Are Lab Grown Diamonds Real Diamonds?
In recent years, lab grown diamonds have emerged as an exciting and ethical alternative to natural diamonds. These diamonds possess the same physical and chemical properties as their naturally occurring counterparts but are created in controlled laboratory environments. Another way to say this is that yes, lab grown diamonds are real diamonds! We are going to explore the process of producing lab grown diamonds and their benefits.
The Science behind Lab-Grown Diamonds:
Lab grown diamonds are created using two primary methods: high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD).
High-Pressure, High-Temperature (HPHT)
In this method, a small diamond seed is placed in a carbon-rich environment and subjected to extreme pressure and temperature, replicating the natural conditions under which diamonds form deep within the Earth’s crust. The carbon atoms crystallize around the seed, gradually growing into a larger diamond.
Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD)
CVD involves placing a diamond seed in a vacuum chamber filled with carbon-rich gases. These gases are ionized, and carbon atoms are deposited on the seed, layer by layer, creating a diamond. The process is controlled with precision, allowing for the creation of high-quality diamonds.
From Crystal to Gemstone
Once the diamond crystal has been formed by one of these processes, it is then cut by a professional diamond cutter and polished. A laser inscription is then etched into the girdle of the stone. All lab grown diamond inscriptions will begin with the letters “LG”. Lab diamonds are appraised in the same way as mined diamonds. On your lab diamond appraisal certificate the unique serial number for your diamond will appear.
Benefits of Lab-Grown Diamonds:
Ethical and Sustainable
All of our diamonds whether mined or lab grown are ethically sourced. But, lab grown diamonds do have less of an environmental impact compared with traditional diamond mining. They are created in a controlled environment reducing the carbon footprint and associated costs to the environment.
When possible, we encourage our clients to reuse heirloom diamonds or gemstones, not only for conservations reasons, but also sentimental reasons.
Lab grown diamonds possess the same physical and chemical characteristics as natural diamonds, ie: they are real diamonds. They have the same hardness, brilliance, and durability, making them indistinguishable to the naked eye. They undergo the same gemological grading processes as natural diamonds and can receive certifications from renowned gemological institutes including IGI and GCAL.
Lab grown diamonds are generally more affordable than their natural counterparts. The controlled production process and the absence of mining costs contribute to their lower price point, allowing consumers to purchase larger and higher quality diamonds within their budget.
At Posy Fine Jewellery we source the best lab grown diamonds in Toronto and in Canada. Upon selection of the best stones to fit your budget we will bring them in to show you in person so you can choose the one that speaks to you. If we are working long distance we will send photos and videos of the options so that you can do the same.
Lab grown diamonds offer jewellery designers newfound creative opportunities. Their affordability allows for the exploration of unique and intricate designs, expanding the range of options available to consumers. As a consumer, you will definitely receive more bang for your buck with a lab grown diamond.
In addition, lab grown diamonds are available in most shapes and cuts. However, as with mined diamonds, the most popular cuts such as round or oval will be the easiest to find. Lab grown diamonds are also available in small, accent size, what jewellers call melee. This allows for greater flexibility for all ring designs, even those with sapphires or other types of centre stones, because the diamond accents are more affordable.
Are Lab Grown Diamonds for you?
Lab grown diamonds are revolutionizing the traditional jewellery options by offering an ethical, sustainable, and affordable alternatives to natural diamonds. The scientific advancements behind their creation, combined with their identical quality, have levelled the playing field for those who desire exceptional quality and affordability.
You may consider lab grown diamonds for a variety of reasons. They could be values based due to their lower environmental impact or economic based due to the greater value you receive for your money. Either way, it’s a win, win.
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