Post # 1
For those who don’t know, Asha is a high quality CZ touted as being “the very closest diamond simulant that exists” to the point where it can even fool many jewelers. It has a CZ core with a carbon bond (diamond) coating for optical brilliance and they do not cloud like typical CZ’s.
Many people look to these as environmentally friendly alternatives, for moral reasons, and sometimes for financial reasons (don’t want to spend thousands on a near colorless stone).
So– would you wear an Asha for your engagement ring, assuming you knew that it was 100% convincing **if your goal were to pass it as a mined diamond?**
Do you have an Asha and are proud of it? (tell people it is CZ)
Why or why not? I have attached a picture of several ASHA center stones for reference.
*I have seen Asha’s in person, so I am not asking whether or not I should get one, just interested in hearing opinions.
Edited: because I wrote something wrong!
Post # 3
I would totally wear one…who cares what it is or isn’t? Is it pretty? Is it making you happy? SCORE!
Post # 4
If I would have went with a traditional ring, I would have no problem saving money and going with a beautiful ring like this! We ended up buying an antique which I love so this didn’t come up. I love the way these look!!!
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I would wear one as a right hand cocktail ring. But no, not for an engagement ring. I am a diamond girl. It was the only acceptable stone for my e-ring. I tried to make myself want an alternative stone, but none felt right to me.
Post # 6
Also, you can set an Asha stone in any setting. These were just examples 🙂
I want to hear from the people who voted no and why. This topic is interesting to me.
Post # 7
@aquaelle: I have heard the ASHAs cloud up over time. As long as I had the resources to replace the stone if it came down to it, I would be happy to wear one! I’ve seen some beautiful pictures of them!
Post # 8
No, nothing against them. The rings are beautiful. I’m just a diamond girl. Plus Fi is super proud, he wouldn’t have felt “right” if he gave me anything other then a diamond engagement ring. I’ve been schooling him on the different gemstones & how ANY ring can be an ering!!
Post # 9
This thread is going to ruffle feathers
Post # 10
No, I don’t like the feeling behind trying to “fool” people that something is what it isn’t (in this case, with the main objective to look like I spent much more than I did). I particularly would not want that sentiment associated with my engagement/wedding jewelry.
I also don’t prefer artificial materials when I can help it, especially not in fine jewelry. I do, however, like many lower-cost natural colored gemstones.
Post # 11
@MsSparklyBee: I almost went with an aqua actually! I love seeing how creative people get with rings (gems and diamonds alike!)
Post # 12
Nope, I like my diamond. And I would feel really icky lying about my engagement ring. I’d probably go with a colored stone if I couldn’t get a diamond.
Post # 13
I have just a plain CZ. No one can tell the difference. My only problem with you post is the not telling anyone. I’m pretty open that it’s a CZ (execpt from my really judgemental family and friends of my Mother). I’m proud that we were able to take a trip to Japan rather than have a stone sit on my finger.
Post # 14
Oh, I wasn’t saying you HAVE to pass it as diamond! I just put that in there because some people do, thats all.
I also put a lot of people are proud of theirs and tell people (I think I wrote that…. scrolling back to check!)
Post # 15
@aquaelle: No, I wouldn’t wear one. I see any diamond simulant the same way as I see knockoffs. I don’t like knockoffs.
I can see a reason for buying an asha… like you’re planning on putting a real diamond in your Tacori setting when you can afford it… but I wouldn’t even want to do that personally. I don’t like fooling people.
I’d just feel like a fraud.
I love diamonds… always have. If I can’t afford the real thing then I won’t wear them.
Post # 16
I wouldn’t mind it if it were for financial reasons! They are beautiful! But I would NOT lie and say it was diamond.. I bought one for myself for fun a while ago and have been asked if its diamond and I answer honestly, because I hate lying! But my FI wouldn’t want me to have an e ring that wasn’t real diamond. It’s just how he is! 🙂