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Strontium Titanate


A man-made diamond simulant also known as Fabulite, Diagem, Marvelite, Jewelite, and other trade names.

Strontium Titanate

Strontium Titanate:A faceted strontium titanate showing its very strong "fire" or "dispersion." Light that enters the stone is separated into its component colors, similar to a prism, and exits the stone in a scintillation of color. This stone is a 6-millimeter round weighing about 1.25 carats. The stone has a slightly purple body color that provides contrast to the dispersion.


What is Strontium Titanate?

Strontium Titanate is a man-made material with a chemical composition of SrTiO3. It grabbed public attention in the early 1950s as a diamond simulant - a material that has an appearance that is very much likediamondbut has a different composition and/or crystal structure.

When cut and polished like a diamond, strontium titanate has a very similar luster, brilliance, and scintillation. However, strontium titanate has a "fire" that greatly exceeds the fire of a diamond. "Fire" is the ability of a gem to act as a prism and separate light passing through it into a rainbow of colors. The fire of strontium titanate is so strong that it immediately surprises the observer.

dispersion

A demonstration of dispersion:White light is separated into its component colors while passing through a prism. The "fire" of faceted stones like diamond and strontium titanate is produced by dispersion. NASA Image.

The Rise and Decline of Strontium Titanate

The impressive fire of strontium titanate made the stone a rapid success in the jewelry trade. People loved the intense fire and the lower price compared to diamond, and many purchased strontium titanate instead of diamond. Many people bought it just because they loved its appearance.

Savvy merchants invented exotic trade names for strontium titanate such as "Fabulite," "Diagem," "Marvelite," "Dynagem," and "Jewelite." The name "strontium titanate" was hard to remember and resembled the name of a "chemical." The trade names inspired a vision of beautiful stones and were easy for consumers to remember.

Between the early 1950s and the early 1970s, Fabulite, Diagem, and the other strontium titanate brands were popular sellers. Then, many people who purchased strontium titanate jewelry and wore it regularly began to notice that their stones were showing signs of wear. The facet faces were often scratched, and facet edges were often nicked and chipped. A material with aMohs hardnessof 5.5 does not stand up to wear like diamond with a hardness of 10, or

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