Russian Brilliants® is a laboratory-grown stone that is classified as a diamond simulant. A simulated diamond simulates or imitates the appearance of a mined diamond, but does not duplicate the characteristic chemical and physical properties of the natural gemstone. While Russian Brilliants® simulated diamonds do an excellent job of duplicating the appearance of a mined diamond, they are not the same thing as a mined diamond. This applies to all simulated diamonds on the market today including all of our online competitors.
Russian Brilliants has it's origin in a synthetic material first developed by the French in the 1960’s and later perfected by the Russian's in 1973 for use as an optical material in their space program. This early material, synthetic zirconium dioxide, was the original cubic zirconia. Over the last 40 years there have been many advances in the chemical and optical quality of this man made material. We are the exclusive distributors of Russian Brilliants which we believe is the most natural looking diamond simulant available today. We select only the finest quality rough material available. And every stone is hand cut and faceted to ideal proportions to most accurately replicate the look of a fine quality mined diamond. A one carat Russian Brilliants stone with its brilliance and fire is visually equivalent to the world's finest DE color VVS clarity diamond valued at $17,000.