Do you know your 4 c’s? Clarity, cut, color, and carat, are the 4 values used to evaluate diamonds. It’s a careful evaluation process, where professional jewelers slowly check the diamond’s ability in each category. The higher the rating, the higher the price tag in the jewelry store.
Every year all across the globe almost 57,000 pounds of diamonds are being mined. Yet, even though the world is full of naturally occurring diamonds, fake diamonds are rising as the new favorite choice in the fashion world.
On top of being less expensive, synthetic diamonds have special properties that can make them shine even brighter than the real thing. Engagement rings, necklaces, bracelets, and pendants, are all benefiting from these look-alike rocks.
Yet, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you could wind up majorly disappointed. Read on to find out how to get the best fake diamond jewelry pieces.
Engagement Rings with Fake Diamonds
If someone decides to put a ring on your finger this year, you might find yourself wearing an engagement piece with synthetic diamonds. Here are some of the best fake diamonds for engagement rings we’ve seen come out this year.
- Sterling silver cubic zirconia
- Platinum cubic zirconia
- Rhodium plating
In many cases, engagement rings that use synthetic diamonds will sparkle even more brilliantly than the real thing.
Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia
A cubic zirconia stone is a type of synthetic diamond that looks fabulous for engagement rings. Rings made with a band of sterling silver are a great way to showcase your synthetic diamonds.
The classic looking silver band typically goes best with one large cubic zirconia stone and several smaller ones circling it. The result is an authentic-looking ring with a hint of elegance.
Platinum Cubic Zirconia
Are you looking for an inconspicuous ring, yet still hold’s it’s beauty? Platinum-plated bands with one round synthetic diamond are an inexpensive yet elegant ring design.
If you do end up getting a platinum-plated band, we suggest cleaning it using a special jewelry cloth instead of soap. Sometimes, cleaning synthetic diamonds with regular soap can cause oxidation. Instead, play it safe by only cleaning the ring with a jewelry cloth and always taking your ring off whenever you wash your hands.
Rhodium plating is the best way to make your synthetic diamond sparkle, just like a real one! When you combine metallic rhodium plating with a well-cut fake diamond, the result is a shiny, authentic, looking piece of jewelry. We suggest looking into different variations of ring bands such as thin braids, and infinity braidings.
Necklaces and Pendants
Whether it’s for a romantic partner, a family member, close friend, or even yourself, there’s a perfect pendant for almost any type of situation. Here are a few diamond synthetics that look great in a necklace or pendant setting:
- Moissanite pendants
- White sapphire necklaces
- Rutile pendants
While cubic zirconia is the most popular diamond substitute, that doesn’t mean it’s the only one worth looking at.
Moissanite is a naturally occurring, rare mineral that was first found by French chemist Henri Moissan back in 1905. While moissanite minerals have chemical properties close to diamonds, they sparkle brighter.
The high refractive index makes it easy for moissanite minerals to create a rainbow-like sparkle. You can use either yellow gold, white gold, or sterling silver, to create the plating for your moissanite pendant. For a truly unique shine, find a pendant that uses both moissanite minerals and blue sapphire.
White sapphire is a colorless type of sapphire that does a great job of imitating diamonds. White sapphires don’t have to go through the same grading process as diamonds. That’s why it’s always a good idea to evaluate your white sapphire based on how it looks without any magnification.
Rutile is a mineral made up of mainly titanium dioxide, which makes it ideal for different types of cuts. We suggest using rutile in pendants with other gemstones since this mineral has a yellow hint of color to it.
Fake Diamond Bracelets
To get the most out of your dollar, we suggest buying versatile bracelet pieces that use fake diamonds. Versatile bracelet pieces are ones that will go along well with the jewelry collection you already have.
Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when purchasing your next fake diamond bracelet:
- Tennis bracelets
- Colored diamonds
- Classic styles
Start by looking at the jewelry you already have in your box, to get a feel for what your style of jewelry already looks like. Then, look for fake diamond bracelet pieces that you can mix and match with the necklaces and earrings you already have.
Are you an elegant individual, who always likes to look like the cover of a magazine? A synthetic diamond tennis bracelet is the perfect choice for someone who already tends to wear real or fake diamonds. Tennis bracelets are great versatile bracelet choices because they can dress up boring work outfits and date clothes.
As you look into your jewelry box, do you see a hodgepodge collection of different jewelry pieces? For the individual who loves variety, consider getting bracelet pieces that have different colors.
A great place to start is with a bracelet that uses fake colored diamonds. For fun, try taking bulky colored pieces of jewelry and adding them to an already colorful outfit. As you walk around in the sunlight, natural light will sparkle and bounce off the rainbow-colored gemstones.
If you want your jewelry to compliment your outfit, rather than steal the show, classically styled pieces will be your best option. We suggest finding bracelets that use cubic zirconia to simulate the diamond experience.
Fake diamonds are an incredible way to save money and still shine brightly. Yet, just because synthetic diamonds are less expensive than real ones, that doesn’t mean you should rush into buying anything. Instead, we suggest you take your time and slowly grow your jewelry collection, with pieces you truly love.
We find that one of the best places to start is by purchasing a ring that uses synthetic diamonds. Rings are also an easy way to step up your fashion game, without having to redo your entire wardrobe.
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