- 5 years ago
Two weeks ago, my SO and I ordered a 1ct IF F-colored Amora Gem. Our order is currently listed as “in setting.” I keep checking back every day for updates!
What kept us from choosing a Diamond?
Well, firstly, diamonds are unnecessarily expensive. Contrary to belief, they’re not rare. In fact, current supply overwhelmingly exceeds demand. In normal Keynesian economics, this would result in incredibly low prices. However, DeBeers usurps this by monopolizing the rough stone market, thereby inflating the price of diamonds through regulating their personal supply. Should they chose to flood the market with all of their available stock, diamonds would be worth almost nothing. This isn’t likely to happen, but it makes you wonder what you’re buying when the only reason the diamond on your finger is worth anything is because of a farcical- and recently ruled illegal price-fixing conspiracy. For reference, in 2004’s Federal District Court of Columbus Ohio vs De Beers, De Beers plead guilty to illegally price fixing industrial diamonds. And you really think they’re not price fixing personal diamonds as well? “The intent of price fixing may be to push the price of a product as high as possible, leading to profits for all sellers but may also have the goal to fix, peg, discount, or stabilize prices.” We didn’t want to pay an exorbitant price for something realistically worth very little.
Secondly, the optical properties of the Amora Gem far exceed those of a Diamond. I think these numbers speak for themselves:
Brilliance: AG= 2.71, D= 2.42
Fire: AG= 0.104, D= 0.044
Luster: AG= 22%, D= 17.20%
Toughness: AG= Excellent, D= Good
Hardness: AG= 9.3, D= 10
Clarity: AG= VS-IF, D= I3-Flawless
Color: AG= D-F, D= Varies
Quality of Cut: AG= Ideal, D= Varies
Attraction to Dirt/Oil: AG= Very Low, D= Moderate
Heat Resistance: AG= Very High, D= High
What about the Amora Gem’s Sister Stone Moissanite?
We initially looked at and were very excited by Moissanite. As a chemist, my SO loved its rich history, the fact that it could be so easily synthesized in the lab, and its phenomenal optical properties. Our only concern, though, was with its coloration. I know that there are various enhancements that can be made to the stone to minimize this effect, but it inherently possesses a band gap below what is required to be truly colorless and will therefore always absorb some degree of blue light, skewing the light returning to your eye as tinting. (To be truly colorless, a material must bond its electrons at 3.1 Electron volts or higher. Moissanite bonds its electrons at just under 3.1, 3.0. This explains the slight tinting.) My SO and I are very color sensitive and much prefer whiter stones to those that are warmer. Thus, and sadly for us, Moissanite was out.
What made us choose an Amora Gem?
Hands down, the specs of the Amora Gem motivated us to purchase the stone. It had all the qualities that we loved in Moissanite without the warmth. The Amora Gem binds its electrons at 3.3 Electron volts, higher than the required 3.1, and is consequently truly colorless. Additionally, because Amora GEM has a tighter atomic packing sequence and a higher band gap than Moissanite, it is better able to slow down light and hence is also shows more brilliance.
Our decision was helped too by the fact that the price was incredibly affordable. We paid $599/ct + $50 IF premium, for a total of $649 for the stone. Including the setting, our ring order came to a grand total of $1,287.
So, now all that’s left is to eagerly await my beautiful F-colored, IF, H&A Cut, 1ct Amora Gem ring! I’ll be sure to update with pics as soon as it arrives!