What Are Lab-Created Diamonds & Are They Real?
First thing first, lab-created diamonds are REAL diamonds. As the name implies, these diamonds are grown in a highly-controlled laboratory that recreates conditions of the Earth’s natural environment. Lab-created diamonds are chemically, physically, and optically the same as earth-mined diamonds. The only difference is the point of origin as one is extracted from the ground while another is grown above ground.
Lab-grown diamonds share the same physical and atomic properties as natural diamonds, and are indistinguishable from natural diamonds when viewing with the naked eye. These man-made diamonds can be tested with specialized equipment in a gemological laboratory.
Are Lab-Created Diamonds Certified?
Yes. Most of the certified lab-grown diamonds that are graded and certified by world-leading gemological labs such as International Gemological Institute (IGI) or Gem Certification and Assurance Lab’s (GCAL).
IGI or GCAL diamond certificates are similar to GIA diamond certificates, giving accurate details of a diamond’s cut, color, clarity, and carat weight, along with full disclosure of the origin. The unique report number of each certified diamond is laser-inscribed on the girdle of the stone to prevent fraud, confirming the diamond’s identity.
What’s The Price difference between Lab-Created Diamonds and Natural Diamonds?
As beautiful, sparkly, and rare as natural diamonds are, lab-grown diamonds are relatively well priced. In comparison to lab-created diamonds, the rarity of natural mined diamonds commands a cost premium.
Since lab-grown diamonds are commercially available to the public in recent years, the resale value of these man-made diamonds remains uncertain in the market.
Why Choose Lab-Grown Diamonds?
For identical diamond aspects, lab-grown diamonds are less expensive than natural diamonds.
Lab-created diamonds are as beautiful and brilliant as natural diamonds.
100% guaranteed conflict and mining free.
How Are Lab-Created Diamonds Made?
Scientists create lab-grown diamonds by using two advanced technological processes called High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). Both processes duplicate the conditions that form natural diamonds in the Earth. Though they are formed in a different environment, these man-made diamonds have identical composition and require the same cutting/polishing process to natural diamonds.
While natural diamonds take billions of years to form, lab-created diamonds can be grown in a few weeks or months.
Lab-Grown Diamonds vs. Diamond Simulants
Lab-grown diamonds are pure crystallized carbon diamonds. They are NOT diamond simulants that are created to mimic the appearance of diamonds.
Popular simulant options such as Cubic Zirconia (CZ) and synthetic Moissanite have a similar look to natural diamonds but do not share the physical properties or chemical composition of the diamonds. A skilled jeweler or gemologist can identify Cubic Zirconia and Moissanite with a jewelry loupe.