Just in time for Valentine’s Day… If you can’t afford diamonds, consider what may turn out to be the next best thing: Moissanite. First discovered in a meteorite crater in Arizona, Moissanite has the fire, luster and brilliance of a diamond, and it’s nearly as hard. While I’ve never seen it in person, Moissanite apparently lacks the ‘glassy’ appearance of cubic zirconia. So where (other than that Arizona crater) does it come from? It’s actually extremely rare to find it in nature, but a North Carolina company discovered (and patented) a process for growing it in the lab. The end result is a diamond look-alike that can be had for 1/10 the cost.