As you may know, I decided to order one of the Signity Elite CZs for review.
I hope this is helpful!
First, what is a Signity Elite CZ?
as per http://www.elitecz.com
(the vendor I purchased a few rounds from);
"Welcome to Elite™ CZ - A division of Gem Odyssey: Your direct source for ideal cut diamond coated Elite™ Cubic Zirconia. We are proud to offer exclusively these premium qulaity cz to you. The entire surface of stone is coated with a thin layer of amorphous diamond vapors using state of the art technology, called CVD ( Read FAQ for more info ). This renders the CZ scratch proof and makes them durable, thus enabling us to offer you a lifetime warranty against scratch, discoloration, and loss of brilliance.
All our Elite™ Cubic Zirconia is ideal cut to exact proportions. Our round stones display 8-pointed star pattern known in the diamond industry as Hearts & Arrows effect - A hall mark of ideal cut diamonds."
Next question, what is CVD? again, as per elitecz.com
# What is CVD ?
CVD ( Carbon Vapor Deposit ) is a chemical process used to deposit invisible thin layer of carbon in a plasma chamber on the surface of CZ to make it scratch proof, durable and prevents it from discoloration. However, this does not increases the hardness of Elite™ Cubic Zirconia , which is 8.5 on Mohs scale - Yes it cuts glass."
side note here, for comparison to an Asha stone in terms of hardness/toughness, as per BTD;
"The ADT of Asha also offers additional hardness, toughness and scratch resistance; standard CZ is approx. 8.5 on the Mohs, Moissanite is 9.25 and the ADT of v5 Asha is 9.7-9.8 (note that the Asha itself is approx 9.0 since it is a combination of ADT and CZ). The ADT also offers enhanced luster and it gives the Asha the ability to handle light as a diamond does. "
So it doesn't seem that the hardness/toughness of a Signity Elite is impacted by its coating, where as by v5, an Asha was .5 harder/tougher on the Mohs scale.
What shapes are available?
On the elitecz.com website, I only saw rounds and princess cuts- again from their site
"All our Elite™ Cubic Zirconia is ideal cut to exact proportions. Our round stones display 8-pointed star pattern known in the diamond industry as Hearts & Arrows effect - A hall mark of ideal cut diamonds."
Now, correct me if I'm wrong here, but to the best of my knowledge Signity stones are machine cut- the advantage, in theory is a consistent cut that is cost effective. Asha's are a hand cut stone.
I bought 2 rounds- on 6/29 I paid 8.95 for the 6 mm and 16.95 for the 8 mm.
As per elitecz.com
"What color & clarity grade is Elite™ Cubic Zirconia compare to diamonds?
Our Elite™ Cubic Zirconia is flawless and D/E in color ( colorless ) with fine polish"
Yes, this will be a white stone, but the majority of CZ's are very near colorless, sadly, even H colored Ashas are hard to come across, so hard to hold it against them.
Now, the pics-
First, here is the packaging for the items;
I got a tracking number from USPS promptly once it had shipped, and it arrived in the padded yellow envelope pictured.
Since I only paid $2.95 for shipping, I really shouldn't expect much more- it was very similar to the way I remember receiving some interlaps.
Here is a picture of the loose 8 mm stone on the white cotton pad it was wrapped in;
Initial impressions- a good value for what I paid. It was a nice stone with good sparkle. Definitely a colorless stone as advertised- I was told it was colorless, so I won't complain, but personally, I'm not a huge fan of colorless stones since you don't see many diamonds so white.
Here is another picture with a black background- its hard to avoid the glare and get that perfect pic!
Loose on white leather box
I was able to get an okay picture of the arrows and adjusted the contrast so they were easier to see;
Here are a few comparing it to a colorless 8 mm round interlap
They seem to be very comparable stones- I'm not sure that I need any strong visual difference from the CVD, but perhaps once set it will help keep it cleaner, like an Asha (the cleaner guess is ALL speculation since I have not had it set- if you have first hand experience, feel free to let everyone know.)
Hope this helps!
Please let me know if you have any questions or requests for other pictures!