(Closed) Has anyone ever heard of Russian Brilliants?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
4802 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Never heard of it!

Is it a clear stone?  Like diamond-looking?

Post # 5
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I haven’t heard of them, but it might just be (dont quote me) a fancier type of cz. If that’s what you’re looking for then go for it, but you have to keep in mind no matter the type of cz, it will end up going cloudy. I have a 1ct enhanced moissy and I see no color in it at all. I’ve had it under all lighting, etc and it’s as clear as day which I love. I was worried about the color too, even after getting the enhancement but I dont see any color. Personally, I prefer moissy’s over cz just because it’s harder so it wont chip as easily, and I know that it wont ever change color or clarity. Sorry I couldnt help with the russian brilliants aspect, but I just thought I’d give my input 🙂

Post # 9
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Go with Moissanite, or even Asha. Russian Brilliant is horribly marked up standard CZ.

Post # 11
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I can’t find a really reliable source (a patent or something similar) which speaks for itself, I think.

I found this: http://www.diamondsourceva.com/Education/ArtificialDiamonds/diamonds-cubic-zirconia.asp

Which would support the CZ theory. Also never is there stated (on various Russian Brilliant sites) that that they are not CZ which speaks volumes too…

Just my two cents.

Edit: This seems to be an interesting source too: http://www.moissanitejewelrystore.com/russian-brilliants-information.htm

Post # 13
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

the store thats sells jewelry here says that russian stone is same with cz

Post # 14
235 posts
Helper bee

I think the Russian Blue is a coated CZ but, I don’t know.

I know Asha is a diamond coated CZ and it has some really good reviews as far as realism 🙂

Post # 15
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think you’ve already reached a verdict, but I decided to look it up and found this funny. I can’t believe how much information they’ll give out before simply naming the stone.

Their FAQ section says “Russian Brilliants® have their origins in a synthetic material first developed by the French in 1960 and later perfected by the Russian’s in 1973 for use as an optical material in their space program.”

I looked up cubic zirconia on Wikipedia and it says this in the history section: “Some of the earliest research into controlled single-crystal growth of cubic zirconia occurred in 1960s France […] Later, Soviet scientists under V. V. Osiko at the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow perfected the technique […] Their breakthrough was published in 1973…”

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