22 Apr Lab Grown Diamonds
In celebration of Earth Day, Melissa Miner, talks about lab grown diamonds, which are more earth friendly as there is no mining involved. A great option for those who want to reduce human footprint.
Lab created diamonds or cultured diamonds are grown in a highly controlled environment, using advanced technological processes that duplicate the conditions under which diamonds naturally develop, when they form in the mantle beneath the Earth’s crust.
Lab created diamonds consist of actual carbon atoms arranged in the characteristic diamond crystal structure. Since they are made of the same material as natural diamonds, they exhibit the same optical and chemical properties.
Lab grown diamonds vs diamond alternatives
There is a major distinction between lab grown and diamond alternatives like cubic zirconia (CZ) or moissanite. They look similar but they are not true carbon crystals. Alternatives do not have the same chemical and physical properties as natural diamonds so they sell for a much lower price per carat than lab grown diamonds. To learn more about diamonds vs cubic zirconia, click here.
Lab grown diamonds exhibit the same physical, chemical and optical characteristics as diamonds and exhibit the same fire, scintillation and sparkle. They should always include a certification identifying them as laboratory grown. Lab grown diamonds can cost up to 30% less than natural diamonds of similar carat and clarity but typically has a lower resale value compared to natural diamonds.
The benefit of buying lab grown diamonds is they leave minimal ecological footprints in the environment and they are guaranteed to be conflict free. This is because they are made in controlled conditions instead of being mined from the earth with human labor.
So there you have it, the low down on lab grown diamonds. Whether or not you choose to purchase a lab created diamond or natural diamond depends on what is important to you.
Information from G.I.A and brilliant earth.com
Melissa Miner is a Graduate Gemologist from the G.I.A, one of the most recognized titles in the diamond industry. They are trusted experts for accurately identifying and grading the unique characteristics of diamonds and colored gemstones. Melissa has logged over 20,000 hours of live TV in the home shopping industry! She has a broad product category adeptness, but her favorite is the jewelry category presenting exquisite gemstones and diamonds.