Thoughts on moissanite engagement rings? Do you know someone who has gotten one and loved it or been disappointed? Other suggestion for non-diamond rings? Where to buy one in the DC/Richmond area?
So I'm in the market for an engagement ring, but I don't really know how to go about getting a non-diamond ring. Here's my situation:
My girlfriend would like an elegant, traditional ring, but is okay with a non-diamond as long as it's something special. I'd strongly prefer to keep this on the down-low so it's a surprise to her.
I'm not too worried about a setting, but for the stone, I've considered:
white sapphires - sounds good, but don't really know much about this option other than what I read in this askme
aquamarines - her birthstone, she likes blue a lot, but it seems it might be a little plain for an engagement ring. Also seems to be less variety to choose from.
antique/previously owned/whatever euphemism for used - Personally I don't have any objection to a used diamond, but I'm not sure how she'd feel. Also, I don't really know anything about jewelry, and I'm not sure where to look, what would be a good deal, etc.
Lastly, moissanite - they sound really cool to me, almost as hard as diamonds, more brilliant in some aspects, and much, much cheaper. I can afford about $1000-1500 and I think I could easily find a nice setting and 1-carat or more equivalent for that price.
However, I don't really know what people think about moissanite except what I read on the website of moissanite retailers. There was an an this askme
about moissanite, but that was 5 years ago and I thought maybe more people had opinions about it now.
So, anyone out there have strong feelings about moissanite, does it have a reputation as the new cubic zirconia or a 21st century diamond? Also, would you recommend an online retailer or a brick-and-mortar jeweler?
Any opinions or insights are welcome, thanks!