A diamond simulant is an imitation that is meant to look like an actual diamond but the composition is different. The chemical, physical and optical characteristics are not the same as those of natural diamonds. Diamond simulants can be manufactured in laboratories. Some of the popular lab-made diamond simulants are cubic zirconia and moissanite.
Types Of Diamond Simulants
Simulated Diamonds Vs. Real Diamonds
- Hardness- according to the Mohs scale rate that tests minerals hardness, a diamond is said to be on top of all gems on earth. Diamonds are very hard enough to sustain wear and tear. On the other hand, with a diamond simulant, you might notice the appearance of scratches and abrasions after a while.
- Price- real diamonds are expensive compared to simulated diamonds. The value of natural diamonds is high because of the origin. They were formed billions of years ago unlike lab-made diamond simulants.
- Sparkle- simulants tend to sparkle when placed under light but their brightness is likely to fade with time. Real diamonds have a natural sparkle that becomes even better with polish.