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The Desire To Keep The Diamond Look, Diamond Substitute Options 

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The demand for diamond substitutes is much stronger than most gem and jewelry buyers realize. So why do jewelry buyers look for a substitute for diamonds, it has nothing to do with being allergic to diamonds for sure. The fact is that, few people can resist the glitter and glamor of diamond jewelry. Unfortunately many budgets cannot handle real diamonds. In such a situation, you will have buyers who are willing to make a compromise. They want the diamond look without paying the price for real diamonds. Diamond substitutes are many and can broadly be classified as - natural diamond and artificial diamond substitutes. You would already know that an artificial stone is one that is made by man, it is produced in a factory and has nothing to do with nature. In this report on diamond substitute options, we will discuss the most popular gems that are often used instead of diamonds.

It might seem that, any white (colorless) gem could replace a diamond, and this might be quite true. However, the price, appearance, availability and also the fact whether it is natural or man made does play a role. You need options because, different gems appeal to different buyers. While some buyers might not care much if, the 'diamonds' in their ring were cheap imitations, another set of buyers might insist on having only naturally found gems to achieve their diamond look. This report is quite exhaustive, we frankly analyze various options and give an unbiased view on each of these diamond substitutes.

Cubic Zirconia (CZ):  If you had to go by the quantity of diamond substitutes sold each year, CZ would be a big winner. This is an artificial gem that is factory made to look like a real diamond. You can get cubic zirconia stones in white (colorless) form or in a range of colors too. If you want to use cz as a substitute for diamonds, stay with the lighter color shades - white, pink, yellow and light blue are some suggestions. As time went by, cubic zirconia was manufactured to imitate the color of other gems too and not just diamonds. You might therefore come across names like tanzanite cz, sapphire cz etc. If you wanted the diamond look and did not care whether the stone was natural or synthetic, CZ is a good choice. The gem is cheap and can be had in huge sizes, it is not very tough to get a big 20mm round cubic zirconia gem cut like a diamond. But if you did make a diamond ring with a 10 carat cz stone, it is most likely going to feel like a fake diamond. This is because a 10 carat natural white diamond would cost more than a million dollars. CZ stones are cheap, you can get a dozen 5mm round perfectly cut cubic zirconia stones for less than 100 U.S$. The stone is fairly hard, so you need not worry about durability. You might be interested to know that many, young couples today look for cz wedding and engagement ring. The slowing economic conditions across the globe and rising diamond prices has encouraged this trend.

Zircon: We have deliberately out this gem next to cubic zirconia (cz). Many people get confused with the stones zircon and cubic zirconia, we will give you a clear explanation right here. While CZ is a factory made gem commonly used instead of diamonds, zircon is a natural gem that is mined. At one time, zircon was the most popular diamond substitute. The gem has good glitter and is natural, something that appealed to jewelry buyers. The advent of cubic zirconia (CZ) changed the scenario, and two clear reasons developed for the lower demand of zircon. Many people started getting confused between zircon and cubic zirconia. To make matters worse some gem traders started referring to CZ simply as zirconia, this sounded much like zircon. Another reason for the demand for cubic zirconia over zircon is that, CZ is very much cheaper than zircon. Since CZ is made in a factory, there is never a shortage of this gem. Most smaller sizes of CZ are machine cut, you will never have problems related to matching sets of the stone. On the other hand since zircon is natural, variations in color shades are common, cut styles might also differ because zircon is hand cut. Technically it is a fact that, zircon is not as sturdy and tough as CZ. After all this explanation we would say that, for someone looking for a natural gem as a substitute for diamonds (the diamond look), zircon would be a good idea. This diamond substitute option will obviously cost you more than what cz would Also remember that large sizes of zircon which go beyond 2 to 3 carats are quite expensive.

White Sapphire: Another natural gem that can be used instead of a diamond. Toughness is not a problem when you talk about sapphire as a diamond substitute. On the Mohs scale that goes from 1 to 10 for gem hardness rating, sapphire rates a good 9, this is just 1 step below diamonds that hold the 10 spot. If you decide to use white sapphire as diamond substitutes, you would do good to remain in the 1.5mm to 3mm size range. Larger sizes can get to be more expensive, and hoping for sizes beyond 6mm could be tough. Talking about price, expect white sapphire to be more expensive than zircon the other natural diamond substitute. If you plan to use small white sapphires instead of diamond, give a look at lighter shades of pink sapphires and yellow sapphires too. Matched with blue, violet and even green gems - these colored sapphires can look better than diamonds.

Moissanite: In recent years, the demand and interest in moissanite has grown considerably. This is a man made clone of a material known as silicon carbide. Pure silicon carbide can have a glitter that matches a diamond, unfortunately not much is found in natural condition. A well kept secret to synthesize silicon carbide in a sophisticated manufacturing environment, has allowed a select group of experts to rake in tremendous revenues. Comparing moissanite and natural diamonds, you could say that moissanite comes closest as compared to other diamond alternatives. It also happens to be the most expensive of the diamond substitutes that we have discussed in this report. The interesting thing about moissanite stones is that, they are graded and calibrated on the same standards that natural diamonds are. While the price of moissanite could be around 70% cheaper than what you would pay for natural diamonds of the same grade and size, larger sizes command higher prices (per carat) just like natural diamonds do.


The above discussion should give you a clear idea of options open to your for using gems as diamond substitutes. If you talk about natural white (colorless) stones, you could include danburite, white topaz and probably goshenite (white beryl) too. When it comes to replacing small diamonds in the 1.5 to 2.5mm range with susbstitutes, you could keep one thing in mind. Natural diamonds themselves are available in different grades. It is quite possible that downgrading the diamonds by a step or two, could give a price that falls within your budget. It would ofcourse depend on you budget, and the number of diamonds that you need to use in the design too. You can email us at  for any clarifications or answers that you need related to gemstones and jewelry. We will be glad to help, you will never be under any obligation to make a purchase.


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