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What’s The Difference between Simulant Diamonds and Lab Created Diamonds?

What’s The Difference between Simulant Diamonds and Lab Created Diamonds? - New World Diamonds - fine jewelry, engagement rings and great gifts

There is a lot of conflicting information regarding lab-created diamonds and diamond simulants. Both diamond simulants and lab diamonds are gaining massive popularity, so people are interested to know about Simulant diamonds vs lab-created diamonds. 

What is a simulated diamond?

Gemstones are manufactured to replicate diamonds' look but are compositionally and visually distinct from those known as simulated diamonds. For instance, Moissanite and cubic zirconia look like diamonds; however, they are not similar to real diamonds. In addition, simulated diamonds have different physical and chemical properties, so they have a low price point compared to real diamonds.


Lab created diamonds are the ones that are formed with the help of advanced technology such as CVD and HPHT processes. Lab created diamonds have similar chemical, optical and physical properties as earth-mined diamonds. They're also affordable and sustainable choices and so perfect diamond engagement ring compared to natural diamonds. On the other hand, simulated diamonds are gemstones with different physical and chemical properties compared to diamonds. Although they have fiery sparkles, they can be easily distinguished from lab-grown or natural diamonds.


Simulated diamonds can be differentiated easily from the lab or natural diamonds because of their distinct optical properties. For instance, moissanite has double refractive properties; however, a diamond comes with single refractive properties. Diamond simulants can be easily differentiated from lab-grown or natural diamonds through the naked eye. Lab diamonds give better scintillation, sparkle, and fire than diamond sibilants, which are not distinguishable by the naked eye.


The cost of diamond simulants is much lower than the lab and natural diamonds. Therefore, they are a cost-friendly and attractive option for couples who want to have their dream wedding or engagement dream. Lab-created diamonds may vary in price based on carat, shape, clarity, and color; however Lab simulated diamonds have low price points, and their price structure can vary on the basis of the size of the stone.


Lab-created diamonds are a sustainable and affordable choice compared to natural diamonds since they are comparable to natural diamonds and have similar physical and chemical properties. In addition, diamond simulants can be distinguished from lab-created diamonds with the naked eye and through specialized equipment. However, lab diamonds remain visibly indistinguishable, and it only requires specialized equipment to detect minor traces and note the difference within the crystal growth.

Are Simulated diamonds real?

Simulated diamonds are not real diamonds, although they look attractive alternatives to real diamonds; however, they are not optically and compositionally the same as diamonds, so they do not hold much value over time. Nevertheless, simulated diamonds are good for everyday wear as they are durable.

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