Gemstones looking like diamonds

Gemstones looking like diamonds

Diamonds are unique, cherished and exquisite gemstones.

However, there are plenty of alternatives of mined diamonds. Sometimes even gemologists can’t distinguish a diamond look-alike from a real stone.

Here is a guide of the most popular gemstones that look like diamonds:

▫️ White sapphire

White sapphire is made of pure corundum.

– natural stone

– high durability (hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness from 1 to 10)

– optical properties differ from those of the real diamond (white sapphire has more muted, silvery sparkle)

– relatively inexpensive

▫️ White topaz

White topaz is a colorless variety of the mineral topaz.

– natural stone

– relative softness (8 on the Mohs scale)

– optical properties differ from those of the real diamond (over time the brightness and shininess of white topaz will fade)

– relatively inexpensive

▫️ White spinel

A naturally occurring mineral, spinel is a stone whose white variety is sometimes used as a diamond imitation.

– natural stone

– relative softness (around 8 on the Mohs scale)

– optical properties are similar to those of a real diamond

– expensive (due to its rarity)

▫️ Moissanite

Moissanite is a form of silicon carbide.

– laboratory-created stone

– high durability (9,25 on the Mohs scale)

– optical properties differ from those of a real diamond (more shimmering than a diamond and also sparkles in more colors when light enters it)

– relatively inexpensive

▫️Cubic zirconia

Cubic zirconia is a form of zirconium dioxide.

– laboratory-created stone – relative durability (8,5 on the Mohs scale)

– optical properties are similar to those of the real diamond

– relatively cheap

▫️ Zircon

Zircon has the prestige of being the oldest mineral found on earth.

– natural stone

– high softness (6,5-7,5 on the Mohs scale)

– optical properties are quite similar to those of the real diamond (also zircon is more opaque)

– relatively inexpensive

Diamond lookalikes may be the perfect alternative to real ones due to their price. However, if you are looking for a real diamond and do not want to make a mistake, always ask for a certificate before making a purchase.

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