Post # 17
Is the budget for just the stone? Or for the ring total? I can point you to the direction of a GREAT online site where you can get a beautiful GIA stone- for a great price. Even if it’s a smaller diamond, it will sprakle like crazy and she will love it.
Post # 18
…or actually, my personal favorite would be one of these two Brian Gavin Signature Hearts&Arrows diamonds – the 0.415 J VS2 for $858 or the 0.426 J SI1 for $850. Their plain solitaire settings are on the expensive side, so you might want to just get the stone from them and buy the setting elsewhere (there will be a fee to have a jeweler set the stone for you though).
Brian Gavin Signature diamonds are SPECTACULAR – he is known for being one of the best diamond cutters in the world.
Post # 19
I personally think that you should ask your Girlfriend what she likes.
Tell her to show you pics that she might have seen, take her out window shopping, ask her what her fav cut of stone is, what setting she likes. Mention moissy, mention Asha, mention coloured stones etc etc etc. She what she thinks.
If you dont want to ask her then ask her sister, best friend, cousin etc and see if they can get anything out of her.
You can always propose without a ring and ask her to pic it out then you are safe lol…
Good luck and keep us up to date on what happens.
Post # 20
I love love love my moissy! But I wanted a moissy rather than a diamond. It was just so perfect, it fit well within our budget, it has more fire and brilliance than a diamond, and it’s conflict free! Honestly the pictures DO NOT do it justice! I walk outside and the thing is like a disco ball it’s amazing!
Post # 21
I disagree that you need thick skin to have Moissanite. Unless she comes here, no one will care. She doesn’t have to tell people what it is if she doesn’t want to, but in my experience everyone I have told about my moissanite is interested in it. No one has called me cheap or called the fashion police because it isn’t a “real” gem.
However, I would bring it up to her before purchasing one. Moissanite is not very common and some people get really up in arms that their stone must be dug out of the earth or it is not worthy.
Post # 22
OMG, if that’s your budget, moissanite is perfect for you. You could even get the entire set around $1,000.
After I learned about moissanite, I gave my younger brother the advice that if it ever came time to propose to a girl, show her the ring you can afford in moissanite side by side with the ring you can afford in diamonds and let her pick.
After looking at this site, I’m even open to colored gemstone halos. I’d love a blue sapphire/diamond halo set in white gold or a peach sapphire/diamond halo set in rose gold.
If you’re trying to figure out what her thoughts are on gemstones without hinting that you’re buying one for her, mention that “a friend or coworker'” got his girlfriend a [insert stone type here, moissanite, sapphire, diamond, etc.] and see how she reacts. Then you’ll know how she feels about man-made versus natural, and whether or not the material is important.
Post # 23
I adore my moissanite. I knew that I wanted moissanite for many reasons. I would not trade it for anything, but it is a very personal preference.
Post # 24
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
Go with a small, nice diamond. It’s classic and beautiful and there’s just something special about diamonds! The previous posters posted some good options, and if your gf likes shapes other than round you can get even more for your money. Here is a nice quality half carat princess for less than $800. http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-search?pt=setform&track=NavDiaSeaPR#diamonds_pid=LD03084557
Post # 25
I strongly recommend you ask her opinion – this is something women tend to feel very strongly about.
Post # 26
I used to have a .45ct diamond, and I upgraded a 1.25ct moissanite so I could save money and have a bigger stone. Here they are side-by-side so you can see for yourself.
The setting with diamond accents cost $850, and the diamond itself was $949. A moissanite of the same size as my diamond (5mm) retails for $95 on moissaniteco.com!!! My 7mm enhanced forever brilliant moissanite retails for $479.
Here’s what I suggest if you’re going the moissanite route: if you’re getting 1 carat or smaller, get unenhanced. If you’re getting 1.25 or bigger, get enhanced.
My moissanite below.
Post # 27
Do not suprise her with moissanite, asha, or even a gemstone. Talk with her about what she is comfortable with as far as price and stone goes and then shop together. I LOVE my moissanite and intentionally chose it rather than getting a diamond because of the way it looks and sparkles, and because of the story behind it and the symbolism that I love. But many women would feel differently. Talk with her.
Post # 29
I would definitely ask what her preference is before buying any kind of stone or engagement ring.
Post # 30
+1000 great advice.
yes, moissanite/cz are beautiful and very inexpensive compared to diamonds but I agree with pp, definitely would be wary of surprising her with a simulant. I would take cranrasberry’s great advice. Sounds like you can get a high quality one of a kind genuine diamond (or other gemstone) within your budget..
Good luck and keep us posted!
Post # 31
aww, thank you! Hopefully the author will update us on what they decided to choose. 🙂