Why would anyone pay hundreds per carat for caborundum ? "Reverend"
Ron at Mills Gem Company, Los Osos, CA.
As a fellow fundamentalist disciple of natural stones, I feel
somewhat guilty in reporting that Moissanite is not carborundum, but
in fact crystallized silicon carbide, harder than carborundum.
However, I too am amazed that anyone would pay that much for a
If the business of selling Moissanite is any indication it will
quickly (a few years?) be relegated to the ranks of other annoying
"jewels." The company has gone through name changes, changes in
corporate leadership and is facing the same struggles as other high
I am sure that you will remember, as I do, that CZ originally sold
for outrageous amounts of money before selling at a more reasonable
amount (next to nothing). I think Moissanite will go the way of
Chatham emeralds. There are still some sold but they have never
really caught on. I have worked on a few Moissanite that people have
purchased and brought to me, I am not impressed.
From the Lion’s den of Moissanite, Cary NC Larry Seiger