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    • MrDouglas
    • By MrDouglas 16th Nov 17, 10:04 AM
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    Moissanite Engagement Ring
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    Moissanite Engagement Ring 16th Nov 17 at 10:04 AM
    Hi All,

    Hoping Im not alone with this, Im popping the big question early next year and my better half has indicated shes happy with a diamond simulant engagement ring. I know she has ethical concerns over blood diamonds, but its mostly the case that were both pretty frugal with big ticket items as weve only just recently cleared all our debt

    Ive carried out extensive research online and alternative diamonds have come on leaps and bounds from a quality perspective in recent years, plus the costs are a fraction of a real diamond.

    Has anyone ever bought a Charles and Colvard Forever One moissanite stone from a UK retailer? Id ideally want to buy within the UK so my ring is hallmarked and I know its quality is guaranteed.

    Thanks, Doug
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    • dawsinho
    • By dawsinho 17th Nov 17, 1:40 PM
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    I find a lot of people nowadays don't want to spend three months’ salary on a ring, regardless of the material (diamond etc) it still represents your devotion to your wife.

    We opted for a Moissanite ring, forever one from Lily Arkwright (UK based) and saved thousands compared to a conventional diamond. The solitaire was similar to this and we opted for a 2ct centre stone.

    https://lilyarkwright.com/collections/lily-arkwright-moissanite-solitaire-engagement-rings/products/moissanite-engagement-ring-white-gold-grace-solitaire
    • dawsinho
    • By dawsinho 24th Nov 17, 8:25 AM
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    • 24th Nov 17, 8:25 AM
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    • 24th Nov 17, 8:25 AM
    Doug - Lily Arkwright have a 10% sale on this weekend for the first 100 customers daily.

    https://lilyarkwright.com/
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 24th Nov 17, 11:05 AM
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    • 24th Nov 17, 11:05 AM
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    • 24th Nov 17, 11:05 AM
    Don't go for the 2ct - no matter how good the quality, anything that big screams 'fake' (unless you're Richard Burton's heir).

    1cts look much more natural.
    Last edited by Silvertabby; 24-11-2017 at 11:08 AM.
    • MrDouglas
    • By MrDouglas 24th Nov 17, 3:31 PM
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    • 24th Nov 17, 3:31 PM
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    • 24th Nov 17, 3:31 PM
    Thank you so much for your advice both, I've looked at the Lily Arkwright link and the rings look really good.

    Silvertabby - Trouble is my other half has her heart set on a big ring, she’s already said 2.5ct (she’ll knock over furniture with that!), I’m going to have a good luck tonight after work. I’ve noticed the 10% sale is now finished but it says its back on sat & sun so still have time.

    Everyone seems to go with while gold or platinum these days, I really like the rose gold, it looks really unique.

    Doug
    • MrDouglas
    • By MrDouglas 25th Nov 17, 9:03 AM
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    • 25th Nov 17, 9:03 AM
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    • 25th Nov 17, 9:03 AM
    Ok, so i've chosen the ring!

    2.2ct rose gold solitaire (its called grace), its not quite as big as my better half alluded to but knowing her taste i think she'll love it. Plus, its free return is she's not keen.

    • MrDouglas
    • By MrDouglas 26th Dec 17, 10:56 PM
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    • 26th Dec 17, 10:56 PM
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    • 26th Dec 17, 10:56 PM
    So the deed is done! She said yes Turns out i wasn't a million miles off with my ring, we ended up returning it for a oval solitaire as opposed to the brilliant round solitaire (white gold, not rose gold).

    • MrDouglas
    • By MrDouglas 26th Dec 17, 10:57 PM
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    • robpw2
    • By robpw2 26th Dec 17, 11:08 PM
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    • 26th Dec 17, 11:08 PM
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    • 26th Dec 17, 11:08 PM
    congatulations on your engagement probbaly best she got to decide which one she wanted ... that sums up married life lol ...


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    • MrDouglas
    • By MrDouglas 26th Dec 17, 11:52 PM
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    I've known that for a little while
    • dawsinho
    • By dawsinho 29th Dec 17, 5:07 PM
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    Congrats Doug

    I take it you told the missus it was a moissanite stone? The wife hasn't let on to anyone her ring is moissanite and nobody is any the wiser! Saved a packet.
    • MrDouglas
    • By MrDouglas 1st Jan 18, 3:37 PM
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    Yeah she knows, it was actually her idea to buy a moissanite ring

    Lily Arkwright have got a 5% sale on at the moment, was thinking of nabbing some earrings also

    https://lilyarkwright.com/collections/white-gold-moissanite-earrings/products/sena-round-brilliant-moissanite-earrings-18k-white-gold?variant=5080203231264

    They have the matching charles and colvard forever one moissanite stones.
    • BobbyTheHamster
    • By BobbyTheHamster 11th Jan 18, 7:32 PM
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    We just bought a moissanite ring from Ideal World, where they have a few on offer. Not for an engagement. I like the idea that the hardness is approaching that of diamond. The trouble with CZ is the brilliance doesn't last, partly because it's not so hard. There seems to be lots of enhanced CZ around, but it's hard to be sure exactly what you are getting, I think. I also don't think CZ will take the wear that a diamond, and hopefully moissanite will.

    Very pleased with the moissanite ring we bought. Hope it looks as good in 10 years time.

    I think that if and when proper simulated diamonds get mass produced, it will make a big dent in De Beers. Not everyone will need the real McCoy, especially if you can get perfect colour/flawless stones for a lot less.


    Just checked the Lily Arkwright Link. Those rings look really nice. From reading up, the C&C Forever One is labelled as pure white in colour. Older ones sometimes had a slight yellow tinge I think. Good luck!
    Last edited by BobbyTheHamster; 11-01-2018 at 7:36 PM.
    • MrDouglas
    • By MrDouglas 20th Jan 18, 6:29 PM
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    The more i read about de beers and the diamond cartels the happier i feel about buying a moissanite engagement ring. I obviously don't begrudge anyone buying diamonds, i guess eventually we'll move on from diamonds to somethings else.
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