(Closed) Why Moissanite over a diamond? Or diamond over Moissanite. Post your stone

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Post # 121
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

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Mrs.Bill:  It’s the other way around, covalent bonds are stronger than ionic bonds.  

There’s a small portion on page 66 (bottom left paragraph to top right) that says, “For all polytypes, direct SiO2/SiC interface formation is achieved already at room temperature and extremely low oxygen exposures.” I have no idea if this is what I’m seeing or not. I’m also not a chemistry buff and it’s been many years since I learned about redox reactions :/ I’m going to look into this further, since this isn’t really a peer reviewed journal article (I don’t think, at least there’s no methods section and what-not). PM me if you feel like talking, I don’t want to thread jack anymore! 

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jcent:  Thanks! I will contact her 🙂

Post # 122
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Helper bee

 

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valintine:  Liking moissonite over diamonds is perfectly fine and everyone can have their preference, with that said, moissanites are not “physically superior” to diamonds. They are not as strong as diamonds, they are not colorless, and they are wonky under certain lighting with a greenish hue. Moissanites are good for their price, and they are much much cheaper than diamonds. But to call moissonite physically superior to diamonds is just not accurate.

Post # 123
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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Whiskers0:  I didn’t go in depth in my pp, but to explain I’m not talking about asthethic preferences, I’m talking about measurable physical qualities of a gemstone, such as luster, brilliance, fire, toughness. And it is accurate to say that moissanite is superior in all of these areas.

Also diamonds are not stronger than moissanites, but they are harder. A diamond is more likely to break than a moissanite, but it is easier to scratch the surface of a moissanite (it can be scratched by diamond but not much else). My moissanite is graded an H color, so yes this is another physical area which is inferior (or could be, depending on the diamond, most diamonds are not colorless). Some older moissy did have a green hue, but the newer ones don’t and my amora enhanced moissy doesn’t either. Thus it was the best available gemstone on the market at the time my husband purchased it…judging by measurable physical categories. 

ETA: I’m only explaining why *I* chose the gemstone I did. I’m a nerd and this stuff turns me on. Obviously plenty of ladies prefer diamonds and I love those too. To each her own. 

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Post # 124
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 1994

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nowmarriedgirl:  OEC. I have both, the OEC is way nicer. Trust! 

Post # 125
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Helper bee

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valintine:  Moissanites are softer than diamonds. Have you heard about the Mohs scale?

Post # 126
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

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Whiskers0:  Hardness and toughness are two different things. 

Post # 127
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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Whiskers0:  Yes, I majored in physics at university so we covered some material science. ;p There is a difference between hardness and strength. Diamonds are harder, moissanites are stronger (and softer). 

Post # 128
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Diamond prices are relative. You can pay a fortune but you don’t have to. It’s all about shopping around. I don’t know the exact specs of my diamond because it is an antique, but I do know it’s a .23ct VS1 (which I consider a pretty average clarity). It sparkles beautifully. My entire ring cost less than $400. Had the exact same stone been purchased from Tiffany the price would probably have doubled. A larger Moissanite fresh off the assembly line (so to speak) would have cost more too. My ring suits my finger size and lifestyle just perfectly.

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