The Best Looking Fake Diamonds

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The Best Looking Fake Diamonds
Some fake diamonds look almost as good as the real thing. (Jasmin Awad/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Buying a fake diamond ring makes sense for several reasons. The most obvious reason is to save money. Real diamonds can be quite expensive and not everyone has the money for such an expensive present or engagement ring. Another good reason is that some people are just not cut out to wear expensive accessories. Damaging or losing a fake diamond is a lot less stressful than losing a real one. Another good reason to consider a fake diamond is that many of today's faux diamonds look very much like the real thing.

Cubic Zirconia

Cubic zirconia, sometimes referred to as CZ, is made of an amalgamation of zirconium oxide and yttrium oxide. When designed correctly, cubic zirconia can look just like a diamond with the same shine and glimmer. The differences between the two are almost undetectable to the naked eye. However, it will not last as long as a real diamond and will likely begin to discolour or cloud within a few years. But it is a tough material that can weather some wear and tear, making it a good starter stone for someone who is not used to wearing precious items. It is also much cheaper than a real diamond.

White Sapphire

White sapphires are a natural mineral just like diamonds, but are much less expensive. However they do have many similar qualities. White sapphire is almost as hard as diamond and can actually cut glass as well. They are also durable and can withstand wear and tear better than most other diamond substitutes. The untrained eye will have a difficult time telling the difference between white sapphire and a real diamond. This natural gem has beauty and shine and can be cut in styles just like a diamond.


Moissanite is another inexpensive mineral that can be transformed into a beautiful gemstone that mimics diamonds. They were introduced by Charles & Colvard, a gemstone company based in North Carolina, back in 1998. Moissanite is a strong mineral that can be cut into the same designs as diamonds. Its durability is almost as high as a real diamond. The stone is harder than a ruby or emerald and will be undetectable to non-experts. Moissanite is still relatively new to the jewellery scene, but is a much more affordable option than a high-priced diamond.

Diamond Nexus

Diamond nexus is a synthetic gem created in a laboratory. Through modern technology, the company is able to create diamond duplicates that look nearly identical to the real thing. Visually, it will be hard to tell the whether the stone is real or fake. The diamond nexus is as strong and durable as a diamond and can even cut glass, but comes at a much cheaper price. Because it is synthetically made, a diamond nexus can be cut or set in any design desired, and will keep its shine and shape for decades if cared for properly.

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