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    Mar 21

    Diamond jewelry is a favorite for commemorating life’s milestones, from engagements and anniversaries to special birthdays and achievements. Diamonds are treasured because they are rare, beautiful and a symbol of strength and endurance, but they are also considered special because of their value.

    eng-p-12-3518_1_265×172.jpgDiamond jewelry is unique because diamonds are unique. Simulated and synthetic diamonds are separate gemstones entirely, and no matter how carefully they are crafted or constructed, they will never equal natural diamonds in terms of their hardness, weight and every other property that makes diamonds, diamonds. The only thing that looks, feels and lasts as long as a natural diamond is a natural diamond.

    What seems like an obvious statement is sometimes clouded by claims made by manufacturers of imitation diamond jewelry. Cubic zirconias, Diamonelle, white corundum, Graffs simulant and synthetically grown diamonds are entirely different gemstones with completely different properties. They are not diamonds, despite what marketing firms and advertising campaigns would like you to believe.

    Comparing natural diamonds to simulated or synthetic diamonds is like comparing oranges to tangerines. They are similar in a lot of ways and they even look and taste alike to some degree, but they are not the same thing. Personal taste dictates which type of citrus fruit or fresh fish tastes better, and the same is true of gemstones. You may prefer your bold, dazzling cubic zirconia drop earrings to the modest studded diamond earrings you own, but hopefully you understand they are not really comparable or equal to diamonds.

    Simulated and synthetic diamond jewelry can be stunning, particularly when these types of gemstones are combined with precious metals. Yet if you want to own or give diamond jewelry as a gift, there is no substitute. If you want a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice, tangerine juice won’t do. On the other hand, if you want tangerine juice, there’s no reason to pay more for the fresh-squeezed orange variety.

    It is understandable why faux diamond jewelry developed as an industry. Diamonds are traditional and beloved gemstones, yet quality natural diamonds are not cheap. Cubic zirconias and other simulated diamonds were developed as a more affordable alternative to the real thing, and many people do enjoy wearing simulated diamond jewelry.

    Unfortunately, advertisements today often mislead consumers when it comes to marketing diamond-style gemstones. They claim their simulated or synthetic gemstones are as beautiful and durable as diamonds, when in fact they are not. They may rival diamonds in terms of sparkle, but they simply are not as durable. Diamonds do not chip, scratch or break, while simulated diamonds do.

    Any company that insists their product is as hard or durable as a diamond and charges a premium price for their like-diamond jewelry is being dishonest. If you wish to own or give gemstone jewelry gifts that are as beautiful and durable as diamonds, invest in diamonds: there is no substitute. You have choices when it comes to choosing gemstones, yet faux diamonds should never be purchased in the hope of belief that they are somehow equivalent to the real thing.

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    4 Responses to “The True Value of Like-Diamond Gemstones”

    1. Eric Brickley Says:

      This article is entirely fabricated to keep you buying natural cartel controlled diamonds. Synthetic diamonds are identical to natural ones, with one exception, they have fewer flaws. They are so identical that even in labs it is near impossible to tell the difference. But you can always keep buying super overpriced false symbols of love.

    2. Kava Kurickman Says:

      This is why I will never, EVER purchase another real diamond gemstone again. I bought a cheap little engagement ring for my (now) wife, and her wedding band arrangement was much nicer, but still under the ‘Ooh, ahh’ price range.

      I go by the adage: Our grandparents and/or great grandparents valued gemstones that were not diamonds in the days before “A Diamond is Forever”, and De Beers corporation. Diamonds are worthless (I did not say valueless) stones.

      I completely agree with the above poster, this article has influence behind it, long before its argument foundation. Do not buy diamonds, even if you CAN certify they are not conflict stones.

    3. Nevada R Says:

      I agree with the two above posters, My husband bought me a beautiful set of real certified canadian Diamonds that set him back a bit and I love my lab grown “fake” diamonds and other gems that he has bought me on my instince that if it looks real than who cares if its not..why pay thousands or tens of thousands or more for a rock..when you can get somthing that is essentianly the same thing “pretty little bobble” I love my wedding set but that’s only because it has sentlementle value not because its real diamonds..this article sounds biased ….

    4. Paula Says:

      I agree with all comments above but would still be upset if my fiance bought me a cubic engament ring, no matter how gorgeous it was.

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