Post # 1
So when my asha ring came in last week FI took it so that he could re-propose to me. But I kept bugging him so he finally gave it to me and let me know when he’s ready to propose again he’ll just take the ring a few days before.
I have to say that I absolutely love this ring and am so glad that I made this decision. I was the biggest pain to ashadiamonds.com which is owned by the same people that own moissaniteco.com. Once all of the negative reviews popped up here in the hive of mossyco I started to freak out. I sent a million questions to their sales dept email address. I have to say I tried the live chat about three times. Twice I got an operator by Elizabeth who unfortunately provided me with the misinformation once. But the guys who answered the sales dept email were a doll. Percise and to the point. They custom make your setting once you order and they update the status of your order through your account on their website. I was checking that site every day. The ring came in super quick even with the delay of them making it. Personally I rather know that they are making my ring once it’s ordered instead of re-sizing a premade ring like a lot of the stores. My biggest problem with the whole process was Fedex actually.
I love the ring so much since the quailty of the ring is so high. It looks ten times better than the ring I was going to buy from Jared’s. The diamonds in the setting are of better quailty than the store and it sparkle all of the time. Dim restuarant lighting really helps the ring shine. Especially the cushion which was cut orignally for candlelight.
Anyway, I started freaking out because I didn’t order the matching wedding band. I emailed them on Thursday of last week and again today. They were kind enough to setup an online purchase option just for the matching wedding band so I could purchase it. ceived my response at 9:11pm PST tonight while I was at a restaurant. FI grabbed his tablet from the car so we could purchase it right away. I was also able to use the loyalty points from the engagement ring on my wedding band. So I was able to save my FI $53.50. I learned from BTD.com that you can use the same layaway codes from moissyco.com on ashadiamonds.com so I gave him the 10% down code. This was a real help with all of the expenses of the wedding. Besides, I don’t NEED my wedding band until May 2013 so I figure if we pay it off in March 2013 I’ll have plenty of time to make sure it’s OK before the wedding.
Anyway, back to the E-ring. Most bees already know it’s an asha center stone cushion cut 1.50 ct color G in 14kt white gold with a natural diamond setting with a total of 0.42 cts. The side diamonds are F/G SI1.
Please bear with me. All of my photos were taken with my two year old blackberry cell phone. I haven’t touched our digital camera yet to take better pics. The cell phone does not do the ring justice.
Post # 4
Very pretty I love that profile shot..
Post # 5
What a beautiful ring! You must be thrilled! I love cushions in halos. You made a great choice!
Post # 6
beautiful! Welcome to the Asha club!
Post # 8
yay one more asha! its gorgeous!!
Post # 9
It’s beautiful, congratulations!
Post # 12
So beautiful!! I love my Asha. Yours looks amazing!
Post # 13
I really love the Asha’s and probably would have gotten one if I hadn’t wanted a diamond with visible inclusions (long story behind this). I actually looked at the exact one you have! It truly is a stunning ring.
Post # 14
@SakuraBlossomBee: You have to share that story or give me the link to the thread that includes it. Oh and I want to see a pic of your ring too. Especially since we seem to have the same taste.
Post # 15
@NovaRising: I don’t have a picture of my ring on this computer, but I’ll try to get one! It’s pretty much like your’s but round not cushion and no diamonds on the band (the jeweler told FI that the diamonds would fall off so he went for a plain band, even though he could have just ordered it in my size and the band would have been fine!). My setting is also a bit higher, though I’d have prefered a lower profile like your’s!
I actually never really explained it on here, but I might one day write a full thread on it, but I’ll share my story with you. When FI and I met he was taking a course in college about gemstones and was learning about diamonds in that class. So when we met he had made a joke about the birthmark/freckle thing on my nose (I’ve an otherwise fair face with no freckles or marks) being an “inclusion”. I think I said something like “Oh, so I’m not perfect then?” trying to be a smart a and he said “No, no. Even though diamonds that have no inclusions are extremely rare, you’d never be able to tell two perfect diamonds apart just by looking at them. When you look at a diamond with a visible inclusion you can tell right away if it is yours or not. No two diamonds will ever have the exact same inclusion, in the exact same spot, and the exact same cut, it is unique, and I think that it is better to be unique than perfect.” (Or something to that matter, this conversation DID happen over 5 years ago) At the time I thought it was a pretty cheesy pick up line, but as I got to know him I realized that is just his personality. He’s a bit of an oddball and I love it. So that is how my little nose mark became my “inclusion” and he’ll kiss it and say he loves his little inclusion. I guess it is his way of calling me “unique”. When we started looking at rings we looked into getting Asha because I really do think you can get more bling for your buck. But anyway we were talking one night and he mentioned my inclusion and I said “why not get a diamond with a visible inclusion?” and he thought it would be perfect, but that inclusions in a diamond can make it less sparkly. So we started on the hunt to find the perfect diamond WITH a visible inclusion but was just as sparkly as one without (we got some odd looks from jewellers when we mentioned we were looking for a diamond with visible inclusions). I also loved the idea of being able to look at MY diamond and know that it is MINE just by looking at the inclusion. Anyway, we found a canadian mined diamond that had ONE very visible carbon inclusion right along the edge but was sparkly and beautiful. When we got it mounted in the set (FI picked the set) he made sure the jeweler didn’t cover the inclusion with a prong (though it is very NEAR the prong but you can still see it). FI could have gotten me a diamond without a visible inclusion, but then I would have wanted an Asha, and my diamond is my diamond no doubt about it. Beautiful inclusion and all.
((disclaimer, there is NOTHING wrong with a visibly clean diamond! this is just a unique story to me and my FI!))
Edit: gah, that was long!
Post # 16
@SakuraBlossomBee: I completey get it. My FI is a weirdo too and I love that about him. I think your story is beautiful and hoplessly romantic.