Post # 1
I’m new to the boards and just wanted to know if anyone else chose a CZ e-ring, over everything else, such as gemstone, moissanite, etc… We don’t have a lot of money and I figured I rather get the ring/style I want, even if it was CZ, and have it upgraded one day, especially since a CZ is so much more affordable for us (I have a 1 ct pear in white gold).
Just wondering if anyone else has or chose a CZ ring also and, if so, how has it held up with day to day wear.
Post # 3
When we picked out my setting we knew we couldn’t afford the setting plus a diamond for the center so I told my FI that I’d be fine with the CZ until we could comfortably afford an upgrade. He ended up asking his mom if he could give me his grandmother’s diamond in that setting but until he did that, we were totally going to go with the CZ and upgrade later. I think it’s a good plan though even though I can’t tell you anything about how it holds up day to day.
Post # 4
I have CZ cocktail rings and they don’t hold up very well after time, unfortunately. It’s notorious for becoming cloudy. But it’s cheap and you can always replace it over and over again! Maybe a jeweler has better quality CZ stones–they often put them on display in their cases
ETA: i just remembered my cousin has a CZ ring…..has had it for YEARS, too. i guess it held up okay!
Post # 5
Have you looked into Asha? That might be a better option that regular CZ. Like the CZ you can get at Walmart will not last you more than a year. CZ clouds fairly quickly once you start doing everyday things with it. I don’t know too much about Asha, but I think it’s CZ with a diamond coating?
They are the same people who own moissaniteco.com
I don’t know what your budget is, but you could always order the loose stone and have it set. 1ct Asha loose stone would be $215.00 and you could have it set into any setting you wanted.
ETA: From the website for anyone else who is looking for info.
What is Asha?
The Asha simulated diamond is the only simulated diamond in the world that employs true lab created amorphous diamond (pure carbon diamond bonds) in its construction. We combine the craftsmanship of precision cutting and polishing, with a US Patent Pending amorphous diamond infusion process to produce an incredible simulated diamond.
Because Asha contains actual diamond carbon bonds, the result is a diamond simulant that is at last able to truly mimic the light play, lustre and beauty of gem diamond but at diamond simulant pricing.
The end-result: Just as cultured pearls offer you the beauty of pearls at a fraction of the natural pearl price, Asha is able to offer you the brilliance and beauty of real diamond, but at a fraction of the natural diamond price.
Post # 6
Thanks so much ladies.
And Miss Tattoo – I’ve never heard of Asha but will definitely look into it now! Thanks!
I just wanted to spent the least amount possible. My ring was about $180 and I figured I can always use the white gold setting to put a real stone in one day.
Post # 7
@Ms.Disco: oh def. If you already have the setting, you can def order the loose stone.
If you are toying with the idea of Asha, visit http://www.betterthandiamond.com and those ladies over there have TONS of real photos of Asha.
Post # 8
Actually I need to make a suggestion – buy the stones listed as Swarovski signity cut on ebay. I wanted a big stone and bought the CZs to make comparisons. I have a “3 carat” signity pear CZ and compared to my 2.3 diamond, you cannot tell the difference AT ALL. I can take a photo if you want to check it out.
Post # 9
Do the CZ. I think a lot more people do this than you would think. I have CZ earrings that have held up for years and they were literally $10… I know a ring might get more wear and tear, but it should hold up until you have the money to get what you want.
Post # 10
Here: the light dispersion is different because of the laptop backlight and lack of setting in the CZ, but you can’t tell the difference between the two.
Post # 11
I would highly suggest Asha. They are very high quality CZs and they even fool experts without using equipment and they hold up well with daily wear. Check out this forum for more information and pictures!
Post # 12
Thanks! I’ve noticed that with CZ…it can be hard to tell. I went to a jeweler when we were looking at rings and he said you can’t tell nowadays if a ring is a CZ or diamond unless you look at it under magnification (or something like that).
Oh, and those are gorgeous rings, by the way!
Post # 13
I went to the forums per Ms. Tattoo’s suggestions and those rings are gorgeous! Thanks!
Post # 14
1 ct asha with Robbins Bros setting and I love it! PM me for more info 🙂
Post # 15
I have a CZ set. My original (diamond) set was stolen during a break-in at our home. I decided then that I would get something less expensive just because I was so disgusted about my rings being stolen.
Anyway, that was about 6 years ago. My rings have never clouded and still sparkle like new. I frequently still get compliments on them.
Just make sure that you don’t get a cheap metal (which you find with so many CZs) like gold over sterling, because that will turn.
Post # 16
Would you mind sharing where you bought your rings? Just curious. I’ve mostly seen places like QVC, HSN and other places but don’t know who to trust…if the ring, in general, is good.