- 2 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
So I haven’t been on weddingbee pretty much since 2012 when I got married but I wanted to share my Asha to Amora Gem journey. When I was getting engaged and researching stones, this board was SO helpful so now it’s my turn to try and help someone else out. I can try to answer any questions bees might have too!
I had an Asha as a placeholder in my ring from New Year’s Eve, 2011 until last week, so just under 3 years. I knew I wanted the Amora Gem back in 2011 so I figured the Asha was a good way to go in the meantime. Overally, I liked the Asha about 90% of the time. It was super sparkly, especially when I cleaned it. I especially liked the way it looked under natural lighting. I thought the color was good – not too white. However, I didn’t like that there was windowing in the stone. Not that I was trying to pass my stone off as a diamond, but it was enough to make me feel a little self conscious about my ring, especially when anyone asked to see it up close. I also didn’t like the stone in some lighting, such as under the lights in one of my classrooms. I felt that the lighting sometimes really made the stone seem like a CZ (which I know, it pretty much is) but again, it made me a little self conscious. It also lacked depth in some lighting.
Over the almost 3 years I had it, I tried to treat it nicely but it did get pretty beat up. The edges are all scratched up and it doesn’t look very good anymore. I know some people keep theirs for many years without damage but for me, it definitely wasn’t a forever stone.
My poor Asha, all torn up haha. You can see how rough the table looks now:
I LOVE this stone! It’s truly beautiful. I went with a 1.12 carat equivalent, or 1.02 Amora carats, SI1, F color. It’s so sparkly that it puts the Asha to shame. There is no windowing, which I love. It also has depth, which the Asha was always missing for me. It looks steely when it is cloudy out and throws so much sparkle when it’s sunny. As far as warmth, it does have some whenever I’m under yellow lighting but most of the time it does look white. I love looking at it under low lighting because it is SO sparkly there! I’m so happy to have my forever stone 🙂
Right after I picked my ring up, under the jeweler’s lighting.
Some warmth under a lamp (it looks more yellow here than in real life):
Inside, next to a window on a sunny day:
You can see the table is smaller:
An attempt at capturing the arrows:
Looking a little more steely here:
Here are some videos I posted in another thread, the Asha is still in the ring in these and the Amora is loose:
Low lighting: http://vimeo.com/111496098
Indoor lighting: http://vimeo.com/111496097
Kitchen lighting: http://vimeo.com/111496096
Elevator lighting: http://vimeo.com/111496095