BEST simulated diamond?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
901 posts
Busy bee

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
4311 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 6
205 posts
Helper bee

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 # 9
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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.

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
4311 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Aaaannie:  I understand.  Order a loose Asha 2ct stone & see how you feel.

Post # 11
2137 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i say asha, i have an hearts and arrow 1.5ct center stone set in a diamond halo.



Post # 13
684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

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
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@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
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

@-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
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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.

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