Lab-Grown Gemstones vs. Alternative Options
Lab grown vs simulants
While they may look similar, gemstonesimulants (like cubic zirconia) are chemically not gemstone at all. They're completely different gems and materials. On the other hand, lab-grown gemstone are chemically the same as natural gemstone, but their creation process is sped up by science.
Lab-grown gemstone vs. Moissanite
Moissanite is a completely different gem, that tends to be less expensive than a diamond. It started out as a naturally occurring mineral, but natural supply wasn’t enough to make even the smallest pieces of jewelry. Scientists then found a way to replicate it in a lab to make it commercially available. While it might look like gemstoneit’s a much lower grade on color and hardness.
Lab-grown gemstone vs. Cubic zirconia
Cubic zirconia was created to be a less expensive alternative to gemstone. It’s chemically completely different, not as hard and lacks the same sparkle. It’s also not considered a gemstone because it can’t be found in nature. It’s made from powdered zirconium and zirconium dioxide, melted together and formed into a stone.