(Closed) Best diamond alternatives at 1.25 to 1.5 ct equivalent?

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Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I think the F1 looks really similar. It’s fixed a lot of the issues with the FB and classic IMO. If you don’t want it ultra sparkly then don’t get a round brilliant. As far a reflecting colors- diamonds do that too. It’s unavoidable! 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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mbeach15 :  I think that emerald and asscher look nice and step cuts “flash” light more than sparkle. Not sure if F1 has emeralds yet though. The cushion is also pretty but will sparkle more. I don’t think the princess cut or the oval looks diamond-like.

i should also add, I’m just basing this off of creeping on the ring board pics here for years! I don’t own any Moissy.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

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mbeach15 :  Assuming a colored gemstone is not in the running, then lab-created stones will look different than a natural diamond, but I find that it is rare that people catch that difference.  Assuming you are not in a community of very expensive jeweler owners, who tend to be very knowledgeable, I think you’ll be safe. On your specs, all natural stones change in different light (diamonds are well-known to be flat in bright light). 

Another option to avoid some of the reaction to the moissanite is to go with an Old European Cut stone. If you like the look, I find people are so interested in the cut that they don’t ask if I’m wearing a real diamond or not. I wear both in various pieces.  

Cut is still king in my book, so below are my preferences in order. Also, I deliberately choose a G/H colored Amora Gem, because too white a stone is icy (not my preference) and could lead to a more false look.  Anyway, for modern cuts…my choices in order.

Amora Gem – Presently cutting only Soaring Hearts and Arrows. These are amazing and they seem to have tamped down on some of the rainbow splinters. My top choice. Both JHollywood and Joseph Schubach can option Amora (you’ll just have to be patient and flexible with size). I also prefer the generation of Amora Gem before the new cuts over C&C, which was the only alternative at the time). My top choice for OEC, but they are very rare to find.

Neo Moissanite and SuperNova – The cut on these is excellent. They both are in the colorless range. Contact JHollywood on Etsy. She also sells C&C and can help you select the best cut for the shape you want. She also makes rings. 

 F1 Charles & Colvard – Lots of posts here. I have had the opportunity to look at lots of these. The cut is hit and miss. If you go with C&C, stick with a seller that will hand-select the stone. Joseph Schubach Jewelers (http://shopping.schubachstore.com/) is picky about cut and makes great setting. 

Ebay Moissanite (Moissaniteus, diamondtresure) – The cut on these and color are mixed. I have 3 blue-greens and they are quite nice in color — cut is meh. I’m making earrings out of them.

This is an Amora Gem OEC (closest to knuckle), White Sapphire Diamond Cut and Blue Ebay Moissanite. Was working in the garden and the idea to film these struck me. All around 8 mm and my hands are 10.25ish.

Amora GEM OEC with two smaller diamond OECs

{Sorry about the beginning, I have not idea how to edit that out}

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

The Amora gem has a more diamond like cut than the Forever One from pictures posted. They are made from the same material but their cut is different. The Forever one shows the moissanite splintery cut and some have the dark center. (Make it obvs it’s not a diamond but a simulant). Can you get an ebay moissy for a few dollars ($15) and save for the real diamond you want. That’s what we’re doing.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

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mbeach15 : You can always buy the gem and setting from the same seller or differnt sellers. But, buying both from one company is way more convenient. So, it is worth looking at their setting options. 

I love old cuts, so my personal top choice would be an OEC. But, they are hard (near impossible) to find in Amora Gem because the stop cutting them. I choose to buy my Amora Gem OEC and two small OEC diamonds. I will be mailing them to [email protected] for a custom version of her Vivant ring (https://thegemstoneproject.com/the-vivant-ring/). Her Resistance is also a stunner and increadibly affordable (https://thegemstoneproject.com/the-resistance/). 

If you wanted an OEC, then (1) snatch up the last one I’ve seen on the open market which will be a stunner and almost identical to mine (8 mm = 2 carats)  (https://fireandbrilliance.com/collections/amora-gems/products/amora-gems-loose-old-european-cut-2-2-carats?variant=11415798660) or (2) look at one of the other three moissanite options via JHollywoodDesigns or Joseph Schubach.

If you want a modern cut, then my personal choice since cut is my first criteria…

(1) My top choice for a round is a Soaring Hearts & Arrows Amora Gem. To buy now, look at Fire & Brilliance. They have 6 modern cuts (1 Asscher + 5 rounds) and 1 oec. They also have settings which are basic, but nice. My personal favorite for a solitaire is Juliette Solitaire 6-prongs. If you don’t like their settings, then you can just buy the Amora gem from them. But, I’d quickly check with the other two to see if they have an Amora in your chosen size if you prefer a setting by one of the other two. I have no experience witht their custom work, and I’d rate their own settings as good.  https://fireandbrilliance.com/collections/amora-gems

(2) If you want non-round or don’t like F&B’s settings and don’t want the hassle of mailing an unset stone around, then have a look a the other three moissanite options.

(3) If you went with a gem from Joseph Schubak or JHolloywoodDesigns, you can buy just the stone from them or they can set it for you in a setting of your choice/design that they carry. They both do wonderful custom work They are a one-stop shop with excellent benches. But, if you want a setting from a maker they don’t carry (or can’t souce), then you can get a gem from them. Then, mail that gem to the setting maker/company you bought from. 

JHollywood has videos on her Instgram Site showing Amora Gem vs. New vs C&C. The Neo cushion cut is lovely. One of the reasons I’d suggest JHollywood for moissantie is that she can choose between 3 brands for the best cut for your preferred shape.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BKWCLgzgyMz/?taken-by=jhollywooddesigns

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJ5Zw8Eg5CM/?taken-by=jhollywooddesigns

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJaUCX6At_9/?taken-by=jhollywooddesigns

https://www.instagram.com/p/BIKzy-YgviF/?taken-by=jhollywooddesigns

 

 

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

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glitterysala :  agreed ….my fiance bought my ring from Charles & Colvard.  The cut is beautiful….but it is hit and miss. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I have a C&C F1 7.5mm round brilliant, which is equivalent to a 1.5 carat. It is icy white and throws a ton of rainbow sparkles. I wasn’t interested in it looking like a diamond though, which is why I went for F1, as I wanted the cut that would show the moissy looking its best and give the most sparkle. The H&A cut is supposed to be the most diamond like round cut. A couple of bees on here have H&A and seem to love it. I have not seen other cuts in moissanite so can’t help in that regard. If you search the board you will find some recent posts on the H&A with lots of pics so hopefully that will help. I will pop back and post the links if I get a minute. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

What size stone did you have in mind?

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