General Stone Comparison


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Properties

Earth Mined Diamonds

Diamond Hybrid®

Lab-Created Diamonds

Cubic Zirconia

Moissanite

% of Diamond Bonds 100% solid 85% in infused outer layer 100% solid 0% 0%
MOHS Hardness Scale 10 Overall hardness 9.1 / Outer layer 9.6 10 8.0 to 8.5 9.25
Cut Varies on cost Ideal, Hearts and Arrows Varies on cost Varies on cost Cut to correct its doubly refractive index
Color D to F (colorless) to S to Z (yellow) D to F - Colorless Anywhere from D to F (colorless) to S to Z (yellow) D - Shows yellows and greens under UV light I to J - Tinges of yellows, grays and greens
Clarity Variable - Nearly always a birth mark Internally flawless to VS2 VS to SI I to F VS1 to VS2
Carat Cost $12,000.00 $358.00 From $ 1,500.00 $20.00 $350.00

Diamond Hybrid® vs. Cubic Zirconia


Cubic Zirconia (CZ) has been the most popular diamond alternative for years. Before the advent of superior and more durable man-made diamond coatings and cultured diamonds, cubic zirconia was the most common consumer choice for a more affordable diamond alternative.

MiaDonna & Co. has taken man-made diamond alternative technology to a whole new level. The Diamond Hybrid consists of a non-precious core that is infused with an enhanced form of man-made diamond giving our hybrid stone a hardness that is nearly two times greater than CZ, a brilliance and light play that is undecipherable from a natural diamond and a non-stick, non-porous surface that repels dirt and grime superbly. The end result is a diamond simulant that is far more brilliant, durable and diamond like than cubic zirconia could ever be.

Properties

Diamond Hybrid®

Cubic Zirconia

Summary

Color Averaging D to F (colorless) D - shows yellows and greens under UV light The Diamond Hybrid throws out the same color patterns as very fine earth-mined diamonds, both under short and long wave UV lights, indoors and outdoors.
Cut Ideal, hearts and arrows, cut by hand CZ (varies on cost) The Diamond Hybrid throws out the same color patterns as very fine earth mined diamonds, both under short and long wave UV lights, indoors and outdoors.
Index of Refraction Analysis shows excellent averaging 2.24 Avg, 2.15 - Gives off a glassy appearance Analysis shows our Diamond Hybrid averages a refractive index nearly identical to a natural diamond giving our hybrid stones an incredibly realistic brilliance that is incomparable to any other simulant being produced in the diamond alternative industry.
SP3 Carbon Diamond Bonds (%) 85% in its infused outer layer 0% Our hybrid stone contains 85% SP3 carbon diamond bonds in its infused outer layer. These are the same bonds that make up real diamonds.
Clarity IF to VS2 IF Each Diamond Hybrid comes with a technology verification card from the GIA certified Global Gemological Lab and is guaranteed to average a VVS1 to VS2 in clarity. The natural feathering that occurs in the applied diamond layer gives the hybrid stone a more desirable, realistic, natural diamond like appearance.
MOHS Hardness Scale Overall hardness 9.1 / Outer layer 9.6 8.0 to 8.5 While the infused man-made diamond layer by itself has a hardness of 9.6 once infused with the core the overall hardness of the entire stone is 9.1. This means our hybrid stone is as hard or even slightly harder than a natural Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald.
Cuts Glass Yes Yes Glass has a hardness of 5.5 on the MOHS scale. CZ is 8.5 and cuts glass. Cutting glass is not a good qualifier to identify quality products.
Polish/Symmetry By diamond powder / Excellent By diamond powder / Varies The Diamond Hybrid has perfect symmetry and polish.

Diamond Hybrid® vs. Moissanite


Moissanite made its way onto the jewelry scene as a man-made diamond alternative in the late 1990’s. Synthetic Moissanite has some similarities to natural diamonds and is very hard on the Mohs Scale but has always been considered inferior with its I grade color and doubly refractive index. Moissanite failed to surpass its predecessor, cubic zirconia, in popularity before other superior man made diamond technologies entered the market.

MiaDonna & Co. has taken man-made diamond alternative technology to a whole new level. The Diamond Hybrid consist of a non-precious core that is infused with an enhanced form of man-made diamond giving our hybrid stone superb hardness, a brilliance and light play that is undecipherable from a natural diamond and a non-stick, non-porous surface that repels dirt and grime superbly. The end result is a diamond simulant that is far more brilliant, affordable and realistically diamond like than Moissanite could ever be.

Properties

Diamond Hybrid®

Moissanite

Summary

Color


D to F
Colorless

I to J
Tinges of yellows, grays and greens

The Diamond Hybrid is far superior to Moissanite in color and it holds it superiority in larger carats as well as smaller carats. The larger you go with Moissanite the greener it's going to get.

Cut


Ideal, hearts and arrows, cut to the highest standards.

Cut to correct its doubly-refractive index.

The Diamond Hybrid will grade excellent to very good on the AGS cutting scale and are cut just like earth-mined diamonds by hand. Moissanite needs to be cut differently than a natural diamond in an attempt to correct some of it's blurred or duplicated appearance.

Index of Refraction


Analysis shows excellent averaging 2.24

Avg, 2.67

Analysis shows the Diamond Hybrid averages a refractive index nearly identical to a natural diamond giving our hybrid stones an incredibly realistic brilliance. Moissanite is significantly shinier when viewed next to a fine earth-mined diamond giving it an unnatural appearance.

Internal Crystal Structure


Face-Centered-Cubic/Singly refractive.
Same as a diamond.


Hexagonal/Doubly refractive

The crystal structure of the Diamond Hybrid is identical to an earth mined diamond, which gives it the same light play as a natural diamond. Moissanite's hexagonal structure creates birefringence a problem that splits light within the crystal giving it its doubly refractive blurry or fuzzy appearance.

Clarity


Internally Flawless to VS2

VS1 to VS2


Each Diamond Hybrid comes with a technology verification card from the GIA certified Global Gemological Lab and is guaranteed to average VVS1 to VS2 in clarity. The natural feathering that occurs in the applied diamond layer gives the hybrid stone a more desirable, realistic, natural diamond like appearance.

Percentage of SP3 Carbon Diamond Bonds


85% in its infused outer layer

0%


The Diamond Hybrid contains 85% SP3 carbon diamond bonds in the infused outer layer when tested under Raman analysis. SP3 bonds are the same bonds that make up real diamonds. Moissanite is made from silicon carbide and contains no SP3 bonds.

MOHS Hardness Scale


Overall hardness 9.1 / Outer layer 9.6

9.25

While the infused lab-created diamond layer by itself has a hardness of 9.6, once infused with the core the overall hardness of the entire stone is 9.1. This means our hybrid stone is as hard or even slightly harder than a natural Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald.

Cuts Glass


Yes

Yes

Glass has a hardness of 5.5 on the MOHS scale. CZ is 8.5 and cuts glass. Cutting glass is not a good qualifier to identify quality products.

Polish/Symmetry

By diamond powder. Excellent

By diamond powder. Varies

The Diamond Hybrid has perfect symmetry and polish.

Diamond Hybrid® vs. Mined


Earth-mined diamonds are undoubtedly the most beloved gemstones of all time. The breathtaking beauty and rare physical qualities of the diamond have inspired substantial advancements in the science of simulant and grown gem technologies. These technologies paved the way for successors to fulfill consumer demand for a superior man-made diamond alternative that is not only more affordable, but can be produced under ethical, eco-friendly conditions and guaranteed conflict free.

Our Diamond Hybrid® consists of a non-precious core that is infused with an enhanced form of man-made diamond, giving our hybrid stone increased hardness, a brilliance and light play that is undecipherable from a natural diamond and a non-stick, non-porous surface that repels dirt and grime just like a natural diamond. Our hybrid stone is more affordable, diamond like and natural looking than any other diamond alternative in the industry next to lab grown, cultured diamonds which are also available at MiaDonna.com.

Properties

Diamond Hybrid®

Earth Mined Diamonds

Summary

Color

D to F
Colorless

Average in today’s market is H to J

D to F colors are very rare in earth mined diamonds and would be near $10,000.00 per carat which makes the Diamond Hybrid incredibly affordable at only 3% to 5% the cost of a natural diamond when comparing like colored stones.

Cut

Ideal, Hearts and Arrows, cut by hand

Varies on cost

The Diamond Hybrid will grade excellent to very good on the AGS cutting scale and are cut just like earth-mined diamonds by hand. In fact only 1 in every 1,000 natural diamonds that go to market will ever get to the same level of cut as every single hybrid stone.

Index of Refraction

Analysis shows excellent averaging 2.24

2.42

Analysis shows the Diamond Hybrid averages a refractive index nearly identical to a natural diamond giving our hybrid stones an incredibly realistic, natural diamond like brilliance.

Internal Crystal Structure

Face-Centered-Cubic/Singly Refractive

Face-Centered-Cubic/Singly refractive

The Diamond Hybrid has the identical crystal structure as a mined diamond. Both the hybrid and a natural diamond handle light in the same way, singly refractive, which is why the hybrid possesses such a natural, realistic appearance.

Clarity

Internally Flawless to VS2

Varies - nearly always a birth mark

Each Diamond Hybrid comes with a technology verification card from GIA certified Global Gemological Lab and is guaranteed to average VVS1 to VS2 in clarity. The natural feathering that occurs in the applied diamond layer is allowed to remain in order to give the hybrid stone a more desirable, realistic, natural diamond like appearance.

MOHS Hardness Scale

Overall hardness 9.1 / 9.6 outer layer


10

While the infused man-made diamond layer by itself has a hardness of 9.6, once infused with the core the overall hardness of the entire stone is 9.1. This means our hybrid stone is as hard or even slightly harder than a natural Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald. Only our lab grown, man-made diamonds achieve the same hardness as a natural diamond's 10.

Percentage of SP3 Diamond Carbon Bonds

85% outer layer

100% Solid

The Diamond Hybrid contains 85% of SP3 diamond carbon bonds in its infused outer layer as verified by Raman analysis. Only natural diamonds and our man-made, grown diamonds are 100% solid diamond bonds.

Cuts Glass

Yes

Yes

Glass has a hardness of 5.5 on the MOHS scale. CZ is 8.5 and cuts glass. Cutting glass is not a good qualifier to identify quality products.

Polish/Symmetry

By diamond powder. Excellent

By diamond powder. Varies

Diamond Hybrid has perfect symmetry and polish.

Lab-Created Diamonds vs. Mined


MiaDonna® & Co. has taken lab-created diamond alternative technology to a whole new level. Our lab-created diamonds (also referred to as man-made diamonds, cultivated diamonds, synthetic diamonds, and grown diamonds) are chemically, physically and optically identical to earth-mined diamonds, making them visually indecipherable from earth-mined diamonds. From the specific way that each stone refracts or bends light to the rating on the MOHS hardness scale; lab-created diamonds are an eco-friendly, conflict free and affordable alternative to earth-mined diamonds.

Properties

MiaDonna® Man Made Diamonds

Earth Mined Diamonds

Summary

Chemical Composition

(C) Pure Carbon

(C) Pure Carbon

Both MiaDonna® man-made diamonds and earth-mined diamonds are made from 100% pure crystallized carbon. 

Crystalline Structure

Face-Centered-Cubic / Singly Refractive 

Face-Centered-Cubic / Singly Refractive

Both MiaDonna® lab-created diamonds and earth-mined diamonds share an identical internal crystalline structure resulting in perfectly matching brilliance, fire and scintillation

Refractive Index

2.42


2.42

Because of their identical chemical compositions both lab-created diamonds and earth-mined diamonds have the same density and will refract, or bend, light in the same manner. 

Fire (Light Dispersion)

0.044

0.044

When light enters a lab-created diamond or earth-mined diamond, the dispersion or separation of colored light that comes back out of the diamond is identical.

MOHS Hardness Rating

10

10

Earth-mined diamonds are pure carbon just like lab-created diamonds. As a result their hardness is identical. 

Electron Density

3.52


3.52

The bulk density or electron density of both lab-created diamonds and earth-mined diamonds are identical and subsequently allow them to share the same specific gravity. 

Polish

Diamond powder

Diamond powder

Both MiaDonna® lab-created diamonds and earth-mined diamonds are polished with natural diamond powder to finish the outer surface of the diamond. 

Production

Created in a laboratory with no toxic or harmful
by-products

Open-pit strip mines and underground mines create large amounts of toxic waste 

Earth-mined diamonds are produced in nature, but are limited by corrupt supply lines in order to inflate the price of the diamond. MiaDonna® lab-created diamonds are produced in a modern day lab environment and, at a this point, are only limited by the technology used to grow them.  

Price per carat for identical Cut, Clarity and Color

Lab-created diamonds cost up to 40% less than an earth-mined diamond equivalent.

Earth-mined diamond pricing is dependant on cut, clarity and carat. Anywhere from $20,000 to $250,000

Because fancy colored diamonds are so rare in nature, they are incredibly expensive. This allows for a significant price break when you purchase a fancy colored lab-created diamond.

Eco-Friendly

yes

no

MiaDonna® lab-created diamonds are 100% eco-friendly and are a green product produced with no environmental toxins or damage. Earth-mined diamonds are incredibly destructive to the earth's outer crust and create toxic by-products from the use of mercury and cyanide that infiltrate surrounding watersheds and ecosystems.

Conflict Free

Guaranteed conflict free. 

Almost never produced ethically; Most hide behind the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme 

MiaDonna® lab-created diamonds are 100% conflict-free and contribute to the rebuilding of damaged lives in Africa through The Greener Diamond Foundation. Earth-mined diamonds, regardless of African or Canadian origin, are full of conflict and are nearly all harvested under some sort of human rights violation.

MiaDonna® Lab Created Gems vs. Mined


MiaDonna® offers the most awe-inspiring, precision cut, rarest colored Lab-Created Gemstones available. Scientifically cloned to mimic their natural cousins the Burmese “Pigeons Blood” Ruby, Columbian Emerald and the Ceylon Blue Sri Lankan Sapphire, MiaDonna® Lab-Created Gems are the finest on the planet. Optically, physically and chemically identical in every way to earth-mined gems, these precious gemstones are born in the most technologically advanced natural environment ever produced by man. The only difference between our Lab-Created Gems and natural gems is the fact that these Lab-Created Gems are considerably more affordable, eco-friendly, produced ethically and require no mining or questionable labor practices to produce.

Ruby

MiaDonna® Lab Created (Grown) Rubies

Earth Mined Rubies

Mohs hardness

9

9

Dispersion

0.018

0.018

Refractive Index

1.766

1.766

Quality/Grade

Finest Gem Grade

Varies on price

Conflict Free

Yes, Always

No

Price

$$

$$$$$


Emerald

MiaDonna® Lab Created (Grown) Emeralds

Earth Mined Emeralds

Mohs hardness

8

8

Dispersion

0.4

0.4

Refractive Index

1.576

1.576

Quality/Grade

Finest Gem Grade

Varies on price

Conflict Free

Yes, Always

No

Price

$$

$$$$$


Sapphire

MiaDonna® Lab Created (Grown) Sapphires

Earth Mined Sapphires

Mohs hardness

9

9

Dispersion

0.018

0.018

Refractive Index

1.766

1.766

Quality/Grade

Finest Gem Grade

Varies on price

Conflict Free

Yes, Always

No

Price

$$

$$$$$