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Difference Of Lab Grown Diamonds And Simulant Diamonds

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  • Overview of simulant diamonds and lab grown diamonds:-

Simulant diamonds are called "moissanite" or "cubic zirconia." When you choose simulant diamonds, you get many factors that are more beneficial than Lab Grown diamonds. But, due to other factors lab made diamonds win over simulant diamonds.


If you like brilliance and fiery appearance, then you must choose a simulant diamond But, stop here. A moissanite or cubic zirconia is less intense than lab-made diamonds. Also, moissanite diamonds are very cheap than lab made diamonds; they are easily available in the market. But, lab grown diamonds still reserve their demands from across the world. 


So, if you want the difference between simulant diamonds and lab grown diamonds, you must still read this article. So, let's start our journey with the fundamentals of simulant diamonds and lab diamonds.

  • Differentiate points of simulants diamonds and lab grown diamonds:-

In recent trends, simulants diamonds are more famous causes of their cheapest and most affordable prices for diamond substitute jewelry. The difference between lab grown diamonds and simulant diamonds includes the sparkling ability, and durability, their making process. Simulant diamonds do not have the same basic structure as lab grown diamonds. Simulated diamonds are also known as cubic zirconia and moissanite.

1. Sparkling ability of simulant diamond and lab diamonds: 

The simulant diamonds are easily known for their sparkling beauty. Also, diamond alternatives which are known as simulant diamonds, they are made with zirconium oxide and silicon carbide. While lab grown diamonds are made with carbon elements as a result, lab diamonds have less sparkling ability than simulant diamonds.


2. Lab grown diamond and simulant diamond's durability:

Simulant diamonds have an 8.5-9.25 rating scale on Mohs scales. While lab grown diamond has a 10 out of 10 rating scale on the Mohs scale. Lab grown diamonds have more durability than simulant diamonds. This is the most important difference between a stimulant and a lab diamond. Lab created diamonds have carbon elements on their surface, which provides strongness.

Lab grown diamonds have more durability scores than simulant diamonds because it made with pure carbon elements. While simulant diamonds are made with two different elements. As a result, simulant diamonds lost their durability benefits, but they still maintain that amount of hardness that demanded in wedding jewelry and engagement ring.


In simulant diamonds, moissanite is made with silicon carbide, which is a combination of silicon and carbon. So, in the making method, silicon and carbon's electrons do battle with each other. As a result, moissanite has a 9.25 Mohs scale rating out of 10. Cubic zirconia is the hard form combination of zirconium oxide powder. So, cubic zirconia loses the durability which it deserves but still maintains an 8.50 score out of 10; this is enough required durability for jewelry.

Making of simulant diamonds:-

There is a process to make simulant diamonds. There are two processes, and it is moissanite making and cubic zirconia making. In moissanite making, silicon and carbon are used. While in cubic zirconias making, zirconium oxide powder is used, and it is pressurized by gases to take a shape. Simulant diamonds are made in a controlled environment. If we compare simulant and synthetic diamonds' manufacturing costs, you will be shocked. Moissanite (a type of simulant diamond) takes less capital to grow.

We know that the simulants diamonds are known as cubic zirconia and moissanite. But why these diamond alternatives are called with strange pronunciation behind these names, some mystery is hidden. So let's investigate the mystery regarding simulant diamonds.

First, we see the history of cubic zirconia. 

  • History of cubic zirconia:-

In 1892, Baddeleyite was found in zirconium oxide powder. This baddeleyite looks like a column's ascending and descending form; it looks as transparent and crystal clear. After this invention, cubic zirconia was ready to meet the world. But, there was a problem when creating it. When the cubic zirconia is placed under the chamber, the crystal can't catch the durability. So, in 1977 the cubic zirconia's giant production was started by a soviet union scientist in Moscow, Russia. They found the unique structure of cubic zirconia, a part of simulant diamonds. Natural cubic zirconia has a rare foundation, but artificial cubic zirconia is readily available on the market. 


The zirconia oxide power is melted at extremely severe heat in this method. It shaped the diamond crystal. After the crystal is grown, it is sent to the polishing process and cutting process. The cubic zirconia crystal is placed on the diamond grading wheel, which is constantly moving around. Crafter placed the seed on the grading wheel as per shape requirement and proportions. 

  • How cubic zirconia is made?

In the making of cubic zirconia, the metallic chip is placed under the high pressured chamber. After the zirconium oxide powder was added to chips at 5000 degrees celsius temperature, then the chip started to take shape as a rough natural diamond. After bearing a high leveled temperature, the cubic zirconia crystal is placed under the cooling systems. After the crystal cooled, it is ready for cutting and polish as usual. And the cubic zirconia is made.

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A cooling water system has helped metallic chips to take particular shapes. So, the melt substance is released for 8-10 hours at its high-temperature level. Also, radio frequency helps the metallic chips to glow with X-rays.

After the high temperatures have bears by the metallic chips, then it is put into slow and low leveled temperature. After the melted element takes the crystal clear look, it's ready to be more glorious and sparklings like cubic zirconia. So, the manufacturers can easily put those crystal blocks into the cutting and polishing process.

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2. How Moissanite is made from process?:-

In the moissanite making process, a silicon powder is placed under the chamber with high heat and pressure. When a silicon powder is added to the chamber, the manufacturer leaves it for 1-2 weeks. After the heat pressurizes the powder, it takes a form of a crystal which you can call a "Moissanite." After a seed is grown then, it is ready for cutting and polishing as "Moissanite." A Moissanite ring could be a cost-effective choice for your engagement or wedding.

Moissanite is made from carbon. Moissanite is made with silicon powder made with computer chips, transistors, and solar cells, which is a more affordable option for manufacturers. They found these chips from electronic waste, and it's a good step to save our environment. This Moissanite-making process is the best choice to keep our planet from electronic wastage. In this type of method, a mix-up of the carbon and silicon powder has to bear the heat and pressure to give it more shine and hardness to sustain. 

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Moissanite making is still a good and appealing choice to protect our environment from the destruction of electronic waste. So, if you're searching for brilliant sparkling lights, you can go for a Moissanite due to its exquisite reflection. 

  • How are lab grown diamonds made?

Lab grown diamonds made with diamond crystal seed. A crystal seed is placed under the chamber, which has temperature, the pressure of carbon, and other gas pressure. While the seed is pressurized by the carbon, then it starts to take a shape, and this crystal is known as lab grown diamonds. Lab grown diamonds made with HPHT and CVD process.

There Are Two Types Of making process of lab-grown diamonds:-

1. What is CVD process in lab grown diamonds?

In CVD process lab grown diamonds made with the diamond seed is placed into a sealed chamber full of methane and carbon gas at 800-1000°C heat. Then this extreme heat builds the plasma, which can help them build a diamond layer on the layer. After layer created on the seed it looks like as rough diamonds which used in polishing and cutting process as usual. As a result, in CVD process lab grown diamonds captures only chemical vapour of carbon.  

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In the CVD process, a diamond seed takes growth in its shape under the full pressure of chemicals and air. A diamond seed is pressurized with the radio frequency heal coil. Also, the vacuum pump also helps the diamond seed to don't releases its place. 


For further assistance, you can observe the whole process from the window glass; if you find some errors, then you can easily stop the production. So, many lab grown diamond manufacturers are using the cvd process ahead of the hpht process, and it's a reality.

2. What is HPHT process for lab grown diamonds?

In the HPHT process, the diamond seed is placed under the iron-framed mess. While the heat was pressurized from the upper and lower surface of the mess, then the seed took the growth. The side heater has also pressurized the seed to take a specific length and width. On the seed, a graphite substance dropped from the upper door of the mess. As a result, diamond seed take a shape of rough diamonds with high temperature and pressure. 

This method includes the diamond seed placed underground when heat and pressure are available efficiently. After the carbon is melted around the seed, it begins to take the form of a diamond. When it cools once, a diamond is ready for cutting, fitting in jewelry, and polishing to give a beautiful look.

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Due to the graphite substance, the diamond seed gains strong ability as natural diamonds. Yes, we can say that the HPHT process is the best choice for the tough durability of the diamond. But, sometimes, the high temperature and pressure diamond seed lose its characteristics. So, 80% of lab diamond manufacturers are refused to use the HPHT process.

 

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    • How does moissanite differ from a lab-grown diamond?

    Moissanite is differ from lab-grown diamond in sparkling refracting index, durability, variation, and price. Moissanite has milky or sparkly appearance than lab-grown diamonds. While lab-grown diamonds has more durability than Moissanite. Moissanite has 10-20% price than overall diamond price. This is the difference of moissanite and lab-grown diamonds.

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    Here you clearly show that moissanite does have much more sparkles than lab grown diamonds. So, if you love more sparkles and glitter, then moissanite is a good choice. But, remember one thing moissanites are damaged with scratches, so you need to take care of them. While lab diamonds do not have any of these elements, which affect their structure and glittering.


    Moissanite is different from the ability of scintillation and fiery appearance. But sometimes, a Diamond has less sparkle than a Moissanite. But don't you worry. When the polishing process is operated by an inexperienced person, then you can't remove the impurities of diamonds. 

    Sometimes, Moissanite has a milky and white appearance for reflects brilliance. Also, moissanite has big appearance than the same weighted diamonds. Also, Moissanite has fewer ideal color grades like G-J, but diamonds are available with all color grades(fancy colored diamonds).

     

    • Which is Harder, Moissanite or a Diamond?

    Diamond is harder than Moissanite because Moissanite made from the combination of silicon and carbon. While Diamond is the total solid form carbon gas. As a result, carbon provides more durability to diamond surface and diamond has 100% hardness than Moissanite. The lab-grown diamonds' score of hardness on the Mohs scale is 10 out of 10. While moissanite has a score of 9.25 out of 10. So, the clear winner is lab grown diamond because it has carbon elements. While moissanite is losing durability reason is the combination of silicon and carbon.

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    While the other side, the simulants diamond's score of hardness on the Mohs scale is 8, which means that simulants are not long-lasting and valuable friends to give more benefit than lab-grown diamonds.

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    If some scratches are on the simulant's diamonds, it damages its sparkling beauty. At the same time, lab-created diamonds are emerging with their sparkling beauty. Simulant diamonds don't have the sustainability of lab grown diamonds.

    Simulant diamonds do not have the same components as lab grown diamonds. For this reason, we can identify the difference between simulant diamonds and lab grown diamonds with a microscope and tester machine.

    • Is moissanite or cubic zirconia cheaper than lab grown diamonds?

    The research shows that Simulant Diamonds, which are known as moissanite and cubic zirconia have cheap and affordable prices. Here below look at the price comparison of lab grown diamonds and simulants diamonds. For a 1-carat simulant diamond, you have to spend between $35 - $120. At another side, 1-carat lab grown diamond has a $1300 price. The sky-land price difference of moissanite or cubic zirconia to lab grown diamond is the making process and originted method.

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    In this comparison, simulant diamond is a good choice ahead of lab grown diamonds. While Lab grown diamond is very durable than simulant diamonds. So, if you are thinking of a long-lasting symbol of your love, then a Lab grown diamond is the best choice.

    • Expert words on lab grown diamonds and simulant diamonds

    Diamond gemologist and checker says that lab grown diamonds are the form of real diamonds. While moissanite(Simulant Diamonds) is the out-of-the-box choice. Also, moissanite which is the type of simulant diamond has a cheap price tag with an elegant appearance. Cubic zirconia also good choice when buyer have no provision for money to buy jewelry. Cubic ziroconia engagement rings and Jewelry easily available with $1000. So, simulant diamonds provides price consciousness to buyer.

    So, In the diamond expert view, we suggested that for engagement rings the lab grown diamonds are the best choice and selection ahead of Moissanite or simulant diamonds. 

    Have a look at the Lab Grown Diamond Appearance.

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    If you can't be able to spend more money on jewelry and you want to gift jewelry for a temporary reason, then you can freely select Moissanite Jewelry. But, for long-lasting and durable jewelry, you should choose lab grown diamonds for a gorgeous appearance.

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