Man Made Diamonds
To Buy Or Not To Buy? That Is The Question
–Get The Facts Before You Decide-
They are everywhere? They are taking over? They are changing the landscape of the diamond trade? They are making
diamonds more affordable? What you’ve just read is some of the hyped up Madison Ave., type advertising slogans used
by the companies who have implemented aggressive marketing tactics to pitch any of the numerous diamond
alternatives commonly known as Man Made Diamonds.
So what’s all the hoopla about? Really much to do about nothing. Smart diamond buyers know
that you can’t compare a man made diamond to natural diamond anymore than you can compare fake man made
synthetic sugar to natural sugar or fake man made bacon to natural bacon. Here is a brief overview and analysis
of the man made diamonds currently available on the market:
Man Made Diamonds #1 -
These man made diamonds make the claim of being chemically,
physically and optically identical to mined diamonds. Their advertising slogan says, “Nature
perfected.” They go on further to claim, “…an Apollo® diamond is
100% diamond…” We analyze this statement and others concerning the man made diamond process in, “
Man Made Diamonds The Myths Vs The Facts.”
Man Made Diamonds #2 -
One of things I truly appreciate about the folks that make this
product is their honesty. They tell buyers up front that their product is not a diamond, but rather a diamond
simulant, made to look like a diamond. What more can you say about that?
Man Made Diamonds #3 - Cubic
Cubic Zirconia’s, known in the diamond trade as CZ’s, have been called the grandfather of
simulated/cloned/look-a-like man made diamonds. Because the market has been inundated with these diamond replicas,
they have now become synonymous with cheap low-grade fashion jewelry.
Man Made Diamonds #4 - Diamond
Their slogan clearly states their position in the jewelry industry, “The World Leader in Laboratory Created
Precious Gemstones” Translated, “We make man made diamonds!” Although their product is not naturally grown, they
state that it is identi- cal to mined diamonds. The Diamond Nexus gemstones are the result of a fairly new spin of
using scientific advancement and technology to mimic natural diamonds. Like many other man made diamonds they come
very close to matching the properties of mined diamonds, but like my father used to say, “Close only counts when
you are playing horseshoes.” This product is available in the United States at a price of around $79 per
Man Made Diamonds #5 - Gemisis Cultured
Gemisis cultured diamonds are described as being almost perfect diamond replicas. Because of the process they use
to make their product, they are not available in a clear, white color; they are currently available in a yellow,
orange or pink. They offer their cultured diamonds in various precious metal and fine-jewelry settings.
Man Made Diamonds #6 – Moissanite
Moissanite is a lab-created mineral described as another very good diamond simulant. Of course, that’s like saying
that a Franklin Farm veggie burger gives off an aroma, feels and tastes like an Angus Beef Burger. C’mon people! We
know the difference! Moissanite is a hard mineral that the makers claim will cut glass like a natural diamond. To
man made diamond makers, that is an upside. The downside is; Moissanite jewelry is quite expensive; usually priced
around $500 per carat.
Man Made Diamonds #7 – Russian
There are two types of Russian Diamonds; those that are mined and those that are man made. This section of course
refers to the man made diamonds known as Russian Stars and Russian Brilliants and they may go by other names. Some
people say this product is nothing more than a more expensive higher quality version of Cubic Zirconias. If you are
contemplating on going with a simulated diamond, it probably is best if you check this opinion out and decide for
Man Made Diamonds #8 Swarovski
Swarovski crystals are actually high synthetic
crystals cut and polished to a brilliant standard. As far as we can tell, they are not named or stated to be
diamond simulants or replicatants by their makers. However, they mimic some of the beauty of natural diamonds and
are often used in rings, necklaces, stud earrings, etc. Their popularity is increasing due to their pricing and
Man Made Diamonds #9 - White
It is important to note that White Sapphire is actually not a man made diamond; it is a natural stone. The upside
is, it is the second hardest natural mineral on the Mohs scale, and you should have guessed it; its hardness is
only surpassed by natural diamonds. The downside? These stones do have a radiance and brilliance, but they are no
comparison to genuinely natural diamonds.
There you have it! A brief synopsis of the most well known man made diamonds. Now the question begs, “Are you going
to seek a man made diamond versus a genuine mine diamond? Before you decide I'd urge you to research the true
driving force behind man made diamonds.
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