(Closed) Is CZ ok or just plain tacky? Help!

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 31
11640 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Nothing tacky about love and that’s what your e ring symbolizes. You should be proud that you two can make a budget and stick to it, that bodes well for your future.

As PP have mentioned, only issue is longevity. I’m kind of sentimental (surprised myself there) about the ring he proposed with, so if you feel you might be the same, get a forever setting. 

I agree with PP re 1 carat or under with whatever stone you get, so you can replace it with a diamond if you choose and so that it lines up with your lifestyle. 

Post # 32
1244 posts
Bumble bee

hertfordbee:  As some other Bees have mentioned, Wink CZ and Chris CZ have high quality stones that receive a ton of good reviews. I have been researching CZ for an Etsy jewellery store I am opening in the future. I have found that both Wink and Chris give the “low-down” on the higher quality CZ vs the low quality ones. Essentially, the lower quality CZ have lots of little bubbles in them that burst over time and that is what creates the clouding people complain about with CZ. High quality CZ is bubble free thus should not have the clouding issue and can be considered a forever stone. You could technically choose whatever setting you like and then have a jeweller pop in a high quality CZ and there you go! I also second Berricle as having lovely rings at decent prices. 🙂 Don’t let anyone that is huffy about “diamonds only” get to you.

Post # 33
2482 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m sitting here right now wearing a beautiful CZ set in white gold. I LOVE my CZ rings and proudly wear them everywhere.

They are all set in white or yellow 14k gold and I also STRICTLY OBSERVE MY PERSONAL RULE-

I NEVER, EVER discuss the origin, cost, chemical makeup, or ANY OTHER significant detail about my rings WITH ANYONE.

That means not my BFF, not my mother (or any other living relative!), not my psychiatrist, not my gynecologist, not my Confessor, NO ONE!!!!!

Why do I live by this rule?

BECAUSE MY RING IS NO ONE’S BUSINESS but my (now) Darling Husband and myself!

Post # 34
397 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

I don’t like the word “tacky” when it comes to erings. Every couple and every story is different and CZ is a choice like any other stone. Having said that, I was a total CZ addict for years and had over a dozen of different wedding sets with stones in the range of 1-1.5 ct. Nobody ever questioned them and I kind of enjoyed the fun of shopping for a new cheap set every couple of months, when the existing set would get cloudy. I eventually got fed up with this perpetual quest to keep replacing the CZ and got a forever set (my choice were diamonds but I’m open to colored gemstones and an avid eBay moissy shopper). As many PPs advised you, the setting is very important. I would put most of my budget towards it and be ready for a stone upgrade later on when the CZ will need replacing.

Post # 35
5530 posts
Bee Keeper

You get whatever you want, spend whatever you want and say nothing.  Least of all ask a forum what is ok to wear and not to wear.


This is my wink cz set in white gold


thes are my chris cz’s

Post # 36
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

No one cares. I only find it weird looking are the crappy quality CZs . I mean any ring can be an engagement ring as is popular here but at least put some thought and care into selecting the cz. 

Post # 37
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I had a bunch of Chris CZ’s and they are beautiful! I have nice diamond and the CZ was just as nice! His CZs are affordable too and you can get them in different colors. I think CZs are an excellent option. 

Post # 38
523 posts
Busy bee

Not tacky. I would go with a high quality CZ in a smaller size because they tend to look a bit better. 

Post # 39
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2006


Diamonds are the traditional option but you are free to choose whatever stone you like! 

Have you ever heard of Ashas? They are CZs which are coated with diamond bonds. 

Ashas look very realistic and they are set in gold which helps. They last to a maximum of five years or more depending on how well you care for them. If you’re worried about a CZ looking tacky, you can look into Ashas if they are in your budget. I would recommend a stone no larger than 1.25 so that it can look more believable. 

Here’s the link:



Post # 40
13600 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There’s nothing wrong with getting a ring that you love.  Just putting it out there that some people can actually tell the difference, and a CZ tends to get cloudy over time and don’t last.

I do find it strange when people try to pretend that the stone is something other than what it is.  

Post # 41
4036 posts
Honey bee

My husband bought me a CZ, in the early 80s, and it’s still fine. I don’t wear it everyday, though. He wanted to get me something nice for Xmas, after the birth of our first child. We had received a sales flyer, for a big box store, and I pointed to it and said it would be fine. I think it was either $119 or $129.

I have my original 1/4 carat engagement ring, which had been my grandmother’s, and I never upgraded. It’s something I absolutely didn’t care about, even though we could have afforded a huge stone, later in life.

Post # 42
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

hertfordbee:  Have you thought about moissy? My whole set cost about $1600 from moissaniteco 

Post # 43
2326 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

I would consider moissanite if it’s a budget concern. My first ring was round brilliant moissanite from JTV: 


I didn’t really know what I wanted, so I got a round stone. I had no idea I was a step cut lover. Now that I realized my true love is an emerald cut, I upgraded to this beauty from MoissaniteCo:

Moissanite is such a good bargain, and smart alternative to a diamond. CZs look so white and flat to me. I can almost always spot one. Moissanite has more of a warmth, like a J-M diamond. It is such a beautiful stone. I would love a diamond step cut someday, but I have size 10 fingers, and need a substantial stone to balance it. I have a cz 1 ct emerald cut from berricle, and it looks sooooo tiny on my hand. So instead of dropping 60k on a diamond, I have a moissanite. I am very happy with my choice!

Post # 44
295 posts
Helper bee

I say get what you want and to hell with what anyone else thinks. 9.5 times out of 10 they can’t tell the difference anyway, so get what you want. 

Post # 45
4555 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Not even remotely tacky. Get what makes you happy 🙂

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