(Closed) Yahoo! Finance article on Moissanite

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 32
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Blushing bee

@nattiejeanne:  The kimberly process doesn’t work, if its intent is to prevent conflict stones from entering the market.

Global Witness in the UK has pulled out of KP as it feels KP is “toothless”, with examples of where/how the process fails:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/12/07/london-ngo-quits-the-kimberley-process-over-thriving-blood-diamond-trade.html

And the KP wiki entry also has some good media/article links to examples of how people are able to circumvent the certification process. The only real way to ensure you are getting a conflict-free stone is to purchase stones through highly stable and controlled conflict-free production channels, such as Canadian diamonds or lab-created diamonds (d.nea labs, gemesis, appolo, etc). KP is woefully understaffed to do any sort of real oversight.

Post # 33
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Bee Keeper

@ittybittykittycommittee:  I’m not offended at all ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve learned a lot on WB. The manipulation of the diamond market by the diamond industry is just one of them. Of course the diamond industry is going to try and keep it all under the rug and pretend its not happening. Its in their best interest to do so.

I don’t understand all the controversy about diamonds VS. moissanite anyway. Its not like we have to wear each others rings, so who cares? 

Post # 34
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Blushing bee

@jessicadarling:  Hah! I grew up in an area with lots of Mennonite and PA Dutch communities.

“This is my Mennonite gem. Mennonite was first discovered in a meteorite. Another option I looked at for a white/clear engagement gemstone was an Amish. The Amish stone is a CZ with a highly durable carbon coating.”

Coincidence? Or conspiracy since many Mennonite/Amish/PA Dutch communities shun any sort of accountrement/adornment. They are so strict as to ban zippers.

Post # 35
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Blushing bee

@Bridey77:  exactly. so many of rings bees have on here are beautiful – diamonds, ashas, moissanites, CZs, morganites (LOVE the emerging morganite + rose gold trend, so ladylike!), sapphires, rubys, amethyst, etc. Some of them are ones I would *never* wear because they are not my taste and I can’t pull them off but look fantastic and are perfect on the bees that wear them (just like I think my butt looks awesome in my bright orange workout shorts + they make a dreary day workout so much happier but other bees would probably rather be shot than have to put ’em on).

I do like that WB is a great source for info and education – it’s how I learned about moissanite, which my SO will be putting in my ring. I absolutely don’t judge/hold it against bees that have a diamond, whether or not they or their FIs are aware of the diamond industry/trade. Doesn’t chap my butt :).

IMO on diamond vs. moissy “contraversy” – I think there are some bees that feel threatened on both sides and vent some of that onto the rings board to make others feel bad and to feel better about themselves. I think the same is true for bees who “feel bad” for women with “small” rings or say that someone’s big ring “must be fake” or that person “must be in debt”. I mean really, it’s the internet.

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@ittybittykittycommittee:  I know the Kimberely Process doesn’t work. I was mostly being sarcastic that the article she posted was about exposing simulants as being marketed incorrectly when a bigger priority should be ending conflict over diamonds. I am a moissanite girl anyways, so no diamonds for me regardless!

Post # 37
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Bee Keeper

@ittybittykittycommittee:  HA HA….that’s classic…..Its so true….we’re all 10 foot tall and bullet proof online. Personally, I am expert about everything on the internet….an arm chair philosopher too….

Post # 38
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670 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Bridey77:  I just prefer natural made stones. Nature made over man made. That’s all. 

Edited to add: amen on the internet thing! I’m just over here thinking, can’t we all just get along and support each other and not be mean about people’s choices? I think moissy is pretty, I just don’t want lab created. So white sapphire or topaz for my earrings and a diamond on my finger. That doesn’t make me better than anyone. It makes me, me.

I wish everyone could be that way. Sadly, some folks prefer to be mean and be a Judgey McJudgerson. 

 

Post # 39
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Bee Keeper

@MissSangria:  I’ve developed a recent fascination with white sapphire. Look on Etsy. They have some really neat white sapphire pieces.

Is Judgey McJudgerson related to Snarky McSnarkson? I’ve seen that one used a couple times before too,LOL

Post # 40
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670 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Bridey77:  thanks for the tip! I will look! Lol, yes I think Snarky and Judgey are sisters from another mister! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 41
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Blushing bee

@MissSangria:  white sapphires are lovely. They tend to get dirty over time more easily than other gems, but nothing a cleaning cannot fix (and they will not get dirty/unsparkly in one day; just make sure they are clean before the wedding). I have two pairs of studs – one princess, one emerald cut (lab created, not mined. I have the opposite “issue” ๐Ÿ™‚ from you, I prefer lab stones to mined!) that are my favorite clear-stone earrings. I think step cuts look great in white sapphire because white sapphires tend to have less fire than CZ/moissy/diamonds, but still have quite a bit of flash. I bet a pair of white sapphire earrings in a large cluster setting would also be stunning.

I also have a pair of white topaz earrings (again, lab stones), trillian cut. I think they sparkle a little “flatter” and not as “bright” compared to the sapphires and tend to have yellow/blue/green fire to them and can have a greyish cast in bad lighting. If you like a “cooler” side of the rainbow for your fire and a more subtle flash, the topaz are very pretty as well.

 

What other jewelry will you be wearing? I think if you are going no necklace, a pair of white sapphire or white topaz (if you have a cooler color motif) dangle or clusters would be lovely. if you are wearing a silver/white gold colored necklace, I would go with the white topaz. If you are wearing pearls or a “strong”/statement-y necklace, I’d go with the simpler cut emerald white sapphires.

Post # 42
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

 

@ittybittykittycommittee:  I don’t think I’m going to wear a necklace with my dress. I was planning the snazzy earrings and bracelet route. I am hoping to find stunning chandeiler earrings, (that’s why I first considered moissy) for price and beauty. 

From what you are saying, white sapphire will be the way to go for sparkle factor.  ๐Ÿ™‚

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