(Closed) CZ ring questions

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2004

@MabelleBliss:  I have never owned a cz, but I have read really good things about the asha stone. they are waaay more affordable. You should check them out. I think the website is ashadiamonds.com

Post # 4
47 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

I have a CZ engagement ring and wedding band. The engagement ring is 2 years old now, I wear it daily, shower with it, swim with it, rarely take it off and it still sparkles like new. I clean it with soapy water and a toothbrush every couple of weeks or so. I got it from here: carat.cc

Maybe take a look and see if you like anything? They say they have a lifetime guarantee against going cloudy.

Post # 5
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

It depends on the quality of the CZ. I’ve bought cheapo $20 CZ earrings that cast that awful bluish haze, and they clouded up after about 6 months. I have an Asha engagement ring that has a coating on it that not only cuts down on the blue tone, but also protects it from oxidation (the hazy look) and scratches. I’ve seen people who post their 4 and 5 year old Ashas on the BTD forums, and the stones look as clear as my approximately year old ring.

Post # 7
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have a CZ RHR which I used to love and wear all the time. After wearing it almost daily for a year and a half or so, I realized how different it looked than it once did. I would say the wear and tear on the facets was pretty evident. It didn’t shine like it used to and always looked dirty. Basically, it just started to look what it was: cheap.

You should definitely look into Ashas! I don’t have one, but the Asha CZ’s I’ve seen on the bee are beautiful, and their wearers love them :]

Either way, if you’re not interested in making your ring something that can stand daily wear forever and only want to wear it for 2 years, that leaves a lot of options. Good luck!

Post # 8
365 posts
Helper bee

I’ve owned CZs for years and I’ve never experienced the cloudiness thing.  Clean it often to get the oils, lotion, etc off.  I have a super cheap ring that Darling Husband gave me at least 8 years ago from Target and it’s still nice looking.  

The only thing about stainless steel is that it’s almost impossible to change out the stone if it does need replacing.  At that price, maybe buy 2 and keep one as a backup?  I love stainless steel, it’s such a cool metal.  I have a stainless band and it’s really nice and shiny.

Post # 10
47 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

@MabelleBliss:  No worries, I hope you find something you love. You sound like a nice person; not wanting to put the pressure on your Fiance, if you don’t mind me saying so 🙂

Post # 11
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think an upgrade would be fine if you aren’t emotionally attached to a ring. I love my ring…. love love but I am not so attached that I won’t think of upgrading in the future.

I think stainless steel is a forever type of ring (my band and fi’s bands are stainless steel).  If you want you can get white gold with CZsetting that are pretty cheap and upgrade the stone in the future.

Post # 12
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Another thing to think about is using other gemstones or Moissanite instead of diamonds. I love my moissy, and at 1 carat it was $600. But that’s still a pretty dang expensive piece of jewelry… rubies and lab-created sapphires are a little less I think and still super durable? I see the gemstone ones on Etsy and some of them are really lovely and not expensive at all.

It doesn’t have to look like a diamond to be an e-ring! But if you’d like that look, moissanite is significantly less than diamonds, and I agree with the others about Ashas–I can’t tell the difference myself!

Post # 14
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MabelleBliss:  If you’re looking for a durable CZ I’d agree with many of the other Bees and suggest an Asha. I researched them obsessively for over a year and the vast majority of Asha owners absolutely love their stones. They seem to be very durable and continue to sparkle well over the years with good cleaning habits. My fiance and I were going to buy an Asha engagement ring, but I fell in love with a sapphire halo, but I definitely still plan on getting either an Asha RHR or possibly doing a pendant. 

I will say that if you want something believable and durable I wouldn’t use Diamond Nexus Labs. I’m not trying to bash them or anything, but I have a friend who got her engagement ring from there and as soon as I saw it I knew it was a CZ. It was only a few days new and it already had a strange bluish haze to it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful ring, but it wasn’t nearly as gorgeous as the Ashas I’ve seen, and they’re quite overpriced. I’ve also read more than a few comments from people that weren’t happy with their DNL purchase.

Hope this helps. Good luck with your search!  🙂

Post # 15
418 posts
Helper bee

I’ve had a CZ ring for quite some time now and it looks the same as it did when I first got it.

Post # 16
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I have some briolite CZ (coated) that’s a number of years old now. 5?  

Some of it has started to cloud but others are still like new – but I don’t wear it anywhere near daily. 

A good quality CZ should be fine in a ring (many of the higher end companies come with replacement if yours does cloud).  However, I’m not sure if the good quality CZ would be put into SS.   Plated silver maybe… 

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