The Details About Lab Grown Diamonds
Laboratory-grown diamonds are real diamonds. They are physically, chemically, and optically identical to mined diamonds, and they are offered at a great savings. They are ethically sourced, eco-friendly, and stunning!
They are crafted by exposing carbon to a simulation of the exact geological conditions it needed millions of years ago to turn to diamond beneath the earth’s surface. Lab-grown diamonds are not synthetics but a scientifically summoned version of the real thing. Grown in pristine conditions over a matter of months, depending on the required size, diamond factories are popping up all over the world, from China to California’s Silicon Valley (left). Gemologically and aesthetically identical to their organic counterparts, it takes special laboratory equipment to be able to tell them apart from mined diamonds – the naked eye, no matter how trained, is not enough.
Significant savings allow you to reduce your budget or supersize your diamond when you select lab-grown diamonds. While the difference in prices of mined versus grown diamonds differ from stone to stone, the average saving to be made on a comparable white diamond is about 30%.
The number one question we get is “Are lab-grown diamonds real diamonds?” The answer is a very simple YES. Sometimes, lab-created diamonds are referred to as synthetic diamonds. While not technically inaccurate, the term “synthetic” may be the reason people believe lab-created diamonds are “fake.” Lab-grown diamonds are, in fact, the real deal. They’re not cubic zirconias. They have all the same physical and chemical properties of a mined diamond.
Lab-grown diamonds come in all the shapes, sizes and colors of their mined predecessors, each with their own unpredictable inclusions and quirks. As such, the lab-grown diamonds can be graded by laboratories like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and priced accordingly. The certificates issued by the GIA for lab-grown diamonds give all the information on the Four Cs, as well as polish, symmetry and fluorescence, though go into less detail on color and clarity than mined diamond reports.