How about Moissanite? The moissanite I’ve seen - admittedly not
much, because at this point even moissanite is priced 'way beyond my
means - has MUCH more sparkle and attraction than any diamond I’ve
ever seen. And yes, I’ve seen the Very Expensive supposedly High
Quality diamonds in places like Tiffany’s in New York, and in various
Expensivo shops and boutiques along the Magnificent Mile in Chicago.
I wasn’t always poverty-stricken.
I’ve also been wondering about how fragile (or not) moissanite is.
I’ve been told by Real Jewelers that setting diamonds can be tricky,
that they’ve had them split or chip (I may not be using the correct
terminology) if you apply just a bit too much pressure when setting.
It seems they’re not as indestructable as one might think… I’ve
been told that emeralds and rubies can be difficult to set without
damaging them, too. I have little experience setting stones, and
certainly none with expensive stones.
When I say that I'm "not partial to them" I mean that I'm not
inclined to favor them over another. I don't hate or even dislike
them, only the greasy marketing hype that has been supported by a
lot of the industry.
I don’t care for diamonds (as I’ve repeatedly said, VBG) but if I
seem actually averse to them, I’d have to say its the sense I have
from the pimping ad campaigns that we’re only worth the rocks our
johns buy for us.
That ad with the woman who can’t be bothered to say anything nice to
her SGO until he reaches into his pocket and hands her the rock
keeps flashing back to my mind every single time I see a diamond -
and its not a pleasant connotation.
As for colored diamonds, the few I’ve ever seen I like better than
the colorless, but again they’re so expensive that I prefer other
colored stones. I’ve not had the chance to do a lot of side-by-side
comparison, but I can’t tell a significant difference between a blue
diamond and any other good quality blue cut stone of approximately
the same hue.
And you know, under strong lights, there may appear to be some
difference - but that’s not the kind of lighting you’re going to be
in when you actually wear the thing in public. Its typical usage
conditions that count.
Somebody else said:
And that is what we are selling as jewelers--the meaning behind
the ring, not just the ring itself.
See, that’s the thing. I don’t connect to the whole “meaning of a
diamond” thing. The whole thing was created and promoted, reaching
the hype-height sometime in the 50’s and 60’s. It has nothing to do
with tradition, it’s marketing hype that was created mostly in my
lifetime, and sleazy marketing hype at that.
So if someone happens to find some meaning in a piece of jewelart
that I make and sell (boy, am I getting ahead of myself, I’m still
trying to relearn soldering, but anyway…) well and good. But its
a good bet that the “meaning behind the (whatever)” that they
experience is unlikely to be the same as what I or someone else may
feel or see in that particular piece.
And that’s ok. Everybody’s got their own worldview, and whenever
there’s an intersection, even for just a split second of the small
amount of time we have on this earth, well, that’s a wonderful thing
in and of itself.
It would be ludicrous to require conformity on top of the miracle of
connection that every such juxtaposition represents…
.... If I ever feel that I have to trade a diamond for what
should be unconditional, I'll get a puppy and live in a cave,
somewhere. But I'll need an alcohol lamp and blowpipe.
C’mon, James, you’ll need an internet connection, too - we’d miss