We’ve had quite the lively conversation about simulated diamonds, and I’m so happy people are reading and responding to this blog.  Once it was determined that Diamond Nexus Labs was really a slick marketing campaign for high quality Cubic Zirconia, I noticed that several people had written on related tangents, and I thought one deserved further observation and discussion.  That would be about Moissanite. 

 I was reading about diamonds at http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~eps2/wisc/Lect6.html, and I came across this comment: 

 “Another diamond simulant, synthetic moissanite (Silicon carbide or carborundum) was introduced to the jewelry market in 1998; manufactured by C3 Inc. and Cree Research. It has become the gold standard for diamond simulants in the last few years.”

In a previous posting, I did say that Moissanite can have disco-ball effects.  I found this site about moissanite:   http://www.articlecity.com/articles/women/article_923.shtml, and this article mentions it in greater detail.

This site says that Moissanite suffers from ‘dispersion’,:  “Moissanite has a dispersive power nearly 2.5 times greater than that of diamond. This creates what’s known as the “disco-ball” effect. Some think that this excess fire is beautiful; others think it cheap and fake looking.”  I might have been to this site before, which is where I got that idea.  

However, take that article with a grain of salt, as the Diamond Nexus Labs website is cited three times.  The first site said moissanite the best of the diamond simulants. Because it comes from an educational source, I do tend to give it more credibility.  Again, that’s just my opinion.

What do you think?  Should people start checking out this simulated diamond?  Have you purchased Moissanite?  Have you been able to compare it with a diamond?  Let me know what your thoughts are…