What is the difference between a synthetic diamond and a simulated diamond?
Hi, this is Matt Meis and I am the owner and operator of RussianBrilliants.net. We create custom design wedding, anniversary and special occasion fine jewelry set in solid gold and platinum and set with the world’s finest simulated diamonds, Russian Brilliants® Simulated Diamonds. I wanted to talk today just briefly about a very important distinction that I think a lot of people are confused about, and that is the difference between a synthetic diamond and a simulated diamond. In today’s market where there are lots of simulated diamond products to choose from, and there are a variety of synthetic diamonds on the market now also, I think it is important to really understand the distinctions between the two.
A synthetic material is chemically and physically exactly the same as the natural material. So, for example, a synthetic chemical or drug is in every way exactly the same as the naturally occurring material found in nature. So a synthetic diamond is chemically and physically exactly the same as a natural diamond that came out of the ground. As one synthetic diamond company likes to say, it was grown above ground as opposed to below ground.
A simulated material, on the other hand, is not exactly the same chemically and physically as the natural material. It simulates or imitates the physical appearance of that material but it is not chemically and physically the same thing. It is a different material pretending, we might say, to be the real thing.
When it comes to synthetic diamonds there are a few major players in that industry. The one that I like the most is the company called Gemesis. They started about 10 years ago or more creating mostly yellow and golden colored synthetic diamonds. In the last couple of years they perfected the colorless synthetic diamond and you can go to www.gemesis.com and see a wide variety of colorless synthetic diamonds which are physically and chemically exactly the same as the natural material. You will find that you are limited in the stone sizes that are available because the process can only grow a crystal up to about a carat and a half in size. Most of what you see in the synthetic diamond world is under a carat and a half in size and the pricing is not that much different from a natural stone. You still pay a few thousand dollars for a one carat stone.
On the other hand, there are huge array of simulated diamond companies. We are one of the better known, I am happy to say. A simulated diamond product, as I said, is not the same thing as a real diamond. It is another material that is attempting to, as much as possible, look like a diamond. One way to tell that you are looking at a simulated and not a synthetic diamond is that the cost is much less, perhaps a few hundred dollars, whereas you are going to pay a few thousand dollars for a decent quality synthetic diamond. All of the simulated diamonds that are on the market, from the very inexpensive stuff to the better quality material like Russian Brilliants and a handful of others that you will find, are in the few hundred dollar per carat range. So if you are on a site or you are talking to someone about a synthetic diamond and they tell you it is only a few hundred dollars, you know that they either don’t know what they are talking about or they are intentionally misleading you, because if it is a few hundred dollars per carat it is definitely a simulated diamond. If you are really looking at a synthetic diamond it is going to be a few thousand dollars per carat.
This is a very brief explanation of the differences between synthetic and simulated diamonds. There is a lot more to say about this and I am sure I’ll be back sometime in the future to go into more detail, but I just thought it was important to let you know that there are some major distinctions between a synthetic material and a simulated material and I hope that this brief explanation has been helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact us at www.RussianBrilliants.net if you have any questions at all or you can email me directly at email@example.com. We look forward to the opportunity to assist you.
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