What is a Real Diamond?
What’s “Real” vs. What’s Not “Real”
Lab-grown and mined diamonds are both real. They are chemically, physically and optically identical. The atomic crystal structures of lab-grown and mined diamonds are exactly the same.
Diamonds are made of pure carbon atoms and are the hardest material on earth. Lab-grown and mined diamonds are both 10 on the Mohs hardness scale.
Diamonds can only be produced in very specific and unique growing conditions. The lab-grown process precisely duplicates the growing conditions of mined diamonds.
The pretenders: cubic zirconia, ytrium aluminum garnet (YAG), gadolinium gallium garnet (GGG), tausonite (strontium titanate), titania (synthetic rutile) and moissanite rank from 5 to 8.5 on the Mohs scale.
Synthetic or simulated diamonds don’t have the same chemical properties as diamonds. They may be natural occurring minerals or man-made, but are not pure carbon like lab-grown and mined diamonds.
Some synthetic or simulated diamonds may cost $100 per carat, but rarely more.