(Closed) Big simulant diamond or small real diamond

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: 1 carat diamond simulant or 1/4 carat real diamond?
    1 Carat diamond simulant (asha,moissy,cz) : (167 votes)
    50 %
    1/4 Carat real diamond : (165 votes)
    50 %
  • Post # 3
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    For me personally, I would choose either a small diamond or other gem that does not look like a diamond.

    Post # 4
    901 posts
    Busy bee

    I have a Diamond Nexus Labs ring and I absolutely love it! I didn’t want a mined diamond for a bunch of reasons, cost being one of them, ethics another. We had a great experience with them.

    Post # 5
    277 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’d choose the small diamond.  I prefer the look of a smaller stone.

    If you’re already worried you’ll regret getting a non-diamond, then I think you have your answer.  You can always get another ring with a larger stone later on, like an anniversary ring or something.

    Post # 6
    1064 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I have a 1ct moissanite and love it.  I think of it as its own gem, and optically prefer it to a diamond, but it definitely has the benefits of a clear stone/diamond (ie. everyone understands it’s an engagement ring, and you don’t have to explain it to every nosy person who asks why you don’t have a diamond)

    Also, I think it’s normal to worry that you might regret not having a diamond, but unless you really love diamonds in particular, or you have your heart set on that tradition, I wouldn’t worry about it.  I had honestly never looked at a diamond up-close until I was picking a ring, so I didn’t have any reason to prefer them to other stones.  I also wasn’t concerned with the tradition, so again, no worries there.  I’d say unless there’s some specific reason why you think diamonds are better (and there are fine reasons!) you wont’ regret it.

    Post # 7
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    You will find a lot of moissanite lovers on here, me being one of them. It’s such a pretty super sparkly stone and I don’t have any problem telling people what it is if they ask. 

    Post # 8
    1427 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’d go with the real one; or consider other colored gemstones.

    Post # 9
    2448 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’d go for the smaller diamond, I think diamonds are just aesthetically nicer but that’s just my opinion, not fact.

    Post # 10
    8042 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @DANA84:  I would choose a smaller real diamond. If I wore something that looked like a diamond but wasn’t one, I would feel like it’s a fake.

    Yes I know that moissanite and asha and CZ etc. are all their own stones, they have their own properties yadda yadda, but since I know I want a diamond, I will not be happy w. anything else.

    I’d personally feel like a fraud because I would be basically passing it off as a diamond.

    If I didn’t want a small diamond, I would probably go with something completely unrelated to a diamond like a sapphire or ruby if I only had a $500 budget.

    Could you maybe just get an inexpensive stand-in ring for the time being and save up for a 1 carat diamond? It sounds like you won’t be happy w. a simulant OR a small diamond. Good things come to those who wait…

    Post # 11
    1266 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I would personally choose either a colored gemstone or a smaller diamond, leaning towards a larger colored stone – but you want a diamond or something that will look like one. You should be able to find a simple moissanite ring within your budget if that’s something you’re considering.

    The only issue I’d raise with CZ would be its longevity. If you don’t mind replacing the stone at some point down the road, it would be a good option to set a 1 carat equivalent CZ in a gold setting. That would be doable within your budget and I’d recommend WinkCZ or Asha. It sounds like you’re already second-guessing any stone that isn’t a diamond, so you might want to ask yourself if you will feel OK with having a CZ or simulant in your ering. 🙂

    I’d check out this site if you haven’t already, just to see if anything jumps out at you: http://diamondbistro.com/

    A diamond ring is more than doable in your budget, and we would definitely be able to help you find something you like for the best price.

    Post # 14
    643 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @ThreeMeers:  +1 I think going the gemstone route is a good option for you. That way it’ll never look ‘fake’ because it isn’t trying to be anything it’s not*

    * that is not to say that all people with an asha or moissy are trying to pass it off as a diamond. I love that people rock them, but it’s just that the OP just stated that she wanted it to look ‘as real as a diamond’. Zero offense meant.

    Post # 15
    1583 posts
    Bumble bee

    @DANA84:  I personally don’t like fake stones. I would rather a real stone that was small but actually worth something than a huge fake one that is basically a glorified cracker jack ring.

    Post # 16
    643 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @subtlebee:  Woah now. “basically a glorified cracker jack ring” isn’t exactly a nice thing to say around here. Loads of bees have moissies and ashas and they are gorgeous and don’t mean any less just because they don’t fit your tiny conception of what an engagement, and engagement ring, should look like.

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