(Closed) white sapphire vs moissanite.. I need your help!!

posted 8 years ago in Rings
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  • Post # 17
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    This is probably all moot because last I heard it was against Shane Co’s company policy to set moissanites in their stores, even if someone brings one in.  I was always told that they won’t work with them at all.  Check that first.  

    Even if they will set it, go to a jeweler that sells moissanite and pay a lot less.  No sense getting ripped off over your engagement ring.  

    Post # 18
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @dewingedpixie:  Well, as a moissanite owner I have told people on these boards not to get one if that isn’t what they want, because that would be settling.  

    Frankly, it doesn’t matter how much a stone costs, if it isn’t what you want, it’s settling.  I would have “settled” for a diamond, but I didn’t want one.  

    Please try not to be so sensitive.  

    Post # 19
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    354 posts
    Helper bee

    It’s all about personal preferences when it comes to diamonds, moissanite, white sapphire, or whatever that’s going to be the engagement ring. If you love moissanite and aren’t crazy about white sapphire, then get your engagement ring somewhere else. Best of luck on your engagement ring search!

    Post # 20
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    Helper bee

    @dewingedpixie:  Do you just go around getting offended at everything in life? I in no way put down synthetics. I in no way said sapphires are bad. I in no way bashed them. You’re pathetic if you’re trying to pick fights on semantics by implying intentions when there weren’t any. I even EXPLAINED what I meant to you to clear up any confusions, yet you still go, then you hang up a white flag saying I’M HYPOCRITICAL, yet YOU’RE DONE with this? You started this so YOU don’t get the say in when YOU’re done.

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    That setting price is absolutely absurd!!  It sounds like they’re bullying you into buying a stone you don’t want just so you’ll get it through them!!  Do you have a picture of the setting itself?  I would look elsewhere for the setting (Shane & Co probably uses a casting company like Stuller or Unique Settings for at least some of their rings) because I’m sure you’ll find it somewhere else, and if you post a pic I’m sure one of the Bee’s can help you find it.  Most reputable jewelers will warranty their work, and if they charge you that much and don’t cover the center stone it’s not really a good deal.   FWIW I brought an older setting into my jeweler to have a CZ placed in it and was charged $38, they didn’t care what they were setting in it, the price was the same.  

    Post # 22
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @bethygrace16:  

    Hi, I don’t post here often, but your post hit home for me so I thought I’d tell my engagement ring story.

    My husband and I purchased my wedding set from Shane Co in Febuary 2012. We went in to look and ended up falling in love with a ring, so we purchased it. I had always wanted a 1.5 ct equivalent Moissanite, but I let the sales person talk me into a 7mm white sapphire because I didn’t want to pay the fee to have it set, and the sapphire would be covered under warrenty.

    We paid $2500 for the setting and $1500 for the white sapphire. I almost immediatly regretted the sapphire, and six months later I used the upgrade policy to change the stone to a kentucky blue sapphire. We spent $60 on that change, putting us at $1560 for the center stone. 3 months after that I was back purchasing a .7 ct diamond for another $100, now up to $1660.

    But it still wasn’t what I wanted. A year after I got my ring my husband and I sold the diamond back to Shane for roughly $800 and used that money to purchase the 1.5 ct Moissanite I had originally wanted. I think the stone cost us something like $460 and the reset fee was roughly $360 (Moissanite weighs less than diamond, so a 1.5 ct equivalent Moissanite actually weighs 1.2 cts.)

    If you still want the size of a large center stone, in the end it is going to cost more for the white sapphire than it will for the Moissanite and setting fee combined. I wish that we had gone with the Moissanite in the first place, and now that I have it I adore my ring.

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions about setting Moissanite with Shane Co.

    Post # 23
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    why would you not just set the stone elsewhere?  I get the warranty thing, but what does that really cover?  

     

    Post # 24
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @bethygrace16:  Personally, I’d see if I could get a similar setting made elsewhere. For me, the main draw of moissy was the fire and you’re not going to get that with sapphire. 

    Post # 26
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @bethygrace16:  

    We did think about it, we even took my ring to a couple local jewelers to price out having it set, but the cheapest it would cost was about $150. The price difference was worth the cost of having the warranty. Keep in mind that you lose all the perks of having a ring through Shane Co if you have it worked on at another jeweler. I like being able to take it in and have it re-sized or dipped whenever I want for free.

    Find out how much the moissanite is actually going to weigh before you have it set. You could even order one and take it in to have it weighed so you know exactly how much it would cost. As long as you’re within the return period you can send it back if it costs too much to have it set.

    Also find out the price of the white sapphire you would want to set. The price for the sapphire may be more than the price of the moissanite + the setting cost.

    Post # 28
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @bethygrace16:  

    Yes, you would have to pay for a new stone and to have it reset. You do have to take it in every six months to have them check the setting to keep your warranty, and they always make sure the prongs are still tight around my moissanite, as well as the diamonds in the rest of the setting. When I had my sapphires and diamond I had a four prong setting, but when I set the moissanite I paid a little extra for a six prong setting. The set it using the same head they would have used to set any other stone. There is a risk with setting any stone, but it was worth it to me to have my moissanite. The white sapphine never sparkled the way I wanted it to, even when I cleaned it every day.

    I heard the spiel against moissanite from many salespeople, even though they don’t make commission at Shane Co they still need to sell the center stones. Once I decided I really wanted a moissanite set I told the person I wasn’t going to change my mind and they didn’t try to sell me anything else or convince me not to change my stone.

    Post # 29
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    This thread is old….but what did you decide?  We bought a setting at Shane and used an heirloom diamond and it only cost like $50 to set it.  The stone was around a half carat.  They stand behind their settings, but not the stone itself (insurance) as long as you get the ring inspected every 6 months.  

    I bought some white sapphire solitaire earrings there too, and yes, there is a difference in how they sparkle.  Gorgeous, just different. 

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