Sunday, December 23, 2012

Diamonius Simulated Diamond Jewelry

Who doesn't love the pretty? And when the pretty sparkles? So much the better for this girl! I was approached earlier this month to review a couple of simulated diamond rings from Diamonius. I hadn't heard of this company before, so I had a look around their website to see what they were all about before I committed. What I saw impressed me, both in terms of the jewelry pictured and the company's philosophy and practices.

The Company

"Every woman should have the opportunity to own extraordinary jewelry that is conflict-free, and has no negative environmental, economic or humanitarian effects. Diamonius’ philosophy is to provide all women with their dream jewelry at an affordable price without compromising luxury or elegance. We enable fashionistas to wear $150-$200 rings that look visually identical to $2000-$8000 rings. 
Diamonius uses only the highest quality lab-created diamond simulants as substitutes for naturally mined diamonds. Diamonius diamond simulants truly capture all the brilliance and luxury of mined diamonds. Our Diamonius diamond simulants will not fade, discolor or cloud. Our diamond simulants are colorless and flawless. Diamonius diamond simulants are visually indistinguishable from a mined diamond except by specialized gemologist equipment."

The Rings 

I received the Adrianna and Cheryl designs, pictured below. They are both stunning pieces and were very difficult to photograph simply because they sparkle so much. Adrianna is my favourite of the two, maybe because it has the three gems, but mostly because the visual weight of the ring looks great on my finger. I tend to prefer chunkier designs. The Cheryl is exquisite and very delicate. It would be great for a slender finger or anyone who prefers a simpler design in their jewelry.


How pretty is that on my hand??
I've been wearing this ring since it arrived. I love it and have gotten so many compliments. It catches the light beautifully and it certainly looks and acts like diamonds as far as I can see. I have been comparing it to the diamond in my engagement ring (nearly flawless, perfect cut, excellent colour) and it is really hard to tell the difference. Other than size of course. Because these are simulated diamonds, the rings are very affordable, and you get much bigger gems for your money. Both the Adrianna and Cheryl retail for $179.99 Cdn (although they are on sale for $134.99 right now). I won't even tell you how that compares to my real diamond's cost!

Also, because these simulated diamonds were created in a lab, they are essentially perfect. Why create a gem that is less than the ideal colour, clarity, cut or carat? You won't find inclusions in these simulants - they are rated FL (flawless) and all of the non-coloured simulants are rated D for colour (perfect). Of course, Diamonius doesn't restrict itself to colourless diamonds - I found beautiful purple and canary simulants on the site as well, and other gem colours are available.

The packaging Diamonius uses is of a very high quality, and lovely as well. These are very sturdy hinged boxes with a sueded lining on the outer shell. Very impressive for gifting.

And if you are looking for something other than rings, Diamonius also carries earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. As part of their conflict-free philosophy, the company donates 2.5% of every sale to orphans in Sierra Leone, a country that has been greatly affected by the negative side of diamond mining.

A Gift for You

Diamonius is offering a special discount code for my readers - enter the code Ice30 to receive $30 off your order at Canadian orders ship from Canada, and US or UK orders ship from the US. Shipping is always free, and Diamonius has a hassle-free returns policy. If you are not 100% satisfied, you can return your purchase within 30 days for a refund (minus a $22 restocking fee).

A Giveaway

And, for one lucky reader, we have a $150 e-voucher to use for your Diamonius purchase! Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EST, January 6, 2013. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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