Fire and Brilliance Moissanite and Lab-Created Engagement Rings

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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.

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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)!

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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!

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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.

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Q: How your overall experience with Fire & Brilliance? 

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).

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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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Q: When did you first meet and how?

A: A couple years after I was out of high school he went on a couple dates with my best friend. We had never met or talked but I friend requested him on Facebook anyways, he accepted. We finally had our first conversation 5 years later after he liked one of the pictures I posted. He was very shy and barely said anything even though we weren't face to face but he did eventually ask me out. We went fishing; I lost his hook, we didn't catch anything and were eaten alive by bugs! We gave up and went to our town beach to sit and talk. We've been inseparable since then.

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

A: My ring is a 3 carat round 6-prong rose gold solitaire ring. I absolutely love it!! I spent months on the site looking at all the ring options. I knew that I wanted my engagement ring to be bigger than any of my current rings and also to look completely different. I wanted it to stand out!

We went to Jared's Galleria to try on the different styles I liked to see what looked good in person. I had assumed that Jared's would have a good selection since you can design your own ring there, I was wrong! I was very straight forward with the woman helping us. I told her I was getting a moissanite and I was only there to try on different styles, sizes and shapes to see what I liked best. She tried talking me out of my decision the entire time we were there and then proceeded to put us in a $10,000 ring! The only thing we got out of the appointment was that we liked a round stone better than oval. So that night I made my decision and wrote everything down for Joe.

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: Shawna - For me it was just like any other week. It was a little busier than normal, we pretty much had something going on every night except for Friday so I was more than ready to start my weekend!! I got home from work and Joe asked if I wanted to take the dog for a walk since the rain had finally stopped. There was nothing out of the usual on our walk, we talked about work and what we had planned for the weekend and threw sticks for the dog so she could go swimming in the brook. On our way back to the house, we stopped at the last bridge and I threw a stick for the dog. I remember being worried about the current being too strong. I turned around to ask Joe and he was down on one knee asking me to marry him!! My first thought was it was a joke, I had waited so long for him to ask that it didn't seem real, I was in shock. Then I saw the ring!! The rest of the weekend, I was completely worthless. I couldn't concentrate on anything, I had to answer a million questions and I couldn't stop staring at my ring, and to be honest I still can't.

Joe - I was nervous and trying to figure out how to ask. I had originally wanted to ask when we went on vacation in August but I couldn't wait that long. So we went for a walk, we approached the first bridge too soon so we kept walking and by the time we reached the last bridge I had finally convinced her to throw the dog a stick. Then I got down on one knee and the rest was a blur.

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Q: How your overall experience with Fire & Brilliance?

Amazing!!! I am so grateful that we found them! It is always a little nerve-wracking buying something so expensive online not having seen it in person, but all the reviews were wonderful and all my research on moissanite stones alone had me convinced. I don't know why anyone would want, in my opinion, an inferior stone for 10x more money. There is no comparison.

I would never have believed that I could have such a beautiful ring and have it be so affordable!! It is a dream come true. Everyone at work is talking about it, people keep coming up to me saying “everyone is talking about your ring, I have to see it”. People are so amazed at how clear and sparkly it is! Only our close friends and family know the truth, everyone else assumes we paid $15,000. I love it so much, it is gorgeous and truly timeless. I can't stop thanking my fiance for getting it for me.
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 key to a loving and lasting relationship?

A: Shawna - I think the most important aspect is to treat each other with love. No matter the moment or your feelings in the moment, your words and actions will last longer than any of those. Also communication, you cannot assume the other person knows how you feel unless you tell them, flat out, no games. Just be up front and transparent.

Joe - Be yourself. I have learned that you cannot be self-centered. You must consider the other person you are with and how they will feel. Be romantic and plan nice things for one another. When you find the one you will know.


Q: When did you first meet and how?

A: My fiancé and I met in medical school. We were both living in different states and moved to attend medical school on the East Coast. What makes our meeting so interesting is that we both were applying to medical school the year prior to when we were accepted. He was accepted to the school we attend, but deferred his attendance by another year so that he could work for one more year at his job. That same year, I chose not to submit my medical school application but just wait another year to apply. The second time I applied, I added our school on a whim, almost did not attend my interview day, but the universe was sending me a message that it had different plans for me! Right place, right timing, and the universe brought us together!

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Q: What about the design made you choose this ring to be the one?
A: We took a vacation to New York during our third-year winter vacation where we saw a beautiful cathedral that we both fell in love with. The design for the ring is inspired by the window pane of the cathedral.

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!)

Over one weekend we were celebrating his most recent accomplishment at a beautiful beach and fancy hotel. He recently won an award and was given a scholarship to attend a nice conference for surgeons. We decided to go to the conference, but mostly enjoy the sunset on the beach and wonderful scenery. As we were walking down to the beach, he became very quiet and I noticed he was walking very slowly. I decided to walk ahead of him to get my feet in the sand, but right when I turned around – there he was on one knee with my beautiful, custom designed ring in hand! Of course, he cried. But it was a beautiful and exciting moment filled with love and joy. We spend a lot of our time on the beach, so a beautiful beach proposal was fitting for our relationship.

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

A: Fantastic! I found your website about a year ago, when he first told me to start figuring out what designs I liked. I knew I wanted something simple and classy, and he knew he wanted the freedom to customize the ring. F&B was a perfect option for us because the designs are clean and unique. He contacted one other company, but he didn’t like working with them and immediately switched to F&B. The other company was also not capable of creating the beautiful basket that is on my ring.

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

Q: What defines a working, loving, and lasting relationship?

A: Honesty, open-ness and understanding. It’s easy to fall in love with someone because they buy you nice things or make you laugh, but a truly lasting relationship takes work. Getting to know the soul you’re in love with like the back of your hand, knowing what they’re feeling all the time and staying connected creates bonds that you can’t find anywhere else. Understanding one another and each other’s perspective is necessary in making a relationship work. You don’t always need to agree with each other, but to respect and understand each other’s point of view is essential. Lastly, stay young and be playful! The key to staying in the honeymoon phase is being nice to one another and keeping a youthful heart!
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