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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, a must-have for jewelry lovers, but did you know not all of them are created equal? Man-made diamonds are not traditionally mined and are produced by an industrial controlled process. They are also known as lab-grown, cultivated, cultured or synthetic diamond. Also widely known after the two common production methods as HPHT diamond (high-pressure high-temperature) or CVD diamond (chemical vapor deposition crystal formation methods).

The world famous De beers have even started producing their own lab grown diamonds to compete with today ever diverse and competitive cut diamond market to sell to the jewelry industry loose diamonds, to make diamond engagement rings, wedding jewelry, bridal jewelry, earrings, other types of rings, bracelets and other types of jewelry.


Surprisingly man made ones express the same beauty and characteristics as its mined counterpart . Synthetics are made of the same material as naturals which are made from pure carbon, crystallized in an isotropic 3D form. It has essentially the same chemical composition, crystal structure and physical properties as its natural counterpart.

Synthetics supply industries where the properties of diamonds are needed such as machining and cutting tools, thermal conducting, electronic, optical technology amongst other applications.

Natural ones are created by geological processes over a period of one to three billion years. They are the hardest known natural substance on earth. Made from carbon, they are found at least 85 miles below the earth’s mantle and are made under complicated natural geological conditions of very high pressure and high temperature.



A natural mineral, the natural diamond is created by nature over millions of years. The expense and mining processes involved make it expensive.

Man-mades are created in a highly-controlled laboratory environment and are made in a short period of time without the expensive price tag. As they have the same properties and compositions as the real thing, they are not considered fake.


It all depends what you prefer and of course your budget. Clever marketing over the years have people associating diamonds with special events such as anniversaries, engagements and weddings. Marketing and advertising has influenced people to desire the real thing. De beers’ famous catch phrase for their ads stated “A diamond lasts forever” has encapsulated the need for some people to buy the real deal for status and prestige.

However with current world economic trends, the budget conscious consumer has embraced the synthetic diamond jewelry market as an alternative to over spending their budget. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend still stays to heart to many.



Simulated diamonds are also known as fake diamonds, faux or imitation diamonds. The main difference is that it has a different  chemical composition from a real one, they can be synthetic or natural. It is any type of substitute used in jewelry in replacement of the real thing. This can include glass, garnet, white sapphire, colorless zircon, morganite, cubic zirconia amongst many other materials and gems.

The main two that are used as substitutes in the mid price range of the jewelry industry are zircon and cubic zirconia. So what are the differences between the two? What information can you have up your sleeve when purchasing that dazzling piece of jewelry?  It’s hard to tell the difference between zircon and cubic zirconia just by looking them with a naked eye. However, there are tell-tale features that make both stones stand out.

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Diamond simulants, such as cubic zirconia and moissanite and zircons look similar to diamonds but are not true carbon crystals. Simulants do not have the same chemical and physical properties as natural or synthetic diamonds and therefore sell at much lower prices than man made diamonds.


Cubic zirconia (CZ)  was first found relatively recently in the 1930’s,  scientists started experimenting with the synthetic variety for industrial purposes. By the 1970s they perfected the synthetic version of CZ and began its commercial production for industrial use and due to its brilliance it was obvious to use the stone in the jewelry industry.  


Zircon is a natural gemstone popular for an astounding optical splendor that resembles a diamond. This trait of zircon makes it popular among jewelry and gem enthusiasts. The unique characteristic of displaying fire and luster makes this gemstone optically similar to diamond. The luster and reflective quality of natural zircon are not far from that of the real thing. Apart from the colorless variety, zircon is found in various popular colors such as blue, green, pink, purple and yellow orange and brown zircons. Zircon can be heated to make it colorless or to enhance its colors. The fact that differentiates a zircon from a diamond is the display of double reflection by zircon gemstones.

Zircon is one of the oldest minerals present on the earth. The first specimen of zircon was found in Australia and is estimated to be 4.4 billion years old. This natural gemstone is not very common, either


Both Cubic Zirconia and Zircon look like diamonds.  The names confuse people and they are hard to differentiate from each other, the following are some points the help you distinguish the two gemstones:

  • A lab created cubic zirconia is man-made.
  • Zircon is a natural gemstone.
  • Natural zircon is rare and more expensive than cubic zirconia.
  • In terms of hardness, cubic zirconia ranks 8.5 and zircon ranks 7.5 on the Mohs scale.
  • Both stones exhibit incredible dispersion and fire.
  • The affordable cost of cubic zirconia makes it the most popular diamond simulant
  • Zircon is made of zirconium silicate
  • cubic zirconia is made of zirconium oxide
  • Top Quality flawless white zircons that are graded as Top Colorless Flawless zircons are also referred to as “Matura Diamond” for their similarity in beauty and shine with Diamond

So there you have it! A lot of basic information to take in but now that you are better informed why don’t you treat yourself by visiting our online jewelry store and checking out our collections of rings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Elevate Jewelry Co is dedicated online jewelry store providing a great range of quality Jewelry pieces for both women and men at affordable prices. Find the perfect gift with our range of rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. The place to find the best jewelry for every taste and occasion. 


We thoroughly check the quality of our goods, working only with reliable suppliers so that you only receive the highest quality product. Elevate Jewelry Co believe in high quality and exceptional customer service. But most importantly, we believe shopping is a right, not a luxury, so we strive to deliver the best products at the most affordable prices, and ship them to you regardless of where you are located.


Happy Shopping and if you can’t be good, be good at it!

Elevate Jewelry Co

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