Does my ring look cheap?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 46
389 posts
Helper bee

I think it looks very nice on your hand and I wouldn’t think “cheap” if I saw someone wearing it… congrats! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 47
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

mojovi88 :  It looks gorgeous on you! Don’t worry ๐Ÿ™‚ This is what people see, and it’s lovely!

Post # 48
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

mojovi88 :  You’re asking for people’s opinions. I gave mine? If you don’t like what you’re being told by some, maybe you shouldn’t ask for people’s opinions. All I’m trying to get across is that it shouldn’t matter what people think as long as you two are happy with it. I like the ring and think it’s very beautiful. I tend to be a little more fond of my CZ which I wear to work because I’m horrible with jewelry.. I just walked into a wall the other day and messed up a prong on my actual engagement ring. Just chill.

Post # 49
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I think it’s pretty but I could tell it was a CZ without being told. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 50
323 posts
Helper bee

I think it’s beautiful and I don’t usually pay attention to rings on someone else. If I do, it’s solely to admire its beauty….not to analyze what it is, quality, etc and I know I am not alone. It does not look cheap at all. I understand your fiance’s fears bc there is sadly a lot of pressure on men to buy an “expensive looking” ring, but he has nothing to worry about :-). What matters the most is that the both of you like it. Then, it will be irrelevant what people think about it.

Post # 51
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Ring looks lovely, congrats on your engagement! 

Post # 52
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

mojovi88 :  There are a few alternitives out there, A5 CZ, saphirre, moissanite and amora gem.

History….Moissanite was discovered in a meterorite that fell to earth, at first it was mistaken for a diamond, but then it was later realized it was a different gemstone alltogether. Unfortunately it is rare and so the moissanite used in jewlery is lab made. Moissanite are naturally a warmer colored stone, but recently they have been able to alter it and make it colorless. Those two newer versions are Forever One and The Amora gem.

It has more fire(colored light) and brilliance(white light) than a diamond because it has a double refractive index(for every one beem of light that goes in two come out) However it is not as hard a diamond which is a 10 on the Maid/Matron of Honor scale, while a moissy is 9.25 (the Amora gem is 9.5) on the Maid/Matron of Honor scale, while a ruby is a 9, so basically not indistructable but it should last you a lifetime.

I have diamonds, I have moissanite, to be honest sometimes I like my moissys more because they really do sparkle and stay bright even in lowlight!!! Most people can only tell them apart because of too much sparkle, the cut and the fact the clarity is great too.

On a side note the Amora Gem is one of the latest altered moissanites, is even harder and colorless and has the Ideal hearts and arrows cut, and from what Ive read imo has the best reviews.

As you are open to alternative stones I would highly recommend checking out moissanite for your ering, because there is a depth to moissanite and diamonds that gives you that crispness and sparkle, and I have no doubt you will love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ps DO NOT GO TO HELSBERG DIAMONDS or other retailer, I was happy at first to see they started carrying it at jewlery stores but when I took a look, the ones they had were bad and very very yellow. A very smart strategy  on thier part to make you instantly count it out as option and think you need a diamond instead lol!

Post # 53
4644 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

ย I agree with Jenfortin :ย  … It is probably cz in silver (plat plated perhaps?)

You get what you pay for usually (I don’t mean this in a bad way at all, no judgment I swear) and you did admit you wanted to save $$$ so for the price paid, I think you got a beautiful ring!

Post # 54
8186 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

mojovi88 :  Doesn’t look cheap to me at all  -and if it did I would say! Looks stunning. Stop worrying about how others may look at it/ think of it. If you love it, that is all that matters.

Post # 56
259 posts
Helper bee

Looks good to me!

Post # 57
365 posts
Helper bee

It looks like a pretty ring, but doesn’t look like a diamond or expensive stone to me in any of the pics.

Post # 58
117 posts
Blushing bee

It’s gorgeous! I love it!

Post # 59
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I would assume a CZ by the cut and look. But, I suspect most won’t have a clue. You may have more issues with it look more ‘gum ball machine’ as the CZ becomes scratched or the ring wears losing the gold…but a new CZ is really inexpensive. You’d have to pay labor for setting (~$100 usd) and occationally replating of the ring (~$100-200). If you get to that point, I agree with others that upgrading to moissanite or white sapphire (you gotta keep it pristine clean) might be worthwhile. I would invest in a 10x loupe and keep an eye on the side stones. You may find that the prongs and seats are not great and they keep failing. 

This loupe has great optics and a great price. I have several.

Post # 60
28 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016

mojovi88 :  I can help and I’m very honest. I had real diamond, moissanite, simulated diamond and cheap CZ. After seeing variations of pictures, it doesn’t look cheap at all. Tell me, what does it look like in the sun? You don’t have to tell anybody it’s not real diamond.  I have a large 2 CT clarity enhanced real diamond from Bev diamonds online, and my moissanite looked better! Clarity enhanced is a jewelry stores worst nightmare. They “fix” bad diamonds and then sell them for cheaper. Beverly is all clarity enhanced, and they don’t look that good in person either. 

In the sun or natural light, does it sparkle? It’s a small stone, so it can pass as real diamond. 

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