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Buying Moissanite from Tianyu Gems

Ra2nl

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Hi all

I'm thinking to buy a pair of moissanite earrings. Has anyone recently purchased and know the rough cost for 6.5mm size and 14k setting? Also if the vendor claims the stones are H&A - can I ask to see some photos before they ship it? Also, is Tianyu significantly better than Stargems because they seem to also cost a lot more? Thanks!
Ofcourse you can ask them for pics and videos before shipping. Maybe they can provide some pics through a H&A viewer?
I've bought from both and i think Tianyu's customer service is much better. Their CAD measurements are post polishing.
Starsgem CAD's are pre polishing so you will lose some gold weight, thickness and width after polishing. Something to keep in mind.
 

swaye2010

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Hi all

I'm thinking to buy a pair of moissanite earrings. Has anyone recently purchased and know the rough cost for 6.5mm size and 14k setting? Also if the vendor claims the stones are H&A - can I ask to see some photos before they ship it? Also, is Tianyu significantly better than Stargems because they seem to also cost a lot more? Thanks!
Here Are a couple of CAD’s idea’s. I don’t think at this point there is much difference when it comes to a lot of the stones. They make the 1 carat ones pretty often either as 6 prong or 4. The price of gold is much higher then when I made them but I remember they were something like $280-$300 in 14K. I have some baby antique cushion’s.

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swaye2010

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I'm buying a loose moissanite $35 for shipping. Is that what is expected?
Yes - that is 3 day Speedpak with DHL. It is very fast straight to your door. The alternative is to pay $3 for snail mail but it takes about 6-8 weeks.

You might want to wait until the live sales that SG and Tianyu are both doing. SG is this Friday/Saturday, depending on where you live and Tianyu is Saturday/Sunday. Still trying to figure out the real time because not everyone recognizes daylight savings at the same time so it gets confusing. Best to watch the countdown’s and create an Alibaba account in advance.

SG:


Tianyu:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Moissanite/comments/iq4yzn
 

NonieMarie

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Yes - that is 3 day Speedpak with DHL. It is very fast straight to your door. The alternative is to pay $3 for snail mail but it takes about 6-8 weeks.

You might want to wait until the live sales that SG and Tianyu are both doing. SG is this Friday/Saturday, depending on where you live and Tianyu is Saturday/Sunday. Still trying to figure out the real time because not everyone recognizes daylight savings at the same time so it gets confusing. Best to watch the countdown’s and create an Alibaba account in advance.

SG:


Tianyu:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Moissanite/comments/iq4yzn
Thank you!
 

NonieMarie

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Are these moissanites similar to AVRs? I have a couple and love them but wanted something less expensive for an extra pendant setting. I'm messaging Ella about a 1ct and with shipping it's $102.
 

VJ020

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Thank you @swaye2010 @bludiva @Ra2nl .

I am following the reddit link closely now and it is good that Tianyu and Starsgem are both having active clients (as recent as several hours ago) with great experience. Thank you for that.

From my experience so far, their selection of MMD's seem to have slightly odd proportions (eg. PA 38+ deg or CA 37+ deg, thicker girdles, etc.) but it doesn't mean it's bad and many buyers on reddit seem to be happy, regardless of the proportions! They certainly have higher color that selections from BE and JA.

Thank you for the tip on using paypal, I think I'll try to ask them to go that route with my credit card so I can have some assurance in case things go not as planned. However, like you said, there's really no guarantee what you will find inside the box once you open it or whether they sold you the diamond that you picked.

I am currently using instagram chat - is that a good approach or is there a better method of contacting them? They seem to take a long time to get a picture/video of the diamond i selected and ideal/aset/h&a scope request is unlikely.

Please feel free to share more of your experience and tips with me! I plan to make the purchase in the next few days/week!
 

istase2000

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Ofcourse you can ask them for pics and videos before shipping. Maybe they can provide some pics through a H&A viewer?
I've bought from both and i think Tianyu's customer service is much better. Their CAD measurements are post polishing.
Starsgem CAD's are pre polishing so you will lose some gold weight, thickness and width after polishing. Something to keep in mind.
Here Are a couple of CAD’s idea’s. I don’t think at this point there is much difference when it comes to a lot of the stones. They make the 1 carat ones pretty often either as 6 prong or 4. The price of gold is much higher then when I made them but I remember they were something like $280-$300 in 14K. I have some baby antique cushion’s.

87A9A4DA-AC40-4EAF-B9D3-C3268D75BB6C.jpeg 71C26C03-2A78-41F6-B6F2-5E7E555ACC3C.jpeg
0255B8FB-7922-4A47-A445-C2B7F2B0755E.jpeg
Thank you so much! I just asked for a quote from a few vendors, I think they just quoted me for the standard 4 prong basket. Although I think I'm loving 6 prongs - does it generally cost more if they need to make you a CAD?

Also, I'm torn between martini and basket for earrings - any thoughts?
 

swaye2010

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Thank you so much! I just asked for a quote from a few vendors, I think they just quoted me for the standard 4 prong basket. Although I think I'm loving 6 prongs - does it generally cost more if they need to make you a CAD?

Also, I'm torn between martini and basket for earrings - any thoughts?
I think you can do martini but once you start getting to one carat each, I find them to be a problem. Mine are not stretched out at all but if you do, they have a tendency to fall forward. If you were them too tight, then they can look too embedded in the ear hole. I like them for small ones like .25 or .30 like the ones I wear in my 2nd hole. I really like the way a regular basket setting fits for me. I haven’t tried the 6 prong tulip settings but a lot of people have started ordering them. I would find ones you look and they can do something similar for you. This is a hard question because people’s ear’s are all different but basket settings in larger sizes are ‘safe’ to me.
 

swaye2010

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Thank you @swaye2010 @bludiva @Ra2nl .

I am following the reddit link closely now and it is good that Tianyu and Starsgem are both having active clients (as recent as several hours ago) with great experience. Thank you for that.

From my experience so far, their selection of MMD's seem to have slightly odd proportions (eg. PA 38+ deg or CA 37+ deg, thicker girdles, etc.) but it doesn't mean it's bad and many buyers on reddit seem to be happy, regardless of the proportions! They certainly have higher color that selections from BE and JA.

Thank you for the tip on using paypal, I think I'll try to ask them to go that route with my credit card so I can have some assurance in case things go not as planned. However, like you said, there's really no guarantee what you will find inside the box once you open it or whether they sold you the diamond that you picked.

I am currently using instagram chat - is that a good approach or is there a better method of contacting them? They seem to take a long time to get a picture/video of the diamond i selected and ideal/aset/h&a scope request is unlikely.

Please feel free to share more of your experience and tips with me! I plan to make the purchase in the next few days/week!
I joined their sale this morning and they sent me a spreadsheet with what they had on offer. I went back and looked at some of the other companies prices to compare and they were quite a bit more. I did find some reasonably priced Asscher’s that are being sold by Parks but it is still a custom order and probably an extra $1000 by the time I pay all the extra bits for taxes and higher price in the end. Their sale goes on for the next 18 hours or so, depending on where you live. You have to look at their Alibaba site. They will do the H&A viewer but I haven’t seen the ASET’s. I find the color and clarity to be much higher then what I could pull up on rare carat or anything from Diamond Foundry (K & J’s). I am looking at G or H with VS2 or Si if eye clean. If you have specific parameters, I am sure they can work with that for anything custom.

It is not letting me attach the excel sheet so I took some pics of it. I think most of them are gone but there were still some left this morning. The larger rounds are good deal. I really love both the long and the square emerald/Asscher‘s too. Just slightly over my budget for right now though. I would send Ella a note to price out custom. I don’t think it cost any extra - [email protected]

 

sd_flp

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I joined their sale this morning and they sent me a spreadsheet with what they had on offer. I went back and looked at some of the other companies prices to compare and they were quite a bit more. I did find some reasonably priced Asscher’s that are being sold by Parks but it is still a custom order and probably an extra $1000 by the time I pay all the extra bits for taxes and higher price in the end. Their sale goes on for the next 18 hours or so, depending on where you live. You have to look at their Alibaba site. They will do the H&A viewer but I haven’t seen the ASET’s. I find the color and clarity to be much higher then what I could pull up on rare carat or anything from Diamond Foundry (K & J’s). I am looking at G or H with VS2 or Si if eye clean. If you have specific parameters, I am sure they can work with that for anything custom.

It is not letting me attach the excel sheet so I took some pics of it. I think most of them are gone but there were still some left this morning. The larger rounds are good deal. I really love both the long and the square emerald/Asscher‘s too. Just slightly over my budget for right now though. I would send Ella a note to price out custom. I don’t think it cost any extra - [email protected]

This is nice, thank you for this. I will need to ask if they have anything 1.25 carats and below and if the sale includes colored labs. I wasn’t too impressed with the pricing for anything in that size range (I also found pricing too similar or higher to NA companies) and their colored labs tended to be on the larger carat side.

Also I know I sound like a broken record but their moissys need to go down in pricing some more. I still need to replace the H&A stone in one of my rings. :lol-2:
 
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