Post # 1
I recently got engaged and I am new to this forum. Please answer my questions if you have a little time, don’t refer me to other posts 🙁
So one day I decided the type of setting and style I want is too expensive with diamonds. I don’t think I should have to get a small tiny diamond with a style I’m not okay with just so it can fit our budget. You can imagine my relief when I discovered all these alternatives.
1. Which of the alternatives resembles the diamonds more in terms of sparkling and shine?
2. Which of the alternatives resembles the diamonds more in terms of durability?
3. How are the moissys different from one another?
4. They say Asha is CZ coated with diamond, does that mean it resembles it most? and if so, is it still as easily scratchable as a regular CZ?
5. Please if you have any of these stones on your rings, post them 🙂
6. I live in Canada and I don’t know if there are places in my city where we can buy them or any places to order from. If you know online jewelers that you would recommend please let me know.
p.s I heard white sapphire is good too. What do you think?
Post # 2
I would research for yourself as an engagement ring is one of the most important pieces of jewelry you will own and wear forever.
Google is your best friend. There’s also a Search feature here on Wedding Bee. Type in keywords. No one else can tell you what will work for you.
Post # 3
I think a lot depends on your price range 🙂 All of the ones you listed (and you covered everything except natural white zircon) have plusses and minuses when compared to a diamond (in terms of looking and acting like a diamond). They vary greatly in price, from under 50 dollars for a cz set in silver to the thousands, for an Amora gem set in gold or platinum.
Post # 4
There are a lot of threads about this on this website so you should be able to find tons of info. In my opinion Amora Gem is the most diamond like overall, but it’s the most expensive. Moissanites are pretty also but can have too much color for you, depending on your taste. Asha doesn’t have a color issue I don’t think but it’s not usually a forever stone, I think. White sapphires I think may not sparkle as much but I’m not positive.
Post # 5
Also Amora Gems and moissanite are the most durable. Honestly I get why you started this thread, but it’s probably best if you just read as much as you can from what’s already out there. There’s just SO much information that it’s going to be impossible for someone to compress all of it here for you. Good luck!
Post # 6
- Wedding: Rocky Mountains-May 2017
I personally have a FB moissanite. It tends to have a yellow hue in overcast or low light so if you want something closer to a diamond look I wouldn’t go with that one. I’ve heard the amora helps get rid of that effect for the most part if not entirely.
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Sorry so many pics. Trying to be helpful 🙂
Post # 7
Amora gem and moissanite is the most durable. But the amora gem ultra looks much more diamond like than moissanite(I’ve had amora gem, diamond, and moissanite). Here’s my 1.65 carat G Vs1 amora gem ultra hearts and arrows cut in a diamond halo. I bought my amora gem ultra from winkcz.com. They also sell high quality cz that’s not coated like the asha. The carbon coating on ashas do wear off over time leaving the stone looking frosty. Goodluck, welcome to weddingbee, and congrats on your engagement 🙂
Post # 8
JessRae: Thank you! Is amora gem different than amora moissanite?
Post # 9
MrsSparkleBee13: Thanks and I’ll check out their site 🙂
Post # 10
- Wedding: Rocky Mountains-May 2017
WB: as far as I know they’re the same, but I’d do a little research on it if it’s something you’re interested in 🙂
Post # 11
WB: They are different 🙂 The Amora moissanite is just a moissanite that has gone under a whitening treatment, so they are supposed to be a few shades lighter than an unenhanced. Amora Gems on the other hand usually already come in color grades D-F, with a few Gs and Hs. The cut is also a little different, some people say that the Hearts & Arrows cuts in the Amora Gems more closely resembles a diamond, but that is all personal preference and something you should decide for yourself. Amora moissanite’s are priced like other moissanites, but Amora Gems are more expensive. If you go on betterthandiamond.com (they manufacture Amora Gems) and go to their Amora Gem page, they have a nice explainer video! Here’s a pic of my Amora: it’s a 2.21 carat, F color VS1 clarity.
Post # 12
I’m getting an Amora Gem, honestly it sounds amazing and I can’t wait to have it set!
Post # 13
Asha will probably look the most diamond like, it is also very affordable. However, they are coated CZ so they will scratch eventually and they get dirty easily. Plus, they’ve discontinued all but 2 or three cuts I think, so it’s possible you wouldn’t be able to replace it with the same thing in 2 years.
White sapphires are pretty, and lab created stones can be found for very low prices. They are strong stones, but they do not look like diamonds. They also get dirty easily and look dull when they are dirty.
Moissanite is my favorite diamond alternative. It is gorgeous and sparkly, it isn’t too crazy expensive and it will last forever. My favorite thing about moissy is that it looks good even when it’s a bit dirty! They look and behave different than diamonds, so someone who knows about diamonds and moissanite could probably spot the differance, however at a quick glance most people will probably assume diamond. Unenhanced moissy usually has yellow tinges, mostly obviously in stones over a carat, enhanced stones are whiter.
The amora gem looks like a stunning stone, they come in various colour and clarity options and the pictures I have seen look amazing. I don’t have one and probably won’t get one unless the price drops because IMO they are too expensive for what they are and I personally do not care enough about the advantages the AG has ovr plain moissy to pay the premium price, the price of regular moissy was hard enough for me to swallow!
Plain CZ that is cut nicely is also a good option, I don’t really think the asha stones are worth the premium for their coating.
Post # 14
WB: Welcome! Funny, I actually just posted my own thread about these, not having seen yours first. Some of the videos I posted might be really helpful for you! Juding sparkle/shine/what looks most like a diamond seems kind of subjective, so I’d really recommend at least checking out comparison videos if you can’t go take a peek in person 🙂
Most of the videos below link to others that include Diamonds in the comparison:
Comparing Amora Gem Ultra, Moissanite H&A, Diamond: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbsH-vZYG40
Amora gem, FB moissanite and ideal H&A diamond comparison video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ThKMt11SDE
CZ Moissanite Asha Simulant Diamond comparison (1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0j-3jNXfMc
CZ Moissanite Asha Simulant Diamond comparison (2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT-ElBhI5AY
CZ Moissanite Asha Simulant Diamond comparison (3): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROAD85k8eEI
Amora Gem Ultra and Hearts & Arrows Moissanite comparison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyedm0ynZEY
Read more: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/down-the-moissy-rabbit-hole-heart-arrow-fb-and-amora/#ixzz3d3jfemiz