Diamond alternatives

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

I am going to recomend a Danburite. They are minued here in the states. They are a 7.5-8 on the hardness scale. They are very inexpensive (a 6mm stone is in the $20 range.) In my opnion I think it shines more like a diamond than a moissanite. 

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Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I have a 4.5 carat cushion amora gem. Wouldn’t change it for anything. Hardness is about a 9.25-9.5 if I remember correctly, and it cost just under $3,000. I think for anyone experienced with stones (or the bee lol) they could tell it’s not a diamond, but I’ve never had anyone say anything or ask what type of stone it was. If they did, I would tell them what it is because I think it’s important to get over the “social norm” that only a diamond ring is a “real” ring. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I have read some off reviews on Asha and Quorri. They are basically just CZ with a coating that will eventually wear off, and will not hold up over time. I have never owned one so can not say from experience.

I have a F1 moissanite, and it is a beautiful stone. It will last and that is something that was important to me since replacing the stone again was not something I wanted to chance down the road. I went for moissanite do to cost and that is pretty much it.

I love it! I do not try and pass mine off as a diamond, if asked or called a diamond I will explain what moissanite is blah blah blah. I have not really had any negative feed back about it not being a diamond, only from my Mother-In-Law but she is old fashioned. 

Mine is a 1.5 carat on a size 7.75

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Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

No disrespect to any PP, but if a diamond wasn’t on the table for me I would have gone with a gemstone like Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald. Nothing against the other suggestions, I just love the idea of a big, sexy gemstone on my ring finger! I have a sapphire eternity band as a RHR I adore. However, I’ve had it since my teens and it is fitting a little too snug for my taste these days. I am looking to retire it and replace it with a ruby solitare of some sort.

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

crystalmr86 :  Thank you! Yes it’s an amora gem, but I know getting your hands on one is extremely difficult at this time. They seem to sell out in a matter of minutes every time there’s a restock.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2018

 

 

Mine is a C&C F1 7.5mm on a size 7 finger.  

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Ukulele4You :  I think this is a great a idea. If you’re not getting a diamond, you might as well get a something REALLY inexpensive as a simulant. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

jannigirl :  it is cheap, natural and ethically mined (or as ethically as it can be.) Plus it has way more shine than a white sapphire.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I like white zircon as a diamond substitute. A well cut one looks diamond like, and it is also a natural stone.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I have CZ from JC Penney. They cut them differently apparently so they shine well. I love this ring. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

Well cut cz can truly be pretty, I have set a couple myself (cz from diamondcz.co.uk) and love them!

OEC

Miner cut

 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I have a C&C F1 and I love it. It’s 2 carat equivalent which is a little on the larger side but not too big that people ask “is it real?”. I’m a 6.5 size finger for comparison. I wouldn’t say I pass it off as a diamond but when people see a clear stone that’s what they automatically assume. I’ve gotten many compliments saying “omg that’s a rock or wow it’s beautiful”. I just say thank you and carry on. I did tell my best friend that it’s moissanite and she didn’t believe me lol she even has a 1 carat diamond ring so you would think she would know. Hope this helps😊

Oh let me add: in sunlight, this baby sparkles like a disco ball. Some people may not like that but I love it. It’s pretty to me!

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