(Closed) CZ e rings

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Look at moissanite

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@CynLouC:  awww!  I LOVE morganite!  The peachy pink is so pretty, why are you replacing it??  Is it not durable for everyday wear?

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Gemselect.com is a good way to see all types of gemstones, there price range, and you can search for any color you want. the site also provides the hardness of each stone in the info section so you can compare what other options  your have and some are very affordable. The site shows pictures of the exact item you will get, they do not use stock photos and if you do buy something you can always return it if it does not sparkle exactly how you like and you have a more hands on experience as aposed to just buying a ring with a cz already set because there are many different cut qualities  just like diamonds and some sparkle way better than others and some are clearer than others.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@CynLouC:  HUGE difference between cz and moissy. Read up on the many threads here or on the betterthandiamond forums. It’s definitely worth your consideration if you want a ‘forever’ stone.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@baileyryan12:  I second the moissanite.  CZ is inexpensive but will need to be replaced.  Moissanite is an actual gemstone that is durable (9.1) and should laste.  White sapphire (9) is also very hard and durable – second hardest of natural earth occuring after diamond.  I believe white topaz is slightly softer and may not be good for everyday wear.  With a passing look, moissanite and diamond will look quite similar.  I have not seen a white sapphire next to a diamond.

  top is moissanites, bottom is diamond.  (taken right under a light bulb in my closet, no flash)

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@CynLouC:  I don’t think there’s a wrong way to go about it 🙂 I know lots of people like gemstones for their meaning, etc. and some people don’t like CZ because it’s gotten a bad rep about getting cloudy and things like that. 

I have a CZ e-ring and zero issues since I got it last summer. We went with CZ because it was what we could afford and I don’t want a diamond, anyway. We found a great independent jeweler here, who designed all his rings and does CZ versions of some of them. They are whitegold with high quality CZ, handcrafted, and we like that we have a personal contact that we can go to if something should happen.

We plan to upgrade it in the future, to either a ring with morganite or tanzanite, just because I love colored gemstones, but we had no way to get one here that wasn’t overpriced and we don’t want to buy online.

Super blurry, but I don’t have access to a better cam right now 🙁 I think it’s a 1.5c equivalent center stone an 2c equivalent total weight. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

@CaptainSpaulding:  i agree enthough cz tends to “beat” a diamond for many of the things we value in diamonds there is still no sence of “value” you can buy good quality CZs for $3…. to me thats not something personaly would be content with forever its still just a CZ .. any other white stone even if it is extremely afordabe is not only more interesting but more personalized. If your someone who enjoys jewelry and appreciates it then i would always try to head towards a higher grade diamond simulant over a CZ but if you just want a ring purely for its symbolic reasons then go for it there deffinately are very beautiful CZs out there you just need to look for them.

CZ that are specificly diamond cut are going to be the best option as far as a CZ goes

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Have you looked at getting a pink moissanite? I would contact Schubach’s and see if they can source you a peachy pink (Serenity stopped doing the coatings for them, but they may still have their ways!) – like jcent’s peachy pink moissanite rings – if you want pink still!

If you want colourless though, Ashas are nice and more diamond-like than moissanite if that is a concern for you, but you should plan to have to replace them every few years (some women find they need to replace every couple, some every 5 and going strong!).

I personally LOVE moissanite. It is gorgeous! It IS different than diamond (more brilliance, etc), but I will also say that I have yet to have anyone think it is anything other than diamond – even some local independent jewelers I have gone too – with benches who work with diamonds all the time, mistook it for diamond until I corrected them (of course, this was just a visual look, not under a loupe and so forth which would be more indicative of its actual nature)! I don’t try and pass it off, but most people do assume it is diamond.

I would definitely go check out the forums at Better Than Diamond. There you can read all about Asha, regular moissanite, Amora-enhanced moissanite, the upcoming Amora Gem, etc.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

If you really want a diamond, I would suggest looking into them second hand as well as alternatives like moissy and white sapphire (which, while beautiful, doesn’t sparkle in the same way or really look like a diamond). There’s a site called IDoNowIDont where people resell loose diamonds and erings at a fraction of their retail value. I’d also check out pawn shops – I paid well under $200 for a 14k gold ring set with a 3/8 carat solitaire and enhancer at a pawn shop.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

You could also look in to Asha.

Ashas look literally identical to diamonds. They are CZs that have a special coating on them. They are much more durable than “regular” CZ, but it would still likely need to be replaced eventually (although many women have been wearing them for years and years with no issue).

I have a moissanite and I love it. Mossanite is also very close in appearance to diamond (check out this video) but they do have a few differences, the main one being that they are double refractive, meaning they throw off twice as much fire and sparkle as a diamond does. 90% of people can’t tell the difference. They are very durable, nearly as hard as diamond and actually tougher than diamond (less likely to chip). 

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