Lately we’ve been getting asked about the Diamond Hybrid® and its quality and durability compared to that of earth-mined or lab-created diamonds. While we do our best to educate via our product informational pages, we thought it would be beneficial to directly address a few commonly asked questions related to this Diamond Hybrid® in a single, comprehensive blog post.
But before we get started on the Q&A, let’s point out two critical differences between the Diamond Hybrid® and lab-grown diamonds.
Firstly, the Diamond Hybrid® is a simulant. According to the Collins Dictionary, a simulant is defined as “a thing that simulates or resembles something else.”
Secondly, the Diamond Hybrid® is not as hard as a natural or lab-grown diamond. On the MOHS hardness scale, the Diamond Hybrid® has an overall hardness of 9.1. An earth-mined or lab-grown diamond has a mineral hardness of 10.
With these two covered, let‘s dive into the Q&A:
Q: Will the Diamond Hybrid ever change color or cloud over time, or from liquids and soaps?
A: No. The outer layer of the Diamond Hybrid® is created with lab-grown diamond, which means it is non-porous and will never change color or cloud. Also important to know, the outer layer of lab-grown diamond is NOT a coating or film that will ever disconnect or wear off.
Q: I’m nervous about the strength of the Diamond Hybrid®. Is it possible to crack or chip the Diamond Hybrid®, and if so, what circumstances would cause such damage?
A: Yes, just like any precious stone or material, the Diamond Hybrid® is susceptible to damage, including cracks and chips. But it is important to understand why and how such damage can occur.
As mentioned earlier in this post, the overall hardness of a Diamond Hybrid® is a 9.1 on the MOHS scale. This makes it moderately harder than a Ruby or Sapphire, considerably harder than an Emerald, and twice as hard as a CZ. However, it is not as hard as an earth-mined or lab-grown diamond, and should therefore not be treated like one.
Most commonly we find that the customers who have damaged their Diamond Hybrid have done so on accident, typically from excessive force or contact with a harder material. For example, falling off your bike whilst wearing your ring would certainly damage your Diamond Hybrid if contact is made with an equally hard material. Another example of an activity that could damage your Diamond Hybrid® would be washing the dishes. Seems harmless, right? Well it’s not. Repeated contact with scrubbers or steel brushes can cause very minor scratches on the surface of your Hybrid, often referred to as abrading.
The point here is that some activities, avoidable or not, have the potential to damage your Diamond Hybrid®, and even a earth-mined diamond for that matter. Even though an earth-mined diamond is the hardest substance known to man, it can still be damaged if struck hard and against the grain. A diamond's crystal structure is similar to a grain of wood; there are growth lines as well as a "hard" and a "soft" direction. A blow against the grain of a diamond can cause it to crack, chip, split, or even shatter. So be cautious and remove your ring whilst doing activities that could place your ring in danger.
Q: If the Diamond Hybrid® gets a scratch or chip, can it be repaired?
A: We do not re-polish or repair damaged Diamond Hybrid® stones. We do, however, offer an incredible lifetime guarantee and complimentary insurance program which you can learn more about here.
Q: Does the Diamond Hybrid look like a crystal?
A: Absolutely not! The Diamond Hybrid® is guaranteed to come D to F in color, VVS1 to VS2 in clarity and rate a 1 to 2 on the AGS cutting scale or otherwise described as an “excellent” to “very good” cut. Only 1 in 1,000 earth mined diamonds will ever achieve the same cut grade as every Diamond Hybrid®. The index of refraction of an earth-mined diamond is 2.42 and the fire light dispersion is 0.044. And because the Diamond Hybrid® has an outer layer of infused diamond, its index of refraction of 2.24 and Fire/light dispersion of 0.041 is nearly identical to that of a natural diamond. This gives our Hybrid stone optical properties closer to an earth-mined diamond than any other simulant being produced today.
Q: Will the Diamond Hybrid® test positive on a diamond tester?
NO, It will not. Traditional diamond testers only measure heat conductivity. Since the Diamond Hybrid® has a non-precious core, the heat dispersion is not the same, so it will test negative.
If you are looking for an earth-mined diamond alternative that will test positive on a jeweler's Diamond tester, please have a look at our lab-grown diamonds.