t look like a diamond.  And if you plan to upgrade anyways, just get what you want now.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Agreed with bee above. If you have the budget then I don’t see why you would get a moissanite, which will be a fraction of the cost of a diamond you say you have the budget for. Especially since you mentioned that you like the crushed ice look. I think ovals are the easiest to tell when it’s a moissanite, so if you have the budget then I say go for a diamond. If not, moissanite is still a beautiful stone. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

rdtobee :  you can get a moissanite in 2-3 carat diamond equiv weight for $500 dollars.  A 2-3 carat genuine (even lab made) diamond costs maybe $20,000 or more …

 I personally would go with the lab diamond but given that you’re here asking, money being an issue, combined with the fact that you’re ok with a simulant, you may as well get the moissanite.   You’re right though the larger they are,  the more obvious they’re not diamonds. (Oval moissanite especially regarding their cut and wider dimension) No one will likely directly ask or mention it as they admire your ring but if knowing others may notice it’s different than a diamond bothers you, you may want to go with a genuine diamond despite its high cost. Smaller, like lab, or preloved diamonds are of course more affordable. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee

 Lab diamonds are *much* less expensive than mined diamonds, so that might be an option. But you’re asking a question that only your budget can determine. Dont buy a moissanite with the expectation that it will reflect light like a diamond. It won’t look the same, but it will still be beautiful! And then you could take a fabulous honeymoon with the money you saved. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

rdtobee :  this is probably one of the best I’ve seen to be honest. Most of the other moissanite cuts look very different to diamonds. The video is a tad long you might just have to skip to where they actually compare  

https://youtu.be/oTCMmOHT39U

 

also the Harro gem. Here you can see the comparison between the CC (which in my opinion does not look like an oval diamond at all but beautiful in its own right), an oval diamond and the Harro gem oval 

https://princessbridediamonds.com/blogs/jewelry-education/oval-moissanite-and-diamond-comparison

 

 

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

And while I’m here and clearly have a lot of time on my hands at the moment lol. Mine comes up in Australian dollars so more than US (assuming you’re in the US) but this is a fantastic price for a 2ct oval diamond (lab). Of course depends on the specs you’re going for.

Definitely have a good go at researching and seeing what you like best in terms of how they look and budget. Good luck bee! 

https://www.brilliantearth.com/lab-diamonds-search/view_detail/8158530/

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

If you want a diamond your only real option is a diamond. Despite what people tell you, there is a clear visible difference between moissanites and diamonds, especially ovals and large ovals at that. A 2-3ct oval moissanite will not behave and look like a diamond, the only thing they have in common are they are clear stones, the cut and the way they reflect light is completely different. Most people up close will be able to tell that it’s not a diamond even if they are too polite to say, and more importantly you will be able to tell.

For this reason, imo you should go with a diamond. You will save a lot of money via the moissanite route for sure, but if you really wanted a diamond and the only reason you went moissanite was to save money you will probably see it as a poor imitation rather than a beautiful stone in its own right.

I think moissanites are beautiful and a bargain, however, I don’t agree or recommend people buying them to imitate a diamonds, as more often than not they’re disappointed and have a lot of discomfort around people potentially realising it’s not one and calling them out on it, which is another issue (unless you’d be happy to tell people it’s a moissanite).

 

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

I would only ever want a Moissanite.  Sounds like you would only really want a diamond.  Get the diamond you want or you won’t really like it.

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