Real diamond or fake diamond?
January 20, 2013 8:09 AM Subscribe
I am about to be engaged. We have briefly discussed the ‘engagement ring’. I do not want to come across as shallow, but I would LOVE to have an engagement ring. He doesn’t make a lot of money, so we are considering a fake diamond. Does anyone have any experience as to the best simulant out there?
posted by Amalie-Suzette to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (48 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
My boyfriend and I are talking about marriage and we are talking about moving in together before hand. (We would already be living together, however, I have a room mate and he has 2 room mates…so it’s not an easy ‘I’m moving in with you’ fix.) We haven’t spent a night apart since October, so except for splitting the bills, we already, technically, live together. We have briefly discussed the ‘engagement ring’. I would LOVE to have an engagement ring…what girl wouldn’t? He doesn’t make a lot of money and I make a little over double his salary. While we could finance a real diamond, and I could help make the payments, I’m thinking that there has to be a ‘hard to tell the difference’ fake out there somewhere, that would be pleasing to his (our) budget. (Plus, I could get a bigger stone.) I’ve looked on the internet and places like Diamond Nexus Labs and Asha are frequently mentioned. Does anyone have any experience with simulants? For those interested in the chemistry of the stones- neither one that I’ve mentioned are cubic zirconia (Zr), but both have Zr in them. The make up of the DNL are C (6), O (8), S (16), Fe (26), Co (27), Ni (28), Y (39), Zr (40), and Hf (72). The make up of the Asha are C (77), O (17), Zr (3), N(0.7), Y(0.6), Si(0.53), F(0.42), Cl(0.31), and Mg(0.11). Of course diamonds are pure carbon (C).
Anyway, I’m just looking for personal stories of people NOT associated with the fake diamond makers.
Thanks in advance!