Man made diamonds has been a dream throughout the ages…. a lot of effort had been put into trying to make actual diamond. Because it proved to be not possible, a lot of effort also went into making colorless gemstones that looked like diamonds, these are called diamond simulants.
The breakthrough finally occurred in 1954 when GE announced that they had successfully made diamonds. These man made diamonds were useful for industrial purposes but more work needed to be done before a gem quality man made diamond was produced.
What man made diamonds are and what they are not….
Man made diamonds are diamonds, 100% diamond, they have the exact same chemical, physical, and optical properties as that of a natural diamond. Man made diamonds are diamonds that are not mined from the earth but instead are made in a laboratory. Cubic Zirconia and Moissanite are not man made diamonds…
Cubic Zirconia (CZ) and Moissanite are diamond simulants.
Man made diamonds do not simulate diamonds because man made diamonds actually are diamonds. Telling the difference between a natural diamond and a man made diamond is possible but it does require some very sophisticated equipment along with special training…. 99.9999% of people will not be able to tell the difference between a man made diamond and a natural diamond.
There are other gemstones which are chemically more complicated than diamond but these gemstones have been easily synthesized in laboratories over the years.
Synthetic ruby has been around since 1837 but man made diamonds are a relative newcomer. Although diamond is composed of only just one element, carbon, getting all those carbon atoms to line up in the proper crystal structure to form diamond has proven to be easier said than done!
So, is a Man Made Diamond Right For You?
Maybe…. Some people like the idea of a man made diamond and some people do not. You would need to find a local jewelry store that offers man made diamonds…. every jeweler will have natural diamonds but not many jewelers will carry man made diamonds.
Man made diamonds are offered at better pricing along with the knowledge that man made diamonds are produced in a socially and environmentally friendly manner. Because of the nature of the manufacturing process, many of the man made diamonds come in colors, primarily yellow. The process is being improved at a fast pace and many different other colors, along with colorless man made diamonds are available.
Here’s an indepth review of a man made diamond performed on a loose diamond sold by Brilliant Earth. The verdict on cut quality and light performance is simply astounding.
Currently the gemological laboratories are issuing “Synthetic Diamond Grading Reports” for man made diamonds…. in the case of GIA’s Gem Trade Laboratory the report uses only 5 clarity and 5 color grades.
Most of the man made diamond manufacturers and the gem labs will laser inscribe on the girdle of a man made diamond that the diamond is a man made diamond. This should make it more difficult for a man made diamond to be passed off as a natural diamond.