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If you are looking for a traditional engagement ring, but are concerned about buying so-called conflict or blood diamonds "from Africa, may want to consider the various alternatives for diamonds that are available in the market for use as the centerpiece of her engagement ring.

Piedras Natural

An engagement ring does not have to have a diamond as center pieces. Other natural gemstones have been used for jewelry and rings commitment for many years. In addition to natural diamonds, two of the precious stones that are suitable for the use of engagement rings are white or colorless sapphires and white or colorless topaz. Sapphires and topaz come in many different colors in nature. Sapphires and topaz is colorless and colorless rare in nature and the natural gray stone yellow color are often treated to be colorless. In general, sapphires and topaz are less expensive than natural diamonds.

Sapphires make good diamond stand-ins, because her radiance and brilliance and hardness are close to that of natural stones. Sapphire Prices range from a few dollars per carat of thousands of dollars per carat. The price of a sapphire can also be determined by the four C's: color, clarity, cut and carat. Topaz is the hardest natural mineral third behind the diamonds and sapphires, but lack the luster and fire. But the hardness of the stone allowed to have a glare that makes for some of the luster missing.

Man-Made Diamonds

Manmade diamonds, also called synthetic lab-created, manufactured, grown in the laboratory, or diamonds grown, are real diamonds. They have the same chemical, physical and optical qualities of natural gemstones, except that they are manmade in a laboratory. Man-made stones are virtually indistinguishable from the natives. Synthetics sold in jewelry stores should have some mark, such as laser etching, to identify it as laboratory grown. Man-made diamonds are becoming increasingly popular, but still not as common real stones or fake stones and have only a small part of the market.

Much like natural stones, lab grown colored diamonds are more common than colorless stones. In general the man made stones are less expensive than natural disasters. However, due to their rarity and greater demand for them, some man-made diamonds are actually more expensive than the real things. Most lab grown stones produced today remains one carat or smaller and is used in industrial applications.

Some companies that manufacture Synthetic diamonds are Apollo Diamond, Gemesis, Chatham, Tairus, and Adia Diamonds.

Diamond Simulates

Not to be confused with the man or laboratory-grown diamonds, simulated or imitation diamonds are not diamonds at all. Simula are made of other materials such as zirconium oxide (zirconia cubic) or silicon carbide (Moissanite), and not based on carbon, such as diamonds or artificial facts.

The best known and the best example price of a simulated diamond is cubic zirconia (CZ), which has been around since 1976. Other mimics include Russian Diamonds and Diamond Nexus, which are cubic zirconium based stones, although at a higher quality. Moissanite is a lab created by minerals which is a very good simulator. The stones are actually brighter than real diamonds and almost as hard. Moissanite is to get a fan base even though it is quite expensive compared to natural disasters diamonds

Visually, the Czech Republic and the other simulates are so similar to real diamonds that even an experienced jeweler or gemologist can not always tell the difference. However, tests using appropriate equipment you can choose a real diamond CZ. White sapphire white topaz and when used as a stand for a diamond engagement ring or other diamond jewelry are considered simulated.

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For more tips on finding an affordable engagement ring visit http://www.buy-engagement-ring-guide.com where you’ll find this and more about engagement rings, natural and man made diamonds, and other gemstones.

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