In the opinion of Beverly Diamonds experts, artificial diamonds are classified into different types like the lab-created diamonds and simulated diamonds. However, some sellers opine that both types of diamonds are similar in some aspects. They may look similar in appearance or even in the quality. However, there are some differences between them.
How to detect the lab created diamonds
If you examine a lab-created diamond’s visual, physical and chemical aspects, you will see that it is like mined diamonds because it employs various technologies such as HPHT and CVD during its processing. Many experts call the diamond made from this process lab-created diamonds.
Regarding gemological properties, a simulated diamond is the same as a lab-created diamond. Simulated diamonds only resemble the diamond stones, but are of different materials. White sapphire and rhinestones are examples for simulated diamonds. Recently, the latest model of simulated diamond known as hybrid diamonds was introduced.
How to detect the simulated diamonds
Diamond experts at Beverly Diamonds encourage customers to pay attention to properties of simulated diamonds before buying them. Although several features and properties are quite similar in both types of diamonds (simulated diamonds and lab created diamonds), it is entirely necessary to separate them into two categories.
Simulated diamonds are often observed with lots of flaws. The best way to identify a simulated diamond from a lab created diamond is by checking the hardness. The simulated diamonds are not as hard as created diamonds. Furthermore, simulated diamonds have an external coating that fades during time. A close examination will indeed reveal the coating or poor polishing.
Despite the mentioned flaws with simulated diamonds, there are certain areas where they can compete with genuine diamonds. Some of the latest versions of simulated diamonds, for instance, hybrid diamonds come very close to real diamonds regarding fire and brilliance. There are two different reasons why some people prefer simulated diamonds to genuine diamonds: the brilliance and the price. Latest models of simulated diamonds are as brilliant or even more brilliant than real diamonds. Besides that, they are quite cheaper than genuine diamonds.
If you are planning to buy a diamond for a lifetime, I would recommend you to buy a real diamond instead of going for a simulated diamond. If you still have any questions about rocks, consider reading a couple of Beverly Diamonds blogs and our diamond education page.