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GardenGeek Thu 26-Jan-17 21:11:46

I am looking at my future dream ring to point DH in direction of grin

And I have found the Moissanite and am so impressed by its value for money compared to Diamond - it seems like a no-brainer, but is there a catch?

The shops say the brilliance is better than a Diamonds although some comments online say the colour in certain lights is an issue for them.

Does anyone have any experience of Moissanite personally?

Always trusting mumsnet for an honest opinion grin

GardenGeek Thu 26-Jan-17 21:12:26

DH?! I mean DP,

Haha DH in my dream.

These fingers typed out of my subconscious blush

Backt0Black Thu 26-Jan-17 21:14:30

Had one, bought from reputable retailer. Was still really quite yellow. Sorry, just my experience.

Have a lovely diamond now, and its really quite amazing all the fire and ice in the sparkle.

That said - could just be me, others may have had a better experience.

TrollTheRespawnJeremy Thu 26-Jan-17 21:21:03

It's darker than diamonds. Doesn't have the same light or sparkle.

It's nice in itself. But if you want the look of a diamond get a diamond.

Also value for money is a bit of a misnomer as you can always sell on a diamond- because of demand it will always have value. Moissanite doesn't.

GardenGeek Thu 26-Jan-17 21:36:24

Oh so not so good.

Thanks for being honest.

I will admit I am a little disappointed sad

I was imaging the beautiful cushion cut rock I could have for a tenth of the price grin

I suppose if its too good to be true...

TrollTheRespawnJeremy Thu 26-Jan-17 21:37:22

Listen, you'll get a nice ring. If you like it you like it. But don't compare it to a diamond ring as it will slowly drive you barmy grin

WaitrosePigeon Thu 26-Jan-17 21:38:22

Nothing sparkles like a diamond...

GardenGeek Thu 26-Jan-17 22:04:18

Hmm, I have never owned any Diamonds before so not sure what I would compare it too.

And tbh, before I was also thinking outside the box w/ rough diamond as opposed to a standard diamond as I really don't want the same princess cut solitaire that all my pals have.

Now I feel I am convincing myself somewhat because...
I really want a 1.8 - 2.2 ct. Cushion Cut similar to these photos...
Thats either a 20k diamond which I obviously would never allow DP to buy even if we could afford it; or a £700 Moissanite.

But in later life will I regret this, and wish I had got a Diamond, even if a teeny weeny one.

Ahhh confused

gleam Thu 26-Jan-17 22:13:35

On Youtube they compare diamond with moissanite, white sapphire and CZ. Might be worth a look?

hefzi Thu 26-Jan-17 22:18:55

A lot of rings that have multiple smaller diamonds at the cheaper end of the market (things like halo rings, with smaller stones rounds a larger central gemstone) apparently tend to have moissanite mixed in with the real diamonds (according to my jeweller pal) - I have several of these type of ring, that would have a retail price of a couple of hundred quid or so new in a shop: I genuinely can't tell the difference, and they don't seem a different colour to the naked eye, whilst being equally sparkly. That said, that's when they are small stones, interspresed with diamonds, so it could well be more noticeable in a stone of a larger carat, without diamonds in the same piece.

How about considering buying second-hand, or from an auction, and, if necessary, having the ring reset? The new retail mark ups are substantial, and though a diamond ring will hold its worth better than a moissanite, it still wouldn't sell for anything like you paid for it (obviously, not that you would be thinking of selling it), no matter the replacement value.

The other option, if you want a big rock, is to compromise somewhat on the colour and clarity - there can be a big difference in price between something that has inclusions visible under a loupe, and an internally flawless diamond, as well as between a clear one as opposed to a champagne coloured one, for example.

Jjacobb Thu 26-Jan-17 22:26:51

I have a moissanite ring,
If I put it next to my real diamond ring it does look slightly yellow. By itself I don't think anyone would know it wasn't real. It's very sparkly when light catches it.

Man10 Thu 26-Jan-17 22:52:55

you can always sell on a diamond- because of demand it will always have value

I've read that diamonds are a complete con, essentially worth a tiny fraction of what they are sold for. I read of someone in the USA who tried to sell diamonds back to jeweller and found that he could only get a fraction of what they cost to buy, if he could sell them at all.

scottishdiem Thu 26-Jan-17 23:28:13

Being from Zimbabwe my DP has real ethical concerns about the entire diamond industry (false value, environmental damage, conflict diamonds put in "ethical" supply chain etc.).

So we went for Moissanite with a single, large stone (2 carat fwiw) and it does look like a real diamond as its mounted on white gold which I suspect is helping with any yellow as its always compared favourably to actual diamond engagement rings in the office.

We did, as hefzi suggests, look at second hand and vintage diamond pieces as a possible alternative but opted for the Moissanite instead. We would recommend it.

scottishdiem Thu 26-Jan-17 23:32:06

Also - we bought we there was only one company with the patent to make them. The patent expired a couple of years ago and I dont know if there are new manufacturers with inferior products out there now. Definately go see some in a show to see what they are like. As I said, we are very happy with how the one we got looks and sparkles and looks far more expensive than it was.

Birdsgottafly Thu 26-Jan-17 23:40:04

QVC Diamonique, mimics blue/white diamonds and the same settings are used.

They have no quibble returns, if you don't like it.

thumbsupforthesixbillion Thu 26-Jan-17 23:48:52

My engagement ring is moissainte, which I chose for the ethics over diamonds. I adore it, was able to get more bang for our buck and was able to go down the custom route with it. In some lights it does have more warmth/yellow tones but as someone that doesn't wear diamonds I don't really notice the difference or find that it bothers me. The UK distributor is based in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and is well worth a visit to see them if you can get over, they made my engagement ring: . I'm currently looking at eternity rings and will be going back to them for another commissioned piece I think.

Araminta99 Fri 27-Jan-17 00:15:12

What's the catch? It's a simulant. They really do not look like diamonds, they are far too yellow/green and don't behave like a diamond. If you want to make people think it's a diamond then go for a high quality cubic zirconia which mimics a diamond far better. They don't last long but are so cheap you can just buy a new one.

In my opinion, if I couldn't afford a diamond in the size I wanted I'd get a gemstone. Classic and gorgeous. But if your heart is set on a clear stone then get a smaller, real diamond. You can get an ethical, conflict free stone. Or a second hand ring.

GardenGeek Fri 27-Jan-17 00:30:09

Woah, and I just got lost in youtube world of rocks and rings! Even more dangerous than mumsnet for distraction blush

Thank you for all the replies. Its late so will read through and reply tomorrow.

Thanks again for all taking the time to reply

YouHadMeAtCake Fri 27-Jan-17 00:53:27

I agree that if you like the look of a diamond but your budget is lower , go for a pre owned diamond ring, auctions , specialist stores. You'll get more for your money. I'd never buy diamonds from high street stores.

RamblinRosie Fri 27-Jan-17 01:07:41

Yes, go for second hand, you save the VAT(or did). I got a lovely vintage ring, and was subsequently told that the diamond was super good.

blankmind Fri 27-Jan-17 01:52:27

Have a look at some White Zircon - it's a natural mineral, has a fire like diamonds in good quality pieces, nothing to do with Cubic Zirconia.

Snifftest Fri 27-Jan-17 05:25:39

Have a look at kinetique- they are lab grown diamonds, identical in every way to mined dionds, but cheaper and without the ethical concerns.

WaitrosePigeon Fri 27-Jan-17 06:52:49

Yes I agree with getting an antique/second hand ring.

Kevinbaconsrealwife Fri 27-Jan-17 07:03:00

Have a look at white topaz as well...I've got some in a necklace and a ring....admittedly the stones are small but lovely and ice white...

Famalam13 Fri 27-Jan-17 07:32:20

I do and no-one has ever noticed the difference and I get so many comments about it's sparkle. Meant I could have the ring I wanted at a reasonable price and not have to worry about the ethics of it. I love it and wouldn't ever change it for a diamond. I have read so much about diamonds being a massive con.

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