Post # 1
Hi. I’m new here…well posting…I’ve been lurking for a while. Hehe. Everyone seems so friendly though!
Anyways, I’ve been looking at both Asha and Moissanite for an engagement ring, but I’m worried about both since I can’t look at them in person.
Is one better than the other?
Will one last longer than the other?
Anything else I need to know?
I have no idea how to decide between the two! Any help at all would be appreciated. Thank in advance!
Post # 3
There is a bunch of info on moissanite on here already, but as far as which one is better, it’s a matter of preference. Moissanite is harder than asha, slightly more expensive and sparkles like crazy. Asha, however, is more diamondlike because moissanite needs to be cut a special way, but ashas can mimic the cut of diamonds exactly. Ashas will scratch and chip much easier than moissanite. Ashas are a diamond simulant, moissanite is a gem in it’s own right (it’s named after it’s founder, Henri Moissan, who was a head gemologist at Tiffany’s). Moissanite may have a tint to it that some people don’t like. If you want to pass it off as a diamond, asha is more realistic. If you don’t care whether it’ll pass as a diamond or not, moissanite has more sparkle and fire. Personally, I prefer moissanite. I don’t care if your CZ has amorphous diamond coating, it’s still a CZ and I’m not paying hundreds of dollars for it. Not bashing folks with asha, it is gorgeous, that’s just my personal opinion.
Post # 4
Why can’t you see them in person? You could always order both stones, and compare which one you like more, then return the one you don’t like.
Post # 5
Just FYI, Henri Moissan was a chemist. Moissanite was named after him BY the head gemologist at Tiffany’s, Henri Moissan was not the head gemologist. 🙂
Post # 6
Minor correction: Henri Moissan was a research scientist. The gem was named after him BY the head gemologist at Tiffany in 1907, whose name was Kunz (as in Kunzite).
The other information is correct, though I have only heard of Ashas scratching, I’ve never actually heard of one that chipped (ironically, I do hear about diamonds chipping fairly regularly.)
Post # 7
I agree, if you want to pass your e-ring off as a diamond I would go with the Asha. It also depends what size you are going with, because with the moissy in the larger stones I’ve seen the colour (even in the enhanced) is a bit off in some lighting and the double refraction becomes very obvious. Some people will know right away that your moissy is not a diamond because its just too sparkly to be real. But if you love sparkles then moissy would be great and is very pretty. As with the hardness of moissy, memebers of the BTD website have moissy which has chipped/ scratched. Any stone can chip or scratch, whether it be moissy, asha or diamond. Also, moissy looks its best in round cut and can look a bit off in other cuts, especially the princess.
Now I personally prefer Asha, just because the colour and double refraction of moissy does both me. Ashas also come in more cuts that moissy too. I plan to pass my Asha off as a diamond, it’s no ones business if its real or not and I don’t think that my little white lie is going to affect their lives too much. And in my mind I have trouble thinking that moissy as a gem in its own right because it can’t be found on earth naturally so is man made in a lab. To me a gem is someting pulled out of the groung. But that’s just my opinion 🙂
The better than diamond website is amazing and will answer all of your questions about both: http://www.betterthandiamond.com/discussion/ They have comparison pics of asha v moissy v diamond which will help you get an idea of what you like.
Do you know what setting your looking at or what stone? Moissaniteco and Ashadiamonds are the companies I would recomment to you, they have great settings and wonderful customer service 🙂
Post # 8
Thanks for correcting me!
Post # 9
@doodlebugR: I didn’t look into Asha. We got a 1.5 Moissanite. *I’m waiting for him to propose now!*
There are lots of moissanite threads around with bees posting their rings! Hopefully I’m going to be posting mine soon!
I know Helzberg Diamonds had moissanite in their stores so I went to see it in person. It has so much sparkle!
- Moissanite is a 9.25 on the MOHS scale. Diamonds rank in at a 10.
- Moissanite has more fire than a diamond. It has a dispersion of 0.104 while diamonds only have 0.044. it basically means more bling.
- There is only a few hundred dollars of difference between ct. While if you go from a 1ct diamond to a 2k will probably cost you a down payment on a house. So you can get the size you want without having to save up for a year or take out a loan.
there is a forum, betterthandiamonds.com where there are ladies with all kinds of stones. There is an Asha thread over there I believe that has photos.
Post # 10
@MissTattoo: What cut is your moissy?? Do you know what your setting is? You must be buzzing haha
Post # 11
I agree with you on a lot of statements about the Moissanite. I almost, and I mean ALMOST went with them. I looked at Asha and Moissanite over and over and overrrrrrrrrr again. But, the double refractive index in Moissanite ultimately ended up bothering me, and I ended up going with http://www.sitaragem.com
– their product is fantastic! I actually got an enhanced stone (they do excellent customization and customer service) through them, and I love it.
What it came down to between Asha (Better than Diamond) and Sitara was the BBB. Sitara had a longer standing accreditation with them, including 0 complaints in the last 36 months. Asha had some stuff on their website. Moissianite & Co is not even accredited with the BBB, but the Charles & Covard direct is.
In the end, they are probably closer to the same, and Asha you can put real diamonds on the side of your ring right then and there, and they also offer palladium… but, Sitara also includes a lifetime warranty.
Pros and cons, up to you! Good luck!
Post # 12
AHHH! I know! I know what he ordered
I can’t wait to have her on my finger!
Post # 13
You also have to ask yourself if you will be happy with a non diamond stone. A lot of women try to pass these off as diamonds and I think that’s wrong. If you want a diamond so bad then get one. I will never tell anyone that my moissy is a diamond or let them believe it. I HATE the diamond industry (stone is pretty but the industry is ugly)
Post # 14
The MOHs rating for a Moissy is 9.25, by the way.
Post # 16
Figured it was a typo 🙂 Exciting day and all 😉 😉