Post # 1
I am soon to be engaged, we have been looking at rings together and I’m finding myself being drawn to pretty CZ’, white topaz etc instead of what diamonds we could get in our budget. My dream diamond ring just isn’t realistic right now and I would rather have a ring in a style that I like instead of a tiny diamond that Im not overly in love with. So is choosing a CZ or alike ok or just not a done thing?
Post # 2
I think they are a good option if they are a modest size (1 ct or so). I also think they need to be set well…I prefer them in a gold setting. It is probably done more than you realize. I prsonally prefer a smaller diamond to a large cz, but I think I would choose a smaller cz over a similar size diamond with really poor specs. What is your budget, if you dont mind me asking? A pre-loved diamond ring can also be a good option. For around 100-200 you can get a nicely set, gold cz. For around 500 you can get a preloved smaller diamond (.decent specs.
Post # 3
I think you could wear a plastic ring if you like!
The thing is though, you may get some unwanted remarks about it from people when they find out it is CZ. If you dont care, then go for it!
Post # 4
The problem with CZ is that it tends to get cloudy over time, so it doesn’t last and needs to be replaced often. If that bothers you, I would get a harder stone like white sapphire or moissanite, although they are slightly more expensive. “Tackiness” is subjective, so I can’t really say if it is or not.
Post # 5
im not planning on getting a 5ct extravaganza. Somewhere between 1-2 ct in a classic setting. Iv had a look on etsy and am amazed at what we could get for around £200. I think the idea is that eventually it will be replace with a real diamond but even this I’m now starting to reconsider.
Post # 6
hertfordbee: I think you can wear whatever you like! No right or wrongs when it comes to your ring because as long as YOU are happy then it’s perfect.
If you are in love with a particular setting then I would focus on that. If you don’t feel it would look as nice with a smaller diamond, that’s fine. Because if you chose to upgrade it later to something quite bigger the head would have to be redone on the ring.
Personally I wouldn’t go with CZ if you want it to be a forever ring. Most CZ’s don’t have a long life span, they do cloud after a while and scratch and chip a lot easier. If you had CZ you would be often replacing it and if you replace it over and over it will ruin and weaken the setting, chances are you’d most likely have to have the head of your setting rebuilt (if possible due to what kind of setting it is).
If you are looking for a forever stone that isn’t diamond I would highly recommend looking into an Amora gem or Moissanite, both very good forever stone options.
Post # 7
Of course it’s ok, if that’s what you want. You can upgrade to a diamond later, or not. Lots of people have lab created stones, some are honest about it, some are not. It’s all up to you. Just get something that you think is beautiful.
ETA: if you get a CZ get a high quality one, they don’t cloud.
Post # 9
It is your ring, you and your Fiance can do as you wish. I would keep in mind your lifestyle, whether you intend to “pass” it or not (a 1-2ct stone is still a big stone in many areas, and if a good quality diamond an expensive one, so if you are students, or live in an area where that is larger than average, you will get questions), if you are olay replacing it as it gets scratched up, if the size you get is something you would ever want or have resources to replace with a diamond, and so on.
There is also a mind clean issue for some – some feel quite fine rocking a big CZ, others will choose a much smaller diamond as knowing it is a diamond is what they are comfortable with.
If you want a colourless “alternative” stone, you can also look at white zircon, white sapphire, moissanite.
Post # 10
hertfordbee: I think CZ rings are beautiful and are a great bargain. I love my purchases from berricle.com (just in case etsy doesn’t work out) IMO the only time CZs are tacky is when ladies try and pass them off as diamonds. Own it!
Personally, I have a non-diamond engagement ring. Everyone has an opinion but the only one that matters is yours and FIs. Go with what makes sense for you
Post # 11
Who the hell cares. Not that you shouldn’t listen to the bees’ advice re clouding and needing to replace etc., but I really don’t get how it could be tacky. Depends on the circles you move in, I guess.
Post # 12
No of course it’s not “tacky”. Well cut CZ is beautiful and not everybody can afford or wants to spend a small fortune on a ring.
CZs will scratch and deteriorate with wear, so you might want to stick to a quality setting that a jeweller can replace the CZ in without issues.
As to size, if you want to retain the look of your ring when/ if you switch to a diamond, make sure you consider what size of stone you will be able to afford and want to buy at that time. A well cut 2 carat with decent specs starts at around $20,000 (J colour SI1) up to over $100,000 for D colour VVS1 and above, for some people that’s just too much for a bit of carbon irrespective of their income!
Wink does precision cut CZs that many on Pricesope really rate. You can order them set into high quality settings that will take a diamond should you decide to switch.
Post # 13
It’s not tacky at all imho. I agree w pp’s that cz might not last as long, although some bees here have been rocking their cz for years without issue, so quality and care play a big role. If you want to consider moissanite, I suggest ebay. There’s a thread going around “I bought a cheap moissanite from ebay”. Bees are getting amazing deals and posting pictures. Also, if you really want a diamond and no other, you can look into colored diamonds. My blue diamond was really affordable bc it has some flaws, but the irradiation process turned it this beautiful blue color and the flaws are disguised.
Post # 14
seejanebee: this! I totally agree. Nothing wrong with a cz – only tacky when people try to pass them off.
Post # 15
I have a Berricle CZ and I love it! It is tiny so it looks almost real (it has the distinct CZ blue whiteness but I love that about it too.) I don’t care if it will cloud over time because I can always afford to replace it and I get very bored so I wanted something cheaper to be able to afford switching my ring up whenever I felt like it. I always wanted a moisannite though so if I find a setting I’m in love with, I might make have it made from moissanite and keep it forever.