There are so many cool diamond alternatives available now, and we will see more coming to market this year. Clients are asking us on a daily basis, which stone is the best? Which one is most diamond-like? Is Charles & Colvard's Forever One the best diamond alternative? Or a NEO moissanite? How about the SUPERNOVA from Australia? When can I get an Amora Gem? And really, what the frick is a Lustour?
With spending more time evaluating each type of stone over the last few weeks, (some of which we've been familiar with for years) we have discovered that there is no one brand of stone that is always better overall than the others. Answer a few easy questions for us, and we can steer you to the best stone for you. All of the stones we sell are very diamond-like, and will fool nearly anyone (remind me to tell you the story about the diamond dealers in Cancun). And seriously, some of it truly is just personal preference.
What is your fav cut (shape)?
What is the carat size of your dreams?
Do you have a color preference? D? G-H?
Sparkle bomb vs most diamond-like? Both?!
These beauties are fairly new to market, as of the October 2015. They began with a round cut, now they are expanding their line to nearly all shapes! Hello trillion! They have made great strides with their cut (cut is key, my friends), and now have an ideal cut round. We are waiting on samples of several fancy shapes, to make sure they are amazing - if they are anything like this NEO cushion cut we saw in Vegas, well, YUM. Look for Instagram vids and blog posts here once we get 'em. The NEO is the most affordable stone we sell, they have a cool ass name, and come with a comprehensive warranty.
The SUPERNOVA is a brand new moissanite on the market. We are the first retailer to sell them, on the entire planet. Yup. #MotherEarth They are gorgeous, and colorless. All of them. And they come in a ridiculous range of sizes. From wee lil bits, to kinda huge and beyond. All colorless. So how about a 5 carat cushion? Or a 6.5 carat emerald cut? Or perhaps a 20 carat round? Mm-hmm. Read all about the delicious new SUPERNOVA.
FOREVER ONE MOISSANITE
Charles & Colvard rolled out the new asscher cut Forever One moissanite in Vegas, at the JCK Vegas gem show. Wow! They've also expanded their Forever One line of rounds and cushions (yay!) - meaning many new sizes are available. All C&C's moissanite come with a limited lifetime warranty.
Is a curious new stone that we discovered at JCK Vegas - from what we've seen so far, they are gorgeous. We are doing some messing around with them, and a bit of research before officially adding them to our line - our Director of Ops reached out to some professors at Penn State this week, to get a scientist's opinion on these beautiful gems. Since there isn't much info out there about them, we really wanted to do some digging. We aren't lovin' their cushion cut, but their rounds, emeralds, princess and squares all look fab. The emerald cuts are particularly exciting, as we've been waiting for a delicious colorless emerald cut for too long! We are waiting on a radiant cut sample to play with, so we'll let you know on those. They are also available in colors. Lustour stones come with a lifetime warranty.
UPDATE: We are not going to be selling the Lustour, at least for now. With the number of other stones that we are rolling out, we just aren't able to get set up to carry their line of stones as well. We may revisit it in the next year or 2, and if we do, we'll keep you posted.
In most shapes, at least of the older cuts, the amora gem is beautiful, but they are behind on production and we aren't sure when we'll be able to get more stones. Although we never loved their larger carat sizes, they were really beautiful up to around 2.75 carats, then they went a bit flat. They are in the midst of updating ALL of their cuts - rounds and all fancy shapes - and are using a gem-cutting robot called the TIGER for a more precise cut and polish, so we will see what happens with those once they begin rolling them out. Amora gems are the most expensive diamond alternative we sell, and pricing may change (up is a safe assumption) as we begin to see the new cuts come to market, haven't heard any news on that as of yet. Amora gem does not come with a warranty.
JHD will steer you to the proper stone just for you - if you'd like a certain cut and carat size in a particular stone, and we don't feel that is the best, most beautiful or diamond-like version of that cut, we will tell you. Stick with us, folks, good things are a comin'...