Post # 1
After seeing the movie Blood Diamond, not wanting to start our life out in debt and wanting a big ring I have decided to go with a diamond alternative. I have been doing a lot of looking online at different companies that offer diamond alternatives and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. Does anyone have personally a diamond alternative engagement/wedding ring and if so where did you get it? I have checked out Diamond Nexus Labs, Ziamond, Carat.cc and others.
Post # 3
Welcome to the WB!
Is there a specific Gem you were in search of?
Post # 4
I would advise you to not base decisions in your life on fictional movies. If after doing your own research on the subject, you determine that the small risk of having a diamond sourced from an area of conflict is enough for you to make that decision, then by all means, stay away from diamonds and go with an alternative. I just don’t like the idea of people buying into the hype that the media creates over this issue without actually looking into it for themselves.
Anyway, there are many great alternatives to diamonds, but please please avoid Diamond Nexus Labs. The owner has been convicted of fraud numerous times and what he is selling is simply nothing more than a CZ. Not that there’s anything wrong with a CZ, but charging hundreds for something that ought to cost you $5 isn’t right.
Personally, rather than having a diamond look-alike, I would rather get a different gemstone entirely. There are soooo many beautiful types of stones out there! Check around this forum for some inspiration. Maybe something unique with a little color might suit you! Good luck!
Post # 5
@Belle- Thank you for the welcome! I love the look of a diamond but don’t want the cost and/or conflict that comes along with them. I am not a fan of colored gems for an engagement/wedding ring. I want a big center stone, at least 2 carats. I like CZ’s if they are high quality. I have never actually seen a high quality CZ in person, only in pictures. I have heard some different opinions about moissanite but again never seen on e in person.
@littlemissmango- No, my decision is not based on the movie, actually I was looking at alternatives before ever seeing the movie. Cost has a lot to do with it, I would much rather put a down payment on a house or car than a rock on my hand. I also want the option of having multiple engagement/wedding rings to wear.
DNL has had fraud charges against them huh? That is very disappointing, their rings look so beautiful and they come across as a legit company. Is there another company that you would recommend?
Post # 6
Well, I’d probably go for Mossy, Miss Tattoo has a gorgeous moissanite she loooves to show off (
). She and another Bee here bought theirs from Moissaniteco.com and seemed to have a good transaction, I don’t know that you’ll spend a whole lot less though.
I wouldn’t get a CZ for something as lasting as an engagement ring, it’s really not meant to hold up for any decent amount of time.
Post # 7
ha ha ha ha! I LOVE my moissy!!!! She’s new, so I have to show her off! lol
betterthandiamond.com is a good forum to visit. A lot of moissy/Asha/sapphire/ect porn on that website.
DeathbyDesign also posted a very informative review about moissanite and moissaniteco.com My review is lurking around also. There are several bees here with moissanite, asha, white sapphires, and other gemstones other than diamonds. PM me if you have any questions! Welcome to the hive!
*Also, to get the size you want, you are still going to be spending over $1200 so keep that in mind. Moissanite isn’t some cheap stone. You could order a loose stone and have it set into a setting you already have.*
Post # 8
I totally agree with you.
Post # 9
Cool, glad you did your own searching around on the subject. The price thing? Totally understandable. Especially if you want a larger stone.
I have to agree with Belle, a CZ, no matter how good of quality, is still chemically a CZ which won’t withstand the test of time the way some of the other alternatives can. Even though i don’t own any moissanite, I’ve heard many good things about it and specifically moissaniteco.com, as Miss Tat already attested to, is a good company to work with it seems. I would go with that if I were you, or if a white sapphire interests you, I’ve also heard good things about thenaturalsapphirecompany.com.
Post # 10
A few things:
if you decide to go with moissanite, you’ll want to get a stone that size enhanced. Moissanite shows color in sizes over about 1.5ct equivalent, so you’ll want it whitened so it doesn’t look like a very low color diamond, unless of course you want that look.
second, people are probably going to know that the ring is not actually a diamond. Only a very small section of the population can afford a 2ct diamond, especially one as flawless as moissanite/asha are. If that bothers you, you may want to choose a stone size that is more feasible, or plan to be questioned– unless, of course, it would be reasonable to assume that you could spend $25,000+ on a 2ct diamond.
Post # 11
I am thinking of a Moissanite myself. Though I continue to hear good things about moissaniteco.com on the Bee, I do not see this in the list of ‘Charles & Colvard’ locations.
I have seen a moissanite up close and fortunately it was close to my place AND it was a C&C stone. It was not enhanced (as I believe you can only get those on moissaniteco.com?) but GORGEOUS nevertheless! The sparkle was AAAAHMAZING! It was shining from ALL angles. I was not allowed to photograph it but even then I doubt the photo would do it justice. You could see the entire colour spectrum glistening out. I even paired it with an actual diamond of same size shape while at the store and the difference was hardly noticeable. The moissanite actually seemed to glow slightly more!
Post # 12
They say Moisy has2 times more fire than diamonds 🙂
Post # 13
Moissaniteco IS an authorized dealer. Charles and Colvard’s website is horrible and hasn’t been up to date in several years.
Post # 14
I highly suggest moissanite. I have a 7.5mm enhanced moissanite and I LOVE it. It’s sparkle is gorgeous! I am so happy with my decision to get a moissy for my engagement ring.
Also, I highly suggest Moissaniteco.com. Their customer service is top notch.
If you want to learn more about moissy and see many unbiased reviews and pictures, I suggest going to these forums.
You can see my review here, which includes pictures and videos!
Post # 15
Yay!! WOO HOO!! I like fiery!
Seriously?????? That’s great! I am constantly oogling at their website. Thanks figment!
Post # 16
I was concerned about where my diamond may have come from, so we went with Brilliant Earth, a company in San Francisco that sells jewlery using Canadian diamonds and recycled gold. It was a little stressful to purchase a ring without seeing it in person first, but I LOVE it. The customer service was wonderful too.