Post # 1
My SO and I were discussing rings the other day. We do not want to (and frankly, can’t afford to) buy a diamond. However, I do really love the diamond look. I’ve been researching both moissanite and asha rings but can’t really decide which is “better”, for lack of a better word. I also really love coloured gemstone e-rings, but I’m worried that while it may be my style now, it may not be in the future. So ideally, I’d like a colourless stone. But which one should we pick?! Moissanite, asha, plain CZ, white sapphire?
I know this has been discussed on here before, but any input is greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
If your budget is high enough to include white sapphires, moissanite, and Asha, I would pick one of those over plain CZ because the sapphires and moissanite are harder and will stand up to more abuse, and the Asha is just beautiful (and maybe the diamond surface also makes it more scratch resistant, but I don’t know for sure).
Post # 4
Agree with @GreenEyedMoon:, CZ isn’t durable enough for the long term.
I have a moissanite and I loooooove it. But depending on the cut or size, if you want a very white stone, moissanite may not be the right choice for you. Moissanite in less brilliant cuts and larger sizes may show some color, which some people don’t like. But for reference purposes, mine is a 1.2 ct enhanced cushion cut and it’s gorgeously, brilliantly white. You can opt to have it enhanced (a heat treatment that reduces the color in the stone) if you order through MoissaniteCo.com.
Post # 5
Check out diamondssuck.com and you will be convinced that moissanite is right for you! Moissanite is, in my humble opinion, prettier than diamonds because it has a higher refractive index (brilliance), dispersion (fire), and luster. I don’t own any, but the ones I have seen are incredibly gorgeous!
My second choice for you would be white sapphire because I love sapphires (my ring is a blue sapphire), but what I love about sapphires is the incredible range of colors they come in, and I feel like a white sapphire would be missing that. But again, that’s just my humble opinion!
One more point in favor of sapphires and moissanite–they both are very durable stones. They are almost as hard as diamonds, but are surprisingly tougher than diamonds–diamonds are very brittle.
Good luck with your choice!
Post # 6
I have moissanite. It’s a round brilliant cut, 1.25ct, and enhanced. It’s really white and shows no color.
I would just take CZ off the list. You’ll have to replace it in a year or so because it will cloud.
Visit betterthandiamond.com and search the boards. There are lots of ladies there with both moissanite and asha.
Moissanite is it’s own gemstone.
Asha is a diamond stimulant.
Asha is cheaper though.
Post # 7
@Miss Tattoo: I’ve seen your ring on the boards, it is absolutely gorgeous!
Post # 8
@Gingersnap: Thanks! I really can’t take my eyes off of it. I think either option would be great. I don’t know too much about Asha so I don’t feel right saying you should choose moissanite over asha. Both are pretty so that’s all that matters.
Post # 9
Personally, I’d say moissanite.
Moissanite does have slight differences that distinguish it from a diamond (Like the double refraction), while Asha imitates better, but honestly? Moissanite looks just like a diamond in person and is more durable. I would highly suggest buying from moissaniteco.com and getting the stone enhaned!
My SO and I decided to go with moissanite and I could not be more pleased about it! I LOVE my moissanite! Here are some pictures and videos of my 1.5ct (7.5mm) enhanced moissy! The sparkle is just beautiful!
Post # 10
If you like the diamond look, I don’t think a white sapphire will simulate a diamond. It looks like a different stone, and I don’t think anyone will mistake it for a diamond. Based on what I have heard about moissanite v. asha/cz, if your budget allows, go for the moissy.
Why do you think a colored gemstone wouldn’t be your style later? The stone itself won’t go out of style, and you can always change the setting. Personally, I would go for the colored stone, but if it isn’t your taste, then moissy.
Post # 11
@jayce:Can you post a photo of your ring? 🙂
Post # 12
Which site have you guys ordered from and been satisfied with?????
or moissanite.com ??????
Post # 13
@lkr736: It looks like moissanite.com is not a retail site. Charles & Covard are the makers of moissanite stones so the site is just to educate you about their product and tell you where you can buy one.
Moissanite Co buys Charles & Covard moissanites and sets them in rings. or you can choose to buy just the stone. I’ve seen tons of posts on this site about how happy bees were with the ring they got at moissanite co. I bought a ring there but returned it (it just wasn’t the rigth ring for me). I think they have great customer service!
Post # 14
@lkr736: I had an extremely good experience with Moissanite & Co. Their live chat is great if you have any questions. I ordered a loose stone from there and it took just one business day to ship and only one more business day to arrive to me (and I live in Canada!). I highly recommend them.
Post # 15
@lkr736: we got ours from moissaniteco.com. Mr. Tattoo was impressed with their customer service and how they walked him through the process.
Post # 16
Thanks guys!! We’ll be getting my ring made in March (or stones sent off to be made, anyway). It’ll be a 3 stone split shank. I have my e-ring diamond for the future position, a diamond from my maternal grandmother who I was very close with but passed on when I was young, and the other stone needs to be bought. This is where my dilemma came in. I’m 1. strapped for cash, 2. don’t want to risk purchasing a blood diamond or similar and 3. feel that I don’t need any more diamonds per say. So, I’m going to need to decide soon on what to do and I’m really thinking I should order a loose moissy for the “past” position in my 3 stone. I need a 0.33 ct so the price is right and they ARE gorgeous 🙂
Do you guys think at that size, it (the .33 moissy) will look alright next to a ~0.96 ct diamond, and then a 0.33 ct diamond on the other side? I think it should be small enough that it won’t be a huge difference right? I guess that really depends on the 4 C’s of that 0.96 ct diamond,huh?
I don’t think I really have a choice though. I don’t want to buy another diamond, for ethical reasons, and I’m not going to ditch the one from my grandmother or fiance…