Post # 1
I have a simple solitare engagement ring and was out looking at wedding bands this afternoon. I am a simple girl and originally thought I wanted a plain band – however my eyes perked up a little bit when i tried on a thin chanel set ring. I had some sticker shock when I saw what it cost compared to the metal only rings I had been looking at before.
Do you think its weird for me to ask the jeweler about setting CZ stones into the wedding band instead of diamonds? I have seen some beautiful CZ rings before where you couldn’t tell the difference at all. Does it look ok to wear both a diamond and CZ on the same hand?
Thanks for the advice hive 🙂
Post # 3
First, CZ will not hold up well over the years and will have to be replaced.
Secondly, many jewelers will not work with CZ, so you may have to order a high quality one from a reputable website like Berricle.
Post # 4
look into moissanite side stones perhaps?
Post # 5
I second Moissanite over CZ.
Here’s some pretty options that Moissaniteco.com has!
$469 for 13 stones set in a channel band
$475-$535 depending on finger size for a full eternity channel
Good luck! I hope you find what you’re looking for.
Post # 6
@meadow_jersey: I would go for the real thing. CZ isn’t built to last, and it’ll end up costing more when you need to replace it every year.
It’s your wedding set. Isn’t it worth spending a few hundred more (that’s all we’re talking if they’re small diamonds) on something you’ll wear forever and possibly pass down one day?
Post # 7
I wouldn’t recommend going with CZ unless you’re planning on upgrading in the somewhat-near future. The problem with CZ is that they are not very durable. They chip/scratch/abrade very easily. If you don’t want to pay for diamond then you have some other options such at Moissanite,White Topaz and White Sapphire. 🙂
Post # 8
Before recommending moissanite I would have to know what size, cut, and color her solitaire is. Diamond and moissanite can look great side by side, or they can look very mismatched.
If she already has a diamond CZ will probably match better. That’s why if she doesn’t want to continually replace it I recommend a diamond wedding band.
Post # 9
You can ask, however, be prepared…many jewelers frown on CZ and may not be that gracious in saying no. If you really want CZ, I’d suggest you go to one that you know sells CZ stuff already.
Diamond melee can be quite affordable… especially if you’re willing to compromise on quality (yes, it varies a lot…cut/color/clarity just like the bigger ones).
Post # 10
Try looking at overstock! I searched for you 🙂 I’m not sure what yoru budget is, but they have tons of beautiful rings! That’s where we got my wedding bands (2 eternity bands for under $900, and they look as/more beautiful than the ones in the store!)
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Post # 12
@meadow_jersey: If you aren’t sentimental about your band, go CZ. However, I wouldn’t ask a jeweler to set them for you. Head over to Berricle. I’ve heard great reviews about their jewelry. You might also look around Ebay, Amazon, or DiamondBistro websites for diamond bands that will cost less than at the store.
Moissanite it always an option. It’s sturdier than CZ, and won’t need to be replaced.
ETA: In stones that size (ie melee) the matching of moissanite to your diamond shouldn’t be an issue.
Post # 13
Thank you all for that advice!
I hadn’t thought of anything other than CZ for a diamond alternative. I was worried that jewlers would frown on this which is why I approached the hive first 😉
I do value my wedding band and plan on wearing it every day for life – but the ring I saw today is 3x my original budget which made me 🙁
The TW is .4ct on a size 6 and it is a very narrow band.
The plain bands that I had originally looked at look too “hunky” next to my band but the little bit of sparkle seems to make it feel more dainty……..