Monday, December 23, 2013

A Buyer’s Guide to Simulated Diamonds

Human engineered diamonds and gemstones are taking the jewelry world by storm. The lower prices of moissanite jewelry and its authentic look give synthetic diamonds a real advantage over real diamonds. Manufactured diamonds are particularly popular among those looking to purchase an engagement ring for their future fiancĂ©e because the low price allows them to buy a larger and more resilient diamond with their budget. If you’ve never heard of moissanite or other forms of synthetic diamonds, here’s a brief guide that will guide you in your jewelry purchases.
Moissanite’s History
Moissanite was originally discovered more than a century ago in 1905. Dr. Ferdinand Henri Moissan discovered the material in a meteorite that fell from the sky in Arizona. What Dr. Moissan found in the meteor is naturally recurring moissanite, but it gave him the idea to engineer a diamond-like material which was then known as synthetic moissanite. However, the scientific process used to engineer synthetic moissanite produces a product that is hardly distinguishable between the real material.
Now, many jewelers, like Charles and Colvard, have adapted this process and sell moissanite jewelry in their stores. Most synthetic diamonds have a yellowish tint and are produced using extremely high temperatures and pressure.
Synthetic vs. Real Diamonds
There are several ways to tell between real and fake diamonds. The first way distinguish between the two is by looking through the stone. The clarity of most real diamonds is negligible and therefore cannot be looked through. However, manufactured diamonds are perfectly clear and can easily be looked through.
One of the easiest ways to tell between a real and fake diamond is by performing a fog test. When you do this, bring the diamond in question close to your mouth and breath onto it. When you go to look at the diamond, a real diamond will give you hardly any time to look at the fog before it clears up. In comparison, a fake diamond will usually stay foggy for about two to four seconds.
Simulated diamonds do not reflect light from all of their sides while real diamonds do. If you are concerned whether or not a diamond is real, view it from all angles Usually, a manufactured diamond will only reflect light when there is direct light overhead while a real diamond will sparkle at all times.
Where Synthetic Diamonds are Headed
Manufactured diamonds continue to grow in popularity. This is largely due to the advances in synthetic materials like cubic zirconia and moissanite. Many jewelers and diamond providers are worried that these synthetic stones threaten the integrity of the diamond market. However, due to their low price and similar qualities to real diamonds, most consumers are advocates of lab-produced diamonds.
When you gift a moissanite ring, bracelet, or pendant, don’t lie about whether the stones are real. While real and fake diamonds are difficult to differentiate between unless you are an experienced jeweler, the person that you gave the jewelry too may not be pleased with you if they find out you didn’t tell them, especially in the case of engagement rings. If you are looking for a low-cost but just as beautiful alternative to real diamonds, consider making the investment in a moissanite piece of jewelry.
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