(Closed) Large or small Asha Diamond ?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@melrose8177:  That’s great that you’re going with a sim!  I don’t own an Asha, but have done lots of research on all this stuff, and they’re beautiful stones.  They’ll be clear and brilliant, just as clear as a high quality diamond.  As far as I know, the quality doesn’t deteriorate, unlike, say moissanite, where you get a lot more body color the larger you go.  

Re: size.  Go with the size you’ll be happiest with.  I’m of the opinion that if you go with a sim, be proud of it!  If you’re uncomfortable with it at all, and feel like you need to make it “believable”, maybe you should go with something else.  I’d be more concerned about proportion to your hand than if it’s believable as a diamond.  A 3 carat princess is going to be big, a bit too large and overwhelming for my taste, but if you have your heart set on that, go for it!

Betterthandiamond has tons of discussion boards re: Ashas from ladies who own them.  That’ll be a great resource for figuring out if Asha’s right for you.  And those ladies love big rocks, so you’ll be able to see Ashas in the size range you’re considering.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I have a 1.5 ct. Asha as a centerstone in a three-stone ring, and it is gorgeous.  Large ashas do not lookany worse at any size compared to a small asha, but what you are saying about it looking fake is definitely something to consider. I have a size 8.5/9 finger, and I feel like anything larger than a 1.5 would have been too much for me. But then again, I’m a student and it’s already a little suspicious that my Fiance would be able to afford something like that 😉  But we go to a private school with very well-to-do people around, so it’s not out of place.

If you’re going for believability, I would ask myself: Are you in a kind of social environment where a 3 ct diamond is common place? Do you and your Fiance live like you could afford it?  Then go for it!

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

If you think the size fits your lifestyle, go for it! Moissanite is a fantastic option as well. Ashas are great, but do need to be replaced after time goes by (unlike moissanite). I love both.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

@GoldfishPie:  <– What she said.

I have an Asha that’s only a half carat, but it’s set in a halo and it looks much bigger to the eye. So setting is something to consider, as well as cut. I have a princess cut.

I’ll be honest with you, in my circle, people would just assume a 3 ct anything was fake. You don’t see gigantic stones around here at all. So like @GoldfishPie said, if it’s not the norm in your circle then people will just assume or make comments. I know a lot of people say they want to “pass off” their Ashas, and honestly, I don’t try to pass it off, people just never ask. I don’t feel as if it’s information I have to volunteer, which makes me comfortable. If I had a HUGE rock then I know I would have gotten some pretty direct questions from family and probably friends. But again, just sharing my thoughts. 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Oh, and for the record, I have also heard the same things about the bigger sizes. I guess it’s because they aren’t as used to cutting stones of that size perhaps? I’ve heard (again, just heard) that up to 2 is fine but getting bigger than that their may be issues. I read it somewhere in betterthandiamond’s forum before we got mine.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

my suggestion: type “asha” into the search bar — you will get tons of threads that will educate you (and then some).  then as a separate search, type in “moissanite”.  I highly recommend moissanite myself. it costs a little more, but is supposed to be as durable as a diamond. good for a ring that you could wear for a long time and pass down in the family. 

Another alternative is white sapphire, although they are not as sparkly as diamonds or moissanite. but they are beautiful in their own way.

I had never heard of any of these alternatives before weddingbee. I really wish I had known about moissanite before, I would have asked for it for my engagement ring!

Post # 14
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Honey bee

I believe the Amora moissies are colorless or near colorless, without the blue/green tinge.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@SoupyCat:  I have an unenhanced moissanite, no green or blue at all. A carat or under is usually white, it’s when you go over they start to show color. So definitely for 3 carats Amora all the way!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Since you want a princess, a moissanite (Amora or not) will show more color than it would in a round. Especially in a larger size.

I would order a loose stone from MoissaniteCo/AshaDiamonds to see before you decide. You can return it if you don’t like it.

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