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Fire is ability of stone to break light down into itís component colors and is also affected by cut. ďFireĒ can be seen as color coming out of stone.
Luster is amount of light reflected back from surface of stone.
Moissanite, for example, outperforms diamond in brilliance, fire and luster and is only very slightly lower on hardness scale. In fact a special piece of testing equipment had to be designed so that jewellers could tell moissanite from diamond as so many were unable to.
And, of course, moissanite is much cheaper than diamonds. And if most jewellers cannot tell it apart from diamonds, could you?
There are a range of different processes used to produce a stone which is a good diamond alternative. Most produce fine quality stones which produce stunning quality jewelry which any woman would be proud to wear.
Moissanite is not strictly a man made diamond though, as it is, in fact, naturally occurring. Unfortunately it doesnít occur in sufficient quantities to be commercially viable for mining. But technology has come to rescue by devising a method of producing high quality crystals.
Our preference for best alternative to diamonds? Moissanite. A fine jewelry stone which will make a stunning engagement ring, or other jewelry piece. And you can buy moissanite wedding jewelry at a fraction of price of diamond wedding jewelry.
And when kids come along, buy them something extra from us from money youíve saved.
Find out more about Moissanite as well as Moissanite engagement rings, moissanite bridal rings and moissanite stones at Peter's website, The Magic of Moissanite. © 2005 Peter Crump.