Tavalite vs. the Mystic Nirvana Thin Film

Tavalite and Mystic Fire topaz have coatings that give them an unnatural but attractive iridescence. Tavalite, which has a coating developed by Deposition Sciences Inc. (DSI), Santa Rosa, Calif., was introduced to the industry in Tucson in 1994 by Lee Pierce, then consumer products manager for DSI. Pierce is now founder of Tavalite Enterprises of Sonoma (TEOS), the exclusive worldwide distributor of Tavalite. Mystic Fire topaz is produced by Azotic Coating Technology, Rochester, Minn. There's one distinct difference between Tavalite brand gemstones (which include topaz, cubic zirconia, and rock crystal spheres) and Mystic Fire topaz. According to their patents, Tavalite's thin film coating coats all exterior surfaces, but the Mystic Fire topaz coating is allowed only on the pavilion or the crown—not both. The easiest way to tell them apart is to look at the gems' colors. "Tavalit

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