Post # 1
Hello fellow weddingbees! I’m a newbee, and I recently posted a board about my selected three-stone emerald cut ring and was inquiring about wedding bands.
Now, S/O and I have been shopping for diamond stones and I was really attracted to the size of a 2 ct. emerald. That being said, it is over S/O’s budget and I feel really badly imposing stress onto him as he tries looking for a “happy medium”. He does have a preferred, trusted Jeweler who is also a friend of his so he usually purchases everything from him. (He bought my promise ring and my diamond cross necklace from the same jeweler.)
Please see attached photos of the two natural diamonds that we saw at his Jeweler’s yesterday… we were shown a 1.63 ct. emerald cut stone that was graded ‘J’ in color, VS1 in clarity. The second was a 2 ct, which I cannot remember the color but the clarity was a little less and I felt like it really showed in person to the naked eye as well as in photos.
First, allow me to ask your preference over the two diamonds above and then I will weigh in with my thoughts.
Secondly, please let me know what your thoughts are on a moissanite stone? I know a few women who have them and love them, and have replaced their diamond e-ring with them.
I was looking at this amazing emerasld cut moissanite from Fire & Brilliance:
I think this would be fantastic because I don’t have to compromise size or clarity, and it also looks like a natural diamond stone.
Thank you for your time!
Post # 2
It is hard to tell which stone I prefer as the pics aren’t too crisp, but I probably prefer the dimensions of the smaller chubbier stone overall.
I have a emerald cut moissanite, and love it. You do have to make sure it is clean (a quick wipe with a cleaning cloth daily does it) but overall it is a great stone. I have mine cut with windmills which makes it look nicer to my eye. Mine is smaller than you want, at 1.5 on size 6.5 finger. I will say that I would have bought a diamond if we could have comfortably afforded it, but we are building a home and this was a birthday present, so not reasonable to spend more than we did!
Post # 3
Olivepepper : Your ring is gorgeous! I love it!
I love that moissanite is much more budget friendly and honestly – do people ever ask you if it is real or not? I too, liked the smaller stone out of the two. It was much prettier.
Post # 4
Do you happen to have another picture of the 2 ct. alone? Or perhaps another shot of them together? The picture with them both seems out of focus to me, making it hard to judge.
As for your second question, I love moissanite!
Post # 5
AMarie_ : The very large genuine diamond you said you really want is not in his budget and since you are obviously willing to get a simulant, would just go with that….
Since you asked, be aware that moissanite doesn’t look exactly like a diamond. It sparkles differently and is cut a bit differently. That will be noticed by some, although most people will not ask or will pretend they don’t notice if asked! Mossanite also can develop a difficult to remove stain, but not all of it does either! Good luck.
Post # 6
AMarie_ : Of the two you diamonds showed, the 1.63 looks much better. Clarity is super important in a step-cut stone because it doesn’t have the facets that a brilliant cut stone has to hide inclusions. Plus, the 3-stone setting you are considering will add additional finger coverage.
I’m not sure I would recommend you go for moissanite, mainly because of these 8 little words: “it also looks like a natural diamond stone.” There are many reasons women choose moissanite as a stone, and they are all perfectly valid. However, whenever I see a woman say she wants to get one because they look just like a diamond, it gives me pause. Not because they look all that different from a diamond (honestly, I’m sure most people won’t give it a second thought), but because if it matters to you that it passes as a diamond, then no matter who oohs and ahhs and assumes it’s a real diamond, you will always know it’s not and that will take away from your enjoyment of it.
So ask yourself this: let’s say a colleague says “Wow, what a nice ring. Is that a real diamond?”
If you imagine yourself proudly declaring “No! It’s actually this stone called moissanite, it’s more refractive than a diamond, and [… excitedly launches into a discussion about all of the cool features of moissanite]”, then absolutely consider going the moissanite route.
But if your reaction would be to either nervously declare “Well, we could have afforded a real diamond but I didn’t want to break the bank, and also [… starts launching into all of the reasons you didn’t really want a diamond anyway]”, or, worse, lie and say yes, I would recommend going for the diamond.
Post # 7
I think the smaller stone with better clarity is beautiful! With a cut like that, clarity is more important, I think.
My vote is smaller diamond. Maybe you can upgrade down the road and get your dream 2ct stone.
Post # 8
I have a moissanite emerald cut and receive nothing but compliments on it.
I think you should do some soul searching on whether you’ll be happy with moissanite long term. That’s the only thing that would make me doubt if you should go that way. I love mine, but I think you want a diamond based on how you wrote your post.
Post # 9
Hi Op, I’m having a similar situation at the moment. I also want a 2ct stone (atleast) which is not in our budget. I will be going with moissanite instead of a smaller diamond. I am looking at Harro or Fire and Brilliance.
Post # 10
AMarie_ : I have a moissanite emerald cut! It’s beautiful and affordable.
Post # 11
AMarie_ : I don’t have a moissanite, but know a few women who do. They’re pretty awesome. They’re everything great about a diamond without the price tag. If size is important (and clarity has to be with step cuts, as you already know), I’d say moissanite all the way. I’d like a pink one eventually, because I’d LOVE a pink diamond, but don’t have $50K-$100k to drop on a stone. Moissanite will totally give me my pink, sparkly fix!
Post pics, whatever you decide. Step cuts are amazing.
Post # 12
You ladies are awesome. Spoke to S/O today. He is set on getting me a diamond, which is fine. Maybe I wiol get another moissanite to wear when I don’t want to wear my e-ring.
Post # 13
unicornwolf : Pink would be so, so pretty!!
Post # 14
ash94 : Fire & Brilliance have some beautiful stones!! Let me see whenever you decide!
Post # 15
hemiandhighheels : I agree. The smaller stone was speaking to me more.