Compare Russian Brilliants®
Compare Russian Brilliants® To Moissanite and Mined Diamonds
Similar to mined diamonds, the 4Cs (Color, Clarity, Cut, Carat Weight) are also applied to all diamond substitutes. By applying the 4Cs you will be able to ascertain true value of the stone prior to making your purchase. Reputable simulated diamond dealers will allow you to preview their stone before making this important purchase. At Russian Brilliants® we invite you to preview Russian Brilliants® allowing you to compare our simulated diamonds with moissanite, other diamond substitutes and mined diamonds.
Moissanite is identifiable due to its silicon carbide content. In the manufacturing process moissanite becomes double refractive, producing a positive (sparkling) illusion in sunlight. Conversely, when exposed to incandescent or indoor lighting the stone takes on a dull center. These personality swings are greater than those seen in Russian Brilliants® and mined diamonds. Russian Brilliants® are single refractive and have more resemblance to mined diamonds which are also single refractive. Russian Brilliants® simulated diamonds have extraordinary fire and brilliance. They are D-E (colorless). There are no rainbow consequences seen in other diamonds substitutes. Some people find moissanite fine-looking, while others see the double refraction and color grades ranging from J-M (off white) a distraction that makes the stone undesirable.
Russian Brilliants® were originally developed for use in the Russian Space Optics Program. They are hand cut, faceted and polished to ideal proportions and are available in all shapes and sizes. We offer the highest rated ideal cut round shape stones, all with "hearts arrows". Our company has also perfected the first ideal cut princess diamond simulant. Unlike hand cut mined diamonds and Russian Brilliants® simulated diamonds, moissanite is machine cut (no hearts arrows). Moissanite does not have the same faceting arrangement as a mined diamond or Russian Brilliants® simulated stone adding to their less than diamond appearance. Russian Brilliants® can be hand cut to your specifications, including antique cuts. This is often done for people desiring "travel jewelry" or to duplicate a family heirloom. Russian Brilliants® specializes in creating all styles of custom jewelry.
CONCLUSION: Many agree that moissanite is a fine alternative. It offers sparkle and flash, particularly when seen outdoors. However, for a simulated gemstone that comes closest to a mined diamond, moissanite may not be the best choice. If you're looking to replicate a mined diamond then the best simulated diamond and the number one choice is Russian Brilliants®. Some jewelers have difficulty distinguishing between Russian Brilliants® and mined diamonds. The eye appeal is equivalent to the world's finest gem-quality (D-E colorless), VVS diamonds. Russian Brilliants® are convincingly the most natural looking diamond simulant.