Given the sea of crystals and stones out there from better known ones like Swarovskis to lesser known ones such as Austrian crystals and cubic zirconia, how does one decide? We hope this summary can give you a high level overview.

Swarvokis, Austrian crystals or anything that is meant to shine like a diamond are termed diamond simulants and rightly so. Diamond simulants are imitations that look like diamonds. They are NOT diamonds. They do not have the same physical or chemical properties of diamonds. As these manufactured ones can be made in quantity, diamond simulants are thus less expensive than diamonds! That said, they are not as hard as diamonds hence tends to show more signs of wear and scratches over time.

Thanks to advancement in gem cutting technology today, diamond simulants can be cut to maximise their brilliance and fire.


There are tons of information out there on diamond simulants, but for simplicity we are focusing on 3 key factors that we feel will impact consumers the most

1. Durability

2. Appearance

3. Price

Crystal Appearance Durability Prices/carat (USD) from
Diamond(Natural) Natural 10 (hardest) 12,000
Diamond(Synthetic) Natural 10 (hardest) 1,500
Moissanite Shiner than diamond 9.25 350
Cubic Zirconia* Glassy 8.25 90


Glassy 7.5 40

*Carried by Arogema


This is in direct relation to the gemstone’s hardness based on the mineral index – MOHS with 10 being the hardest (Diamond). Given they are not as hard as diamond, diamond simulants tend to show more signs of wear over time. But hey, at a fraction of diamond’s price, they can be easily replaced.


The appearance of a crystal is largely determined by the crystal itself, the cutting and coating (if any). The three terms, brilliance, dispersion and scintillation are factors to look for by a crystal cutter since they impact the overall appearance and value of a particular stone.


The richness or intensity of reflections of white light in the face-up position of the crystal. The reflections will increase with a well-cut crystal since the light is contained for a longer period of time before being allowed to escape toward the viewer’s eyes (as compared to a poor-cut).


Relates to a crystal’s ability to refract (bend) white light, displaying the spectral colors, red, orange, yellow, blue and green. Most transparent materials will bend light, but diamond’s refractive index is exceptionally high, thus producing more distinct colors in the overall light spectrum. In diamond’s case, this is more commonly marketed as “fire”


The movement of the reflections (brilliance) and dispersion (spectral colors), as the diamond (or other gemstone) is rotated or tilted before the viewer’s eyes.

The good news is advancement in both cutting and coating technology has allowed manufacturers to create the diamond look as a fraction of a diamond’s cost.

At Arogema, we believe in

Creating jewelry with glittering brilliance without the hefty price tag

Diamond simulants is a most sustainable way of creating jewelry given the state of the blood diamond trade

Given the significant lower price tag, we hope our customers can have more variety for everyday use

“Arogema – Your everyday jewelry”