You may have heard about something called an Asha simulant diamond, and you may be wondering exactly how Ashas differ from lab created diamonds. We hope that informing you about some of the key differences in these products will demystify the often muddled topic of diamonds (mined or lab created) and simulants.
What is an Asha Simulant?
An Asha simulant is a diamond look-alike that contains an upper layer composed of the carbon atoms found in a natural diamond. In the same family as other simulants like cubic zirconia (CZ) and moissanite, Asha simulants are designed to have a look and feel that approximates authentic diamonds and their unique upper layer lends more sparkle than other simulants. However, since their compositional material is fundamentally different from naturally mined and laboratory made diamonds, they are easy to identify as a simulant. As with other simulants, Ashas appeal to some customers because they are less expensive than diamonds. Other couples prefer to select an authentic diamond (either naturally mined or laboratory created) they can afford now, with the option of upgrading later.
What is a Lab Created Diamond?
A lab created diamond, sometimes called a cultured diamond, contains the same chemical crystal as natural diamonds and exhibits the same fire, scintillation, and sparkle. The diamonds in our lab created diamond collection are produced using a technological innovation that yields diamonds of exceptionally high quality and purity. Only the top two percent of natural diamonds can compare. Additionally, lab created diamonds do not require any diamond mining, making them a nice choice for those seeking to minimize the environmental impact of their jewelry purchase.
How do Asha Simulants Differ from Lab Created Diamonds?
It is important to distinguish between diamond simulants like Ashas and laboratory diamonds like those newer to the market at Brilliant Earth. The laboratory made diamonds in our collection are chemically, optically, and physically inseparable from naturally mined diamonds. They are real diamonds. This is not the case with Ashas or other simulants, which seek to approximate the appearance of diamonds, but are in fact made—and composed—quite differently. How this manifests can be a variance in sparkle or shimmer, light refraction, color, and/or longevity of the stone itself.
How Do I Decide Between a Simulant and a Lab Created Diamond?
Ultimately, how you design and select an engagement ring is a deeply personal choice. The wealth of information available to you is a blessing and a curse! Our goal is to help you cut through the confusion and understand your options so that you can feel good about your purchase. If you want more direction, consider taking a look at our engagement ring guide, and if you are looking for one-one-one guidance, please think about a personalized consultation. Together, considering your budget, your personal style, your lifestyle, and your values, we can create a ring that is beautiful and everlasting.