Post # 1
I know some of the ring threads can get heated, so I hope this doesn’t turn into a debate. I have zero knowledge on some of these stones and when I tried to look up comparisons, I had a difficult time getting straight info. I’d like to know what exactly is the difference between a diamond, moissanite, cz, and asha. If you have pics that compare any of them side by side, that would be great!
I’m a sapphire girl, so I have no dog in this fight, I’m just truly curious and want to be informed on the differences. I know there are other terms like enhanced, unenhanced, etc, so if you could explain that as well I’d be appreciative. I’m tired of being confused!
Post # 3
You should check out BetterThanDiamond.com
Here’s a link to the message boards:
and Asha is a high quality CZ with diamond coating (the Rolls Royce of CZ…if you will)
Moissanite was originally found in a meteor and later, created in a lab. Second hardest stone (Diamond is first)
CZ is a diamond simulant and the cheapest of all you listed.
Post # 4
Diamond: Crystallized carbon. a 10 on the Mohs hardness, making it the most durable of gemstones. Can come in many colors.
Moissanite: Silicon Carbide. 9-9.5 on Mohs, making it also very durable. More fire than a diamond, properties very similar to diamond. Naturally, it’s a yellowish green color, and larger moissy will show some of this color. Despite this, it’s relatively colorless. Enhanced moissanite (Amora moissanite) is treated with high temperature and pressure to decrease the green and yellow tones.
CZ: 8 on Mohs, so relatively durable (comparable to an emerald or aquamarine). Is porous, so gets dirty easily. The most realistic diamond substitue. There’s a range of qualities and cuts of czs, but overall a low priced gem.
Asha: CZ with a diamond coating surrounding it. The coating supposedly gives the cz diamond durability.
Amora Gem: not released yet, but is a form of Silicon Carbide similar to moissanite. Shares pretty much all the same properties as moissanite, but no color.