why lab created diamonds?
Lab created diamonds (also called lab grown, man made, or synthetic diamonds) are chemically, optically and physically identical to earth mined diamonds, but are more ethical, beautiful and affordable than any diamond you will ever get out of the earth. Replicating the earth's natural process by crystallizing carbon in a modern-day lab environment they are able to create brilliant diamonds that are priced up to 40% less, and are free of any environmental or humanitarian concerns. Diamonds that are found in nature take billions of years to form, while lab created diamonds can be formed in just a few weeks.
Are lab grown diamonds real diamonds?
Yes! Lab grown diamonds are real diamonds, identical in every way (but the price!) to earth-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. They are crystalizing carbon into stunning rough diamonds that are then cut, polished and graded just like earth mined diamonds.
How much are lab grown diamonds?
Lab grown diamonds are chemically, optically and physically identical to earth mined diamonds, but are more ethical, beautiful and affordable than any diamond we will ever get out of the earth. We're replicating the earth's natural process by crystallizing carbon in a modern-day lab environment into brilliant diamonds that are priced up to 40% less, and are free of any environmental or humanitarian concerns.
On average, lab created diamonds are priced 20-40% less than an equivalent quality earth-mined diamond. However, just like with earth mined diamonds, prices will vary based on the diamond’s 4C’s – cut, clarity, color, and carat.
How Are Lab Diamonds Made?
Do lab created diamonds test as real diamonds?
Lab created diamonds display the same physical, chemical, and optical characteristics as natural diamonds, along with the same fire, scintillation, and sparkle. They are real diamonds. Lab created diamonds are nearly impossible to differentiate from natural diamonds with the naked eye. Lab grown diamonds can be distinguished from natural diamonds if specialized equipment is used to test them.
WHAT ARE THE QUALITY GRADES OF LAB GROWN DIAMONDS?
Lab grown diamonds are available up to IF in clarity, D in color, Ideal in cut, with large carat weights in all shapes, including round, emerald, cushion, oval, heart, princess, trillion, and radiant.
DO ALL LAB GROWN DIAMONDS LOOK ALIKE?
No. A lot of people think they can program the process to create a specific diamond grade and carat size that are the same each time, but it can’t. They are simply putting the right conditions together but then nature takes it from there. Just like with earth-mined diamonds, there will be variances in color, clarity and carat size.
ARE LAB GROWN DIAMONDS GRADED AND CERTIFIED?
All of our certified lab created diamonds over 0.5ct are graded the same way earth mined diamonds are and come with a grading certificate from either the International Gemological Institute (IGI) or Gem Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL).
WHAT ARE THE ECO-BENEFITS OF LAB GROWN DIAMONDS?
Unlike earth mined diamonds, lab created diamonds are created without negatively harming native communities, society or the Earth. According to the 2014 Frost and Sullivan report, "lab grown diamonds are seven times less impactful to the environment than mined diamonds, use significantly less resources and emit a fraction of the air pollution."