Keep away from Asha created by betterthandiamond.com

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

TraceyStevens:  I’m sorry, that sucks. But from having been on this site long enough, I’ve learnt that ashas aren’t a forever stone, they do wear over time and bees only use them temporarily. 

Take a look at moissanite. It’s a cheaper stone but it’s a lot more durable then Asha. 

Post # 3
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603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I agree with PP, try moissanite, they are a less expensive stone that will last, and they are so beautiful

Post # 4
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1140 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Seattle, WA

Agreed, they aren’t meant to be a forever stone. There are quite a few bees who are very happy with their ashas.

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Post # 5
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3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

These seem like problems that could have been avoided with more research. Your fiance should have looked into the possibility of a warranty when he bought the stone. It’s unfortunate that you’re not happy with your Asha, but it’s CZ and is known to scratch/cloud/chip/etc. I’ve seen other posters here talk about taking their Ashas off for showers, dishes, swimming, cleaning, cooking, sleeping, etc, so they can extend the life of their stone.

Post # 6
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451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 1984

Asha is definitely not a forever stone – no CZ is and thats what Asha is - a CZ with an amorphous diamond coating. Baybeejulia is right - moissanite is a durable, affordable and ethical choice if those are your concerns. As for the Amora Gem, it is also moissanite with a different crystal structure than that marketed by Charles and Colvard. Moissanite has come a long way since it was first introduced into the marketplace and, if you purchase the stone from a reputable company, you will find that there is very little difference between it and a diamond (despite what others may say.) I have all four - diamond, moissanite, Amora Gem and Asha. The Ashas are set as earrings, and I have thought about a pendant - Im just to clumsy to wear it in a ring.

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Post # 7
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544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have a CZ ring I’ve worn for literally TEN years. It’s not a specialty one like Asha either. It looks just as beautiful as the day I got it, and I’ve done everything with it on. CZ is an 8.5 on the hardness scale, with diamond at 10. Cz can scratch glass, and is harder than a steel file at 6.5, tungsten at 8, and hardened steel at 8. For it to be scuffed or scratched so easily means there’s something wrong that particular stone. Even if you took a steel file to it, it shouldn’t have done that.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

TraceyStevens:  I’m curious (i.e nosy) and want to see it. Show us the damage? Pretty please? 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If your FI would have researched a bit more he would have seen it’s not a forever stone AND that there is no warranty. For such an important purchase the warranty offered by a company is a pretty important piece.

Post # 11
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3200 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

TraceyStevens:  I had an Asha for nearly two years before I replaced it with my Amora Gem.  I still have it and have placed it in an pendant which I wear nearly daily.  I’m sorry this happened to you, but it seems like you and your FI did not do enough research.  The website does not mention the proper care that should be taken with an asha although it is listed on one of their retail sellers website, ashadiamonds.com.  However, btd.com does have a forum with an Asha sub-forum.  They feature the proper care within the sub-forum including having to remove your stone while cleaning, cooking, showering, and in the pool/ocean.  I do the same thing with all fine jewelry.  The president of btd.com even responds to questions on a regular basis too.  

Anyway, I’d suggest taking it to a jeweler that is knowledgable in repairs.  A poster at btd.com thought her asha was damaged and it turned out that it was just dirty underneath her setting.  Although it does sound like your asha was damaged by a chemical if it is as you described.  Keep in mind the forum at btd.com states repeatedly that it is temporary option and typically last 3-5 years; however, personal experience will vary depending on wear and several asha owners have had them longer.  One btd.com member has kept hers for 11 years.  11 years!  

The website clearly states that they only offer a standard 40 day return policy. The owner of btd.com even answers questions on the forum as well.  Just like making any large purchase you must do your research.  I recommend you research moissiante to see if it’s the stone for you.  

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Oh keep in mind that the only major repair I’ve done to my ring occured when I managed to crack one of my natural diamonds in my halo, yet my asha was in perfect condition.  

Post # 13
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3415 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Asha is just a CZ, I must admit I was not overwhelmed by my asha purchase either, but I just got earrings to test the water.

I would get a moissanite if you want a low budget option, I have owned many and never been disappointed with them.

Post # 15
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3200 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

TraceyStevens:  Well to each their own.  I wish you luck!  Remember your stone is not your engagement.  You can replace your stone and keep your setting.  

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