(Closed) Has anyone one put CZ or moissanite in a designer engagement ring setting?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I have a Tacori ring with an Amora Gem Ultra H&A. We had the money for a diamond but I opted for Amora Gem for other reasons. No one ever asks, but if they did I would tell them it’s an AG. 

Pros: Better for your wallet, better for the environment, more of an ethical guarantee (although there are conflict free diamonds)

Cons: There were none for me. I don’t prefer a diamond over Amora Gem. If you go with CZ, it might cloud over time depending on how rough you are with your ring. I prefer the cut of AG to moissanite, but that’s a personal preference. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Lots of people do this. I will say the round sims look much more diamond like than the princesses though.

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Bumble bee

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kelly3790:  thank you! 🙂

you can search the topic here and find a lot of into, but here’s the jist 

basically, they are the same material chemically, but Amora Gems are sold by Better Than Diamond and the consensus is they have a more diamond like cut than moissanites do (originally produced by Charles and Colvard, but there are a few retailers that carry them). Moissanites typically have a more splintery cut, and AGs have a chunkier but more diamond like cut. It’s all down to personal  preference. Amora Gems are typically a little more expensive, and it can be hard to find one in a smaller size. we had no problem finding my 2.2 carat size AG a year ago, but it’s been a problem for some. Moissanites are generally cheaper and more readily available. Both come in a variety of colors, but with AG you get to pick the specific color letter just like a diamond, and the clarity just like a diamond. All AGs are excellent cut and eye clean, which is another plus. There have been complaints about cuts on some moissanites, but if you go with a reputable seller or see it before hand that shouldn’t be too much of an issue. I believe Better Than Diamond is revamping the cut to make it less chunky but still retain the diamond like cut, but I personally love the cut of my AG. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I have a moissy that was custom made with diamond pave . I love it and have no intention of replacing it.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

My now retired jeweler, also a master goldsmith, custom-designed a white gold solitaire ring for me many years ago. He set it with my 7.5 mm Charles & Covard moissanite, and it turned out beautiful. I’ve since had the moissanite reset in a palladium setting, and it’s still beautiful, nearly 20 years later. This jeweler also sold loose diamonds, but no . . . he didn’t give me crap about using the moissy. Neither did the second jeweler that reset the stone into the palladium setting.

Moissanite is a beautiful stone in its own right, and to someone who is familiar with them, they may be able to tell. You need to know this if you’re trying to pass one off as a diamond. The color tends to be warmer, and they have greater brilliance than diamonds due to their double refractive property. Some people like this extra sparkle; some don’t. They do make good “forever” stones. I prefer them over diamonds, and I’ve had both.

CZs have a closer resemblance to diamonds, but they appear too perfect and too white. A hand-cut AAAAA-graded CZ with an ideal cut also has an intense sparkle, if that’s what you desire. Due to improvements in their chemical makeup and manufacturing process, they no longer cloud. The only other pro I can think of is their cost. CZs are the least expensive diamond simulants. However, they need to be cleaned FREQUENTLY, as they attract dirt and oil very easily. If you just want a stand-in stone until you can get a diamond, or are willing to change your CZ for a new one periodically, this may be a good option. Another con is that they are very brittle. And yet one more con is that if you change the CZ often, you will need to consider replacing the prongs as well. Every time a stone is removed and replaced, the integrity of the prongs is compromised. They become weaker.

So, I guess if you’re planning to purchase a diamond in the near-future, get a CZ. If you like the intensity of moissanites, and are willing to spend quite a bit more (appx a tenth of the cost of a diamond for a well-cut Charles & Covard moissy), and don’t mind that they don’t look exactly like a diamond, then go with that. There are also the cheap moissanites that many, including myself, have purchased from India. What you end up with is a gamble and many people have received unattractive stones, so I’m not sure how to advise on those.

I hope thiis helps you a little in making your decision. Congratulations and good luck!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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kelly3790:  OP, yes I have a Verragio ring with a moissanite 1ct forever one centre stone. It looks great imo, I get tons of compliments on the setting and stone all the time and I’m more than pleased with it. I would suggest the Forever One of you are wanting a white gold setting! Best of luck 🙂

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Helper bee

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kelly3790:  Neither the moissanite nor CZ will change color, but CZs will need to be cleaned often. Moissanites repel dirt and oil better than either CZs or diamonds. CZs are about the same hardness as sapphire, but will scratch much more readily than moissanite. They (CZs) are about 20 times softer than diamonds.

Btw, the Forever1 that somethingblueorgold just mentioned is a moissanite that has been enhanced to appear whiter. My unenhanced moissanite is one of the first generation stones when they first became available, and it has a slight greenish-grey tinge. I’m ok with that, though, as I prefer the warmer tone. It’s still quite brilliant.

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Helper bee

 

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kelly3790:  In this photo, you can see the slight tinge of color in my unenhanced moissanite:

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Helper bee

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kelly3790:  Thank you! Here’s what it looks like when hit by light. Sorry for my unsightly hand. It’s 60 years old. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee

I just got my moissanite ring! I did a lot of research before purchasing (amora vs. forever one vs. diamond). I just felt silly spending so much money on a diamond when I could have something that looks like a diamond and is a real stone (not plastic, etc.)

 

Forever one is moissanite created by Charles & Colvard. It’s enhanced to look be colorless. Amora gem is also moissanite, but the cuts are different. Amora Gem has hearts and arrows cut (like a diamond) but it is much chunkier than most diamonds (in my opinion).  C&C created some forever one stones with Hearts and Arrows but from what I’ve read, it wasn’t the ideal cut for moissanite and compromised the quality of the stone. 

Here’s a pic of my Forever one! It’s 1 carat 🙂 Mine had a weird spot on it from the side, so I sent it back and they’re replacing the stone, but it still is INCREDIBLY beautiful!!!

Post # 15
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Newbee

I had a square cut 2ct equivalent forever one moissy in a verragio setting. I LOVE it! I don’t think I will ever upgrade. We could have afforded a smaller diamond with a less expensive setting, but I honestly like the look of a Moissanite better. No one has asked about whether or not it’s a diamond, I doubt anyone ever will. 

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