Post # 1
Hi!! I’ve hovered around this site for a long time before I finally committed to joining. We’re in the process of getting engaged &, unfortunately, I’m the one holding up the process. It’s taken me a long time to figure out what I wanted in an engagement ring but I finally have it down!
I’ve been doing some research for find the BEST diamond alternatives. I’ve spoken with jewelers, I’ve seen stones but I’m still a little lost.
I know how the community, generally, feels about moissanite & I am right there with you. I’ve been eyebalilng an Asha ring for a long time but can’t commit. Can you all give me some advice? Does Asha stand up the test of time? Has anyone used Russian Brilliants?
Post # 3
I’m glad someone started this thread. We’re looking at simulants, too. I think we’ll likely get a Diamond Nexus, but I really like the look of those Amora moissanites, too.
There’s so many options out there! Diamonds are out of the question for us.
Post # 4
I think most people will tell you Asha is the best simulant. Moissanite is more durable, but does not mirrior a diamond in many ways (refractive index, brilliance, cut).
There are others, but they do not have the coating Asha does.
Post # 5
@RedAngelDreamer: Not that it matters but the reflecting light off the moissanites really bugs me! Do you have any sites? As soon as I enter “simulated diamonds” into Google I get nothing but ads! These message boards have been the best insight!
Post # 6
i am biased because we purchased a moissy – but when i was researching it was the only alternative that just FELT right.
We got a 2ct equivalent amora moissy stone (from moissanite co.) shown below on a 5 / 5.5 finger.
Moissanite co. has a 30 day return policy of loose stones so we figured let see what it looks like in REAL life before we decide to have it set.
I found in some certain natural lights, you could see color differences – but nothing major.
happy hunting 🙂
Post # 7
@deetroitwhat: Moissanite, for me, is totally out. I’m VERY wary of sending my boyfriend a link & having him spend, what I still consider a lot of money, on something without seeing it in person…
Post # 8
@-crayola-: 2ct is EXACTLY what I’m looking for. but jeweler told me that size is iffy on whether or not it looks like a diamond. you’re really happy?
Post # 9
If moissanite is out, then I recommend asha. There are other cubic zirconia out there that are not diamond coated, but are still perfectly cut. They won’t hold up as well, but they should be cheaper and should look good.
Diamond Nexus, as people have mentioned in most threads where they come up, are extremely overpriced. They are well-cut cubic zirconia, but they claim to be coated and they are not. They have also claimed to not be cz, which is not true. This thread pretty much sums it all up. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/well-this-was-an-eye-opener
If you want to, you can order a loose moissanite from betterthandiamond so you can see it for yourself. If you don’t like it, just return it.
Post # 10
@Aaaannie: I understand. Order a loose Asha 2ct stone & see how you feel.
Post # 11
i say asha, i have an hearts and arrow 1.5ct center stone set in a diamond halo.
Post # 13
I’ve compared a good quality CZ next to an amazing 1.5 carat diamond and CZ looked beatuiful (It was a similar line to Asha that Birks used for one of their settings displays. At least that is what they’ve told me). When I compared CZ & diamond to a moissanite and looked closely I could see a more pronounced rainbow in the moissanite and more colour to the stone. Diamond was F-G, the moissanite is around J.
I went with moissanite precisely because it is different from a diamond and it changes its tint in different lighting conditions. I like the unique property of the disco light too. I don’t think it makes a good simulation diamond, thought. It is a distinct gem to me.
Russian brilliant is a beautiful stone and in bezel setting have lasted now for 20 years and it is still gorgeous. I understand the process have changed since and better alternatives are available now. I am looking into Asha as well.
Post # 14
@RedAngelDreamer: Please don’t get your ring from DNL! I have a friend who has a ring from there and it looks (for lack of a better word) awful! The moment she showed it to me I knew it was a CZ, and as much as there is really good quality CZ that is beautiful, this ring was NOT that kind. It was very glassy and fake looking. She’s had it for almost 2 years now and it’s already scratched and dull. I’ve also seen Moissanites and Ashas that are years old and hold up far better and look beautiful. They are sparkly and amazing, they do NOT look fake or glassy, and they don’t dull. I know both cost more than DNL but the extra money spent will be well worth it! Hope this helps! 🙂
Post # 15
@-crayola-: moissanite co’s return policy is actually 14 days on loose stones, not 30.
OP, I ordered an amora moissanite that I got last week and I sent it today because it was way more yellow than any pictures I’ve seen. I may have just gotten a dud, but I was really disappointed. I looked at pictures here and at BTD for a long time and was really hoping I would like it but it had a lot of color and looked nothing like diamond when I compared them side by side at a jeweler.
I’m a little confused as to if you are interested in moissanite or not, but if so, order one for yourself to see. I thought I would love it, but I really didn’t.
Post # 16
I think the best simulated diamond is probably an asha though i’ve not seen one in person.
Wink CZ and Diamonique CZ are lovely, I have some gorgeous jewelry made from diamonique, had a necklace for years and years and years and it’s still stunning.
Moissanite is beautiful but it is not a simulated diamond it’s a different type of stone (silicone based not carbon based). They can look quite similar sonetimes but other times they look quite quite different.