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Would You Be Offended By a Fake Diamond Engagement Ring?

A lesser-known diamond substitute out there could cut the cost of a pricey engagement ring by as much as 90%. But would you be happy with that?

Have you ever heard of Moissanite? It’s a substance that’s said to look just like a diamond but can slash the price tag of an engagement ring. Just think: you could free up more money for the wedding, the honeymoon, or anything else.

The Penny Hoarder recently mentioned the substance and told its story. Their article states diamonds register a 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Moissanite, however comes in at a close 9.25. And in terms of brilliance, the refractive index of moissanite is actually higher than a diamond’s. That means the impersonator has more “fire” than a diamond.

It also refers to a diamond engagement ring priced at $3,344 and a look-alike ring with moissanite that costs just under $880.

It’s an attractive substitute…especially for the groom. But what about the bride?

Ladies, would you accept a fake diamond engagement ring?

Saving 90% on anything sounds like a winning deal. But when it comes to an engagement ring, would you feel the same way?

If you’re the ultra-practical type, I can easily imagine you going along with a plan for moissanite instead of diamonds.

I just heard the other day that the average wedding now costs something in the order of $35,000, an amount I just can’t wrap my brain around. Maybe you’d be perfectly willing to accept a ring most people probably would never know wasn’t a diamond if you could cut the outrageous wedding cost.

But is that an acceptable trade-off?

Would it make a difference if you found out later that the diamond wasn’t a diamond?

It’s one thing if you and your hubby-to-be discussed the purchase of a moissanite engagement ring before the purchase. But what if you didn’t? What if your fiancé presented you with an engagement ring that you loved but neglected to tell you that he’d saved a not-so-small fortune on the ring?

Let’s suppose he still took the savings and put it toward your wedding — or even a down-payment on your first home. But if you later found out what you assumed was a diamond was actually something artificial, would it bother you? If you never asked if the diamond was real, would you be upset that he didn’t volunteer that information?

How much is a lower price for a piece of jewelry you’ll presumably wear for the rest of your life really worth?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Leave me a comment!

1 Comment

  1. Oh, my god’s, no, it would not bother me in the least! I realise I’m not the standard woman, but what of it?Foremost in many womens’ minds are these mysterious thoughts (whether they would admit them , or not), is:

    1. The bigger the ring (which equates to more expensive the diamond), the higher her stature. This goes hand-in-hand with one-upmanship.

    2. Your fiancé loves you more because was “willing” to spend more on you.

    3. It’s something that must be insured in the event of it’s loss, yet another status symbol.

    In my thinking, having money yo put down on a house is more important than the ring and waaaaay more important than any ridiculous wedding, where again, I just be the centre of attention, something I dislike greatly; have to buy a stupid wedding dress that has usually three 000s after the main figure; another ring (and I do NOT wear gold, ever. Only silver; pay for a meal that might be okay…and feed something crazy like 150 people. Without their kids, since I don’t like ‘em and wouldn’t want them there.

    An ideal wedding for me? Well, only very close friends and family, no family I don’t like – this is MY wedding, why invite anyone I don’t wish to? No kids. Total guest list: 20, maybe 25. I’d likely either have David and Dorita make dress out of white silk or I’d rent something. I would never store it in a box in mothballs. So impractical. I would never want ANY rings I’d need to insure. In fact, my engagement ring has a heart shaped garnet sorrounded by diamond chips with white-gold for the ring. I’d have preferred silver, but Luis insisted on white gold, so every few years I have to get it dipped. Total cost: $640. Perfect. (I found out about the cost years and years later. He bought me the ring in December 1999 for Christmas. In 2006, after we moved into our current house, I found the paper tucked inside the compartment of our living room table, while cleaning it out. I smiled, put it back. I’m sure it is still there, all these years later.

    But, yes, money should go to a house, not to an overdone party that, the more spent, the shorter the marriage will be.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.