Post # 76
I didn’t choose the ring or have a say on the stone but I am sooo in love with it, from now on I will forever be going moissanite!! There’s the financial aspect, the ethical aspect, the durability and not ever forgetting that SPARKLE!!
Post # 77
Through many trials and tribulations, I ended up with a moissanite ring. I used to want only a diamond, as it was my birthstone, and most of the women in my family received diamonds for their engagements. I’ve had diamonds, but circumstances led me to having to part with them. I originally tried out moissanite because of its durability and yes, its visual similarity to diamonds in many respects. I now have a moissanite ring that is a permanent fixture on my finger, and it is meaningful for several reasons. Maybe it’s several decades’ experience speaking for me, but I realized one day that literally no one cares what I wear on my finger except me, and if they do care, it’s honestly none of my business. In my twilight years, the last thing I am going to regret is that I don’t have a diamond ring. I am very fond of my moissanite. And yes, much of it is financial; I have one child nearing college age, and I never want to personally feel like the cost of my jewelry took away from my kids’ financial security. Simply my personal view — our circumstances have just never allowed us to feel completely free from monetary worry.
ETA: I should add that I feel fortunate I live in a time when I can purchase a forever stone for far less than the cost of a diamond. Even most durable gemstones, I’ve found, cost more than moissanite per carat, so I consider myself lucky to be able to have a beautiful ring I can wear for the rest of my life that costs relatively little in the grand scheme.
Post # 78
Moissanite is far more in line with my ethics than diamonds.
Mining diamonds causes environmental damage, and there is no way of knowing if a mined diamond has been part of the blood diamond trade. I am in no way willing to buy a piece of jewellery that may have contributed to human suffering and the destruction of the planet.
Since I learned about the diamond industry years ago, I’d decided that when I got engaged it would be with a lab created stone. At first I was going to go with a blue lab sapphire, but then I was introduced to moissanite and fell in love. I plan on getting a Charles and Colvard near-colourless pear cut, bezel set in recycled gold similar to this https://www.instagram.com/p/BgIecxMFsnT/
Other examples of the C&C pear (since that’s the cut you’re interested in):
Post # 79
danaberries : I love Range Rover, you go girl! Their are many different types of Moissiantes, am I correct? Is their a particular one that looks closer to a diamond? I’ve seen 1 or 2 in a chain store but was way too flashy.
Post # 80
- Wedding: October 2019 - City, State
hate the diamond industry and their practices and I have a lot of problems with the environmental and human damage they cause.
But. I really like the white stone look. So when I found moissanite I was thrilled. Not over priced and over hyped. Prettier than diamonds because of the higher refraction and rainbow flashes, and almost as durable. I am IN LOVE with my ring.
Post # 81
Soon2BMrsFredericks : hahaha thanks!
From my understanding there are two different kinds of crystal structure to moissanite, 4H and 6H? Most now though are all done in the newer 6H way which allows the stone to be truly colourless and not slightly green like moissy used to be way back in the day. The biggest difference now is with how each company has the stones cut. Some cut to maximize fire, some cut to minimize it. If you saw some in a jewelry store chances are is was a Charles and Colvard stone, and they tend to cut for max fire. Though a moissy will always have more fire than a diamond, because that’s just the way the stones are. Some shapes will of course have more or less than others as well. Like if you’re wanting minimal fire then the step cuts will be your best friend, think emerald cut, or the antique cuts like Old Mine Cushion and so on, and the most fire I believe will be your round brilliant and H&A cuts.
Mine is a radiant from The True Gem company. It definitely has more fire than any of my diamonds, but I really only see it if I’m out in full sun or under led lights. Most of the time it performs very similar to a diamond. Because I went with a larger stone though, you can see the double refraction a bit easier if you’re looking closely or zoom in on a picture. And moissy isn’t going to be quite as ‘crisp’ or have as much depth as a diamond, more so if you go larger, but as I said in my original post, to me the difference is so minimal it just isn’t worth all the extra money. Plus I really love the extra sparkle when I see it! 😜
This is typically how she looks 😊
Post # 82
90% ethics – I don’t want to support the diamond industry
5% stone properties – I looked at other gemstones, but I couldn’t find anything with the durability and fire of a moissanite.
5% financial – I did look at sapphires as well, but I have a size 11 finger and for me to find a sapphire large enough, we would have been paying more than we were comfortable spending.
I haven’t encountered many people saying that they planned to pass it off as a diamond. Most of the folks I’ve encountered that made this choice (or chose another clear stone that might be mistaken for a diamond), are very open about what their stone is. Even though moissanite is lab grown, I still think the fact that it’s naturally occurring in space is awesome and much cooler than the concept of a stone coming from brutal labor.
Post # 83
danaberries : Thank you so much for that info, I really appreciate it. Yor ring is so perfect!
Post # 84
Soon2BMrsFredericks : you are very welcome! And thank you!! 😊💖
Post # 85
If I had known about moissanite before my engagement, I would have probably suggested it to Darling Husband. If I was to get one, it would be for financial reasons.
Post # 87
There were several factors that led me to choose a moissanite over any other stone. To start with, I never wanted a diamond for ethical, environmental, and financial reasons. I was considering one of two options: a blue-green sapphire in a white gold/palladium setting or a moissanite with a rose gold setting. I fell in love with a particular rose gold ring, and decided that I preferred a moissanite. In truth, I prefer a moissanite over diamond, because of the particular way it sparkles. I’ve had it for 6 months now, and have never taken it off. I’ve also knocked it against things many times (oops), but the quality of the stone has never suffered in any way (I took this picture earlier today). I use silver polish and a soft toothbrush to clean it every other month, and it keeps it pristine. I will wear this ring forever. 🙂 Ultimately, it comes down to your preference and values.
Details: Size 3.75 Ring with 8mm (2 ct. equivalent) Round Brilliant C&C Forever One moissanite
Post # 86
Ethical. Amazingly pretty, Don’t feel like spending 10k on a ring. Won’t feel as bad if it’s damaged or lost. I can spend the money on other things that are more useful than just a fancy rock.
Post # 87
Hey, new-ish to moissy! I have my grandmother’s beautiful heirloom diamond, but honestly? I had always wanted a moissy! After stumbling upon the Bee a few years ago, I have been captivated by the gemstone. I finally got mine today and I really like it. She is warm in some lights and white in others. I’ve seen people not like the ‘moodiness’ of them, but that’s why I really like it! 😊
Post # 88
I don’t judge people who like diamonds, you like what you like.For me, I have alot of reasons I don’t like them.
First, the Debeer advertising campaign are the only reason diamond are even a thing, knowing that, they have always seems like a silly choice for me. I don’t like being told what to like, I’m stubborn like that. I also have issues with the diamond trade, even with the Kimberly process.
So when I started looking into engagement rings, I was drawn to artificial stones because I could guarantee the source and the price wasn’t a 1000% mark up. When I first saw moissanite, I loved the moodiness and refraction and was totally sold on it. I tell everyone what my stone is and if they are pushy, why I have one instead of diamond. I try not to be annoying about it or ruin the party for everyone, though.
The silver lining is my SO gave me a $7k budget because he thought I would want a diamond. My ering was like 1/6 of that and my wedding band was under $1k leaving a bunch left over to add to my dress fund and to pad our honeymoon budget.
Post # 90
pantsapocalypse : it’s interesting to find someone else who likes their moodiness. I always had heard of it in a negative light, but I love it! The stone is never the same from one light to the other. It’s so beautiful and sparkly though!