What is your opinion of tiger gemstones?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Helper bee

I’ve never ordered from that store but looking at the site- honestly they all look like cz to me. Especially the bigger stones that don’t seem to have much sparkle. If you want cz jewelry that really *sparkles* check out the etsy seller TradeCraft (https://www.etsy.com/shop/Tradecraft) I’ve always been thrilled with my purchases from her.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Another poster asked about this shop today on weddingbee, and I can tell you that they are just CZs. CZs in themselves are actually quite hard on the mohs scale but will not last forever. Some do, some don’t. High quality CZs such as Ashas, Diamonique from QVC, Bella Luce from jtv.com and even jewelry from Berricle have lasted well for me, and I am pretty rough on my jewelry. 

Man-made diamonds are very expensive and will normally cost you the same — if not more — than natural diamonds. Plus, man-made diamonds are very limited in their sizes. I don’t believe that they can currently be made larger than a carat or so and in any other cuts but rounds. I’d have to double check that information.

There is a slight possibility that the CZs from her store are coated to help prevent wear-and-tear but I do believe it would still be just a matter of time before you would need a new stone. Many jewelers or shop owners try to market their CZs as more than they are by throwing around the phrases “lab-created” “man-made” and maybe just coming out saying that they aren’t CZs because the word Cubic Zirconia just doesn’t sound attractive to some people.

Its natural counterpart, Zircon, is a very beautiful precious gemstone that lasts a lifetime and comes in a wide variety of colors without the high pricetag of some other gemstones as well as diamonds. If faceted correctly, it’s fire and brilliance will come very close to a diamond. 

My advice is to buy yourself a pocket diamond tester for around $12 on amazon.com or jtv.com. They won’t distinguish the difference between a diamond and a moissanite, but they will tell you if something is not a diamond, which for your purpose, should work just fine. I have one, and I’m so glad I do!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

liz.kinneary:  I’m glad I could help! Sorry it was long-winded, I just wanted to give all the information I could. I love my diamond tester. I went through every piece of jewelry I had and tested all of it, even the stones I knew weren’t diamond, because I wanted to use it and see how it worked, haha. I haven’t tried it on my moissanite earrings yet, but the booklet it came with said it would register moissanites as diamond, so I will have to take its word for it. Enjoy!

For reference, this is the one I have: http://www.amazon.com/DUSIEC-Jewelry-Diamond-Selector-Gemstone/dp/B0052R42NW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1410137827&sr=8-2&keywords=diamond+tester

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  peacock0320.
Post # 8
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Helper bee

liz.kinneary:  I posted pretty much this same question yesterday!! 🙂 I was actually just scrolling through looking for my post and thought this was mine! I ended up messaging tabitha (the shop owner) yesterday and directly asked her whether her stones were cz (I made sure I approached the question politely and assured her I wasnt trying to be rude by suggesting that her stones were cz and that I had no problem if they were and would still happily purchase them) and she replied extremely promptly but she seemed to babble on about how great they are without giving me a direct answer. I will post a screenshot of her reply but basically what I got out of her reply is that they are a higher end cz. 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee

  I guess she kind of does say that they are better quality than cz however I think a more accurate assumption would be that they are just great quality czs seeing as she would not offer me an alternative for what they actually are 🙂

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  Aqua59.
  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  Aqua59.
Post # 11
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Helper bee

liz.kinneary:  I  wasn’t too pleased with her answer either! She didn’t really answer my question at all (I asked her if her stones were chemically different from cz’s and she claimed she couldnt tell me because it was the lab’s proprietary info which I think is her trying to get out of having to admit that they are cz’s). However judging by the reviews I do still think it would be a great purchase IF you are fully aware that what you’re purchasing is some kind of cz and not a diamond, especially if you went with one of her 14k gold options which I am seriously considering 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Lol, I thought this was aquas thread too when I was checking for an update today!

@OP, peacock basically said what a lot of us did in Aqua’s thread yesterday. I’m glad to see she messaged the seller. Even though her evasive answer really is off putting. She either seems to have NO idea what she’s talking about and/or is purposefully trying to mislead people. It’s a seller I’d probably only expect the minimum out of if I had problems with the jewelry, I wouldn’t trust her to deal with it well.

Just be aware that those are most likely CZ’s and you’ll be fine if you make a purchase. Simulants can be great to wear, so long as you know what to expect from them and know how to take care of them properly. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

i keep looking at her rings and thinking i might get one to see how it is  she does have good feed back but i think its a cz :/

 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

peacock0320:  Just wanted to comment that zircon is NOT the natural counterpart of cubic zirconia. They are in different mineral groups, with different properties. All cubic zirconia is technically “synthetic cubic zirconia” (as well as all moissanite is “synthetic moissanite”) and they both do have natural counterparts, but they exist in crystals too small for practical use. Zircon has in the past been used as a diamond simulant, but it’s been replaced by the more convincing CZ and moissanite. =) And I would not trust any seller who says she has a lab-made simulant with a refractive index EQUAL to diamond. If it had the same chemical and optical properties as a diamond, it would be a diamond, it would be listed as “synthetic,” and the price would be a diamond price. Unless they have invented a new magical stone, it’s a CZ, and that kind of nondisclosure is unethical. <br /><br />

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