(Closed) Suggestions for a expensive diamond alternative

posted 4 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

What’s the budget 

if you buy online or secondhand you’ll always get more value on diamond or any other stone. 

 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I would stick with a diamond if you want it to be a “forever” stone, plus they are beautiful!!!! 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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annieem :  I never understand why people say this? Do other stones have an expiration date?

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polyana :  you might want to look into moissanite. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Sapphires are a good alternative and come in many different colours.

Im currently in love with spinels, which are also hard enough for an everyday ring, come in many shades, are gorgeous, and are quite a bit cheaper than sapphires.

If you want a more traditional look, moissanite is likely your best bet.

 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I second the suggestion for Moissanite. It shines as brightly as a diamond but it made in a lab so it’s (1) conflict-free stone and (2) more affordable than a traditional clear diamond.

Also, you can consider black diamonds. They have a distinctive look, are far less expensive than clear diamonds, and are still diamonds.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

2nd hand diamonds are half price, essentially. You can get certified ones and all- check out DiamondBistro, LoupeTroop, and 1stDibs.

 The H&A F1 from Moissanite and Co looks the most diamond like these days as far as sims go. Not as hard as diamond, but hard enough. Some people do get an “oil slick” stain phenomena which is annoying.

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: County courthouse

I suggest moissanite too. My ring set cost around $1,500 at my local jewlers. Still not inexpensive, but if you get a smaller size and a solitaire, it might be under $1000 y(Mine is a forever brilliant 2.5ct).I also suggest moissaniteco.Com for moissanite rings. They have tons of settings and stone shapes:

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

For a diamond alternative I would definitely consider a moissanite.  They are nearly as durable and colorless.  For a gem I’d consider a sapphire or emerald.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Like a few other PPs, I recommend looking at moissanites. There are many varations in colors and shapes just like a diamond. It ranks 2nd in durability to a diamond. It has more fire and brilliance than a diamond (can you say SHINY?) It’s definitely a forever stone as well, just without the hefty price tag.

Here’s my 1.5 Forever One (colorless) Moissanite

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Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I would get an Amora gem

Post # 12
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Newbee

We bought a half carat diamond band on sale for $990 and I know its quality and will last. Part of why I love my ring so much is the deal we got on it! I can’t ever pass up a good deal haha. Other bees are right, check pawn shops or estate sales online. You can always have the stone set in another setting. Jewelry stores are so over priced!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Spinel, sapphire, danburite, natural zircon, topaz. Are you looking for somethig with color or just clear? 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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polyana :  Thank you so much! My ring size 5.5

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