Lab-Grown Diamonds vs. Diamond Simulants

31 OCT 2022

It is critical to understand the key distinction between lab produced diamonds and diamond simulants. Diamond emulation materials, such as cubic zirconia and moissanite, resemble diamonds but are not real carbon crystals.

Simulants lack the chemical and physical attributes of genuine diamonds and hence sell for far less than lab-created diamonds. Only the naked eye can tell the difference between natural and lab-created diamonds.

With a portable diamond tester, natural and lab-created diamonds have thermal conductivity qualities that distinguish them from cubic zirconia. Due to similarities in electrical conductivity, some lab-created diamonds, as well as some natural coloured diamonds, may be falsely classified as moissanites when using certain diamond testers.

Gemologists can usually tell the difference between a diamond and a moissanite because of their different refractive qualities, with moissanites being double refractive and diamonds being single refractive.

Customers seeking a mining-free alternative or a bigger stone within their budget may pick lab diamonds, which are often less expensive than naturally mined choices. As with any gemstone, resale value might fluctuate over time. Because lab diamonds are a newer addition to the market, future pricing is more unclear than for natural diamonds.

Phosphoresce is a phenomenon that causes certain diamonds to glow in the dark after being subjected to shortwave UV radiation.