Post # 1
I have limited knowledge on man made stones, and I know from this board that Moissanite and Asha are popular choices. However, the most popular in the UK is CARAT* an is getting steadily more popular. I am considering getting a man made diamond just to wear sometimes as a right hand ring and also to wear as a holiday ring (I don’t bring my engagement ring when I go away so it would be my ‘replacement ring’). Has anyone on here bought a CARAT* ring? If so were you satisfied with it and do you have any pictures? I would love to get a loose stone and set it myself in a silver band!
Post # 4
Alas i’ve not heard of it either. I’m in the UK so I’m going to look it up. I have moissanite.
Post # 5
I know about them, I’ve visited one of their big shops. I was SHOCKED at their prices. They sell CZ, and as far as I know it’s just regular CZ (not coated like Asha). Their prices seemed outrageously inflated, even if it is good-quality CZ. I’m flabbergasted that they are able to stay in business.
They definitely do not sell man-made diamonds. If you want that check out Better Than Diamond.
Curious to see if other Bees have more info!
Post # 6
Sorry, but I don’t know much about man-made/stimulants. I did look up the webite for anyone else that wants to check it out. This site will give USD price too.
Post # 7
Thanks! Strange that they are not well known! I had actually never heard of it until I heard that they were opening in Harrods, which might explain why it is expensive. I wouldn’t mind getting a Moissanite, and they have a UK website (http://www.moissanite.co.uk/) but the variety is a lot less than the US site and they don’t have the option to buy loose stones which is what I am looking for. I am also curious to see if anyone has more info and any suggestions on how I could go about finding a loose man made diamond!
Post # 8
I just phoned a bespoke jeweler and said “can you source me a Ring Bearer 1ct moissanite” they found a stunning one. They’ve sourced real and synthetic gemstones for me too.
Post # 9
@London_Bride: As I said, check out Better Than Diamond for man-made diamonds.
The Carat shop I went to was in Westfield’s (so a lot more low-brow than Harrod’s, lol). I think they’re just a total rip-off.
You can order anything from moissaniteco.com (in the States) and return it . . . they do not even charge a restocking fee for loose stones, so you can order risk-free! Not sure about international shipping costs, tho.
ETA Also, only moissaniteco.com and betterthandiamond sell the enhanced Amora moissanite, as far as I know. So you have to order from the States if you want an Amora anyway.
Post # 10
hmmm i wonder if they’re owned by Diamond Nexus…… Sounds like you should go with Asha if you want the most realistic simulant!
Post # 11
Yah, I’d say pass on them. Overpriced CZ.
Post # 12
I’ve never heard of CARAT,but I have a moissanite and a diamond and If your concerned about the look of a man made pr simulant stone, the moissanites look really nice. Here are both the diamond and the moissanite.
Post # 13
my Ering came from carat* and I replaced the CZ with an enhanced moissanite because the cz in the carat ring was tooooo white, it almost glowed in the dark.
I don’t think it was particularly overpriced because it is gold- but I’m also partial because it’s my ring!
this is with the cz that came in it before I switched it out
Post # 14
Thanks for the advice girls! 🙂
Next time I am at Westfields I’ll pop into the Carat shop and see what they are like in person. I think I will ask my jeweller to see if he can order in a loose moissanite for me, if not then I will consider just ordering it off the internet from america – either moissanite or asher (tried to look up international shipping cost but it just says it is displayed on checkout).
@capergrrl which one is diamond and which one is moissanite? I really can’t tell which means moissanite is a good diamond simulant!
I would not want it to look too white, and it sounds like Carat would be from what mcklough experienced (and thank you for the pic of a Carat ring!)
Post # 15
I stumbled upon Carat first when I was in Hong Kong for a short trip. They’ve got one shop near the Airport Express. Their stuff is really nice especially the basic stud earrings and solitaire rings. It could pass on as real diamonds. Just don’t go over board and go over 5ct as it might look too fake.
When I arrived back home I purchased a stud earrings from their website just to check out the waters. The earrings arrived within 14 days after placing the order. I must say, I’m really thrilled about my purchase.
I got loads of comments from my friends but I didn’t tell them about my secret. They all thought it was real. 🙂
Here is the picture ladies…
Post # 15
Hi ladies! I know this post is pretty old but I just thought I’d sign up to comment as I recently visited Carat’s Leeds Victoria quarter store and was very pleasantly surprised as the lady in there told me it isnt a cubic zirconia and it has a lifetime guarentee, was very impressed with the prices! I shall post a picture shortly! (I also got it resized for free!) xo