Choosing Moissanite

I think science is really cool.

There, I said it. I’m not what you’d call a geek (not cool or clever enough to be), but I enjoy science-y things. I like space and the universe, I like Facebook pages to do with science jokes, and interesting facts about sea creatures. I listen to podcasts by Professor Brian Cox before I go to sleep. I find this stuff really interesting.

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Hilarious image via 9GAG

So when I happened upon a stone that was a little bit different from the norm, I thought it was really, really cool.

I always thought I’d have a diamond engagement ring. I was never a fan of coloured stones because, although they are very pretty, I thought a clear stone would suit everything I wore and little things like that made me happy.

The problem I had with diamonds was the cost. Being in England, it’s unusual for someone to have a diamond engagement ring that is over half a carat. And half a carat is big for the vast majority of people. If you have a larger, more expensive rock, you are automatically considered a show-off and us Brits don’t really like show-offs.

But I didn’t like smaller stones. I would wander around the jewellery district in our city and be drawn to the huge diamonds that cost thousands and thousands and thousands and I would sigh—why did they have to be so bloody expensive?!

About a year ago I met a girl at work with the prettiest engagement ring I had ever seen; one night whilst we were at a bar I found myself staring at it and I realised in that moment what it was about the larger diamond that I liked—the sheer amount of sparkle. Smaller diamonds sparkle, sure, but the larger surface area meant more surface to sparkle off, and I fell in love. I had to talk to her about it and she mentioned that her husband bought it online from Blue Nile and it cost thousands less than it would have done if they’d bought it in a shop over here.

So what did I do? I did as any girl in a relationship does when she’s not even remotely engaged. Start looking at rings online! I had my hopes up when I visited Blue Nile and, although I couldn’t deny that they were cheaper, they were still expensive and there was no way I could ever expect Jack to fork out that much money for a piece of jewellery. Still, I couldn’t get over her diamond. I started thinking—what about a lab-made diamond? Would they be cheaper? Nope. Not even close. So I started thinking about other options and I thought, what if I found something better than diamond? And that’s exactly what I Googled.

So what do you know, Better Than Diamond appeared in my search results! At first I read nonstop about the Amora Gem and seriously got my hopes up, but then found out that it wasn’t going to be available until 2015 and I was kinda hoping that I’d get engaged before then. But although I was disappointed about that, it didn’t stop me reading more about the Amora Moissanite, and the more I read the more fascinated I became by it. Discovered in a meteorite. Clear like a diamond. A stone which won’t deteriorate. Insanely sparkly. None of my friends would have one. Not cheap, but affordable.

But would it be obvious that it was 10 times less than what a diamond would cost? I wasn’t bothered about it looking like a “knock-off” because the fact that it wasn’t a diamond didn’t bother me; what I was worried about was that it wouldn’t make me go “oooooh” like a diamond did. But then I found a picture that made me know I didn’t need to worry—that this was the stone I was looking for. And it was from Weddingbee.

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Image via MissMarriage on the Weddingbee Ring Board

This was the picture that almost sold it to Jack. I had casually mentioned that I’d seen a stone that was amazing and beautiful with qualities like a diamond but without the price tag. He listened and then said, “Great, but I’d never not buy you a diamond for your engagement ring.” Um”¦why?? “Because you deserve the best!” “Then why would I want a small, low-quality diamond within budget, when I could have this?! That’s pretty and sparkly, and awesome because it was originally found in space!” Then his face changed. I needn’t have mentioned the sparkle or the durability or anything else—the word “space” was what did it. “That is soooooooo cool!!! What’s it called again?”

And he got me one. Ten months later and an Amora Moissanite was sat in my engagement ring, surrounded by platinum and yellow gold, and it couldn’t have looked more perfect.

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It is a different colour in almost every light. It sparkles like a bad boy in the lift at work, and I capture glimpses of its multi-coloured flashes all day.

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I volunteer the information on my moissanite stone when someone I know asks me about it. A 1.25 carat rock is hard to ignore, and my British head tells me that I need to explain that it’s not a £6k ring, just like my colleague had to announce that “he got it cheaper online!” I have had an overwhelmingly positive response to it, with most people having never heard of it and thinking it’s awesome. Jack’s friend even told his own family!

My Amora Moissanite was definitely the best choice for me. I used to say that if money would allow, I would have gotten a diamond, but now I’m not so sure. I just love it so so much. And I hope I can spread the word in the UK so more girls like me won’t have to compromise to get their dream ring.

BLOGGER

Mrs. Jackrabbit

Location:
Brighton, UK
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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    vorpalette 11300 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 7:32 am

    Gorgeous! I wish I found moissanite while we were still ring shopping–I wanted a clear stone for the same reasons you did, and though I didn’t necessarily want a big stone, the cost vs diamonds is definitely a huge plus. AND the whole space thing is pretty nifty. I loooove your ring!

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 7:34 am

    It’s so beautiful. I wish I had known about moissanite when we were looking at engagement rings. I love my ring, but I’m a little worried that it won’t last forever… Plus, it’s not from space :)

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    GIJen 219 posts, Helper bee @ 7:58 am

    Hi Miss Jackrabbit, congratulations on your engagement and your beautiful ring. I’m a fellow UK bee and was wondering if you managed to get your moissanite in the UK? I’m really drawn to them and love some of the ones on US websites but I’d really like to try some on and see them in the flesh so to speak before my SO gets me one.

    Thanks :-)

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:12 am

    @vorpalette: awww thank you :) it’s so nice to find another clear forever stone, and I like being a little ‘out of the ordinary’ ;)

    @Miss Blue Whale: As you say in your post, you can buy a new ring every year if you want to! Love the vintage style of yours – and the thin band! So pretty!

    @GIJen: Thank you! He did buy it from the US and I didn’t see it until I was presented with it. However, it exceeded all expectations. I don’t know where you can see one in person, but from what I see on the boards you can buy them and return them if you’re not happy. Although if you’re in Brighton in the near future, let me know and you can check it out in person! The camera just doesn’t do this baby justice.

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    Miss Leopard 1992 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:15 am

    Can I ask a question? If the culture over there is generally unfavorable towards people with bigger rocks (and that was one of the reasons you didn’t want one), how did you save yourself any grief from looking like “a showoff” as you put it? Doesn’t a large moissanite give the same impression? It’s a very pretty ring.

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:20 am

    @Miss Leopard: because I don’t mind strangers in the street thinking that, but when I talk to friends and colleagues I can justify having a bigger rock because it’s not a diamond, and therefore not looked upon as a ‘status symbol’. I generally get a look of relief from them when I tell them about what it is :)

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:25 am

    Your reasoning makes a lot of sense, and your ring looks gorgeous!

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    GIJen 219 posts, Helper bee @ 9:12 am

    @Miss Jackrabbit: Thank you for the reply, I’m afraid I’m not even in the UK for a while, although if I was I’d be hot footing it down to Brighton :-) .

    I think I may try and find something a similar size to the ones I’m looking at and see what they look like on my finger before trying to persuade the OH that shopping on the internet isn’t a bad a idea lol

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 9:18 am

    I think your ring is awesome! Great job making a nice big ring ‘culturally acceptable’. Win Win :)

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    missgreenbean 463 posts, Helper bee @ 9:21 am

    Fellow Moissanite gal over here! I never wanted a diamond to begin with- I told FI very early on that I wold be upset with him if he wased tons of money on a silly trinket but deep down…man oh man I wanted me some sparkle! Moissanite to the rescue! The space thing especially tickled me pink too- I’m a HUGE space nerd. My dad named a star for me when I turned 15. the coolest person I ever met was none other than Sally Ride. When we picked it out FI turned to me and said “now my shining star can wear her own shining star”…the man knows how to woo a gal, huh?!

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    jilleeann 409 posts, Helper bee @ 9:51 am

    Moissanite was going to be the path we took if we didn’t find an antique we liked. The store that carries them in Dallas was really snotty on the phone and the antique shop we went to was amazing, so antique it ended up being. I still like that there is a stone out there that he can shop for when it comes to future jewelry options though, while still not getting me diamonds which I’ve never been a fan of.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:58 am

    I’ve seen moissy videos online that show them sparkling more than a diamond. I must admit I’d have loved to learn about this before getting engaged, is not just the fact that you can go bigger with a moissy than with a diamond, it’s the “it was found on a meteor rock” thing that makes it too cool for words.

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    Macrolido 20 posts, Newbee @ 10:22 am

    your ring looks gorgeous!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:25 am

    Love it! That makes me want to get a second ring (like a right-hand ring… my right hand is jealous of my left hand’s bling) in moissanite!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:26 am

    OMG and I love that Galileo pic. It gets me every time!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 2:22 pm

    What a stunning ring! I’ve never heard of Moissanite so I’m glad you wrote a post about it–so sparkly and gorgeous!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:48 pm

    Your ring is gorgeous! I hadn’t heard of Moissanite until after I was already engaged (and had a ring on my finger), otherwise I definitely would have looked seriously into it, the stones sound amazing!

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    mswallaby 2063 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:23 pm

    I love your ring!!! It’s so pretty and simple and ugh just so pretty. And I’m really not usually a ring girl :) Mr. W and I are both engineers so when we came across lab-made diamonds when we were looking at rings online, we were totally sold. I love having a rock made in a lab right here in Texas. Wooo go science haha :)

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:13 pm

    I’ve heard of Moissanite! Your ring is stunning girl!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:04 am

    I’ve never heard of Moissanite but I totally have ring envy. :) My FI and I have discussed that we would be ‘upgrading’ throughout our time together and I think I’m going to add this to the list – it’s just so pretty and like you said: SPACE! DUH! What a stellar find!

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    dandillilion 19 posts, Newbee @ 11:57 am

    Congratulations! Your story makes me happy :0 plus your ring is absolutely lovely. I’m curious though… how did you end up getting an Amora enhanced stone if they weren’t supposed to be restocked before 2015?

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    tarheelgurl 1180 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:13 pm

    I have a moissy too, and like your FI, mine wasn’t exactly convinced at first. Not until he realized that the crazy sparkle in the center stone meant more to me than having a diamond. Well that and we went to look at diamonds in the mall and he realized that he could get me a ring I loved at a cheaper price than the diamonds we saw in the mall that I thought were “meh”. I’m so happy he got me a moissanite. It’s extremely sparkly, he wasn’t price gouged for it, and it really is a unique stone.

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    Annie, Guest @ 8:00 am

    I have a moissanite engagement ring! I just got engaged a month ago. I LOVE my ring. It’s so beautiful and sparkly and my honey didn’t go into debt buying it! I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Plus, no people or villages were harmed in the making of my ring, which makes me happy!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 5:56 pm

    What a cool find! I’ve never heard of this, but I really adore when ladies explore other options beyond diamonds. Having something that unique makes it even more fun.

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    philadelphiachic 78 posts, Worker bee @ 5:55 pm

    Your blog post was so funny to read! When I first told chef I wanted a Moissanite, he said “Get the — outta here ‘mumble mumble’, a few choice words – you would NOT be happy! All of your friends would have a diamond and here you are with a Moissanite- hmph”.

    I felt a little ping to the heart. Most girls yearn for a diamond – something that most guys will be in debt for years to come – at least if your like chef and me (a social worker by day- blogger/wannabechef/introvert by night). Plus why would I not want such a beautiful rock? Its’ got it all! If a diamond were a the finest cheese in the United States moissy would be an Epoisse

    Some girls say its too much, but if I’m gonna wear something for the rest of my life rain or shine, thick or thin – then I want it to shine and I want it to shine bright. And mygoshforbid if I ever lose my stone, (after my guy stopped pacing back and forth and the last waves of utter disappointment left the house) we could replace it. *Note – I knocked on wood for quite some time before making such a statement!

    I’m a waiting bee, but when I get my Moissy, I’ll be sure to show it off!

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    Moissanite Engagement Rings, Guest @ 5:07 am

    I have a moissanite engagement ring. My fiance gave me a real diamond when he proposed. The design and setting was not fitted to me can you please suggest me some beautiful designs for this ring???

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