(Closed) CZ, Asha, Amora, Moissanite, White Saphire: what is the differences…help me?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m not an expert but I’ll share what I know:

CZ is a man-made stone that was designed to look like a diamond.  It is not as long lasting though and has tendencies to yellow over time (I think?). It is (probably most) affordable, sparkly and looks most like a diamond. But not as long lasting.

Asha is basically a CZ but it is coated with actual diamond so it lasts longer and looks like a diamond. It is affordable, sparkly, looks most like a diamond.  More long lasting than a normal CZ but not as long lasting as a diamond. (?)

Moissanite is a gem stone that was first discovered in a meteor.  It is similar to diamond in chemical structure and can really only be found in space (It cannot be mined on earth).  So the moissanites that are available commercially are grown in a lab. (But they do exist in nature, unlike CZ and Asha.)  It is almost just as hard as a diamond, but has more fire. (More colors of the spectrum come out of it) It is affordable, long lasting, sparkly, but doesn’t look exactly like a diamond because it is a different gemstone.

White Saphire is…well, a white saphire.  It is softer than a diamond so it is more succeptible to dents/scratches, but I’m sure it will be fine with everyday wear.  A lot of ladies have saphires as their ering.  It is affordable, sparkly (but in a different way- not sparkly like a diamond), longer lasting than a CZ but not as much as a diamond or moissanite.

I hope that was helpful.  If I wasn’t accurate in some areas I’m sure other Bees will help out. <3

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Oh and you can use any of them to make a ring that costs around $1000. They are all great alternatives to a diamond in terms of affordability.

If you want something that looks as close to a diamond as possible, then you would want a CZ or an Asha.

If you are ok with it being a little different, Moissanite and white saphire are great options. Moissanite sparkles more than white saphire though and looks closer to a diamond than white saphire.

It really depends on what you want.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

While I can’t really give you definitions of each stone (I am most definitely not an expert) I can give you some advice about purchasing a white sapphire e-ring. I recently became engaged and opted for a sapphire instead of a diamond. There are plenty of shops online and specifically Etsy that offer gemstones as engagement ring alternatives to diamonds. I am partial to sapphires because they are natural (and even lab created ones are amazing) and are the second hardest gemstone on the mohs scale. I believe they register at 9.0 out of 10…Only diamonds are 10. To me, that’s a great alternative to a diamond because it’s a stone that can handle every day wear.

I would like to share with you the Etsy shop where my fiance purchased my ring. The jeweler, Eric, is based out of Los Angeles and specifically deals with white sapphires. He has a great selection of rings. I worked with him on my e-ring a lot because I took his original design and had him customize it a bit. All of his jewelry is really affordable. I got a 2ct natural white sapphire with I believe .75 cts of diamonds in 18K white and yellow gold for a little under $2,000. I know you said your budget is around $1,000 and Eric has plenty of options in that price range. And if you absolutely love one of his rings that is a bit over your price range, just talk to him about maybe cutting a bit of the price. He is so nice and helpful. I would give it a shot. I know Eric is doing a 10% off discount if you order any jewelry before January 25th. And if you do want to try to get a deal, tell him Taylor Alley recomended you to the shop..That may help a bit!!

I hope my post helps you out!! Here are some photos of my ring and the Etsy shop link:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/EVSdesign

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@MrsLevell2Be:  Since Ashas are essentially diamond-coated CZs, they will have to be replaced down the road. If I’m not mistaken, the Amora gem, which is similar to a moissanite with whiteness enhancing (but still different in many ways), will be widely available in 2015-2016, and that will last a lifetime if that’s what you want.

I’d get a moissanite for now if I were you. I agree that a white sapphire wouldn’t be sparkly enough for you if you compare it to a diamond. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve had CZ’s that have lasted forever. The newer ones are even better. That being said, I think it depends on how fast you want it and what you want to spend. I had a white sapphire and wasnt happy with the lack of faceting and sparkle. I have trouble with the idea of paying so much for an ASHA CZ, since it is still a CZ. However, they are supposed to look really good, but I am not sure howmuch more realistic they are than a normal high quality (like a Signity) CZ. I have never seen a Moissy in real life and I would love to see one. I do hear they are WAY sparkly…almost too sparkly to pass for a diamond (which I understand most people are NOT trying to pass them off as diamonds).

So, the real question is, “what do you really want?” Do you want something that is going to look like a diamond? If so, they say CZ is the best simulant….and then you will have to decide between a nice CZ or an ASHA or WINK CZ. Even if you have to replace the CZ or ASHA or WINK every few years, its still a good deal. And, someday, you might want or be able to get a diamond (I have no idea what your financial situation is, but I totally understand not wanting to spend money on a diamond)

If you like Moissy for its unique qualities, then perhaps a Moissy is for you….but I think they are pretty expensive. I would guess the ring youw ant in moissy and gold is going to run you over 1000 and probably closer to 2000 if you go through moissyco.

There are some nice moissy halo’s on ebay for under 1000….some much lower set in sterling and some in gold closer to the 1000 mark.

Another option is to buy a really nice setting in gold with diamonds online, then find a decent center CZ and have it set. That way, you can either save for a moissy, replace the CZ when needed, or someday put a diamond in it. Either way, you will have a really nice setting to work with.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

double post…ooops

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@MrsLevell2Be:  I think the Amora Gem will be perfect for you, as you said, and you will have time to save up for one before they become readily available. In the meantime, a high quality CZ will be beautiful and should stay in perfectly fine shape until you are ready to get the Amora Gem.

I suggest Wink CZ – I have one and it’s gorgeous. http://www.winkcz.com/

I would find a stone you love, figure out the size you like (an 8mm CZ is about the size of a 2 carat diamond, which you said you liked), and then look for a nice semi-mount to have it put into.

I’d look at http://www.Pompeii3.com and Lord of Gem Rings on Ebay (http://stores.ebay.com/Lord-of-Gem-Rings/Diamond-Settings-/_i.html?_fsub=15078077&_sid=50922125&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322).

Then you just need to find a good jeweler and have it set. I had a master jeweler set my Wink CZ into a gold solitaire for around 25-30 dollars so your dream ring is within reach if you look around!

I also highly recommend you join the BetterThanDiamond forums, they will really be able to steer you in the right direction to make your dream ring come true.

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