Lab Grown Diamonds

WHAT IS A LAB CREATED DIAMOND?

The number one question we get is “Are lab-created diamonds real diamonds?” (also called man-made or lab-grown)

The answer is a very simple yes.

The only thing that makes a lab-created diamond different from a natural is diamond is its origin. A lab-created diamond is “grown” inside a lab using cutting-edge technology that replicates the natural diamond growing process. The result is a diamond that is chemically, physically, and optically the same as those grown beneath the Earth’s surface.

“Lab-created diamonds are not fakes. They’re not cubic zirconias. They have all the same physical and chemical properties of a mined diamond.” Stephen ­Morisseau, a spokesman for the Gemological Institute of America, a nonprofit organization that oversees the international diamond grading system. 

Sometimes, lab-created diamonds are referred to as synthetic diamonds. While not technically inaccurate, term “synthetic” may be the reason people believe lab-created diamonds are “fake.”

If we compare them to other popular diamond simulants, it’s obvious they are, in fact, the real deal.

HOW ARE LAB-CREATED DIAMONDS CERTIFIED AND GRADED?

Lab-created diamonds are graded and certified using the same process as mined diamonds.

Diamonds are sent to a gem lab that specializes in grading diamonds.

BENEFITS OF LAB-GROWN DIAMONDS

  • less expensive

  • ethical

  • environmentally kind

  • 2.63 tons of mineral waste is extracted from the earth to yield a single carat of gem-quality mined diamond

  • 480 liters of water are used to extract and process 1 carat of mined diamonds, versus 70 liters of water for lab-grown

  • Mining for a carat of diamonds generates 57,000 grams of carbon emissions, while emissions associated with lab-grown diamond production is not-significant

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