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enigmahack826 karma

Thoughts on moissanite? My wife has a moissanite ring because she is heavily against DeBeers, the artificial scarcity of diamonds, blood diamonds, and so-on.

Is what you're doing similar? How are ADA Diamonds different?

enigmahack194 karma

That... That is incredibly insightful! Thanks for that! We definitely preferred the much higher refraction/reflection/colors in the moissanite we got, but that definitely explains clearly the difference. And yes - obviously different cuts have different dispersion too.

enigmahack83 karma

Thanks - that was my thought as well. /u/DemIce explained to me the following:

Not OP, but your last question is an easy one: Moissanite is not diamond at all; it's silicon carbide.

OP's diamonds are actually diamond (carbon in a particular lattice).

They have fairly different optical properties. Personally I prefer Moissanite due to its greater dispersion, but a lot is going to depend on the cut anyway.

That still doesn't explain OP's dislike for moissanite, but it could simply come down to preference or authenticity since it's technically still a diamond where moissanite isn't.

enigmahack52 karma

Welcome fellow cuber!

My fastest is 9.97 seconds, but my average floats around 16-17 seconds. I'm slowly working towards breaking the sub-15 barrier but having a lot of issues between the cross and F2L - What kinds of things did you practice to smooth the transition between those steps?

My F2L lookahead is pretty good and then my OLL/PLL execution stinks. I know that's something I need to speed up, but wanted to get your opinion on that transition. (I.e; How often do you do x-cross or do you always have your first F2L pair in mind when solving the cross? Also, are you color neutral?)

enigmahack13 karma

This is exactly one of the (many) reasons we chose moissanite; It looks more brilliant and looks cleaner. Sometimes it could be the setting, the type of moissanite (not all moissanite is created equal), or other factors.