Post # 1
When my husband and I got married, we were at a place in our lives where spending any amount on rings wasnt practical. This was ok with the both of us, we loved each other, and those who were important knew we did.
Lately, and I have no idea why, I have had ring fever. I want a wedding ring. Really really badly. I talked with my hubby, and we decided it was time cave. He said, while he could go and find a ring for me, he wanted to know it was something I would live to wear, he wanted me to have a say in what I would flash around, so hes giving me the full reign on what to get.
I have to keep in mind that price is still a factor, we are both in school, and both are working, but the economy still has a long way to go before we can spend the big bucks on a big blingy ring.
So, doing my research I never really realized there were so many options! It doesnt seem to be just about diamonds anymore. Theres CZ, white sapphire, white topaz, rose quartz, moissanite, emeralds, morganite. Holy moley! What do I choose! I like them all.
Do I stay traditional, and bite the bullet for a diamond? Or is CZ ok in this day and age? Ive seen friends gloat about their diamond rings, and it makes me shy away from saying that id probably end up with a white sapphire or CZ.
Anyone else on a small and strict budget? How did you deal with this? Is getting something cheap like a CZ until I can afford the diamond ok?
Post # 2
CZ is soft compared to diamonds, I’d go for white sapphire though it’s not as sparkly. There’s also moissanite. Which is twice as sparkly as diamond and nearly as hard, not nearly as expensive either. Though some women will turn up their noses because they’re used to “natural stones.” All in all I’d go for something other than CZ.
Post # 3
There are HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of moissanite boards on here. 🙂 women will be happy to talk to you about it.
Post # 4
CZ’s are great, however, they wont stand the test of time. They will show wear eventually (clouding, scratching, etc). If you want that clear stone look, I’d go for a moissanite. They’re relatively affordable, extremely sparkly, and almost as hard as a diamond, as PP said.
If you want a “placeholder” until you & hubby decide to purchase a diamond band, a CZ band will do just fine, but again, I dont reccomend CZ if you’re looking to wear it for the rest of your life. One of my favorite places to purchase CZ jewelry is evesaddiction.com. Great pricing, and their jewlery is sterling silver.<br /><br />If you want something colorful, morganite, emerald, blue sapphire, etc, I’d check out etsy. You can usually find a pretty good deal, along with great quality jewlery.
Hope that helps!
ETA: In regards to people gloating about their diamonds in front of you – if you do end up going with a diamond alternative, no one has to know it isnt a diamond if you don’t want to tell them..it’s none of their business. 🙂
Post # 5
I just got my moissanite engagement ring and I love it. It’ll stand the test of time, and it’s absolutely beautiful. I actually like it better than the diamonds in my band, surprisingly! If you’re going with moissanite I highly suggest Joseph Schubach Jewelers. They’re great to work with, very quick and reliable, and my ring came out better than I could have ever dreamt it would.
Post # 6
I have a diamond. If I could go back in time, i would get the moissanite (assuming I liked it in person as well as I like the photos I’ve seen). From the photos, they look the same as a diamond. We could have saved a lot of money!
Dont get me wrong, I love my ring. But it seems like we could have had nearly the same look for a lot less money.
Post # 7
I have a Diamonique (CZ) ring, and it has a lifetime warranty. Should it show signs of wear or clouds or scratches, it will be replaced. It’s not my forever ring.. I’ll probably get something new in 25 years or so, but I’m SO in love with it (and the man who gave it to me)!
Post # 8
I am getting moissanite (being delivered today!) if I hadn’t gotten moissy I would have gotten CZ or morganite.
But I have a friend you got a high quality CZ and has worn it daily for 3 years and it still looks amazing!
I think you need to pick a stone you are comfortable with. If you are uncomfortable with your selection it will show in your body language when talking about your ring.
Dont feel the need to do what everyone else is doing. Look at picture and see make your glitter heart flutter !
Post # 9
oec moissanite!!!! I have a small diamond and I want one soo bad! If you’re on a budget you will probably only be looking at a .7-.5 ct diamond plus the expensive setting so the ring would run $2500 or more I would get a big(1.5ct) moissy in a beautiful setting for 2000 or less! Also check out diamond bistro.com excellent prices on moissy asha and diamonds!
Post # 10
cls9q: Sure you don’t have one already? 😉
ivo2015: My advice is this: if you want a diamond, go for quality over quantity – it will pay off in beauty every time. Make sure it’s GIA certed, as they grade properly. With other places like EGL, what they call an “F” is usually a J-K, their “VS-” usually an I1-SI.
Make sure to look at all your options in person to really help you decide!
Post # 11
On me, I’m not a fan of diamonds as center stones, so I went with a gemstone.
If I had been a “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” sort of girl, I probably would have checked out the Amora Gem. I’ve heard pretty good things about it, and its still pretty, unique and not many people have them. Also, very very sparkly. I think they make a good alternative for people who like the look of diamonds, but either cannot afford a high quality diamond or just prefer to spend/save their money differently.
Post # 12
If you are OK with second hand, you could check eBay, pawn shops, Ruby lane or Etsy etc.. for something pre loved. I adore vintage, and there are some amazing deals to be had! Also, you do not have to get a huge stone. A 1/4 carat diamond solitaire can be very affordable, and gorgeous!
Moissanite it also a great option, it is a beautiful, sparkly stone. It is not a diamond though, so if having a diamond is important to you, I would not suggest it.
CZs are great if you take good care of it, it’s easy for them to get dirty and look dull, same goes for white sapphires once they get dirty they look flat.
Gemstones are also great options, I love seeing colour in wedding sets, just make sure you get a stone you love!
Post # 13
I have a moissanite, and I am extremely happy with it! Lots of women here have moissanite and will happily talk about it!
Post # 14
I think if you like a lot of aspects of a diamond you’ll like moissanite. You’ll be able to stay in your price range while still getting a “sparkly white stone” assuming that’s what you want. Although I have seen some beautiful saphires out there! Moissanite is harder and, from what I’ve heard, will last longer than CZ.
Moissanites can show off color sometimes but it’s very beautiful. If you don’t really care whether it’s a diamond or not then I wouldn’t spend the money on a diamond.
Post # 15
mrsmay07: Agree on the vintage point! My GF and I scoured etsy for a vintage ring (because that was the setting I wanted) and found an art deco diamond ring for a great price! So if you do decide on diamonds OP make sure to check there! Rubylane also has great deals & selection.