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  1. Matt, Thank-you for the info and link. I did take a look at the article and the author its actually talking in regards to how the simulants use the terms and not really in relation to the difference between a non-coated and coated stone. The companies who do coat the stones normally have technical backing and tests to show that these coatings do actually exist on the stone and resist the elements. I am sure having a coated layering on my DymondIX stone must give it benefits than one that doesn't have a coating. Besides the obvious color difference, I did notice that the stone was less porous and my hair products did not leave a film on the stone. It was much easier to wipe off...etc. I believe this is the same type (but not exact) technology used with coating metals and other products for less friction. I'd have to keep reading to make sure jginane, good intuition! I use my quorri ring when abroad and in places that I would rather not be wearing my expensive rings. It also has to look genuine as I am particular on the jewellery I wear. But, I do know some others that truly cant afford a diamond, so the next best thing is a simulant. There is nothing wrong with that and as long as she knows about it, all is good.
  2. Hi rachelb810, I have actually owned quite a number of simulants as well as both the Diamond Nexus signature series and the Russian Brilliant. They are both very similar in brilliance and the cut is good to very-good in quality. However, I did not like the color (both very white D) and the fact that over time they did wear on the edges of the stone. I also do agree with the moissanite as being a bit too flashy and does not exactly sparkle like a nicely cut diamond. I wasn't a fan of the greenish hue either (I-K), but I believe they do have a new near colorless version (G/H), but I have yet to see it. I currently own a Quorri DymondIX (dual coated) and PureDiamond (100% carbon stone). I do prefer the DymondIX as the coating gives the stone a more realistic E/F color and adds wear resistance. how much exactly, I am not sure, but so far the stone has withstood some decent daily wear for that last year without an issue. In comparison, You do pay a premium for the coating, but I guess I feel better knowing its there and again, the look is a lot nicer with it. I also noticed that the cutting on the DymondIX was much better with the cleaner cut facets. I am not sure if the Russian Brilliant stones and Nexus stones are machine cut or cut by hand. It doesn't really say on their website. You will have to inquire. Either way, its up to the look your after and really how you can afford to spend. Simulants are very affordable but your expectations should not be too great as the thousands in savings are offset by hardness. The pure carbon lab diamond I own is spectacular, but not cheap. It was around 30% less than a diamond in its equivalent spec range ($5600 vs $7400) which is still a premium to pay for a loose stone. In the end, look at what the company offers, if the stones are coated, how they are made, their policies and of course BBB record (you can tell a lot about a company just from the complaints or lack of complaints they have). Good luck!
  3. I recently purchased a synthetic diamond from Quorri (their PureDiamond stone that is 100% carbon, 10mohs, using HTHP). This diamond is graded by GIA and it is simply beautiful and the quality and sparkle is incredible. Not to be confused with their DymondIX that is a diamond coated stone (89% carbon layer). The DymondIX is also really nice (I own a pair of earrings made with these stones), but the hardness is 9.1 and these stones are considered simulants. My only thought after purchasing the PureDiamond (man-made diamond), is if it will retain its value at a similar value rate as a mined diamond? They are still grown and quite rare in the larger sizes and colorless quality, but still not as rare when found from the earth. I am wondering if these cultured stones lose the same value as diamonds when you try to sell them? At a savings around 50% in comparison to the price of a mined diamond do you in the long run lose a large percentage of value or do they possibly hold their value better? Thes stones are still fairly new to the market in the larger colorless range and I have not seen any type of informaton available. Curious to see what everyone elses thoughts are on this....
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