(Closed) Best Simulated diamonds besides Moissanite??

posted 6 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t have much experience with most of these, but i know that white sapphires don’t really sparkle very much.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Look at Asha Diamonds 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have Asha and looooooove them. They are basically CZ’s with a diamond coating. Try ashadiamonds.com <– I think.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I personally wouldn’t swarovski if you want sparkle. I just bought some studs from a swarovski store a few weeks ago and even though they are definitely pretty, they don’t twinkle like diamonds.
(Unless they’re under those magical jewellery shop lights that is 😛 haha)

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I really like the jewelry from Berricle, it’s good-quality CZ and most pieces are set in rhodium-plated silver so the look is just like white gold. I ordered my wedding earrings from them. They even have 20% off right now.

This seems pretty close to what you’re looking for, but they have more options and styles, you should check them out:

http://www.berricle.com/round-cubic-zirconia-cz-925-sterling-silver-solitaire-with-side-stones-earrings-e735.htm

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would suggest you get a semi-precious real stone rather than a diamond simulant. None of them really look much like diamonds or sparkle much, and except for moissanite (which isn’t even technically a diamond simulant, it looks much different due to the greenish hue) they are all prone to various types of damage. Have you considered a pretty colored stone that would be beautiful but still in the budget? 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

@tonights:  I just want to correct you on a few things regarding moissanite:

    1. Moissanite used to have a greenish hue, but that is hardly the case anymore since they have refined the process of creating the stones and especially because of the treatments that are available now. Amora moissanite for example is H color. I have a year old enhanced moissanite and it certainly has no greenish hue to it at all. 
       
    2. Moissanite looks very much like a diamond, check out this video as an example: http://vimeo.com/24371182
       
    3. Moissanite has more sparkle and more fire than a diamond does. 

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Wow I had never heard of Berricle but the stuff looks beautiful.

     

    My mother is a shopping channel shopaholic. She has some diamonique stuff and they sparkle like crazy. She gets compliments all the time on her diamonique stuff. People think they are real diamonds.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @cherryblossomlove:  Definitely! Don’t forget code VALENTINE for 20% off, I don’t know when it expires. Oh and free shipping always!

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @DeathByDesign:  Yes, “more sparkle and fire.” It doesn’t have equivalent sparkle and fire to a diamond, which is why it isn’t considered a diamond simulant in the industry (except sometimes by unscrupulous people trying to sell you one). I love moissanites – I want a fancy pink one, now that they have that technology – but I’m a jeweler, and most people with experience in our business can tell the difference instantly. I didn’t say moissanites are inferior to diamonds – because I don’t believe they are! – and I think they are by far the best diamond alternative currently on the market, but they are not technically a simulant. That said, I would have recommended moissanite to the OP except she stated right out that it’s out of her price range, and semiprecious stones are by far superior to CZs in my experience. 

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