There can be a lot of confusion between simulated and natural diamonds, and we're here to help! It can often be difficult to see the difference, but simulated and natural diamonds are quite unique.
Natural diamonds are often set in solid 14kt gold or platinum, while simulated diamonds are often used in vermeil (or plated) pieces. It's important to know which type of diamonds and metal in your pieces to best know how to care for and clean them!
These diamonds are, well, natural! They were not created in a lab but by mother nature herself. Natural diamonds are made up of carbon atoms and due to the bonds between them, create an extremely hard structure. Diamonds form deep below the earth, sometimes over millions of years. This is why natural diamonds often have impurities such as yellowish coloring.
These Imitation diamonds have different chemical and physical properties than diamonds, but can look almost identical to the naked, untrained eye. Though they look like diamonds, simulated diamonds are not as durable as natural diamonds and are actually softer. There are different kinds of simulated diamonds, the most popular being Cubic Zirconium. They are almost always without impurities, unlike natural diamonds.
- Chemicals will dull the sparkling of both natural and simulated diamonds, so try your best to take them off while using household cleaners and before applying lotions/perfumes.
- Since diamonds scratch each other, be sure to store them separately from your other diamonds. Simulated diamonds will always be easier to scratch than natural diamonds.
- Have your natural diamonds professionally cleaned every 6 months, as well as having your diamonds pieces checked for loose or broken prongs!
- For simulated diamonds not set in solid gold, be sure to follow the cleaning instructions for plated jewelry.
Photos by Jenni Dowie.