What is a real diamond?
What is a "Real" Diamond?
Diamond is composed almost entirely of a single element, carbon. It forms under conditions of high temperature and pressure that cause its carbon atoms to bond in essentially the same way in all directions.
This definition of diamond applies to diamonds that come from the earth, as well as those that are created in a laboratory. It does not apply to other materials that might masquerade as diamonds.So when you ask a jeweler for a real diamond, you could be asking for a diamond created by nature or one created in a lab – since both materials qualify as diamond. Reputable jewelers avoid the term “real” altogether and clearly distinguish between natural diamonds, synthetic diamonds, and diamond simulants. Gem Source offers certifications for all natural diamonds sold from our store!
Natural diamonds are one of nature’s wonders. Billions of years old, they formed deep in the earth’s mantle and were brought to the surface by volcanic eruptions.
Synthetic diamonds however, are grown in a laboratory and have essentially the same chemical composition, crystal structure and physical properties as natural diamonds. They are not fakes, but they’re not natural. These synthetic diamonds vary in price and value.
Simulated diamonds on the other hand may look like diamonds, but they do not have the same chemical, physical and optical properties as regular diamonds. Any gem can be imitated by natural materials that closely resemble that particular gem. Various materials have been used for centuries to simulate diamonds, such as glass and colorless quartz, topaz, sapphire, beryl and especially zircon, among other gem materials. If you’re shopping for a diamond imitation, be sure you know what you’re getting and what you’re not!
If you’re considering a natural diamond for an engagement ring, be sure to ask for a grading certificate! The report is your proof that the diamond is natural and that its quality is what the seller describes, giving you the important information you need to make your purchase with confidence.