Photo: Luxuria® is one of several brands supplying diamond simulant rings in Singapore.
Eric Tan is a man on a mission, to find a perfect engagement ring for his beloved Cecilia.
Eric who lives in Singapore has been studying hard. The 4C’s of diamonds; the various settings, current design trends and more. Additionally Eric has visited many jewelry stores. Goldheart, Lee Hwa, Poh Heng and more to see product first hand and better understand the impact of various diamond cuts, shapes and grades. Eric has also considered online players such as Blue Nile and James Allen.
One afternoon after a visit to JannPaul Singapore and subsequently enjoying his favorite Okinawa brown sugar latte in nearby Starbucks, Liat Towers, Eric ponders the options. The truth is there are too many options and he has two fears.
First Eric fears Cecilia won’t like the ring he chooses. Second if that’s the case, he may lose lots of money trying to change or exchange the ring for something else. Fortunately, Cecilia is not a chichi lady and likely to want a designer gown and a six star reception. Nonetheless, the wedding itself would likely be a five figure affair. The last thing he needed was to spend more money on a replacement engagement ring because his first choice was a disappointment.
Both fears are pervasive and real. Checking various online forums such as the Perfect Wedding Forum and his favored hangout; the Hardware Zone Eric discovers others have been down this well-trodden road. All it seemed had done a crash course in diamonds. Some were honest enough to admit they felt crushed at the end of it!
Planning for a surprise marriage proposal
Eric wanted the marriage proposal to be a surprise and asking Cecilia or her friends for ring tips would give the game away. Eric was also aware that when you buy a diamond, you buy it at retail. Retail is typically a 100% to 200% markup. Therefore, as soon as you leave the jeweler with a diamond, it loses over 50% of its value. Ouch. For this reason, some retail jewelers in Singapore, especially the prestigious ones, prefer not to buy back diamonds from customers. This is because the offer they would make would most likely be an insultingly low price – even on a trade in.
Eric had to admit, buying an engagement ring was a stressful activity. For a guy who very rarely buys any jewelry, the pressure is immense. The choice must be right as your bride to be is going to wear this highly symbolic ring for the rest of their life.
How to solve the problem of surprise and ensure she gets an engagement ring which delights her Eric pondered?
Diamond simulant rings in Singapore
While perusing one of the forums Eric stumbled upon a thread regarding diamond simulant rings in Singapore. The thread covered various reasons why local guys were purchasing fake diamond proposal rings and which brands held up best.
Photo above: Luxuria® is one of several brands supplying diamond simulant rings in Singapore. Luxuria STELLARIS simulant engagement ring with 0.84 carat round cut central stone
Simulated diamonds solve problems
It had never previously occurred to Eric that diamond simulant rings solved his two biggest problems.
First, since fake rings were cheap it didn’t matter if the ring didn’t fit Cecilia perfectly or if it wasn’t her style. The ring was simply being used as a placeholder or temporary engagement ring to make a proposal with. For less than $200 Singapore dollars it is possible to buy a very high quality diamond simulant ring that looks so real that only a jeweler can tell the difference. Typically made from cubic zirconia the rings are often handcrafted, polished and set to exacting standards typically demanded of fine diamond cutting and setting. Reading online some even come with a “super ideal” hearts & arrows (H&A) pattern cutting. This gives them fire and brilliance similar to the real deal. In sum, this was a highly effective way for prospective grooms to eliminate the huge risk of buying the wrong engagement ring.
Second, diamond simulant engagement rings solve the problem of surprise. You don’t have to ask her what style of engagement ring she likes because you can shop together later for the “forever ring.” Shopping for the ring together ensures she gets the ring she wants and only she knows what she wants.
Perfect. Eric now had a plan. Relieved of the stress Eric could instead focus his energies on something else of great importance – an amazing, creative and unforgettable proposal.
Common questions & answers about Diamond Simulant rings in Singapore
A diamond simulant is a stone that looks similar to real diamond and shares some of its characteristics. Although simulants are used as diamond imitations, they have a different chemical structure from real diamonds. Some simulants occur naturally, while others are created artificially. Examples of popular diamond simulants include cubic zirconia, moissanite, rhinestone or crystal glass.
The best fake diamonds resemble natural diamond as closely as possible in terms of physical properties and appearance. The best diamond simulants should ideally be hard wearing, clear and colorless. Because of its low cost, durability, and close visual likeness to diamond, cubic zirconia (CZ) is widely considered one of the best diamond simulants, together with moissanite and white sapphire.
Diamond simulant brands in Singapore include Gordon Max and ORRO both of which have physical stores in Singapore and Luxuria® Diamonds Singapore which has a webstore for online purchases.
High quality branded diamond simulant rings in Singapore range in price from about SGD 90 for a 2 carat round cut solitaire ring set in rhodium plated silver from Luxuria® Diamonds to SGD 330 for a similar ring set in platinum plated silver from ORRO and upward to about SGD 1500 for a similar ring set in platinum from Gordon Max.
Luxuria® Diamond is a jewellery brand that was started in New Zealand in 2013 to disrupt the engagement ring industry. With some of the highest quality diamond simulant engagement rings offered at affordable prices, Luxuria has redefined the proposal experience.
Five tips for buying a diamond simulant engagement ring
There is no shortage of choice of diamond simulant rings in Singapore. So, how do you narrow down the selection field? Here are five tips to buying a high quality fake diamond ring.
1. Look for a branded diamond simulant ring
Yes, you could spend as a little as a few dollars to buy a non branded fake engagement ring from AliExpress or Amazon. Remember though, very cheap diamond simulant engagement rings are a compromise. The manufacturer is able to offer very low prices because the quality of materials used to manufacture the ring are also very low. Often base metals and alloys including nickel, cobalt and chromates are used and these can lead to allergic dermatitis, skin rashes and other irritations.
Branded diamond simulant rings in Singapore such as those from Luxuria® Diamonds, ORRO and Gordon Max use quality materials. Furthermore, the rings look exactly like the real deal – an authentic natural diamond engagement ring. This is important, because when you propose to your beloved, you want her to say WOW when she sees the ring for the first time – and of course say YES to your proposal. You don’t want her to wear a ring, even a placeholder ring that screams fake!
Photo above: When shopping look for branded diamond simulant rings. Seen above is the Luxuria® Diamonds D’PROMESSO diamond simulant engagement ring. Luxuria uses only the very best diamond simulant, all top graded in cut, colour and clarity.
2. Focus on the cut quality
Irrespective of the diamond simulant material used, if the stones are not cut correctly, they will not have the brilliance and sparkle that maximizes their beauty. The difference really is in the cut. Diamond simulants like cubic zirconia are faceted in the same manner as Diamonds. The skill of the stone cutter is paramount to the final appearance of the stone. Each stone has its own personality. The highest quality round cut diamond simulants are precision cut with a hearts and arrows (H&A) pattern and/or a super ideal cut.
To achieve the level of optical precision and symmetry necessary for hearts and arrows requires skill and time. For these reasons H&A diamond simulant stones are significantly more costly to produce. The benefit of a higher degree of optical precision is exceptional light performance.
In fact, H&A pattern round simulants from Luxuria® diamonds are visibly whiter and brighter than many real diamonds you’ll find mounted in your typical ‘middle market’ engagement ring.
Illustration: Look for diamond simulant rings which offer a precision cut Hearts and Arrows (H&A) pattern. Hearts and Arrows diamond simulants are precision-cut variations of the traditional 57 faceted round brilliant cut. The benefit is can be seen, exceptional light performance that imitates a high quality natural diamond.
3. Don’t go for too large a stone
Yes, you may have seen photos online of Beyoncé’s, Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey’s engagement rings. These celebrity size rings can weigh in at 24 carats and cost of whopping US$5 million. Thankfully this is Singapore, not Hollywood and even though large diamond simulants are affordable you should avoid them for two reasons.
First, smaller simulants look more realistic than larger ones. Cut quality is often poor on large stones so they don’t capture the fire, brilliance and scintillation of a well cut smaller stone.
Second, you might not be able to afford a replacement of the same size in future. To put some numbers to it, good colorless 2 carat diamond simulant rings in Singapore are around SGD 100 – 350 to purchase. In contrast a real diamond of the same size and color from Luxiee Singapore will cost around $40,000 Singapore dollars. When you later replace the temporary engagement ring with a real one you don’t want others to notice that she has a noticeably “smaller rock”.
4. Try to match the stone shape to your partner’s fingers
Yes, we know it’s a placeholder ring but there is no harm in trying to match the stone shape to your partner’s fingers.
An engagement ring for short fingers should help elongate your fingers – no matter their width: Oval, pear or marquise stones help lengthen the appearance of your finger.
Rectangular emerald-shaped stones can lengthen short fingers, as long they aren’t so big they overwhelm.
For smaller hands or longer fingers it’s best to keep the overall proportion of your ring small. In this case smaller round cut rings like the Luxuria® D’PROMESSO diamond simulant ring below works especially well.
Photo above: Slender and petite fingers are common in Singapore and round cut solitaire diamond simulants are a perfect choice as a placeholder or temporary engagement ring. Seen above is the Luxuria® LUMIERE solitaire engagement ring in its ring box.
If all else fails, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic round cut solitaire ring. The solitaire ring setting remains the most popular and is the right fit for anyone wanting to evoke a powerful symbol of commitment in a simple yet elegant design.
5. Understand that simulated diamonds are not synthetic diamonds
Some vendors confuse customers when they speak of lab created or lab grown diamond simulants.
Simulated diamonds are man-made and created from materials that resemble the appearance of genuine diamonds. Although simulants are used as diamond imitations, they have a different chemical structure from real diamonds. Examples of popular diamond simulants include cubic zirconia, moissanite, rhinestone or crystal. We don’t recommend crystal. Even branded crystal from Swarovski® should be avoided because glass is very soft compared to other simulants like CZ and Moissanite. As a result scratches can appear easily on crystal dulling its look.
In contrast, Synthetic diamonds are man-made in a laboratory using high pressure and high temperature. Other terms sometimes used to describe synthetic diamonds include cultivated, cultured, man-made and lab-created. While the term synthetic may sometimes be associated by consumers with imitation products, synthetic diamonds are made of the same material as natural diamonds—pure carbon. Gem-quality diamonds grown in a lab can be chemically, physically and optically identical to naturally occurring ones.
Our Three Top Selling Diamond Simulant rings in Singapore
If you were wondering what our most popular diamond simulant engagement rings designs were in Singapore – here they are. Prices below are expressed in U.S. dollars (USD).
The Luxuria brand is owned by Stylabs Limited of New Zealand, a multi-award winning jewelry wholesaler of fine and fashion Jewellery. Stylabs has been offering diamond simulant rings in Singapore since 2016.
Stylabs is a member of the Prestigious Jewellers and Watchmakers Association of New Zealand (JWNZ) and a professional member of the International Gemological Society (IGS), USA.
Stylabs is locally registered in Singapore and holds Class 3 Regulated Dealers Certification (PS20190000215) from the Ministry of Law of Singapore to carry out business dealing in precious stones and precious metals.
Warranty & FREE shipping to Singapore and 30 countries
Luxuria® Diamonds stands behind its products by offering a 90 Day Limited Warranty on all diamond simulant engagement rings.
Further, we offer FREE economy shipping on all fake diamond rings to the United States (USA), the United Kingdom (UK), Ireland, Australia and 30 other countries as well.
Please visit our Luxuria Jewelry Brand FAQ page if you are interested in more details.
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We regularly get questions asking what the differences are between lab-created, simulant, synthetic, cultured and hybrid diamonds. The terminologies can be confusing. Moreover, incorrect use of the various terminologies in online articles and adverts can mislead and cause further confusion. In this article we demystify the differences between diamond simulants and synthetics and also explain hybrids.