Post # 16
I have a mined diamond e-ring but I have a big mixture of moissanite, lab diamond and colored stones. I decided to try an Asscher lab diamond. I don’t know if that is the best stone to buy sight unseen, especially if you go lower than a G. I thought I might be okay with an H, so I could at least get to an 8mm. I was willing to pay for a higher carat or higher grade but they just couldn’t seem to get past either.
It looks mostly white in person but I can still see quite a bit of brown tint. I am also kind of bothered that the table is not faceted. I decided to put a precision cut 8 mm Kori Asscher moissanite back in the same setting. It outsparkles and looks whiter then the diamond. I missed the scintillation that you get with a diamond and it can’t be recreated in moissanite in the same way for every cut. There is a little give and take with each choice. The moissanite is beautifully cut with crisp facets all the way through the table. I wish I could get the cut of one and the scintillation of the other. I was willing to give it a try though. Next time I will probably save to work with a jeweler for a higher quality lab diamond. I would still like a larger emerald and another cut of something brilliant.
Post # 17
It’s a Charles and Colvard Forever One, purchased through a local jeweler.
Post # 18
Update: I experimented and found that soaking the ring in hot white vinegar with a squirt of Dawn, and then using a toothbrush makes it sparkle like crazy. I had been using the small brush that came with the commercial jewelry cleaner, but using a toothbrush to get the setting under the stone clean really made a difference. I follow up with a polishing cloth.
Post # 19
Oh that’s so great! Some stones just need a good scrubbing with a toothbrush, you can’t be scared to get in there and really scrub it (like it’s a tiny potato, haha!) . I’m glad it’s sparkling again for you!
Post # 20
There’s really no right answer, a lot of it is entirely dependent on personal preference. I think Moissanite has an interesting sparkle and rainbow effect, and I would love to wear some on a pendant or in earrings. But I personally wouldn’t choose one for my wedding band or engagement ring. I would much rather get a lab diamond, especially now that they are so widely available and the prices have come down. But really that’s just me and my preference. Again, there is no right answer.