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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Synthetic and Simulated Diamonds: Are They the Same?

Many people nowadays are turning from mined diamonds to cheaper alternative such as man made and simulated diamonds. But there can be a misunderstanding between these two terms, because they are not quite the same. To clear up the discrepancy, let's have a closer look at each of them.

Synthetic or man made diamonds are also known as created, cultured or laboratory grown diamonds. They are normally produced by two different ways: applying high temperature high pressure ( HTHP) or chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. Regardless of the method you choose, the result is the same – the most solid material in the world known as diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are hard to differentiate from natural diamonds due to their similar properties, and they especially fit the buyers who are on a tight budget, because their price is far from being exorbinant. Apparently, a number of new-married couples would rather spring for a man made diamond ring and save for their honeymoon trip, than spend a huge amount of money on a ring only. The most known manufacturers producing these high-quality synthetic diamonds are Gemesis, New Age Diamonds, Apollo, Chatham and DNA2Diamonds. For mode detailed information about the price of created diamonds or find the answer to any other question you may have, you should better visit their official websites.

Simulated diamonds, or simulants, are not diamonds at all, so you should not mix these two seemingly alike notions. Moissanite and Cubic Zirconia are referred to this category of gems, but they are not as close to mined diamonds as lab-grown ones. Simulated diamonds lack all those unique properties natural diamonds are praised (and priced) for, including solidity, durability, fadeless and everlastingfeatures. The starting price for simulated diamonds can be as low as $10 only, thus they are normally associated with cheap junk jewelry rather than fine jewelry. However, CZ and Moissanite are nice for decorating your clothes, handbags or hairpins, where there is no need to use expensive natural or created diamonds, yet to have a nice shining effect.

Hope, this information gave you a clear idea about the discrepancy between simulated and lab-grown diamonds.

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