(Closed) Help Selecting Synthetic Diamonds

posted 7 years ago in Proposals
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Are you looking for a diamond or just something that looks like a diamond?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Stay away from sinthetic diamonds, thats just a fancy name for CZ. Check out lab created diamonds, unfortnately those are just as expensive as mined diamonds. Since you didnt mention moissanite I would highly suggest checking that out. Thats what I have and what a good chunk of bees have on here. Its a forever stone and is a fraction of the cost of a diamond. 

 

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It’s possible to make an actual diamond in a lab. However, lab diamonds are typically almost as expensive as an earth-mined diamond.

I don’t know what websites you’re looking at, but if the prices are low, you’re looking at cubic zirconia (CZ) or moissanite or another type of diamond simulant. If your girlfriend is hoping for a diamond, I would not go that route without discussing it with her first.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 

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corvo:  I have a 1ct unenhanced moissanite. Love it, and the stone was $400. My local jeweler was able to order it in.

Make sure your soon to be fiance is okay with something other than a diamond though.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

In terms of pricing, I’d start by looking at James Allen. They show you pictures of all the diamonds so you can get a feel for what different stones look like and what their relative prices are.

Depending on the specs, a 0.9 carat round will cost you about $3750. There is a price jump at the 1 carat mark, costing about $5000. Higher quality will cost more than that.

Fancy cut diamonds (princess, cushion, emerald, etc) are typically cheaper than rounds, but they’re harder to buy without seeing them in person. A round diamond is a math equation — you can get a list of angles and measurements of a round diamond, plug it into a calculator, and get a good feel for what the diamond will look like and how it will perform. You can’t do that with fancy cuts.

Also, it depends on what your girlfriend wants. Does she want a round stone or something else?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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corvo: Ya, the above website you posted sells cubics. There isnt anything wrong with them you would just need to replace it every few years. Id really suggest Moissanite. Moissaniteco.com is a great place to browse around, same with ETSY. If you do go the moissy route I would suggest getting the forever brilliant upgrade on anything larger than 1 carat. All the cuts for moissy are pretty but both the round cuts are most diamond like. 

 

Let me know if you need any hellp. I just researched the crap out of them for my ring.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 

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corvo:  We chose moissanite because we couldn’t justify spending that kind of money on a diamond. I did do alot of research on it before we decided 100% though. I do highly recommend it, not just because I’m biased 🙂 Here’s one I found at moissaniteco thats somewhat similar to what you posted. Good luck with your searching!

http://www.moissaniteco.com/knifeedge-square-moissanite-solitaire-ring-p-11831.html

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Bumble bee

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corvo:  I’d trust the women on the Bee for engagement ring advice. A lot of us are genuinely interested in diamonds, gemstones, lab made stones, and everything in between.

Miadonna sells diamond coated CZ’s. Same exact product as Asha except Miadonna’s are way marked up in price. I’d just go with Asha because they are the same company as MoissaniteCo and a lot of users rave about their experience with their products.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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corvo:  Miadonna is just a marked up Asha.

I had an asha and they are beautiful but I agree with the other bees that they are not a forever stone and are still expensive (asha’s and miadonnas are coated cubic zirconias with a superior cut to many other CZ’s) They will still scratch and not be as beautiful over time and its not a small chunk of change especially considering within a few years at most it will have to be replaced.

I would recommend a regular moissanite, a forever brilliant moissanite (slightly whiter) or an Amora gem which I have now and it is absolutely gorgeous. It is still pricey, but it is a fraction of the price of a comparable diamond, and is suitable for a forever stone. If my diamond wasn’t smaller than my Amora gem, I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart.

check out betterthandiamond.com

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