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.
Cubic Zirconia (CZ)
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 is made of silicon carbide and unlike a diamond; it has a different crystal structure and refractive index. Its structure is hexagonal instead of cubic, which causes the stone to produce double refraction. For this reason, Moissanite stones are cut along the optic axis of the crystal to different proportions and faceting than those used in a natural diamond as to minimize the effects.
In addition, Moissanite's higher index of refraction (brilliance) and much greater dispersion (fire) than either a diamond or a simulant, give the Moissanite stone a peculiar look. Where the best quality diamonds and diamond simulants are virtually colorless, a Moissanite stone has a slight yellow hue that is very noticeable in indoor lighting.
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.
What is a Simulated Diamond
A Simulated Diamond is a man-made single crystal, which can be manufactured with different materials and designed to simulate the appearance, but not duplicate the characteristic properties of a natural gemstone.
The Agape Simulated Diamond
vs. Natural Diamonds
Not all Simulated Diamonds achieve the look and feel of a natural diamond. Not only your stone has to look like a diamond, but it must also have some of the same optical characteristics.