Byreuvenveksler
May 04, 2021
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Which gemstones look like diamonds?

Which gemstones look like diamonds?
Which gemstones look like diamonds?

Natural diamonds are unique, loved and exquisite gemstones.

However, there are a lot of substitutes to them. Sometimes even specialists cannot distinguish whether it is a diamond or a look-alike gemstone.

Here is a guide of the most popular gemstones that bear a strong resemblance to diamonds. 

White sapphire

Which gemstones look like diamonds?

Pure corundum is white sapphires are made of. They are: 

– natural

– high durability (hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale)

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

– relatively inexpensive

White topaz

Which gemstones look like diamonds?

White topaz is a colorless variety of the mineral topaz. Their characteristics are: 

– natural

– relative softness (8 on the Mohs scale)

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

– relatively inexpensive

White spinel

Which gemstones look like diamonds?

Spinel is a naturally occurring mineral that is occasionally used as a diamond substitute. It is a white stone which is: 

– natural

– relative softness (around 8 on the Mohs scale)

– optical properties are similar to those of a diamond

– expensive (due to its rarity)

Moissanite

Which gemstones look like diamonds?

Moissanite is a form of silicon carbide. This stone is: 

– laboratory-created stone

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

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

– relatively inexpensive

Cubic zirconia

Which gemstones look like diamonds?

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

Because they are more affordable than actual diamonds, lookalikes might be a good option. However, always get a certificate before making a purchase if you are looking for a real diamond and do not want to make a mistake.

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