“Diamond is forever” but it’s not infinite too. Diamond has received acclamation from all throughout the history since the discovery of diamond. The bright sparkling jewel ignited historical fights between nations, kings creating havoc in history. As we know natural occurrence of diamonds cannot fulfil the increasing demand of the gemstone, market experts had to give thoughts to its substitutes.
Surely there are other reasons too behind finding a diamond substitute like higher prices and smaller size of the stone.
Moissanite is also known as alien crystal to the earth because its first occurance was not found on the planet but was discovered in a meteorite. It is the rarest among rare minerals introduced to the mankind. Since the stone is rare, its market demand is supplied by synthetic moissanite. It resembles every property of diamond excluding higher rates. Its hardness is 10 on the Mohs scale which is equal to the diamond’s hardness, similarly it shows brilliant sparkle even sometimes it is better than the second confusing you which is the real jewel. Moissanite is mostly used in industrial purpose instead in jewellery purpose, but in recent years moissanite has emerged as new yet most suitable substitute of the diamond.
The sparkling blue coloured stone appears in the mind if sapphire is the topic of discussion, but sapphire actually comes in every colour of corundum except red because red corundum is called as ruby. White sapphire is less expensive than diamonds and moissanite still it fulfils all conditions to be a perfect substitute of the most coveted gemstone. White sapphire’s hardness is 9 which is slightly weaker than diamond meanwhile it is durable, radiating and gorgeous into wearing. Besides nobody can differentiate between the two gemstone until they are more than an expert in the gemology.
Zircon is another new stone which had widely used as imitation stone for diamond in the 70’s decade before creating synthetic cubic zirconia in the lab. Alike moissanite, zircon is perfect in all aspects but it’s rare occurrence makes it more costly than other substitutes of diamond.
Engineering inventions and researches provided extraordinary opportunities to replicate natural gemstones in a lab. Diamond, a stone formed in the core of the earth before billions years can be now created in a lab for industrial purpose to quench the rising demand of the real jewel. These synthetic diamonds are not so inexpensive but are affordable so more people can approach them to buy. Synthetic diamonds are so perfect that they can’t be traced without using advanced scientific tools.
Popularly referred to as CZ’s, perfectly well-cut and polished cubic zirconia is the only inexpensive synthetic gemstone that reflects all optical properties of diamond even few CZ crystals show more brilliant sparkling appearance devaluing original gem’s lustre. The biggest problem with cubic zirconia is it lost its sparkling optical properties with the time, which is why it can’t be used many years as a gemstone.
White topaz may be a good alternate to replace the costly jewel, but its lacks durability of the diamond and can be scratched easily. Its softness makes it more vulnerable to the damages in stone making it thus the stone is not used extensively as an imitation stone of diamond.
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Every gemstone comes with certification documents describing its details, genuineness and treatments applied to the stone. In other words, these certification paper offer you authenticity and reliability of the stone so don’t forget to take them.