Looking Beyond the Diamond Sparkle

Diamonds are Dazzling! 

10.07.08

The fire and brilliance that radiates from them is unparalleled by any other gemstone.

This fact alone makes them the most popular gem worldwide for engagement rings and jewellery as well as investment purposes. So, what is it that gives them this addictive, lucrative power? Diamond, as we know, is the hardest material known to man. This factor, combined with its high refractice index and its dispersion qualities lends it to be so full of fire.

Whilst on a Diamond Grading Course with the Gemmological Association in Australia (GAA) I got to inspect and compare polished diamonds with moissanites and cubic zirconias. Bill Sechos, our tutor, asked us to look at the three stones (diamond, cz and moissanite) and try to distinguish between the three of them. The difference between the cubic zirconia and the diamond leapt out, but identifying the moissanite from the diamond was the trickiest.

Moissanite is a "synthetic gem quality silicon carbide" that was created in the late 90's. It has fooled many a jeweller with its likeness to the diamond when seen with the naked eye. However, what I would like to discuss is the actual difference in substance of these two materials.

You may ask why spend the extra thousands of dollars when you can get a stone that has great sparkle at a fraction of the cost and looks just like a diamond?

The moissanite material itself is what you call double refractive; so when looking at it you see a drunken doubling effect of the facets. This factor lessens its fire, and light can't bounce out of the stone as it would through a diamond. When looking into the stone with a loupe (even without a loupe you can see it) the actual moissanite substance appears thicker and less transparent than that of a diamond.

So, looking into a diamond beyond the facet faces, you can actually lose yourself in the depth of the material. The substance of the stone is so light and transparent that a well cut round brilliant will blow you away with its brilliance - you will never look back and the idea of replacing diamond with synthetic will be a distant "what was I thinking!" memory.

When designing diamond jewellery, you want to do as much as you can to highlight the stone and emphasize its sparkle and size. The setting of the diamond is extremely important as this will either hide or showcase the stone.

princess cut and round brilliant diamond engagement rings, from Alice Herald's designer collections

Princess Cut Round Brilliant Diamond Engagement Rings 

These princess cut and round brilliant diamonds in their setting let the light in above and beneath the stone so enabling the brilliance of the stone to radiate out. You can also see the transparent clarity of the diamond material, which is in stark contrast to the thick doubling substance of moissanite. The attraction and beauty of the diamond is far higher than that of moissanite.

There is no other stone than a diamond that will give you that pure, rare, radiant beauty.

Diamonds are Still Popular for Engagements

As a culture, we have been buying diamonds for the reason of engagement since the 1400s. The diamond has become the symbol for the act of engagement. The use of other gemstones may come and go in the present fashion and trends, but the diamond will always stick as the chosen stone to represent a couple's love and promise.

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