Actors and actresses different and alike have stunt doubles.
A diamond shines bright just like a theatre or Hollywood star.
Therefore, Diamonds should have some incredible stunt doubles.
Don’t believe me?
Diamond simulants have been around since the 1700s! It all started with glass, followed by foil-backs (or better known as Rhinestones). Thankfully, gemologists and scientists have allowed us many more options.
Simulants vs Synthetics
To clear up any confusion, a diamond simulant is any material that is not a diamond, lab-grown or natural, which imitates a diamond’s appearance but lacks similarities in chemical composition; whereas, a synthetic diamond is a lab-grown/lab-created version of the natural diamond. The chemical composition and crystal structure essentially matches a nature made diamond. In both cases, simulants and synthetics were created as stunt doubles to diamonds.
The other girls…
As one of the world’s most popular gemstones, diamonds have inspired a wide variety of less-expensive look-alike materials, and people, who often want to wear a diamond but have larger priority items to purchase, appreciate the opportunity to own and wear something that to the untrained eye is as impressive as a diamond.
The most popular diamond simulants of today are Synthetic Cubic Zirconia (CZ) and Synthetic Moissanite. Both have natural and more rare counterparts, making their growth in popularity even faster than most lab created gemstones. CZs are often confused with Zircon. They are two completely different stones!
CZs are almost as brilliant and lustrous as diamonds. They make up for it in dispersion though, meaning the light that creates that dazzling look moves through the stone faster, creating a brilliant sparkle effect. With a hardness of 8.5 on the Mohs, the CZ is suitable for everyday wear.
Fun fact! Because the CZ’s appearance is close to that of a diamond, thieves have adopted it as a good counterfeit.
Moissanite on the other hand is slightly less brilliant but more fire than a diamond. The balance creates a very attractive appearance. It also has a superior hardness of 9.25 on the Mohs scale. Natural Moissanite tends to be slightly more yellowish or greenish, but its lab created counterpart is near colorless and very convincing.
Both gemstones are marketed as diamond look-alikes and in their own categories! After all, stunt doubles deserve the spotlight too.