Hey Guys I was lucky enough to go see Diamonnas for myself this past weekend actually. My boyfriend and I drove from Pasadena California to Ashland Oregon just to see them in person and compare the new Diamonnas to Amora and diamond. I was planning to write a long post on the sims forum but I figure I can start posting the pictures I got here now.
First off, Ashland Oregon is an incredibly cute town and we had a blast walking through the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. If you've never been I would highly recommend visiting for all of the charms of the town and the cool outdoors stuff Oregon has to offer. We are definitely going back to see Crater Lake!
I have been in contact with Ron from Gold&Gems for about 6 months and was waiting patiently for an Amora during that time. Ron had designed a custom ring for us and completed the setting so we were just hanging out waiting for the right Amora. Ron contacted us about Diamonna last week because he wanted to make sure that we had a chance to consider it instead of Amora because of how long we had been waiting. Because I am a very skeptical person and I have felt weird about making a gem purchase online from the start, I called Ron and talked to him about this new option. He made it sound like a valid option but I insisted that I wanted to check them out in person. We arranged to travel to Ashland and Ron was incredibly generous enough to open up his shop so that we could have a private viewing of our completed setting and finally compare silicon carbide gems to diamond!
At Gold&Gems, we compared several Diamonna gems to diamond and a cushion Amora Ultra - (all around 2ct E, F color / VVS1 & VVS2 range). I don't remember the exact C's of the diamond but It was honestly garbage compared to the Diamonna and Amora. I have seen much nicer diamonds at lower carats but I didn't feel like seeing a D,IF diamond would have changed my opinion of the silicon carbide gems I saw that day. I found that the double-refractivity of the silicon carbide was a lot less noticeable that I had anticipated.
The biggest difference between the Diamonna and the Amora were the arrows. The arrows in the Diamonna are very subtle and very similar to a hearts and arrows diamond. The arrows in the Amora were much darker, thicker and much more conspicuous than in the diamond.
I also saw Diamonna gems in radiant, krupps, cushion and oval cuts. I really appreciated seeing the different cuts but my preference and excitement was mostly reserved for the rounds.
Ron was nice enough to let us take pictures of the gem but also through the Ideal-Scope. The pictures I've posted should speak for themselves, but I loved the silicon carbide and I found my preference to be for Diamonna over Amora. One of the things I really admire about the Diamonna brand is that my purchase helps support a family in Rwanda. Given all the hurt that them diamond mining has done, it is nice to know that some good can come from a clean gem industry.
After all was said and done we purchased the Diamonna and will be getting engaged in the coming months (boyfriend is going to try and 'surprise' me har har).
I did want to mention one thing about my experience that was just wonderful and that was Ron from Gold&Gems. Aside from a unique and beautifully crafted setting that I got to try on (squeak!); the customer service at Gold&Gems has been phenomenal. I have spoken to him collectively for over 3 hours on the phone over 6 months about our designs and re-designs, frustrations, etc. He opened his store for us on a Sunday - full stop - and spent 2 hours showing us the different Diamonnas, diamonds and Amora. The man at the helm of Diamonna is a gem of a person (pun intended) and I cannot recommend working with him enough.
I'd love to answer any questions you have about my experience and I will be posting more pictures when we get the ring!
PS: I may have issues with the pictures because I'm slowly but surely become computer illiterate ><
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