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Diamond VS Imitations: Let's Compare Natural Diamond, Lab Diamond, Moissanite and CZ

The sparkling world of gemstones offers a plethora of choices, each with their own sparkle and personality. In this article, we review natural diamonds, lab-grown diamonds, synthetic moissanites, and cubic zirconias. Our goal is to provide you with an unbiased analysis to help you make an informed decision. Whether you are drawn to the exceptional rarity of natural diamonds or the innovative elegance of synthetic alternatives, the ultimate choice comes down to your values, aesthetic preferences and budget.

The center ring above is over 100 years old. We restored it by adding an insert ring set with natural diamonds, too.

Natural Diamond: Unequaled Brilliance The natural diamond, buried in the heart of the Earth for billions of years, embodies purity and robustness. Its shine is unmatched and its hardness gives it an impressive longevity, passing through the generations without a scratch. Natural diamonds embody tradition and authenticity, although their investment may be more substantial.

  • Hardness: 10

  • Dispersion: 0.044

  • Durability: Exceptional

  • Example price (5mm): $2500*

Here is the Alice model, available on our online store with laboratory diamonds.

Laboratory Diamond: Scientific Growth Laboratory diamonds, grown under controlled conditions, share the same chemical and optical properties as their natural counterparts. They are more environmentally friendly and offer an affordable alternative to mined diamonds. They are virtually indistinguishable from natural diamonds and possess the same durability and eternity.

  • Hardness: 10

  • Dispersion: 0.044

  • Durability: Exceptional

  • Example Price (5mm): $500*

Our client chose synthetic moissanites to embellish her unique bangle.

Synthetic Moissanite: Sparkle of the Future Synthetic moissanite is a popular alternative to diamonds. Manufactured in the laboratory, it is distinguished by an exceptional light dispersion, even surpassing that of diamond. Although it does not match the hardness of diamond, its durability surpasses that of CZ, making it a popular choice for long-lasting, economical shine.

  • Hardness: 9.25

  • Dispersion: 0.104

  • Durability: Excellent

  • Example price (5mm): $200*

This silver bangle is set with 3 CZ, making this jewel a distinctive and unique piece.

Cubic Zirconium: Fanciful Sparkle Cubic Zirconium (CZ) is a synthetic stone that looks like a diamond at first glance. Although its durability and brilliance do not compare to that of diamond, CZ offers excellent value for money. Perfect for casual jewellery, it sports a look virtually identical to that of a diamond. Affordable, CZ can wear out faster than its counterparts.

  • Hardness: 8.25-8.5

  • Spread: 0.060

  • Durability: Good

  • Example price (5mm): $10*

*Example prices are based on stones equivalent to a 0.50 carat diamond (5mm in diameter), of good quality without being the top of the range. Prices are subject to variation in the constantly changing market and are given here as a realistic example. Contact us for a personalized estimate.

In conclusion, whether it's the classic brilliance of natural diamond, the environmental awareness of lab-grown diamonds, the unique sparkle of moissanite, or the economy of CZ, each stone has its own distinctive charm. . Choosing between these options depends on what resonates with you, because while diamonds can be forever, it's your personal preference that shines brightest!

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