A Casual Place To Talk About Our Favorite Shiny and Sparkly Objects


Nov 13, 2008 Author: Sarah Anne | Filed under: Finding Bargains, Information, Miscellaneous Thoughts, other

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…


Feb 16, 2008 Author: Sarah Anne | Filed under: Introductions

Hello! Welcome to jewelryconversations.com! Kind of an odd title, I realize, but hopefully it will turn out to be appropriate if others join in with their thoughts, opinions, and experiences. I want this site to be one where we talk about trends, history, our favorite kinds of jewelry, jewelry sites, you name it.

Part of this thought came about after seeing the movie “Blood Diamond.” It’s a great movie, but if you can’t handle violence, then definitely do not see it. What the movie does is open up a world of forced labor and human exploitation and civil wars that have been going on for decades all because of those bright shiny things we like to call diamonds, hence the movie title.

But it’s not just about diamonds. It’s about all of those bright shiny things that we love to have, that we love to wear, and that make our lives just a little more beautiful in the process.

Right now, this site itself is kind of a work in progress, so I apologize for the look of it, but right now we’re focusing more on getting out there and focusing on the discussion of jewelry. I’m sure the site will be looking nicer as the days go by.

So thank you for stopping by, and come back often with your comments, ideas, questions, whatever. We can talk about jewelry itself, we can recommend websites (especially cool lesser-known ones), we can dispel myths, the options are endless, but it takes more than one person to make that happen, so be sure to come back often and share your ideas.

Hope to see you again soon! Sarah