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No, lab-created diamonds and cubic zirconia are not the same. While both are man-made alternatives to natural diamonds, they have different chemical compositions and physical properties.

Lab-Created Diamonds:

  1. Also known as synthetic or cultured diamonds
  2. Made of carbon atoms arranged in a diamond lattice structure, just like natural diamonds
  3. Created using high pressure and temperature or chemical vapor deposition methods that replicate the conditions of natural diamond formation
  4. Possess similar optical, thermal, conductive, and hardness properties as natural diamonds

Cubic Zirconia:

  1. A synthesized crystalline form of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2)
  2. Created by melting powdered ingredients at high temperatures and allowing them to solidify into crystals
  3. Typically colorless but can be made with slight colored tints from various additives 4- Weaker than lab-grown or real diamonds – CZ is much softer which makes it more prone to scratches. 5-Different refractive index – Cubic Zirconias tend to disperse light more so there’s a greater variety in the “fire” (sparks/colors) seen when compared side-by-side with a diamond. 6-Lower value than Lab Diamonds.

In summary: Lab-created diamonds are essentially “real” diamonds made through an artificial process rather than mined from the earth while cubic zirconia has its own unique appearance due to being composed of entirely different material -zirconium dioxide- offering lower performance on durability among other things but at a significantly cheaper price point in comparison making it practical for everyday wear without concern for damage/loss etc..