Building a Cheaper ‘Moiss-Trap’

When the maker of synthetic moissanite reported a brisk demand for its detectors months before the diamond simulant ever hit the market, the race was on to build a cheaper moiss-trap – particularly since the maker, C3 Inc. of Morrisville, N.C., priced its units at $525. Ceres Electronics, a Niagara Falls, N.Y., thermal tester manufacturer, has debuted its own moissanite spotter, which costs $349 but hasn’t been inspected by the Gemological Institute of America. (Ceres says it’s making arrangements for GIA to do so.) By this fall, Ceres plans to make available a combination diamond and moissanite detector that incorporates a thermal test. Meanwhile, GIA itself may enter the detector derby – it has a “visual detection device” that it could market but so far hasn’t. “We’re not sure there is a market for it yet, so we’ve just got it on the back burner,” says GIA Gem
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