Let’s talk about Lab Grown diamonds.
Diamonds have been the traditional choice for engagement rings for their incredible beauty, rarity and strength. Qualities symbolic of a relationship that lasts a lifetime. Couples looking to become engaged are becoming more environmentally conscious and socially aware than ever before. So, if you’re looking for a alternative that is kinder to the planet, but still offers the same qualities and characteristics of a mined diamond, why not consider a lab grown diamond.
So what exactly are lab grown diamonds.
Lab grown diamonds are exactly like mined diamonds. They have an identical diamond chemical composition and they look exactly the same as a mined diamond. It takes specialised equipment to detect the difference, and they are cut and graded in the same way as mined diamonds. They are not fake diamonds or diamond simulants, but diamonds that are simply grown in a laboratory.
The lab process and technology does use energy and freshwater but doesn’t involve digging up the earth, which provides a great alternative to mined diamonds for eco-conscience couples.
Mined diamonds were formed deep within the Earth between 1 to 3 billion years ago before dinosaurs and certainly before people. The process occurs when carbon dioxide is exposed to extreme heat and pressure over many many years. The result is a mined diamond that has its own unique characteristics. Here at Andrew Mazzone Design Jewellers we have used the same trusted Diamond Merchants for many years and they continue to provide us with both ethically mined and beautifully cut diamonds.
What is the difference between lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds.
The only difference between mined diamonds and lab grown diamonds is their origin. Mined diamonds come out of the earth and lab grown diamonds are made in a laboratory. A mined diamond and a lab grown diamond share the same properties of strength, sparkle and also the 4 C’s. They are also cut and graded exactly like mined diamonds.
Diamond simulants, such a moissanite, cubic zirconia or white sapphire to name a few, do not possess the same qualities as lab grown and mined diamonds. They are all lower on the Moh’s hardness scale meaning they don’t have the same strength and they also have different light refractive indexes meaning they do not sparkle the same.
Are all lab grown diamonds perfect.
As the process of creating diamonds is similar in nature and albeit much quicker in the lab— inevitably most lab grown diamonds will have inclusions and will vary in colour just as mined diamonds do. However, they still achieve grading and certification liked mined diamonds, so you can clearly understand what you are purchasing.
Are lab grown diamonds cheaper.
Yes! The materials, facilities and expertise required to create lab grown diamonds means that they are still a luxury product like a mined diamond. But as the laboratory process is quicker, less labour intensive and they aren’t as rare as mined diamonds, you can expect to save at least 30% depending on the quality and grade of the lab grown diamond you purchase. Making lab grown diamonds not just easier on the planet but easier on your budget too!
Which is better for you.
We believe both mined and lab grown diamonds carry their own pros and cons and either one is the perfect choice for an engagement ring. Mined diamonds are ancient and rare and hold great mystery with symbolism and history. A lab grown diamond is an excellent alternative for the eco-minded person who wishes to help reduce their carbon footprint. They also suit customers looking to purchase a bigger and often higher quality diamond to suit their budget. Neither option is better than the other and it is important to discuss your individual needs with one of our expert diamond consultants.
Our friendly and informative diamond consultants will guide you through both options to help you pick the perfect diamond and ring design to suit your style and budget.
To book an appointment to view mined or lab grown diamonds call 8223- 5447, email us on email@example.com or via our website here.