About Synthetic Diamonds
Diamonds are a girl's best friend — but they are awfully expensive. When you want BFFs that have the sparkle of precious stones but do not break the bank, try synthetic diamonds instead. You can choose from cubic zirconia, moissanite, and man-made diamonds. Cubic zirconia is a laboratory gem that has been around since the 1970s. It is not as hard as a real diamond, but it has more sparkle and brilliance. Unlike a natural diamond, it has no inclusions and is totally colorless, so some manufacturers add in deliberate imperfections to make it look closer to the real thing. Moissanite came on the market in 1998 with a look that is closer to natural diamonds, as it has small inclusions. Although it is softer than real diamonds, it is more radiant. For men that want to propose with jewelry that looks as close as possible to a diamond ring, man-made diamonds are the best option. They are pure carbon, just like real diamonds. However, they lack the long geological history of natural stones. Square cut or pear-shaped, there is a wealth of synthetic diamonds available in the vast inventory on eBay for diamond engagement rings or any other settings.