What is a Lab Grown Diamond?

A lab-grown diamond is a diamond that has been created in a controlled laboratory setting, rather than being mined from the earth. They are physically and chemically identical to mined diamonds and have the same brilliance, fire, and sparkle. The only difference is their origin.

Here’s how lab-grown diamonds are created:

  1. Carbon source: A small diamond seed, or a piece of graphite, is placed in a growth chamber.
  2. High pressure and temperature: The chamber is then subjected to extremely high pressure and temperature, similar to the conditions that exist deep within the Earth.
  3. Crystal growth: Under these conditions, the carbon atoms begin to bond together, forming a diamond crystal.
  4. Cutting and polishing: Once the diamond has grown to the desired size, it is then cut and polished to reveal its brilliance.

Lab-grown diamonds offer several advantages over mined diamonds:

  • Environmentally friendly: They do not require the mining of diamonds, which can damage the environment and displace communities.
  • Ethically sourced: They are not associated with the human rights abuses that can sometimes occur in diamond mines.
  • More affordable: They are typically less expensive than mined diamonds of comparable quality.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to choose a lab-grown diamond or a mined diamond is a personal one. There are pros and cons to each option, and the best choice for you will depend on your individual priorities and values.

Lab-grown diamonds and natural diamonds are graded the same

Natural diamonds and lab-grown diamonds are graded with the same Diamond 4Cs criteria. One thing to consider is that you’ll get a much larger lab-grown diamond with greater clarity for the same price versus a natural diamond.

Interesting Fact

IGI was the first gemological lab to grade lab-grown diamonds. Now other labs such as GIA and AGS grade lab-grown diamonds. Make sure you get a diamond report from a lab you can trust.

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