(Closed) Help Selecting Synthetic Diamonds

posted 7 years ago in Proposals
Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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corvo:  anything that’s billed as a synthetic diamond, diamond hybrid diamonique etc is just a cz. An actual lab diamond is just as expensive as a natural diamond. I would go for a higher end simulant- moissanite or better yet the amora gem.  Lots of sparkle, fraction of the price. 

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 

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corvo:  Search the site! I actually had my entire ring made custom with moissanite because I couldn’t find what I was looking for. It still only cost $1300. Otherwise, you could also look on Etsy.

As for the prong, I dont know if I’ve ever seen a 6 prong on a princess cut. Its all personal preference though. I prefer 4 just because it’s more “simple” to me.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

Check out JTV if you’re looking for quality, low-cost moissanite. It’s a beautiful, more sparkly alternative to diamond. We got my engagement ring there and it was under $400. Their moissanite elite line is solid 14k gold. They don’t do engraving, though.

Check here!

JTV Moissanite Elite Rings

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Marketing the stone and what the stone actually is are two very different things. Man-made, lab created, diamond sim, diamond hybrid all are marketing terms for CZs. Miadonna is just a second hand seller for ashas (AKA-CUBIC). Im sure by the time this is posted there will be other bees saying the exact same thing as I am. So yes, I have done my research. 

 

 

 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee

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corvo:  if you get a coated cz get an asha, but they usually only last 3 years. mia diamonds are sold on qvc and are super overpriced cz. my husband bought me a small diamond before I knew about moissanite. Trust me if your looking for a beautiful 1 ct ring that closely resembles a diamond that lasts forever please get her a forever brilliant oec (old European cut) moissanite they are sooooooo beautiful I’m beating myself up for spending $1500 on a small diamond ring instead of $500 on an oec. the oec’s are absolutely beautiful, and, really well known diamond collectors on pricescope actually love them and recommend them some even perfer them over their real oec diamonds. 

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

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corvo:  As others have said, the site you linked is an overpriced cubic zirconia ring. Despite what you may have read, the “stone” will eventually scratch, appear cloudy, and need to be replaced. If she is the kind of person who would not attach sentimental value to the ring you originally proposed with, then maybe replacement would not be a big deal to her. Heck, maybe the need to replace the ring every few years and get something new would be a selling point for her. I don’t know her, so I can’t say. I will say that, from what I have seen in my many years posting here, most ladies are not keen on regularly replacing their stone. For most of the posters here, the need to replace is not seen in a favorable light.  

Other po0sters have mentioned moissanite, which may be a good stone option for you to consider. It is a white/clear stone, like a diamond, and sparkles like crazy. It is far more durable than a cubic zirconia, and far less expensive than a diamond.

If you are open to a bit of “out of the box” thinking, you can also consider a gemstone ring. Sapphires are about the same durability as moissanite, and they come in an amazing variety or colors. Morganite stones are quite popular as well. When considering gemstones, be sure to research their durability on the MOHS scale. You want to choose a naturally hard stone. So an opal or other soft stone would not be a good choice for daily wear. But a ruby or sapphire would hold up fine.

Another alternative is to look for a previously worn ring. Many jewelers have estate jewelry sections, and you can find beautiful pieces for less than you would pay brand new.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

cubic: gets cloudy/scratched. Doesn’t stay clear. Not a ‘forever stone’.

moissanite: silicone carbide. lab created, but occurs naturally (in outer space). does not cloud or scratch. Forever stone. Tends to be warmer than a diamond in color.

asha: cubic z coated in something. May last longer than cubic, but not a forever stone.

forever brilliant moissanite: enhanced moissanite to look whiter, more like a diamond.

amora moissanite: also enhanced moissanite

amora gem: different than moissante. arguably the best quality diamond look-alike availab.e

oec: old european cut

Post # 27
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Bumble bee

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corvo:  cubic zirconia is made with different properties and often looks flat with no depth, too white and unrealistic. Moissanite flashes more light than a diamond many people describe it as rainbows like a disco ball and has much more depth it is completely different than a cz and isn’t very much more than the expensive mia cz’s and ashas. 

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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corvo:  moissanite is a completely different crystal structure. It is a silicon carbide as is the Amora gem and has completely different properties than a cubic zirconia. It is higher priced, more durable (toughness, and hardness on the mohs scale)<br />it also has different optical properties- color, refraction, sparkle, scintilation.

If you go over to the better than diamond website or forums they explain each of these down to their chemical makeup in detail.

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