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Our Stones

Our Simulants Guarantee

The simulants used in Desert Diamonds Jewelry – What Women Want® are guaranteed for a lifetime to retain their radiance, and will be replaced for discoloration or loss of brilliance under normal wear.

 

 

Desert Diamond Simulants

Desert Diamonds simulants are the highest grade diamond simulants available on the market today. Our stones are made from a chemical composition created to imitate the qualities of natural diamond and selected to meet our specifications. All our stones are of exceptional quality (equivalent to D colour and VSI grade) and are impossible to distinguish from real diamonds to the naked eye.  They are rated 8.5 on the MOHS scale of hardness compared to a diamond which, with a rating of 10, is the hardest natural substance.  In common with diamonds, the simulants used in Desert Diamonds jewelry do not discolor, become brittle or crack with age. The stones are cut using the same faceting technique as a diamond and hand polished with diamond powder. This highly skilled process results in the final precision of cut, luster, brilliance and longevity of the stone.

Desert Diamonds stones are available in countless different shapes and sizes; please visit our online shop to view.  We offer a lifetime guarantee on all our stones.

 

 

Stone Shape and Cut

Desert  Diamonds offers a wide range of diamond shapes, from the classic round shape (also referred to as brilliant cut) to the more eccentric and loved heart shape. Every Desert Diamond has its own story, and it can be told through various shapes and sizes.  It’s important to note that the shape of a diamond can also be referred to as its “cut”, like a round or princess cut. However, this should not be confused with the more commonly used term of diamond cut, which describes how well the diamond has been polished from the raw material.  Our stones are cut by diamond cutters using the same techniques used for cutting carbon diamonds and hand polished with diamond powder ensuring a premium cut every time, and the exceptional brilliance, fire, luster and longevity of the stone.

The stones used in our jewelry are available in a wide selection of shapes and size, some of which are shown below.

several premium cut diamond simulant stones baguette, emerald, heart, marquis, cushion, asscher, brilliant, princess, oval, teardrop

 

Carat size-weight

Carat is a widely accepted measurement of gem weight.  Diamond simulants such as those used in Desert Diamonds jewelry are heavier than natural carbon diamonds due to their chemical composition.   A 1ct diamond simulant will look smaller than a 1ct carbon diamond, and a 2 carat brilliant Desert Diamonds simulant would appear to be the same size as a 1.25 carat brilliant carbon diamond.  In other words, Desert Diamond simulants are 1.7 times the expected weight of an equivalently sized diamond, or one of our simulants is about 75% heavier than diamond. Diamond size does not increase proportionally with their carat weight.

To make a visual comparison between diamond simulants and carbon diamonds, it is easier to use dimensions in millimeters as a point of reference.

As an example, a 1.75ct round brilliant diamond simulant has a diameter of 6.5mm and appears the same as a 1ct carbon diamond.
This varies slightly according to the cut of the stone.  Below is an overview of shapes, weight and sizes.

 

Stone cut
Simulant
 carat size
Stone size
in mm
Carbon diamond
carat size
Brilliant
0.125ct
2.3mm
 0.25ct
3.25mm
0.125ct
0.5ct
4.25mm
0.3ct
1ct
5.25mm
0.5ct
1.5ct
6mm
0.75-0.8ct
1.75ct
6.5mm
1ct
2ct
6.75mm
1.2ct
3ct
7.75mm
1.75ct
4ct
8.5mm
2.25ct
5ct
9.25mm
2.75ct
6ct
10mm
3.5ct
Emerald
0.5ct
3 x 5mm
0.25ct
1ct
4 x 5.5mm
0.5ct
2ct
5 x 7mm
1ct
3ct
6 x 8mm
1.5ct
4ct
7 x 9mm
2.5ct
6ct
8 x 10mm
4ct
Heart
1ct
5 x 5mm
0.5ct
2ct
6.5 x 6.5mm
1ct
3ct
7 x 7mm
1.5ct
4
8x8mm
2ct
Marquise
1ct
4 x 8mm
0.5ct
2ct
5 x 10mm
1ct
4ct
7 x 14mm
3ct
Oval
1ct
4 x 6mm
0.4ct
2ct
6 x 8mm
1.25ct
3ct
7 x 9mm
1.75ct
Princess
0.5ct
3 x 3mm
0.25ct
1ct
4.5 x 4.5mm
0.5ct
2ct
5.5 x 5.5mm
1ct
3ct
6.5 x 6.5mm
1.5ct
4ct
7 x 7mm
2ct
6
9 x 9mm
3ct
Teardrop
1ct
4.5 x 6mm
0.5ct
2ct
6 x 9mm
1.5ct
3ct
7 x 10mm
2ct
Trillion
1ct
4.5 x 4.5mm
0.4ct
2ct
5.5 x 5.5mm
0.8ct