(Closed) Hard Rock – Diamond alternatives

posted 8 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What "hard" alternatives are there to a diamond?

    Sapphire

    Ruby

    Moissanite

    Cubic zirconia (CZ)

    "Black Diamond"

    Topaz

    Emerald

    Alexandrite

    ...other (see comment)

  • Post # 32
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

    @calibee79:  That on is not the one in my ring but mine does about the same. They are cut by Larry Woods who has won many AGTA awards.

    Post # 34
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    As PPs have noted, there are environmental and, in some cases, ethical concerns associated with diamonds, gemstones, and metals.  I presume there are also, hopefully lesser, environmental concerns associated with recycling metals and creating stones in a lab, since those processes require energy and resources.  In my opinion, a preloved ring is the lowest impact purchase, followed by recycled metals and lab-created stones.  That being said, I explored all of those options and still ended up choosing an earth-mined diamond and new setting.  I have mixed feelings about my choices, but I still love the ring that my Fiance gave to me.  Make the choice that’s best for you, and then don’t put down others or let them put you down for different choices.

    Post # 35
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m very happy with my black diamond.

     

    I’m just curious why you listed “black diamond” in the poll with quotes and not any of the other stones?

    Post # 36
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @dewingedpixie:  oh man you shouldn’t have given me that link!! now i want all the stones!

    Post # 37
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 1997

    @alaha:  you get what you pay for. Sizable high quality conflict free diamonds are out there but there is that pesky issue of cost!

     

    If I wanted a diamond look but didnt want to pay the high price for a one of a kind genuine billion yr old conflict free diamond, then I would go with moissanite. If youre ok with man madeThink its the best simulant due to hardness. 

     

    Post # 38
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I have a black diamond.. But am curious why you put it in “? Black diamonds are in fact diamonds

    Post # 40
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @s2bmrscook: I didn’t even notice you asked too… Drives me NUTS when people don’t consider black diamonds real diamonds… It’s just like any other colored diamond.. They’re all real.. The color just makes them more unique!!

    Post # 41
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @s2bmrscook:  

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    @MrsPaperFlowers:  

    I’m with you guys! I wouldn’t trade my black diamond for anything!

    Post # 42
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    If you want a clear stone that is less moody (changes colors) I’d suggest asha.  But if you like the color change (it is kinda cool) go with asha.  However if you are into color I’d suggest a sapphire whiich you can find in just about every color of the rainbow.

    Post # 43
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    If you want the diamond look, then asha or moissanite are your best bet. But if you’re particularly affected by the politics surrounding the diamond industry (and kudos to you for that!), then a sapphire would be durable and classic. Lab made sapphires will lessen your environmental impact.

    My diamond is a Canadian mined diamond. This was important to me and I was willing to pay the markup, though I realize many people aren’t. If a Canadian or lab-grown diamond wasn’t financially feasible, I would have gotten an Asha because I love the look of diamonds.

    Post # 44
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’ve got a Diamond Nexus simulant stone. I know I’m about to get ripped to shreds by all the DN haters, but I’ve been very happy with it. It sparkles, it’s very hard wearing and the workmanship on the ring is very high quality. It was a great price. I wear it all the time, including the lab all the time and it’s fine, no scratches. No cloudiness or discolouration so far. I liked it over a moissy because it’s a perfectly clear (D class) stone, where moissy, though very beautiful, is slightly green. 

    Please if you want to rip into DN, don’t reply to me because I don’t want to have an inbox full of mean messages. Thanks! 

    Post # 45
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @gemgirl6:  Disagree. There’s nothing wrong with moissanites; however, they aren’t the BEST or only alternative for someone who wants a conflict-free diamond.  There are also lab-created diamonds that are fantastic, and conflict-free. They’re also real diamonds. That’s probably the best alternative for someone who wants a real, 100% conflict-free diamond. 

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    @alaha:  I have a lab-created blue diamond and I LOVE it and every single person who has seen it in person totally oohs and aahs over it. It’s AMAZING…and I know with 100% certainty that it is conflict free.  And it’s NOT a simulant. It’s a REAL diamond…so if that’s important to you (for me it was), check out lab-created diamonds. I got mine at D.NEA diamonds. They have great stones, in many colors. The only drawback is that regular (colorless) diamonds are harder to create, so the ones they have tend to be smaller than the colored diamonds…but they DO have them. I’ve definitely seen ones up to a carat or more in size. 

    For you reference, this is my blue beauty: 

     

     

     

     

    Post # 46
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 1997

    @CelticBeachBride: You’re right. . Yes I agree, there are conflict free diamonds and actual lab created diamonds.

    However OP said she didn’t want to pay the high price for diamonds-as we all know, natural and lab created diamonds are expensive.. Thus I said moissanite makes a great alternative if one is ok with a man made manufactured jewel. Moissanite is a bit more than cz but harder and still pennies on the dollar as compared to  a similar sized highquality ethically sourced diamond.

     

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