Cultured, simulated and mined diamonds, key differences

Man-made. Mined. Simulate. With all the different types of diamonds and fake diamonds available on today’s market, when you are shopping for diamonds or engagement rings, it’s easy to be a bit confused about what is what. Use this blog as your ultimate go-to guide that examines the differences in lab-grown, natural, and artificial diamonds.


To start this off, it’s important that you know what the different types of diamonds are then we will break down how they differ.

What are simulated diamonds?

Cubic zirconia (CZ). Moissanite. YAG. Chances are that you have heard some of these terms used as they are names for different types of fake diamonds. Imitation diamonds are also known as simulated diamonds, and they include several different types of gemstones that are naturally clear such as white zircon, white sapphire, or even clear quartz. Because these false diamonds simply imitate the real thing, there is no comparison in terms of durability and the true look of a real diamond versus a faux.

What are cultured diamonds?

Diamonds that are grown in the laboratory setting are authentic diamonds that go by a few different names: man-made, lab-grown, engineered, and synthetic. These types of diamonds are grown in advanced and highly controlled labs. Modern technology is used to expose carbon to an environment that imitates the extremely high pressures and high temperatures that transform carbon into diamonds deep within the earth’s mantle. Cultured diamonds that are grown in highly qualified laboratories are identical in terms of chemical, physical, and optical properties as mined diamonds.

What are earth-mined diamonds?

Diamonds that are found deep within the earth and are mined are called earth-mined diamonds. While the exact timeframe is unknown, scientists estimate that most diamonds were formed billions of years ago. Their formation was a result of carbon being exposed to extremely high heat and pressure, which results in a diamond.


Worldwide, there are miners who dig deep within the earth to extract these diamonds. The practice of diamond mining is a source of much skepticism because there is widespread destruction left at the site, and the diamond trade is often used to fund wars and ongoing conflicts in some countries. For this very reason, diamonds that are known to come out of war-stricken nations are sometimes referred to as “blood diamonds”.

Is a lab-made diamond a real diamond?

Absolutely. Even though they originate from different processes, they display the same optical and chemical properties as natural diamonds.

What are the differences between lab-grown diamonds and earth-mined diamonds?

Keeping it simple, there is truly only one difference between diamonds grown in the lab and diamonds grown in the earth, and that is their point of origin. Both types of diamonds are composed of pure carbon atoms arranged tetrahedrally. They are identical in terms of chemical, optical, and physical properties. They look exactly like the diamonds you find in the earth, or even better thanks to technology.

How durable are lab-grown diamonds compared to mined diamonds?

Diamonds are known to last forever because they are one of the hardest substances on earth. Diamonds rank a 10 on the Mohs scale , which is the scale of hardness that classifies minerals. It doesn’t matter if you get a diamond from the earth or a lab, you can be sure that it is still going to be a 10 on Mohs. Additionally, the toughness and stability of the two types of diamonds also bear no difference.

Do lab diamonds cost the same as earth-mined diamonds?

No, they don’t. In fact, on average lab-grown diamonds are about 30 percent less than their mined counterparts. This makes them a very appealing option for consumers who want to buy a loose diamond or a diamond ring on a budget.

How do simulated diamonds compare to real diamonds (both lab-grown and earth-mined)?

To put it bluntly, they don’t. Ok, maybe that is not entirely fair to say that pseudo or simulated diamonds don’t compare at all to real diamonds, because they are definitely very sparkly stones that are often used in engagement and wedding rings.


They are different in terms of their structure and chemical makeup from real diamonds. The two most common stones used as fake diamonds are cubic zirconia (CZ) and moissanite.

Real lab-grown diamond jewelry

Now, comes the fun part. In order to show you how truly stunning and identical lab-grown diamonds are compared to mined diamonds, we have gathered a few examples of our top-selling memorial diamond jewelry.


Smart linear round-cut 14k white gold earring set with blue cremation diamonds

These stunning earrings are sleek and oh so modern. The simple design warrants the inclusion of the word “smart” in their title. If you are someone that wants to show off the cremation diamonds that you had made from a loved ones’ ashes or hair, but you don’t want something that is too large and flashy, but still more complex than a set of diamond studs, then these earrings might be the perfect match for you.


Round-cut halo 18k yellow gold earrings with clear cremation diamonds

Classy and gorgeous, these cremation stud earrings feature elaborate displays of jewels with a large cremation diamond in the center of each one. The combination of white diamonds paired with classic yellow gold makes these earrings compatible with practically any outfit or other accessories. These earrings are ideal for someone who wants to keep them on all the time, no matter if they are dressed casual or formal

Ocean wave solitaire 14k white gold ring with a red cremation diamond

The smooth curvy lines of this cremation ring resemble the waves of the ocean. Unpredictable. Beautiful. Powerful. If you are someone who loves the ocean, or the person who was cremated did, this type of cremation ring is perfect to bring out that aspect. Even if you like nothing to do with the ocean, the smooth lines of this ring gives it a very modern and sleek design that is simple enough to coordinate well with most outfits.

Crown princess-cut platinum ring with orange-yellow diamond


Are you looking for a cremation ring that is truly fit for a princess? Look no further than this crown princess cremation ring that simply screams royalty. The elaborate bands adorned with jewels that go all the way around the ring are a very impressive and gorgeous touch. The orange-yellow diamond in the center gives this haughty piece a calm ambiance. The color of this cremation diamond is neutral enough that this ring can be paired with most styles.

Charming bezel set 14k white gold pendant setting with a greenish-yellow cremation diamond

It really doesn’t get more feminine than this adorable flower-shaped cremation pendant with a greenish-yellow center stone. If you are a woman looking for a very stylish cremation necklace, you should not overlook our flower-shaped cremation pendant. This piece is also very suiting to memorialize someone who loved flowers. Flowers truly look good with anything and so does this pendant, making it a versatile piece.


Four-prong 14k white/yellow gold heart pendant with a clear cremation diamond

Intricate yet clean and simple at the same time, the beauty of this cremation diamond pendant cannot be understated. Our selection of heart-shaped pendants are very popular choices because people find comfort in placing the cremation diamond not only close to their heart by wearing it on a necklace, but also within a heart on the jewelry itself. This stunning piece combines both white and yellow gold, making it the perfect accessory to pair with any other type of jewelry you might be wearing.