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Hi guys! I’ve been reading these boards and trying to gain an understanding for all the alternatives to diamonds. There’s loads of information about them all but I was wondering if anyone knew of any resources that summarizes all the different types? Or if anyone could summarize what they know here?
I’ve been talking with my boyfriend about what kind of ring I want and he’s pretty much said he wants whatever I want and money isn’t an issue, but I really don’t want to contribute to the diamond trade/environmental damage and I can’t stand the idea of waltzing around for the rest of my life with something worth SO much money! I’d rather have an amazing honeymoon or invest it. And, I figure, worst case scenario I can always get a conflict-free diamond way later in life if I end up disliking my alternative or if it chips, etc. Honestly, I love the non-diamond idea and I would LOVE to have a saphire or something, but I just don’t want the color for everyday use and I’ve heard the white saphires aren’t so durable. Sooooo, I’m thinking some kind of alternative.
I know there’s Moissanite and I really like that it’s really its own stone (own properties and essentially completely different than a diamond), but I’ve heard there’s a color tint. I might not actually mind that, and I would proudly say it was moissanite, not a diamond. But I don’t know if it would be too overkill sparkly or an ugly tone of said slight color. So then there’s CZ and it’s million varieties.
So I guess my question for you guys is what are all these alternatives? I keep hearing Mira, Moissanite, Asha, Quorri, etc. Does any one know the pros and cons of the different types? I’m most interested in durability and pretty-factor (both diamond-like and not)
Sooooo, that was long, basically I’d love all the wisdom you have!
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Lots of bees have Mossainite rings. You can get it enhanced. DeathByDesign has a video up of her ring. It is to die for! Let me see if I can find it for you.
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What does “get it enhanced” actually mean? I’ve heard that a lot too. Does it void the Charles & Covald warenty?
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Tons of info on all of the above alternatives you’ve mentioned. Just search each of them by name in the Search field here.
Lots of ladies here have white sapphires and seem to love them. Haven’t heard too many complaints of their stones breaking or chipping etc.
Someone just posted a thread about the reasons why women go for moissanite. I listed all the major pros that I could think of. The color tint you hear about is mostly for older stones and stones in much larger sizes or certain cuts. There are enhancements that can be done to get rid of any color that might be there. But I can tell you I have a 1 carat unenhanced stone in a brilliant cut and it doesn’t ever look tinted the way a yellowish diamond does. That’s because moissanite is very reflective of its surroundings in a way diamonds aren’t. So if you’re outside and it’s yellowish and sunny, yes, it’ll have warmer hue. It’s really hard to describe, but someone had asked this very question concerning their worries over color and the concensus was that it’s really not problematic or notcable to most people. You can also often buy loosse stones online and have the ability to return them if you aren’t 100% satisfied with the color. But also keep in mind that once the stone is set, any color you might see will likely be lost due to the effect the shiny (likely white gold) surface will have in making the gem look whiter. I’m also now hearing good things about the new cut of moissanite, Mira. Might be worth looking into if you’re out for a loose stone. The only down side is that Mira only comes in brilliant cuts for the time being and is more expensive.
Asha is very diamond-looking from what I can tell. It’s also very budget-friendly. But of all these stones, it’s by far the most likely one to break since it’s basically a specially coated cubic zirconia.
I’m unfamiliar with the other stones mentioned above.
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@kit_kat:There are different methods of enhancing moissanite. It seems that the person making Mira puts the stones under extreme heat and/or pressure to straighten any loose bonds in the stones. There are also methods where a coating is actually applied to the back of the stone to allow more light to reflect out the top to hide any color that might be present (again, using the highly reflective properties of the stone in its favor). The coated gems are obviously heat-sensitive and have to be handled specially. I’m not sure what the details are, but I’d let your jeweler know not to heat the stone to avoid destroying the coating. The Mira stones I don’t think need special treatment after they are made. Yes, both of these methods void the original Charles and Colvard warranty. But I beiieve the makers of these stones have warranties of their own.
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There is no difference between the durability of colored sapphires and white sapphires, and they are extremely durable stones! They are not as hard as diamonds or moissanite, but still harder than anything you’ll bump into while going about your day, so you don’t have to worry about scratching them. I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but hardness only measures resistance to scratching. A gem’s resistance to breaking is its toughness, and sapphire’s toughness is rated as excellent while diamond’s is rated as good. So sapphires are actually less likely to chip than diamonds, which I think balances them out in terms of durability. I don’t know anything about the toughness of moissanite, but I haven’t heard complaints!
I opted for white sapphire over moissanite because I’ve never been into the rainbow sparkles of diamond or CZ, and I knew moissanite would be even sparklier. They’re all beautiful stones, but I’ve always preferred “glowy” jewels such as pearls, jade, or just plain polished metal. Research on white sapphires can be discouraging because people tend to judge them by how much they look like diamonds, when they’re beautiful stones in their own right. While looking through forums I would constantly see them described as milky, cloudy, dull, or lifeless and I’d wonder whether these were just people’s reactions to less sparkle or if they were actually just the ugliest stones on Earth.
Well, I went with my gut and am happy to say my white sapphires are absolutely gorgeous! They go from an icy, white light to a haunting, silvery glow depending on the lighting, and in direct sunlight they can shoot off some blinding white flashes. They’re completely clear and they can also be very white, although some of them may have a slight colored tint, so you may want to inspect the stones closely. Like moissanite, they can reflect the colors around them, which I personally don’t mind.
This said, if you love to be dazzled by fire, you should go with something else. Although most people can’t tell the colorless stone on somebody’s finger is a sapphire, the owner is certainly going to miss the rainbows if she wanted them there.