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Lab-Grown vs. Natural Diamonds

Natural Diamonds

• Natural Diamonds are created by nature. They are formed deep in the earth under intense pressure and high temperature as course of billion years ago. These diamonds can only be mined when rare volcanoes erupt and bring them close to the surface.

• This involves moving 1000’s of acers of soil to mine natural diamonds.

• Natural diamonds were formed on average around 100 miles below the earth’s surface from 1 to 3 billion years ago, they are older than life on Earth.

• Every natural diamond is unique, just like a fingerprint, no two are similar. Natural diamonds are inherently rare, unique and precious. They are a finite resource.

• Natural diamonds often contain a very small amount of nitrogen.

• The rarity makes natural diamonds more expensive and out of reach for all.

• Miners work in a dangerous environment to mine natural diamond from the earth.
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Lab Grown Diamonds

• Lab grown diamonds are manufactured in a controlled laboratory environment, often produced in just a matter of weeks. Lab diamonds are grown by recreating the same conditions of nature, lab grown diamonds have the same variation of color and clarity (the 4 C’ s) that exist in natural diamonds.

• No mining required, therefore there is no soil movement.

• Lab grown diamonds are produced in factories in approximately 2-3 weeks using one of two methods HPHT and CVD.

• Lab Grown Diamonds are manufactured to a repeatable order. This means they don’t have the unique genuine natural qualities of precious natural diamonds.

• Synthetic diamonds do not contain nitrogen. This is a tiny chemical difference between the two.

• Lab Diamonds are as strong and as hard as natural diamonds, both scoring a 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

. The price of Lab-Grown Diamonds is much more affordable than mined diamonds.
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Are lab created diamonds real?

Yes! Lab created diamonds are real diamonds, identical in every way (but the price!) to mined diamonds. Not to be confused with cubic zirconia, moissanite, or a "look-a-like" diamond, lab grown diamonds are 100% pure crystallized carbon. Think of it as making ice in your modern-day freezer versus getting it from a glacier; both are frozen H2O regardless of the origin. We are crystalizing carbon into stunning rough diamonds that are then cut, polished and graded just like earth mined diamonds. Lab created carry the same optical, physical and chemical properties. They have the same refractive index, dispersion, and hardness, and are graded to the same standards as mined diamonds by leading independent gemological institutes.

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Properties Grown Mined
Conflict-Free Yes No
Hardness (MOHS) 10 10
SP3 Carbon Bonds 100% 100%
Price $$$ $$$$
Resale Value $$$ $$$$

Although their chemical structure is the same as a natural diamond, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a lab-created diamond cannot be called “real” because it does not come from the Earth and it is not a gemstone. Although lab-grown diamonds cost a lot more than diamond simulants, they may not hold their value like natural diamonds do.

Laboratory-grown diamonds don’t have enough of a track record to determine what consumers are willing to consistently pay for them. There isn’t a secondary market yet for lab-grown diamonds since there is so much uncertainty about them holding value.

It's likely that laboratory-grown diamond production will continue to get cheaper and cheaper as competition grows, forcing producers to keep lowering their sales price for these stones.

Mined Diamonds

A diamond is an amazing miracle of nature made up of billions of carbon atoms. Like Lab Grown Diamonds, couples have different reasons for choosing Natural Diamonds. For some, it is a family tradition. Others really enjoy wearing something that is so rare.

For many, it is the mystique that the Earth produced this clear, sparkly gemstone. These couples enjoy learning about the nuances of their specific stone, and how it could have formed that way. Finally, some couples feel it is a matter of value, and the consistency in Natural Diamond pricing is a comfort. There’s no visual difference between Lab Diamonds vs Natural Diamonds to the naked eye. So, can you tell real vs lab diamond?

How are lab grown diamonds created?

Grown diamonds are made one of two ways - either through High-Pressure High-Temperature (HPHT), or through Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD).

High Pressure High Temperature or HPHT

When the HPHT method is used, a small diamond seed is placed into a piece of carbon. Then using either a belt press, cubic press or a split-sphere (BARS) press, the carbon is pressurized to approximately 1.5 million pounds per square inch.

Chemical Vapor Deposition or CVD

Like HPHT, CVD uses a small diamond seed (often an HPHT diamond). This seed is placed inside a sealed chamber that is heated to over 1,400 Fahrenheit and filled with carbon-rich gases (typically methane and hydrogen). These gases are then ionized into plasma using a technology similar to lasers or microwaves.

Is A Lab Grown Diamond For Me?

Ultimately, the decision to buy a lab grown diamond is a personal one. If you love the look of diamonds but are hesitant because mined diamonds don’t align with your personal values, a lab grown diamond may be just the solution you’ve been looking for. These real diamonds are becoming an accessible luxury that you can indulge in with a peace of mind that you simply can’t get with mined diamonds.

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