For years women have been so passionate about precious stones. There’s something about these
vibrant and sparkling stones that make a lot of women go crazy about. Diamonds are considered the
most eye-catching and most expensive among all other gems in the world today. When you think of
engagement for instance, you think of a diamond ring. Other than that, it is quite popular in all types of
jewelry such as diamond rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants, etc. There’s no doubt that diamonds
are the most durable pieces of stone than can last a lifetime and be handed down from generation to
generation. It’s definitely a valuable treasure that one can have.
Because of modern technology currently, there are stones that have been created that replicate
genuine gemstones. These are called simulated gemstones. Amazingly, these alternative stones can
just be made within a couple of days when compared to genuine diamonds that take many years to
create. We all know that natural gems are formed naturally deep inside the earth. Simulated diamonds
on the other hand are created in a laboratory using high pressure and high temperature and have
different chemical properties as the real ones which are composed of highly organized carbon. Man
made materials such as cubic Zirconia or Moissanite are diamond simulants that possess certain
properties like that of a genuine diamond. The light reflection of these gemstones though is not as
radiant as the real diamonds. To most people, it’s hard to tell the difference between real diamonds
and replicas without examining and testing.
One less expensive and the most popular substitute for the real diamond is the diamond-like synthetic
stone Cubic Zirconia or CZ. It is made from zirconium oxide. This mineral is relatively hard and is
heavier for its size compared to the natural diamond. A variety of different colors can be made out of
this man-made product although this mineral is usually colorless. These stones can look very similar
to flawless diamonds but they tend to lose their brilliance overtime and its hardness cannot withstand
Another incredible alternative to the real thing is Moissanite. This gem that is made of silicon carbide
comes closest to the natural diamond in terms of its brilliance and hardness. Moissanite actually
reflects light more intensely than a diamond and it is harder than any jewelry stones apart from the
real diamond that’s why this mineral is more expensive than the other simulants. Unlike the other
artificial material Cubic Zirconia, a non-enhanced Moissanite has a noticeably yellowish or greenish
The demand to produce these simulated diamonds is due to the increasing price of natural diamonds.
Yes, nothing can match the quality and durability of natural diamonds; although most people would
rather spend on a more affordable diamond jewelry because its aesthetic appeal looks extremely like
the real diamond anyway. Lots of people call simulated diamonds as “fake” but these gemstones are
just as attractive as the genuine diamonds that’s why they are a better option for many who finds the
original ones way too expensive.