Man made diamonds are perfect for couples looking for affordable, 100% conflict free and environmentally friendly engagement rings or wedding bands. Here you will find how lab diamonds measure up to real diamonds, different types of lab created diamonds and their pros and cons, the differences between simulant and synthetic diamonds, plus info that will help you to decide which diamonds are the best man made diamonds for your rings
(*If you want to see how the different types of lab created diamonds compare to real diamonds take a look at the table below).
And if you have any questions, comments, reviews or pics to share about man made diamonds and simulant or synthetic diamond rings, just use the handy comment box at the end of the page!
There are two main types of diamonds which are man made - synthetic diamonds and diamond simulants:
Simulant diamonds look similar to real diamonds, but they are
chemically and physically different from diamonds. Simulant diamonds have
been available since the 1970's in the form of cubic zirconia, and in
the past decade in the form of moissanite and Nexus simulants. Well over one hundred years ago, cut glass, zircon and white sapphires were used as diamond simulants particularly in Victorian engagement rings.
The top lab created diamond
simulants include Nexus diamonds, moissanite and cubic zirconia. In
terms of durability, Nexus diamond simulants and moissanite gemstones
are much stronger and more durable than cubic zirconia. In terms of
cost, moissanite is generally the most expensive followed by Nexus
diamonds and then cubic zirconia.
'Diamond Nexus Simulants' are made of carbon mixed with additional ingredients. These simulants are extremely durable and come with a triple lifetime guarantee.
'Cubic Zirconia Simulants'
are created from zirconium dioxide and are the least durable of all
diamond simulants, but they also come with the lowest prices.
'Moissanite Lab Created Gemstones'
are famous for their flash and fire, and these simulants are
synthesized from silicon carbide. Moissanite is an extremely strong
simulant, but comes with the highest price tag - moissanite also has its
own look which is a bit different than a diamond.
Synthetic diamonds, also known as cultured or created diamonds, HPHT diamonds, and CVD diamonds, are 'grown' in a laboratory and they have physical and chemical characteristics which are practically identical to real diamonds. (Laboratories which produce these diamonds microscopically inscribe them with a number so they cannot be identified as 'real' diamonds for insurance or reselling purposes).
Visit EWR's comprehensive page about Lab Created Diamonds to find more about synthetic diamonds and synthetic man made diamond engagement rings and wedding bands.
Man Made Diamonds Compare to Real Diamonds
|Moissanite Simulant||Medium||9.25||Yes||Slight Tint||Highest||Highest|
|Cubic Zirconia Simulant||Lowest||8.5||Yes||Yes||High||Higher|
Comparing Synthetic Diamonds to Real Diamonds
Comparing Simulant Diamonds to Real Diamonds
Shopping Tips for Man Made Diamonds
Before you purchase a lab created diamond, always check to see if the company offers a guarantee or warranty in case the diamond becomes damaged or lost.
Just like real diamonds, synthetic diamonds which
have the same exact characteristics as real diamonds should come with a
certificate preferably from a reputable laboratory like the Gemological
Institute of America (GIA) - certificates with synthetic diamonds
ensure that the diamonds purchased have quality cut, color and clarity
grades and that they are authentic synthetics.
simulant or synthetic diamond rings can end up costing more down the
road if they are not made with durable materials and quality
workmanship. Avoid purchasing any rings that are plated (like the very
cheap brass or copper cubic zirconia rings plated with rhodium) and try
rings crafted with stronger metals. For every day wear man made diamond
engagement rings, metals including 18k gold, palladium and platinum are
best. For inexpensive but durable metals on diamond simulant rings,
stainless steel, tungsten and titanium offer the best performance.
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