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Fake Diamonds that Look Real

Updated on October 21, 2010

Natural diamonds were originally mined in India but today they are mined in both India and Africa. These expensive stones can costs thousands of dollars, for just one perfect stone and many individuals can find buying diamond jewellery far too expensive. Fake diamond alternatives are extremely popular within the jewellery markets today, as several fake diamond alternatives can appear to look like real diamonds, to the naked eye. Three types of popular fake diamonds are the simulated diamond, cubic zirconia and the maissonite stone because they are the best looking fake diamonds around.

Simulated Diamond
Simulated Diamond

Simulated Diamonds

The concept of synthetic diamonds originated from a Scottish scientist named James Ballantyne Hannay, during 1879. James Ballantyne created a mixture of bone oil, lithium and paraffin, then sealed the mixture in air tight iron tubes before placing the tubes in extremely hot temperatures, and just simply stored the synthetic stones away. The stones were found years later and were claimed to be diamonds. Today, the process of creating simulated or synthetic diamonds is quite different. Both natural and simulated diamonds are made from hardened carbon. Simulated diamonds are grown by two different methods, the High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) and the Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). Both simulated diamond growing techniques produce perfect replica diamonds which are hard to differentiate from genuine diamonds, with the naked eye. Simulated diamonds are almost 80 to 90 percent cheaper than natural diamonds.

Cubic Zirconia
Cubic Zirconia

Cubic Zirconia

The diamond substitute known as cubic zirconia was found naturally formed in the 1930's but today it is simulated in a laboratory environment, as natural forms are no longer easily found. Cubic Zirconia is a cubic form of zirconium oxide and is formed in a variety of different colors. The clear form is commonly used as a diamond alternative but contains less shine compared to a real diamond. Most engagement rings with cubic zirconia stones, cost less than $100 but unless a zirconia ring is tested, it is also hard to tell it apart from a diamond ring, by an untrained eye.



Moissanite is the newest replica diamond stone which can not be found naturally. Moissanite was first created in a laboratory during the twentieth century after first being discovered in a meteorite over 100 years before. Charles & Colvard began a partnership with Cree in 1995 and began to create large stones of moissanite for jewellery decoration. Created with silicon and carbon, the moissanite contains a hardness closer to a natural diamond but contains more shine and is sold without imperfections. The popularity of moissanite jewellery has become increasingly popular over the past few years and the average price for a Moissanite ring can cost $1000 for a one to one and a half carat moissanite stone.


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