Lab-Created_Diamonds___Simulated_Diamonds_And_Manufactured_Diamonds_Review

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					Lab-Created Diamonds – Simulated Diamonds And Manufactured Diamonds
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Summary:
Consumer confusion about lab-created simulated diamonds exists. Here you
will find clarification to simplify the selection process when choosing a
lab-created diamond or manufactured diamond jewelry.


Keywords:
lab-created diamonds, simulated diamonds, manufactured diamonds, jewelry


Article Body:
There has been a great deal discussion about lab-created diamonds. Along
with that talk, there is much misinformation and perplexity. The jewelry
lover, who is interested in realizing the huge savings and aesthetic
beauty that simulated diamonds offer, is often bewildered by the
manufactured diamond industry jargon and available options. This article
will categorically break it down in easy-to-understand terms so that
anyone can make an intelligent decision when choosing a simulated
diamond.

GEM MATERIALS: 99% of all lab-created diamonds sold worldwide are
polycrystalline on a molecular level. The differences are fundamentally
in the technical aspects of manufacturing, cutting, and polishing. Think
of it this way—all coffeemakers are made of plastic, steel, and glass,
the differences are how these materials are designed and implemented.
Higher quality coffeemakers make a better tasting cup of coffee. Higher
quality manufactured diamonds are in line with mined diamonds.

QUALITY VARIANCES: It seems like grade variations are made out to be a
more complex lab-created diamond issue then it really is. Once boiled
down, there are three primary grades of simulated diamonds—high, medium,
and low. For the jewelry shopper it should be noted that the quality of
setting goes hand-in-hand with the quality of the gemstone. Those that
sell manufactured diamond jewelry off point-of-purchase displays in the
costume jewelry sections of discount stores use low quality or scrap
stones that are not gem quality, and have disco ball or murky look.
Those that sell manufactured diamond jewelry on the TV shopping channels—
which is generally with a sterling silver or a micro-thin layer of gold
plated over silver (Vermeil [pronounced ver-may]) settings—use medium
quality stones not of gem quality. Those that sell solid 14K gold or
solid platinum settings, as a rule, use the highest gem-quality man made
gemstones that replicate mined diamonds.

PRICING: Low grade stones are sold in bulk to costume jewelry makers and
are often glued on electroplated settings. This jewelry is fine for
children, where loss risk is high, and usually retails for less than $15
per item. You will find medium grade stones primarily in sterling silver
jewelry that sells for under $100 per item, settings and stones. Medium
grade simulated diamonds can be distinguished by the naked eye as not
being mined diamonds. High grade gemstone quality lab-created diamonds,
undistinguishable by the naked eye from mined diamonds, are found mounted
on settings of solid 14K gold and platinum. This is considered to be
fine jewelry, with the best quality gemstones selling for under $100 per
carat for the gemstones alone. Manufactured diamonds that sell for over
$100 a carat are not higher quality than those that sell for between $80
and $100 per carat.

RECOMMENDATIONS: If you are buying for someone that is likely to lose
the jewelry, there is no reason to spend any more than you have to, and
Wal-Mart will do just fine. On the clearance rack you can even pick up
some jewelry for less than $5 per item. If you buy simulated diamonds
set in sterling silver, expect decent stones, but they will fool few into
thinking they are mined diamonds. Also, your fingers are likely to turn
green or black in response to a chemical reaction, not with the silver
per se, but with the nickel/copper alloys in sterling silver. With any
plated settings, gemstones are low to medium grade, and the plating will
eventually chip off, particularly around the edges. When that happens,
the nickel/copper alloys will be exposed, the setting will look like it
came out of a gum ball machine, and your finger will generally turn green
or black. It is just a matter of common sense, if you want simulated
diamonds with mined-diamond qualities, they must be set in 14K solid
gold. Jewelers who offer lab-created diamonds are not going spend on
money on gold and not mount the highest quality stones, which would
defeat the purpose of creating fine diamond-like jewelry and alienate
customers.