- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
When I was looking into diamond alternatives and sims, this board was such an enormous resource and help that I wanted to add to it and post my experience with the Asha stone. Lots of bees have had their Ashas for 2+ years and they are as good as the day they got them, but I wanted to share with you a story of one that didn’t last that long.
I purchased an F/G colour 1ct equivalent Asha at around $210 AUD and got it set in a platinum bezel halo setting, which I received in around March last year. It was only going to be a temporary measure until we could afford my forever stone, as the setting I fell in love with was about $6000 alone. Add a $5000 centre diamond to that, and yeah, no matter which words I used I couldn’t justify it to my then fiancé! I am in health care, constantly dealing with different patients and because I wash my hands an extraordinary amount of times a day in cholorohexine (tough chemicals) to rid of germs and infection, I was worried about the longevity of the stone under these conditions. I am also never one to baby my jewellery and am rough with my hands.
For the first 6 months, the stone was gorgeous… Sparky, clear and very diamond like. It was a disco ball of fire under all lighting conditions, and I had lots of comments on how beautiful and sparkly it was. But after around the six month mark, it started to cloud. Not badly, but I started to notice that it didn’t look as good. I have just sent the ring to be reset with my forever stone, and I’m relieved I didn’t wait much longer because after a total of 10 months it was getting very cloudy and I was begining to notice it from further away… The jeweller I took it to look at it (very close up without a loupe for about 10 seconds), and looked at me worryingly and I laughed and told her it was essentially a cz. She was relieved, and then explained that she didn’t know how to tell me that I didn’t have a diamond centre stone.
I’m not saying that I’m unhappy with the Asha, because it never claimed it would last forever. It was a beautiful sim and quite lifelike. I feel like I got my moneys worth as I was only looking for it to last as long as it did anyhow. I would probably recommend anyone in the health field away from one though as it seems all those harsh chemicals erode the diamond coating a lot faster than the 5 year timeframe the manufacturer suggests. I think it’s a fine sim/ dimond alternative to someone who is prepared to baby their rings and take them off frequently for things like putting on lotion, washing up the dishes, cooking etc- which looks like is not me!