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Lab diamond vs Simulant diamond

Lab vs simulant diamond
  • Simulant diamonds and Lab-grown diamonds difference

Simulant diamonds are different from lab-grown diamonds in the form of durability, appearance, and price. Simulant diamonds like cubic zirconia and moissanite have more sparkle effects. While lab grown diamonds carries less sparkling effects, but it's durability is better than the simulant diamonds. It's a differenceย between simulant diamond and lab-grown diamonds.

A. Durability Of Simulant and Lab grown diamonds

Lab grown diamonds have more durability scaled on the 100% score for havin the carbon element. Instead of growing in the laboratory, lab diamonds carries 10/10 score on the Mohs scale. Simulant diamonds not carrying the durability and their score between 8.5- 9.25 on the Mohs scale.

B. Sparkle reflections of Simulant and Lab diamonds

Lab grown diamonds is the form of carbon element which is the hardest ingredients on the earth. Thus, sometimes lab grown diamonds absorbs more heat in the anatomiesย which turns into the less sparkle. Simulant diamonds are made with silicon carbide and zirconium oxide, these elements already have shining appearance from the original form. That's why simulant diamond has more sparkling reflections.

C. Priceย bifurcationย of Simulant and Lab diamonds

Simulant diamonds sell at 50-90% less price than lab-grown diamonds prices. For simulant diamond's cheap price, the making process and raw materials constant supply with its making time are responsible. Lab-grown diamond-making and polishing process demand expertise and skill, so the price of lab diamonds is higher than the simulant diamonds.

D.ย Making process of Simulant and Lab grown diamonds

Simulant diamonds are made in less time and consumption of energies such as water, electricity, and human resources. Lab diamonds demand more skill to grow and used more water and electricity.

Simulant diamonds are made in the laboratory, but in their making, zirconium oxide and silicon carbide are used. Moissanite is made with silicon carbide, and cubic zirconia is made in zirconium oxide. Lab-grown diamonds are made in the total form of carbon there is no chemical used to make them more shinier and glorious.

E. 4Cs Of Lab diamonds and Simulant diamonds

Lab diamonds carries the 4cs as cut, clarity, color, and carat for their structures. Moissanite has also 4cs of diamonds but it's not approved from the authorizedย institutions as GIA. Cubic zirconia doesn't carries the 4csย as diamonds.ย 4cs of diamonds are exactly available in the lab grown diamonds.

F. Symmetry Scales on Lab diamonds and Simulant diamonds

Symmetry is the faceting lines on the diamond anatomy. Lab grown diamond has diamond symmetry on all the anatomies. While simulant diamonds as Moissanite and Cubic Zirconia also have a symmetry but not at that level as diamond symmetry.ย 

  • History of cubic zirconia

So, in 1977 the cubic zirconia's giant production was started by a soviet union scientistย in Moscow, Russia. They found the uniqueย structure of cubic zirconia, a part of simulant diamonds.ย Natural cubic zirconia hasย a rare foundation, but artificial cubic zirconia isย readily availableย on the market.ย 

  • Howย is cubic zirconia made?

In the making of cubic zirconia, theย metallic chip is placed under the high pressured chamber. After the zirconiumย oxide powder was added to the chipsย at 5000ย degrees Celsiusย temperature, then the chip started to take shape as a rough natural diamond.

After bearing a highย leveled temperature, the cubic zirconia crystal is placed under the cooling systems. After the crystal cools, it is ready for cutting andย polishing as usual. And the cubic zirconia is made.

The zirconia oxide power is melted at extremely severe heat.ย 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 shapeย requirements and proportions.

Moissanite appearance differentiaite from lab-grown diamond look

Aย cooling water system hasย helped metallicย chips to take particularย shapes. So, the melt substance is released for 8-10 hoursย at itsย high-temperatureย level. Also, radio frequency helps theย metallic chips toย glow with X-rays.

2.ย Howย is Moissanite made from the process?

In theย moissanite-making process, a silicon powderย is placed under the chamber with high heat and pressure. The powder automaticallyย transforms into a surface calledย a seed.ย The seed turns into a Moissanite structure, and it is ready for polishing.

After the heatย pressurizes the powder, itย takes a form of a crystal which you canย 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 engagement or wedding.

Moissanite is made with silicon powder made with computerย chips, transistors, and solar cells, which is a more affordable option for manufacturers. They foundย these chips from electronic waste, and it's a good step to save our environment.

Cubic Zirconia is known as simulant diamonds with its gorgeous appearance

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

For having the same appearance, Moissanite is known as a diamond alternative because all the variants of diamonds are available in Moissanite. That's why people understand Moissanite is a diamond, but it's not. There's no doubt to tell Moissanite, as a diamond alternative carries most elements of diamonds such as brilliance, scintillation, and fire.

  • How areย lab-grown diamonds made?

Lab-grownย diamonds made with diamond crystal seed. A crystal seed is placed under the chamber, which has temperature, the pressure of carbon, and otherย gases. While the seed is pressurized by theย carbon,ย then itย starts to take shape, and this crystal is known as a lab-grownย diamond.ย In this way, Lab-grown diamonds are made.

Lab-grown diamonds made with HPHT and CVD process.

There are two types of making process of lab-grown diamonds:-

1. What is the CVD process inย lab-grown diamonds?

In the CVD process, lab-grown diamondsย made with the diamond seedย are placed into a sealed chamber with full of methane and carbon gas at 800-1000ยฐC heat.ย Then this extreme heat builds the plasma, which can help them build a diamond layer on the layer to take the shape of rough diamond. Now, it is ready for known polishingย and cutting process to known as CVD Process.

2. What is the HPHT process forย lab-grown diamonds?

In the HPHT process, the diamond seed is placed under theย iron-framed mess. While the heat was pressurized from the upper and lower surface of the mess, then theย seedย took the growth. The swallowed seedย is known asย HPHT-grown Lab Diamonds.

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

Moissaniteย differs from lab-grownย diamonds in sparkling refracting index, durability, variation, and price. Moissanite has a different milky or sparkly appearance than lab-grown diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds has more durability than Moissanite. Moissanite has a 10-20% price than the overall diamond price. This is the differenceย between moissanite and lab-grown diamonds.

Here you clearlyย show that moissanite does have much more sparklesย thanย lab-grown diamonds. So, if you love sparkles and glitter, then moissanite is a good choice. While lab diamonds do not have any of these elements, whichย affectย their structure and glittering.

In moissanite vs diamonds, the diamonds are the clear winner in durability, authentication, and trustworthiness. Diamonds are far better than moissanite because they have durability and appearance, and most importantly it's the birthstone of April month. Moissanite isn't a diamond, but it's an alternative for having the same appearance as a diamond.

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

  • Which is harder, Moissanite or a Diamond?

The lab-grown diamonds'ย 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.

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

Yes, moissanite or cubic zirconia(simulant diamond) has 97.31% and 90.08% cheaper price than lab grown diamonds. The reason of cheaper price for moissanite or cubic zirconia is the less manufacturing cost. The research shows simulant diamonds, which are known as moissanite and cubic zirconia, have cheap and affordable prices.ย Here below, look at the price comparison ofย lab-grown diamonds and simulants diamonds.

For a 1 carat simulant diamond(cubic zirconia and moissanite), you have to spend between $35 - $120.ย On another side, a 1 caratย lab grown diamond has a $1300 price.

Price for lab grown diamond and simulant diamond

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

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