What Are Lab-Grown Diamonds?
Lab-grown diamonds are grown in highly controlled laboratory environments using advanced technological processes that duplicate the conditions under which diamonds naturally develop when they form in the mantle, beneath the Earth’s crust.
While their origin may be different, lab-grown diamonds and natural diamonds are chemically and optically the same. This is great for consumers not only because it presents alternatives when buying diamond jewelry, but there are a number of other positive benefits associated with lab-grown diamonds.
Our lab-grown diamonds are now readily available in a variety of colorless ranges as well as fancy colors that are considered very rare in nature.
? Why Lab-Grown Diamonds?
Many consumers choose lab-grown diamonds for their ethical and environmental efficiency. Unlike mined diamonds, lab-grown diamonds have a minimal environmental impact. It takes considerably less energy to grow diamonds in a lab than it does to mine them from the earth. A one-carat mined diamond costs the planet between 88,000 and 176,000 pounds of displaced earth*. In contrast, each lab-grown diamond can save the planet that much alone in displaced earth, plus the energy needed to move it.
? What About Cubic Zirconia?
The major distinction between lab-grown and diamond simulants, such as cubic zirconia and moissanite is that they are not true carbon crystals. Simulants do not have the same chemical and physical properties as natural or lab-made diamonds and therefore sell at much lower prices. Simulants can be often be distinguished from natural or lab-grown diamonds using only the naked eye.