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Your Questions About Lab Diamonds Answered

Lab diamonds continue to rise in popularity, and this growing interest brings with it an increased amount of questions!

To dispel misunderstandings and debunk some lab diamond myths, we’ve pulled together our customers’ most common questions about lab diamonds.

Question 1: Are lab diamonds real or are lab created diamonds fake? Are lab created diamonds the same as cubic zirconia?

Answer: Lab created diamonds are real diamonds! Lab diamonds have the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as mined diamonds, and are not diamond simulants like moissanite or cubic zirconia. Diamond simulants look similar to diamonds, but are not true carbon crystals, and most people will be able to tell the difference between diamonds and cubic zirconia or moissanite with the naked eye. The human eye cannot distinguish between a lab diamond and a naturally mined diamond, however, since they are visually and physically identical. Lab grown diamonds can be distinguished from natural diamonds only when specialized equipment is used by professional gemologists to test them.

Question 2: What are lab grown diamonds? How are lab diamonds made?

Answer: Lab created diamonds are grown from the tiny carbon seeds of pre-existing diamonds. Advanced technology – either extreme pressure and heat or a special deposition process known as CVD – mimics the natural method of diamond formation within the earth’s mantle. These man made 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 offer the same brilliance and hardness of natural diamonds.

Question 3: Are lab diamonds good quality?

Answer: Like naturally mined diamonds, lab diamonds cover the entire spectrum of diamond quality. You can find lab created diamonds of every cut, color, clarity, and carat weight, including flawless white diamonds with no inclusions. Since they are chemically the same as natural diamonds, they do not have lower durability and will not get cloudy over time.

Question 4: How much are lab diamonds? Are lab diamonds cheaper than natural diamonds?

Answer: Lab created diamonds offer excellent value and are slightly more affordable than natural diamonds of comparable size and quality. Because of this, lab diamonds can be a great option for engagement ring shoppers looking to get a larger center diamond within their budget. Additionally, fancy colored lab diamonds sell at comparatively reasonable prices compared to their natural colored diamond counterparts, making it more affordable to opt for something like a pink, blue, or yellow diamond.

Question 5: Are lab diamonds GIA certified? Can you appraise lab grown diamonds?

Answer: Lab created diamonds are certified by a number of the world’s leading gem grading labs including GIA, IGI, HRD, and GCAL. Lab created diamonds available for purchase should always come with a gem certification identifying them as laboratory grown. Lab grown diamonds can also easily be appraised and insured, just like naturally mined diamonds.

Question 6: How are lab diamonds different? Why would I choose a lab grown diamond?

Answer: There are many factors that make lab diamonds an attractive choice for diamond shoppers. As previously mentioned, lab diamonds are usually more affordable than comparable natural diamonds. For couples looking to optimize on the size of the center diamond for their engagement ring, this can mean that a lab diamond is the best choice for them. Others are drawn to lab grown diamonds because they are a responsible choice given that no new mining is required. If a mined diamond is the right choice for you, however, our natural diamonds are Beyond Conflict Free™ and sourced from specific mines that have demonstrated their commitment to following internationally recognized labor, trade, & environmental standards.

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