My original e-ring was a beautiful 1CT princess cut CZ in 14K yellow gold. The CZ was super nice, and high quality, so it sparkled and looked great, most people didn’t assume it was not a diamond, and people close to us were like “uhh.where did that money come from?” (We were early twenties, in university and paying for the wedding all on our own..so ring budget was limited, we got my ring for around $350 ).
When I told people it was a CZ, I got so much negativity, like “Oh, so are you going to get a real one later?” and “Why didn’t you just get a small real diamond for that price?” Etc..
People were so negative and so judgemental, someone would compliment me on it, then I’d say it was a CZ and suddenly it became a cheap fake. We had a little girls night thing to celebrate when I got engaged, and when I held out my hand to show the ring, and the girls were oohing over it, my best friend smirked and shook her head and said “it’s not real, you know”, before I even had a chance to tell them is was a CZ.
I loved that ring, I do not care about if my stones are diamonds, CZ or anything else, but the problem is that people do, and no matter how much you love your ring, no matter how happy you are, constant negativity towards your ring is enough to hurt, and make you feel kind of low.
I lost that ring, and eventually got some diamond rings, so I guess my hands are more acceptable now. But this long story is just to say, I understand why someone would pass of a non-diamond as a diamond. I don’t get why she would flaunt it the way that she is, bragging about the size/cost etc..But I do get why someone would rather have friends/strangers oohing over her ring than explain it’s something else and feel judged.