The Agape Simulated Diamond vs. CZ and Moissanite
Our Simulated Diamonds are different from inexpensive CZ and Moissanite in several ways. These differences result in a superior diamond simulant that better resembles the qualities of a natural diamond.
The main difference is that an inexpensive CZ is a much softer and porous stone, thus making it very susceptible to chipping and scratching. CZ absorbs dirt and oils and becomes milky and cloudy in a short period of time and eventually it will appear yellowish and looses its fire and ability to disperse light. CZs are usually faceted in an attempt to mimic the natural brilliance of a diamond, but because of their softness, the faceting is very rounded, not sharp and crisp. The typical Cubic Zirconia is a very short-lived stone and mainly used for inexpensive fashion jewelry.
While Moissanite is beautiful in its own right, it has two main shortcomings. Chemically, it is made of silicon carbide and unlike a diamond; it has a different crystal structure and refractive index. It is hexagonal vs. cubic, which makes it doubly refractive - which is not a desirable quality in replicating a natural diamond.
For this reason, Moissanite jewels are cut along the optic axis of the crystal to different proportions and faceting as to minimize the effects. This cutting style makes it very noticeable and different from a diamond since the internal faceting is different. In particular, Moissanite round stones are oddly cut to allow a circular window in the center where it goes completely clear when viewed straight on, instead of reflecting light back, and no natural diamond would ever be cut like this.
Moissanite's higher index of refraction (brilliance) and much greater dispersion (fire) than either a diamond or a simulant, also makes it easy to the naked eye to distinguish it form a diamond. Where the best quality diamonds and diamond simulants have a D color (virtually colorless), a Moissanite stone has a slight yellow tinge to it that is very noticeable in indoor lighting and which also becomes more noticeable with increasing carat sizes.
In addition, square shapes in Moissanite like the princess cut and radiant cut; will show even more obvious tinting due to their lower brilliance as compare to rounds.
The Agape Simulated Diamond
Our Diamond Simulants are carefully crafted to be nearly flawless and colorless in every way. They resemble the same optical characteristics, have the ability to cut glass and can be shaped into all the same styles as natural diamonds. In most experts’ opinions, the Agape Diamond is a superior alternative to a natural diamond because for the same cut, clarity, color and carat of a natural diamond that would fetch tens of thousands of dollars, our simulated diamonds of VVS1 quality rating are a mere fraction of the cost.
We invite you to see for yourself why smart buyers have made Agape Simulated Diamonds their natural choice.