(Closed) Will I regret not asking for a diamond…??

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Post # 93
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I am a big BIG fan of blue sapphire or vintage aquamarine rings. They make lovely engagement rings. 🙂

Post # 94
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@DeathByDesign:  Good call on the green moissy. Demantoid garnet is also green and very refractive.

My thought is, prasiolite is a relatively inexpensive stone. It’s well within reach as a RHR for almost all budgets. My prasiolite/sterling silver right hand ring cost less than $40.

 

If the decision is between prasiolite or diamond, I say why not get the best of both worlds and get a diamond ering, and buy yourself a prasiolite right hand/cocktail ring? You could still get the healing benefits by wearing it every day. Then you also wouldn’t have to worry as much about damaging the stone in your engagement ring – which is a personal concern of mine with my amethyst.

Either way, I don’t think you can really go wrong. Just think it over and go with what your gut tells you. 😉

Post # 95
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@GoldfishPie:  Thank you. I wish I had been objective enough to state that with as much eloquence and clarity as you managed to.

Post # 96
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@starla:  wow thats some ring ; ) i love green stones.

Post # 99
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Busy bee

@KatyElle:  It’s always the same people being rude over and over about non diamonds, so just brush off those “observations”.

Truth. Glad I wasnt the only one who noticed. 

And that pad ring is amazing!

 

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@GoldfishPie:  +1. Well said!

Post # 100
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Busy bee

@starla:  You have quite the jewelry collection! I feel like everytime someone asks for advice on a certain kind of ring, you’re right there with a picture of something stunning! Haha

Post # 101
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Bee Keeper

@GoldfishPie: It actually has less white light return (lower brilliance), and more fire (double refraction/dispersion) than a diamond, similar to a CZ in those respects. Unlike a CZ, which is naturally completely colorless, it is naturally green tinted. Any of these normal attributes of this lab-created stone may be seen as pros or cons by any particular wearer. It also can have inclusions, unlike CZ (they are different than diamond inclusions, typically tube-like and perpendicular to the table) and even these are seen as a pro by some wearers, because they see it as more diamond-like that way.

In this thread, OP mentioned liking green stones and KatN mentioned that Moiss will not be mistaken for a diamond. In that context I’m surprised someone mentioning the green tint got that sort of response.

Post # 102
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@joya_aspera:  No, it has more brilliance:

 As for green tint, yes, moissanite base can have a green tint. Older moissanite was worse for this, but growing techniques have changed dramatically, as has treatment such as Amora. There are some comparisons of old versus new stones out there that show the difference, and this is why people always recommend that people do not buy old stock…but even then sometimes a few duds somehow come onto the market. I can honestly say none of my moissanite (purchased in last 2 years, some of which is Amora-ized, some which is unenhanced) ever shows green tint and I have worn it everywhere. The only time it gets a little warm (yellow/ivory, not green) is in the car on an overcast day, and mine are all set in yellow gold (and bezels) too, so less light into the stone and being reflected tends to show more of the surrounding colour reflecting since it does not have light to reflect.

As for inclusions, yes there are are particular inclusions to that may occur and this is part of how moissanite can be identified. These are usually thread like inclusions but they are not always present, the picture below shows an example of a few (from C & C site), and growing processes have also changed to reduce these…in any event, I have never talked to anyone who actually has seen these inclusions unless they had like a 100x loupe! I have never, ever seen them on my own stones:

 

 

 

 

The Amora Gem won’t have any green tint and will be truly colourless (F) for those who like colourless stones (I personally prefer some colour).

Post # 103
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@joya_aspera:  Not correct.

Moissanite has a refractive index of 2.65; diamond is 2.42.

Moissanite has a dispersion index of .104; diamond is .044

I want to be clear is saying that I adore diamond! It is a beautiful and highly coveted gemstone and I would be happy to own one in the future if one were passed down to me. I also happen to love moissanite, and I don’t think it has to be a one-or-the-other sort of thing.

 

Post # 104
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Bee Keeper

Hmm, maybe brilliance is the wrong term. If that’s so I apologize for my mistake. It reflects back less white light, is what I meant.

Post # 105
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@joya_aspera: Ah, okay. I see what you mean. Moissanite actually still returns more white light than diamond since it has higher brilliance, but the difference is it also has more fire, so the colours are more visible to the eye. This picture is handy to explain the difference!:

 

 

This is why people refer to a “rainbow sparkle” sometimes. Moissanite on left, diamond on right:

 

 

 

Post # 106
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Bee Keeper

@RayKay:  I stand corrected. I used the wrong technical terms/info about brilliance. (Has the amount of non-dispersed(white) light ever been caculated, independent from overall refractive index? What is moissanite’s white light return, do you know?)

In any case, the phenomenon you’re showing in that picture is what I meant to say.

Post # 107
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve never once regreted a non-diamond engagement ring. If there is something you really love that makes your heart sing when you look at it, then that’s the one. No matter what the color or stone is. 🙂

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