(Closed) Diamond alternative

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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1986 posts
Buzzing bee

Welcome to the WB!

Is there a specific Gem you were in search of?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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 # 6
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Buzzing bee

@ashRN: Well, I’d probably go for Mossy, Miss Tattoo has a gorgeous moissanite she loooves to show off (Wink). 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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

 

 

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I totally agree with you.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@ashRN: 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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
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Buzzing bee

@Sasha2011: They say Moisy has2 times more fire than diamonds 🙂

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Moissaniteco IS an authorized dealer. Charles and Colvard’s website is horrible and hasn’t been up to date in several years.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Belle2Be: Yay!! WOO HOO!! I like fiery! Wink

 @figment: Seriously?????? That’s great! I am constantly oogling at their website. Thanks figment!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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.

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