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Lab Grown Diamonds

What are Lab Grown Diamonds?

Lab Grown Diamonds are redefining the jewelry industry by being the new age, affordable and ethical alternative to mined diamonds. Created from a deep desire to bring aspirational luxury to the world, these are grown by replicating the earth’s organic processes by experienced scientists. Made of the same DNA and carbon as mined diamonds, Lab Grown Diamonds are physically, chemically and optically identical to natural diamonds.

Why Lab Grown Diamonds?

Lab Grown Diamonds Ethical

Ethical

Because Lab Grown Diamonds are man-made in a lab, they are conflict free and socially responsible.

Lab Grown Diamonds Beauty & Quality

Beauty & Quality

Lab Grown Diamonds have the same physical, chemical and optical properties as mined diamonds.

Lab Grown Diamonds Value

Value

Lab Grown Diamonds offer excellent value and are more affordable than natural diamonds of comparable size and quality.

How are Lab Grown Diamonds Created

How are Lab Grown Diamonds Created?

The only thing which makes a Lab Grown Diamond different from a Natural Diamond is how it originated.

A diamond formed in a laboratory is grown using innovative technology which imitates the growing process of a natural diamond. Consequently, the diamond created is one that is man-made. It is chemically, optically, and physically the same as the diamonds which are grown beneath the surface of the earth.

The process of Lab-Created Diamonds is fairly similar to the ones obtained through mining. There are two artificial processes which the laboratories use to create diamonds:

High Pressure – High Temperature (HPHT) Diamonds

It uses any of the three manufacturing processes including the cubic press, a belt press, and a split-sphere press. These procedures are meant to form an environment of exceptionally high temperature and pressure which is favorable to the growth of diamonds.

High Pressure – High Temperature (HPHT) Diamonds
Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) Diamonds

Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) Diamonds

A CVD diamond is one which begins as a thin diamond seed slice that’s originally an HPHT created diamond. This diamond seed is positioned inside a closed cavity and heated up to 800 degrees. This cavity is filled up with carbon-rich gases such as Methane. These gases are then ionized into plasma by means of technology. The ionization breaks molecular bonds in gases and the diamond seeds slowly crystallize.

Lab Grown Diamonds vs Natural Diamonds

Our Lab Grown Diamonds display the same physical, chemical and optical characteristics as natural diamonds and exhibit the same fire, scintillation and sparkle. Using a loupe, man-made diamonds are nearly impossible to differentiate from natural diamonds. Lab Grown Diamonds may exhibit different trace elements than natural diamonds that do not affect the overall appearance of the diamonds. Lab Grown Diamonds can be distinguished from natural diamonds only with tests using specialized equipment. Lab Grown Diamonds available for purchase should always come with a gem certification identifying them as Lab Grown.

Lab Grown Diamonds vs Natural Diamonds
Lab Grown Diamonds vs Diamond Simulants

Lab Grown Diamonds vs Diamond Simulants

There are many diamond simulants and visual replications available in the marketplace, such as cubic zirconia, crystals and moissanite. It’s important to understand that although these simulants may look similar, they are however not true carbon crystals. Only Lab Grown Diamonds and mined diamonds are made of the chemical and physical composition unique to natural diamonds. They exhibit the signature strength and vibrancy of natural diamonds. Simulants can be distinguished from natural or Lab Grown Diamonds just by using the naked eye. When buying a Lab Grown Diamond or natural diamond, there is no comparison to simulated diamonds.

FAQs About Lab Grown Diamonds

Q: What is a Lab Grown Diamond?

A: A Lab Grown Diamond (also known as man-made, lab-created, cultured or cultivated diamond) is created in a controlled laboratory environment as opposed to an underground mine. The process is human-controlled rather than geological. However, the end-product is a real diamond in every sense. All the physical, chemical, optical and atomic properties of a Lab Grown Diamond are identical to those of a naturally mined one. It is also graded by certified gemological institutes on the 4 Cs used for grading naturally mined diamonds. Truth be told, it is an impeccable, financially savvy alternative to naturally mined diamonds.

Q: How are diamonds grown in a Laboratory?

A: A diamond seed is set in carbon-rich conditions inside a growth chamber. Using our exclusive growth technique, the seed develops into a rough diamond, which is then master crafted into a lovely, sparkling precious stone.

Q: What is the scope of human intervention in the growth process?

A: Human intervention is limited to placing a diamond seed in a conducive, carbon rich and dust free environment. Once the growth process starts, nature takes over. Did you know that just like human fingerprints, no two Lab Grown Diamonds are the same!

Q: Are Lab Grown Diamonds real?

A: Lab Grown Diamonds are authentic in every sense. All their physical, chemical, optical and atomic properties are identical to those of naturally-mined diamonds. This is unlike diamond simulants such as moissanites and cubic zirconia; which are not actual diamonds but merely resemble them. On the other hand, these Lab Grown Diamonds are 100% reliable and are certified by globally renowned independent gemological institutes. These are the same institutes that certify naturally-mined diamonds.

Q: What makes Lab Grown Diamonds unique?

A: No two Lab Grown Diamonds are identical; in fact, it is impossible to create replicas. Therefore, each diamond is unique and rare.

Q: How are Lab Grown Diamonds evaluated?

A: All diamonds are commonly evaluated on 4 factors: cut, color, clarity and carat. Together, these are popularly known as the 4 Cs.

Cut: The way a diamond has been cut and polished; its symmetry and proportions are completely dependent on human intervention. The cut is a significant factor in determining the gem’s brilliance and value. It’s arguably the most important criteria to consider while selecting.

Color: Diamonds come in a range of colors: from colorless to yellow; brown to gray. A diamond is compared to a globally accepted master set to determine its color value. The range spans from the most sought after colorless, D; to the least desirable color, Z. Deeply saturated hues occur in colored diamonds, the most intense of which are graded as “fancy” and sell for higher prices. So, a colorless diamond will be most expensive followed by a fancy color followed by a light color.

Colorless: Colorless diamonds (shades D to F) are the slowest and most difficult diamonds to grow. Yet, these rare phenomena are the most sought after. They are followed by the near colorless (shade G to I), which are relatively faster to grow than the colorless ones. Some popular offered colors in Lab Grown Diamonds are blue, pink & yellow.

Clarity: All diamonds have a few imperfections, both within (inclusions) and on the surface (blemishes). Greater clarity is desirable and leads to higher value. To arrive at a clarity grade, the size, color, number, relief, nature and position of a diamond are analyzed by qualified gemologists under a loupe and microscope. The standard grades of clarity are given below:

FL: Flawless This grade is given to diamonds that are free from inclusions and blemishes under 10x magnification. Understandably, these are the rarest and costliest.

IF: Internally Flawless This grade is for diamonds with no inclusions and small blemishes visible under 10x magnification.

VVS-1: Very, Very Slightly Included 1 This grade covers diamonds with minute inclusions that are very difficult to locate under 10x magnification.

VS1-2: Very Slightly Included 2 This grade is given to diamonds with minor inclusions that are fairly difficult to locate when examined under 10x magnification.

SI1-2: Slightly Included This grade is for diamonds with noticeable inclusions, which are easily visible under 10x magnification.

I1, I2, I3: Included This grade covers diamonds that may be easily seen face-up even with the unaided eye.

Carat: The metric carat is used to measure the weight of gemstones. Each metric carat is equal to 0.20 grams, with 100 points or 200 milligrams per carat. Greater weight of a stone usually means higher value in the case of diamonds.

Q: If Lab Grown Diamonds are created in a “controlled” environment, why are they still rare and expensive?

A: Human interaction in creating Lab Grown Diamonds is limited to the introduction of the diamond seed in the growth chamber and ensuring a dust free environment. Once the growth chamber is activated, nature takes over the growth process. There are so many factors that affect the final-outcome of the crystal that it is very difficult to control them all and the long growth period adds to the challenge. Therefore, just like its mined counterpart, each Lab Grown Diamond is unique. The value of each Lab Grown Diamond is determined on the evaluation of its 4 Cs.