Diamond Synthetics and Imitations
Imitation or Synthetic? (8.01)
Many people confuse the term “imitation” with “synthetic”. A synthetic is a copy of nature down to the molecular structure of the substance. Synthetic diamond has the same atomic structure as natural diamond and retains the same properties. An imitation-diamond is a stone that has been made to look as much like an authentic diamond as possible (such as cubic zirconia).