Post # 1
So now that I’m starting over on my ring search, I’m (again) feeling like the rings I’ve picked are too expensive. My Fiance is making $700 for this whole summer, so I feel just awful to ask for a $300 if he doesn’t want me to help pay for it. I’ve always really like the idea of a stainless steel ring because the metal is so durable and much more affordable than gold, but they usually only come with CZ stones, which I know will eventually dull or cloud or something.
So my question for people who have had CZ rings (either e-rings or other daily-wear rings) how fast does this dulling occur, and how bad is it, really? It’s likely that I’ll only be wearing the e-ring daily during our engagement (2 years) and then mostly wearing my wedding band and only wearing the ering sometimes. Does the clouding occur regardless of wear?
Post # 3
@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
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
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 # 6
@Goldensweep: Ooh lots of pretty ones on that site, thanks! I’ll have to pin a few 😉
This is the one I want to get right now:
I have a lot of CZ jewelry that I’ve had for ages and it looks fine to me, but I keep hearing all these dire warning that it will get cloudy so I’m really glad to get a personal account. I wouldn’t even care if it just got less sparkly as long as it wasn’t super screwed up looking.
Post # 7
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
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 # 9
@Riley143: I’d really like to have something that will last a lifetime of daily wear, I’m just trying not to put the pressure on my Fiance to buy something that expensive. I guess I should talk to him about the concept of “upgrading”, I’d prefer to have just 1 ring forever but it’d be a bit more practical to get a cheap one and then a sturdier one later. If I could find a steel ring with another type of gemstone in it that would be perfect, but so far I haven’t had luck.
Post # 10
@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
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
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 # 13
@bridalprincess: I think I’d probably be ok with it, I mean we’ve already been engaged for months with no ring so it’s not like I’d be losing “the ring he proposed with”. and I could always keep it, just not wear it all the time.
@mirabell35: oh yeah I’ve definately considered every gemstone under the sun haha. I like both colored and colorless, it’s the metals that are really giving me a problem (or finding the right combination, I suppose) I’d most want an aquamarine in white metal.
Post # 14
@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
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
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…