Post # 1
SO bought a nice setting. Right now, it has a garden-variety CZ in it. He hasn’t proposed yet. The ultimate goal is to put an Amora Gem in the ring, but as many of you know, you can’t buy those yet, and there’s a chance it might be a couple years or so. What I am wondering is whether it would be worth it to get an Asha in the meantime. Are they that much nicer-looking than plain old CZ? I really don’t want anyone to see it and instantly know that it’s a CZ, but I am also not too crazy about paying $200 + setting fee for Asha, which might not look too different.
I wish Amora Gem would just hurry up and get here. Once it does, I’ll be able to land planes with my ring! But what should I do in the meantime?
Post # 3
amora.net says Amora Gem is coming out Nov 2012.
If you’re looking for something similar to the Amora Gem, perhaps an Amora Moissanite might do the trick. It’s going to be a bit less white than the Amora Gem, but you can upgrade later.
I don’t know how much nicer the Asha is, I can assume it’s much nicer because it’s “diamond” coated vs the CZ, but I’ve also heard that CZs look fine at first and don’t look bad until they get cloudy or yellow years down the line.
Another option is that if someone points out that it’s a CZ or maybe if you might think they’re thinking that, you can just say that the real one is in the safe deposit box because you don’t want to ruin it and take it out except for special occasions and your wedding and this is the one you’re going to wear on a daily basis, so that if you ruin it, it won’t cost as much to replace and won’t hurt as much.
There are tons of threads here about the different stones – Amora, Asha and Moissanite – and you can also google pix and youtube videos.
Personally, I told Fiance to wait until Nov for the Amora Gem to come out and if it wasn’t coming out this year, I’d opt for the Amora Moissy.
Post # 4
These CZs are cut amazingly…and cost less than an Asha. That might be a good option for you especially since you’re just waiting on the Amora gem to come out.
Post # 5
I have a 2ct sized CZ in my going out clubbing with the girls, no biggie if it gets lost while I’m black out drunk ring. I get tons of compliments on it so I’m assuming it doesn’t look like a CZ.
If the Nov date is true as mentioned above, I think wait for that. Or you could get yourself an entire other ring to wear in the meantime that the other one is ready.
Post # 6
@peanuthead: oh no, i’m googling this some more now and may have misunderstood.. i think the amora gem is being released in nov 2012 but won’t be available in the states until 2015 bc of the patent:
We are just starting production of the Amora H&A gem now and so we expect the true launch (meaning available for sale) to be in early 2012.
We have filed for a US patent, and have about 10 other patents in international countries underway, so the Amora H&A is patent-pending.
However, please realize that even though it is a different crystal structure than Moissanite, because the Amora gem is in the family of ‘Silicon Carbide’, it falls under the same C&C patent that we are working to invalidate in the US and that applies to a large number (27) of countries.
Thus, availability of the Amora H&A does not equate to when you can purchase. (And to clarify, you can get a patent and then have to potentially wait to ‘practice the invention’ while a conflicting patent expires).
Post # 7
this is my stand in 2carat CZ.
everyone compliments me on it, just as when i wear my diamond one. so i assume it looks good as the real thing 🙂
Post # 8
I’ve bought jewelry from e14k.com and highly recommend them. They sell loose stones and I’ve had more than one jeweler tell me my CZ looks like the real thing. They were surprised at the quality. Read their reviews. I actually just ordered a 3 stone cz ring from them and can’t wait to get it!
Post # 9
i have an asha set in diamonds and i also want to replace it later on with the amora gem, i do love my asha though it looks great with the diamonds and its super sparkly
Post # 10
oh its a h&a 1.50ct center