Post # 1
i’m a newbie to this board. my soon-to-be-official fiance asked me for input on an engagement ring to be sure i found something i loved. we’ve been together for 7 years and finally decided together that this is the right time to get engaged 🙂
after doing quite a bit of research, i keep coming back to asha simulated diamonds. i was wondering if anyone had one (and maybe had some pictures)? we are both young professionals trying to save for a house and pay off student loans. i don’t want a conflict diamond and at this point, i was hoping to go with an affordable option that would pass as a diamond in my professional workplace (unfortunately, a rather stuffy crowd). i don’t mind telling my close friends and family that it’s not a diamond.
i have narrowed down my selection to the following 2 princess cut rings, but am uneasy about having my guy order one without seeing them either in person or on someone’s hand in a picture:
has anyone ordered from asha? would you recommend them? any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
Congrats on the upcoming engament. I dont know much about the asha diamonds but it seems like it would be a great way to get something that looks stunning without a huge price tag.
Post # 4
People have commented on the boards before about these. The reviews were good! Go to the top right corner and search “asha” and “diamond simulant” and you should come up with some topics.
If they have a return policy you should be golden.
Post # 5
Those rings are beautiful! I’m partial to the first though if you’re taking opinions 🙂 I feel like a common piece of advice I’ve heard about simulants is: don’t go too big! For two reasons really. The first is that it won’t sparkle like a real diamond and that will become more obvious the bigger it is. The second reason is that the bigger it is, the more people will question how you could afford that and wonder if it is fake. If I were you I’d stick with 1ct prob. Just my 2cents
Post # 6
Ditto @ Corgs. With simulants, size matters! As in, bigger is not better. Best of luck and congrats on your upcoming engagement!! 🙂
Post # 7
I have an asha and I love it! My husband ordered the stone from betterthandiamond.com and had it set by a local jeweler. I used to work in a doctors office and got tons of compliments on it and I’ve never had anyone ask me if it was real. I don’t have any really good pics of just my ring, but I found and cropped a few pics with my hand in them. (and btw, the pics don’t do it justice at all) When we were looking we couldn’t find the setting I liked with simulated side diamonds so only the center stone is an asha, the small ones are real diamonds.
Post # 8
corgi: I agree! I think I’m going to stick with 1 ct.
amour: Your ring is beautiful!
Post # 9
My ex gave me an asha! You’ll love it! I wore it everyday for three years With no problems! I always got compliments on my ring!
Post # 10
The asha is a nice cut and it will be especially nice with the new Amora coating. Hope you like it. I have a Moissanite 2 carat and 20 3 mm side stones. The jeweler designed it and ordered the stones from Stuller in Lafayette LA.
The center stone has chipped. So I am shopping for a new center stone. Moisannite or coated Moissanite. I don’t know. But definitely not the coated CZ.
Post # 11
Here’s my Asha, which I LOVE. It’s a 1ct. center stone with 0.5ct. stones on either side, size 7. It sparkles beautifully and I love that it’s environmentally and human friendly as others have said 🙂
Post # 12
@jenniferjones101: Ohhhhhhhh, wow! That is a stunner! Very beautiful indeed!
Post # 13
Well, I picked the Asha! It’s incredible. Bright. I shot a video in the sunlight. It’s mounted with a 6 prong ring. Please take a look. And comments are welcome. 🙂
Post # 14
I’m a total newbie to this website, but I thought I’d post pics of my Asha diamond ring. My hubby and I purchased this ring over 2 years ago, and as you can see, it still looks amazing!! It is by far one of the best “fakes” you will ever get. I constantly get stares, and jaw-drops whenever I wear my ring. I’ve had multi-millionaire clients ask me how I could afford such a thing, and I just say “oh my husband got it for me.” I have to admit, sometimes I feel a bit embarassed by the ring, as it does bring a lot of attention, and I’m a naturally shy person. Some people ask if it’s real and I say yes, others before they even ask I tell them it’s a fake… it all depends on the person I’m talking to. I even have a gemologist friend who works at a major international diamond company who thought it was real until I told her it wasn’t. By far, I am super happy with my Asha and wouldn’t wan’t anything else… my ring was purchased from ashadiamonds.com, and is a 2ct. center in a hearts and arrows cut with 1.7ct total on the sides. I had the option of real diamond side stones, but went with the “diamond-infused CZ” instead, which always look absolutely stunning.. in total there are about 82 stones (yes, i have counted lol). My hubby wanted to get a bigger center stone, but I’m kinda glad he didn’t as it wouldn’t be believable. The pics actually don’t do this ring justice, sometimes this ring sparkles with such an amazing fire… especially in the sunlight. It always makes me smile when I look at it.
Post # 15
@Rereh: absolutely STUNNING ring! I’m trying to figure out if Asha is the way to go for me & you might have sold it. that’s round cut, 2ct, right? absolutely gorgeous!
Post # 16
@Aaaannie Thanks! An Asha has definitely been worth it for me. I wear my ring with other jewelry I have that are real diamonds and no one really thinks it’s a fake.. they just ask because they can’t believe it.. Most people’s reactions are “OMG is that your engagement ring!?!?!” <insert jaw drop and eye-bug here> By The Way, yes.. it is a 2ct, round hearts and arrows in the center. It has about a total of 1.7cts on the sides..
We got it at ashadiamonds.com because they had a huge selection of styles all with asha stones. Aside from that, they were one of the few companies that I saw rings I liked that were affordable. The ring took a bit longer than they said it would so allow for time, but it was worth the wait. As I mentioned before, the ring shown is at over 2 yrs old and it has held up pretty well, though I don’t wear it out everyday (I live in NYC and don’t want to get robbed!!)
The way I look at it is that it’s worth the try, since it’s not as much of an investment. If you figure you don’t like it in the end, you can always change the stone to a real stone. Get the metal you like in a setting you love.
Good luck and happy shopping!!! 🙂 Let me know if you have any questions..