How to differentiate between natural and synthetic diamonds

What is a natural diamond?

The difference between natural and synthetic diamonds

Simply put, diamonds naturally form in crystalline structures of carbon after a thousand years of intense pressure and heat. Diamonds are usually created near the solid ground in the earth’s interior, but rose to the surface due to volcanic eruptions. These precious gemstones are the hardest to obtain. Making them very suitable for everyday jewelry, most diamonds are white, although they can come in different colors such as blue, yellow or pink due to exposure to the elements and other gases.

similes are not diamonds

These are gemstones that are meant to imitate some of the qualities of diamond, such as hardness. These stones are sometimes called imitation diamonds. They can be either natural or synthetic gems. Of these, cubic zirconia is the most widely used because it is reasonably priced and is very similar to diamond. Other stones such as moissanite or synthetic silicon carbide, colorless spinel and white topaz have become increasingly popular alternatives to diamonds in recent years, although these gemstones are not as brilliant or as clear as diamonds. They rely on polishing and cutting to make them stand out. These gemstones don’t come dirt cheap either, with one-carat moissanite selling for over $735.

The difference between natural and synthetic diamonds

lab diamond

Lab-grown, lab-grown or synthetic diamonds are basically gemstones that are created through man-made processes. Unlike simulated diamonds, these human-made diamonds share the same chemical composition as natural diamonds. Synthetic diamonds are produced through several methods such as the High Pressure and High Temperature (HPHT) method in which diamond seeds are placed in conditions that mimic the creation of natural diamonds. These diamonds have been around since 1986, but improvements in technology have made growing quality gemstones much faster. By possessing the same chemical, physical and optical properties, lab-created stones are difficult to distinguish from natural stones under the naked eye.

The difference between natural and synthetic diamonds

Natural diamonds and lab-created diamonds are graded by the Gemological Institute of America

GIA diamond certificates are one of the most recognized and trusted certifications in the world for lab-created diamonds, GIA issues a different certificate called a lab-developed diamond grading report. The usual reports of natural diamonds to distinguish them further.

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