Fire and Brilliance Moissanite and Lab-Created Engagement Rings

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Michael & Allison

Q: When did you first meet and how?

A: Michael and I first met when we were in our late-teens. We worked together at a grocery store; I worked in the floral department and he would constantly come over and ask me to teach him how to make flower arrangements. We would spend a lot of time together at work and eventually carried our friendship outside of work. After years of being friends, he finally ‘made a move!’ A few more years later, we are happily engaged!

Q: What about the design made you choose this ring to be the one?

A: I had been looking at engagement rings long before we got engaged. I knew exactly what I wanted, and I was sure to always show him ;) I found Fire & Brilliance when I was researching about Moissanite and completely fell in love with the company’s work! I wanted a ring that was timeless but special. I absolutely loved all the rings I saw with diamond prongs and knew that was the special twist I wanted.

After showing Michael time and time again, he obviously got the hint! He had my ring custom made to fit every detail I wanted! He also added his own touches. He liked six-pronged claw prongs, which is something I was hesitant about. But the more I saw, the more I loved it. He had them make my ring with six claw prongs and I now think it is the most beautiful way to hold a stone. It is perfect in every way and I am completely obsessed with it. Not an hour goes by where I’m not memorized by its beauty.

Q: In each your own words, can you describe what the days leading up to the proposal were like? Can you tell us about the proposal? (Feel free to be as detailed as possible!)

A: The days leading up to the proposal involved planning our annual Big Bear vacation. We go to Big Bear every winter in hopes of spending some time in the snow. This year, we didn’t make it up until spring, but we somehow lucked out and got some snow the first day there! We spent our first day relaxing by the fireplace and enjoying the snowfall. The next morning, after the fresh snow, we went on a hike in the mountains. We hiked quite a bit, and eventually stumbled upon a fallen down tree.

Michael suggested carving our names into the tree, which I happily agreed to. Shortly after, he changed his mind and told me he was going to carve something that I couldn’t see. I turned around and spent my time making a snowman and listening to him complain about how hard it is to carve letters into a tree. When he was done, he covered my eyes and walked me over. When he uncovered my eyes, I saw “Will you marry me?” carved into the tree. I turned around and he was down on one knee. I didn’t even give him enough time to verbally ask me to marry him before I said yes. It was perfect. We spent the day celebrating in town and receiving free drinks from everyone we told!

Q: How was your overall experience with Fire & Brilliance?

Our experience was perfect. The ring design was amazing and so was their customer service. They always replied to our emails quickly. Their shipping was very quick and discrete. They packaged the ring inside of a large box to disguise its value, and also required a signature upon delivery (to ensure your ring isn’t just sitting outside for anyone to take!). I will definitely be getting my wedding band through Fire & Brilliance as well!

Q: Lastly, we wanted to ask something of each our clients to be featured a question that is unique to their story.

What is your favorite quirk about each other?

A: I love everything about Michael. He has so many little quirks that drive me crazy but make my heart melt at the same time. From his forgetfulness to his cuddliness, I adore everything about him! He is my best friend and I love spending every moment with him.


Q: How did you first hear of Fire & Brilliance?

A: I first heard about Fire & Brilliance through Instagram. I quickly fell in love with their simple and beautiful aesthetic that helped feature the beauty of Moissanite.

Q: What about the design made you choose this ring to be the one?

A: I wanted something timeless. The simple solitaire diamond is classic and timeless. I also loved a little more sparkle that the ICE collection had. It's the best of both worlds with SO much sparkle.

Q: For what occasion did you make this purchase? Please be as detailed as possible.

A: My husband and I have been married for six years. I wanted to "upgrade" my wedding ring and I was able to by purchasing such a cost friendly and gorgeous ring. I have been wanting a ring from F&B for about three years now and decided just to go for it and make the purchase. One of the best decisions and purchases I have ever made.


Q: How was your overall experience with us?

A: F&B made sure the ring I wanted was perfect for me. They were so helpful and patient with all of my wants and requirements that I was wanting for my ring. They went above and beyond in their customer services and their craftsmanship in their ring.

Q: What would you say are the top 3 things to consider when purchasing jewelry?

A: If you are wanting the most bang for your buck, don't think twice. Go moissanite! The quality by Charles & Colvard is exquisite. It shows with the spark and craftsmanship.

I had already been married and had a real diamond. I wanted an upgrade; this company creates such a timeless look with moissanite. I can't tell you how many times I've looked down at my ring and smiled because this ring is exactly what I have always been wanting. F&B made that possible.

When purchasing jewelry I look at their website, I look at their images on social media. I look for videos. As soon as I saw F&B images and videos their clean and classic aesthetic was EXACTLY what I was looking for!

Thank you F&B for EVERYTHING! I could never thank you enough. You were incredible to work with and recently one of my friends is considering engagement and I've sent her your info. You guys are incredible. Keep up the amazing work!


Q: When did you first meet and how?

A: Actually, we knew each other from high school as he was 2 grades behind me, but we were not interested in one another back then. After high school, we went our separate ways and reconnected at a restaurant/bar hangout about 4 years ago as we met up with mutual friends we had in common.

Q: What about the design made you choose this ring to be the one?

A: I wanted something classic and timeless so 30 years from now I would not be saying, "What was I thinking?" when I chose the design.

Q: In each your own words, can you describe what the days leading up to the proposal were like? Can you tell us about the proposal?

A: Well, I know he was going to ask, just did not know I felt a little anxious because I wanted to know when. We went out to dinner on a Friday evening as we normally do and when we got to the restaurant, he asked me to get his wallet in the glove compartment and when I opened it I saw the box with the ring. He said, "I want to spend the rest of my life with you." I immediately said, "yes" and the rest is, like we say, history.

Q: How was your overall experience with Fire & Brilliance?

A: It was superb. Michael was extremely helpful as I had a ton of questions and I am really happy with my rings.

Q: What does your partner do to make you smile?

A: He is such a funny guy, he is always making me laugh with a joke or a story, but mostly it is because he can do impressions of people really well. Like without any practice, impromptu if you will and that always makes me laugh. Even if I am having a bad day it always puts a smile on my face.


Q: How did you first hear of Fire & Brilliance?  

A: I stumbled upon the store website while doing moissanite gem research on the internet, as the online store has reviews on Etsy, other jewelry forums, and wedding blogs.

Q: What made you choose Moissanite and what are your thoughts on the diamond alternative?

A: I didn't set out to look for moissanite, but did want an alternative gem. While doing research, I discovered many types of alternatives and found that moissanite wasn't just an diamond alternative, but belonged to a rather precious and beautiful gem category all to its own. I also appreciated the fact that the gem was manufactured ethically; pricing was extremely affordable and the gem was exquisite. I honestly think anyone would be proud to say that the ring that they were wearing had a gorgeous moissanite stone.

Q: How was your overall experience with us?

A: I honestly felt that I received exceptional customer service, where the representatives were focused on customer satisfaction, paid attention to the information I provided and conveyed professionalism throughout their points of contact with me.

Q: What advice would you give our followers about how to choose their stone?

A: When I got married 13 years ago, technology and discoveries were not as advanced and the diamond company's marketing campaign was very good at deceiving and preventing alternatives gems from entering the commercial market competitively for all consumers. And coming from a mixed Asian background, my family demanded that my ring had to be a certain stone size, my husband and I saved money together (as I felt it was unfair to expect him to pay for stupidly big stone all by himself because of my family's expectation). We could have taken the money we spent on the diamond and utilized it better. But nonetheless, we did buy the stupidly expensive stone and did not spend much on the ring setting. Hence, I would advise couples to invest a bit more on the right ring setting, as that is what you will be looking at and go with a moissanite stone. Honestly, with all various moissanite cuts that showcase how majestic the stones are, the possibility of choosing the right stone to fit in that perfect ring setting is definitely in the client's favour.


Q: When did you first meet and how?

A: We first met 4 years ago. My ex had left me about a week before and my roommate/best friend dragged me out to a local bar on the water. I saw this extremely tall and handsome man across the room and asked who it was. Turns out it was my roomie's little brother's good friend from high school! I went over and introduced myself, but that's all. We later bumped into each other and he offered to buy me a drink–even though my glass was completely full! Later on in the night, my roomie pulled her normal "after-party at our place!" so he and his friend stopped over.

This shy and incredibly handsome man just stood in the corner the entire night laughing as my friends and I socialized. As he was leaving, I asked if he wanted my number (even tho I already added him on social media). When I finally laid down in bed he had messaged me, and we texted the entire night, flirting back and forth, and have not stopped talking since then. We went on our first date a few days later (which lasted 16 hours! Zoo, lunch, then movies... we couldn't get enough of each other's company)!

Q: What about the design made you choose this ring to be the one?

A: The design on this ring is absolutely perfect for me! My middle name is Rose–so I am obsessed with anything flowers. I was looking for something that looked slightly floral, but not over the top (which this halo offers). I also like antique looking rings, and the band (on the engagement ring) offers this delicate little touch. Plus, my name is Samantha, and the ring is called Samantha... a total sign it was meant to be!

Q: In each your own words, can you describe what the days leading up to the proposal were like? Can you tell us about the proposal?

A: Days leading up to the proposal were completely normal! We had planned to go to the Zoo (which we do once a year around our anniversary). This being our 5th time, I was excited my favorite animal (sloth) had moved locations and had a brand new home for us to see. It was pouring rain that morning, but that didn't stop us from spending a day together. I wore my rain coat, while he carried an umbrella- this rain just meant less of a crowd and more time for just us. He mentioned starting at the back of the zoo this time, to go see the sloth first, since everyone was rushing into the very first 2 indoor exhibits to get out of the rain, i thought this was a great idea!

Little did I know, he had a plan- he wasn't the slightest bit nervous or off! We took a selfie with the sloth, then he wanted to take a picture of me staring at it happily. So I did, and when I turned around he was on one knee, with a photographer snapping the moment. It was perfect! The photographer went around with us to different spots at the zoo and took pictures (my hair was ruined from the rain, make up gone from tears, not the best outfit)... but that is what makes these pictures the best.

Q: How your overall experience with Fire & Brilliance? 

A: Our overall experience with F&B has been great! I emailed a couple times, asking for details about the warranty, and payment options for my boyfriend because I was trying to hand him ALL the information he needed, to buy the ring sooner lol. I knew I didn't want a real diamond (conflict-free), and we are about to start a family/house hunting, so saving a little extra money on an item was perfect for us! He could have given me a paper clip for a ring and I would have been the happiest woman in the world, but I'll be honest- this is MUCH better and prettier (he even went bigger on the center stone then I originally wantedno complaints here).

Lastly, we wanted to ask something of each our clients to be featured a question that is unique to their story.

Q: What is the best way to resolve an argument?

A: The best way to resolve an argument is to give each other space. My fiance prefers to solve things instantly and talk it over, but I need time to cool down. I would never want to use my words to hurt him, but in the heat of the moment we can say things we don't mean. So he learned to let me cool down. When we do talk about the issue, we try and laugh at the situation. If someone pronounces a word wrong, or gets tongue tied, we just laugh at each other and it lightens the mood. After fights we always agree to do better in the future, because we can't imagine life without each other and an argument taking over our happy times.

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