Lets 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 more environmentally conscious and socially aware than ever before. If you’re looking for an alternative that is kinder to the planet, but still offers the unique qualities of a natural below ground diamond, why not consider an above ground lab grown diamond.
So what exactly are lab grown diamonds.
Lab grown diamonds or man-made diamonds are exactly like mined diamonds. They have an identical diamond chemical composition and they look exactly the same as a natural diamond. It takes specialised equipment to detect the difference, and they are cut and graded in the same way as natural mined diamonds. They are not fake diamonds or diamond simulants, but diamonds that are simply grown in a laboratory.
The lab process does use energy and freshwater but doesn’t involve digging up the earth, which provides an alternative to natural mined diamonds for eco-conscience couples.
Natural mined diamonds.
Natural 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 natural 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.
How are lab grown diamonds made.
There are two main ways that lab grown diamonds are created:
- HPHT: High pressure, high temperature is used to mimic the process that occurs in nature. However, instead of taking over 1 billion years, it takes as little as a week for a above ground diamond to be created
- CVD: Chemical Vapour Deposition is a method that involves a small seed of diamond exposed to high temperatures and gases to create the diamond.
What is the difference between lab grown diamonds and natural mined diamond.
The only difference between natural mined diamonds and lab grown diamonds is their origin. Natural diamonds come out of the earth and lab grown diamonds are made in a laboratory. A natural mined diamond and a lab grown diamond share the same properties of strength, sparkle and also the 4 C’s. Simulants, such a moissanite, cubic zirconia or white sapphire to name a few, do not possess the same qualities. 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 natural mined diamonds do. However, they still achieve grading and certification 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 natural diamond. But as the process is quicker, and they aren’t as rare as natural diamonds you can expect to save around 30% to 50% depending on the type and grade of the diamond you purchase.
Which is better for you.
We believe both mined and lab grown diamonds carry their own pros and cons. A natural mined diamond is ancient, rare and unique. They hold great mystery with symbolism and history that makes them the perfect choice for an engagement ring. 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 diamond to suit their budget. Neither diamond 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 team will guide you through the diamond journey to help you pick the perfect stone and ring design to suit your style and budget.
To book an appointment to view natural mined diamonds or lab grown diamonds call us on 8223- 5447, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or via our website here.