In the age of technology it's no surprise we've found a way to duplicate the creation of diamonds. Also known as engineered diamonds, man made diamonds or cultured diamonds; lab grown diamonds are grown in highly controlled laboratory environments that use technology which replicates the natural growth of a diamond. The use of carbon and pressure leads lab grown diamonds to exhibit the same characteristics and properties as naturally grown and mined diamonds. So, why choose lab grown diamonds?
The Diamond Twin
Diamonds created in a laboratory setting experience the same temperature and pressure conditions that naturally created diamonds face in the earths crust. Natural diamond formations occur when pieces of carbon, deep in the surface of the earth are subject to high amounts of pressure and heat. Some natural diamonds take days or months while others take hundreds of years to form. In the lab small seeds of carbon, taken from pre-existing diamonds, are placed in a chamber where the growth takes place over the course of 3-4 weeks. Lab techs keep a close eye on the formations and remove them from the chamber when they have reached the ideal state for cutting and polishing. Mimicking the formation process of natural diamonds means we can get an identical diamond created in a lab in much less time than a naturally grown and mined diamond.
A Price on Point
One of the biggest reasons people opt for a lab grown diamond is, you can get a diamond that is of equal or even greater quality as a natural diamond for a more affordable price. Labs are able to create a higher volume of diamonds due to the accelerated process they go through, meaning the price is significantly lower than a natural diamond of the same clarity, cut, colour and carat. Due to the controlled environment in a lab you can often get even higher quality with fewer defects than those that occur in nature.
Though Canadian Diamond mines must adhere to strict digging and mining regulations to reduce their impact on the environment, lab grown diamonds skip over the mining process all together so you never have to question the impact your diamond made on the environment. To take it one step further, companies like Diamond Evolution have committed to planting five trees for every lab grown diamond with the desire to contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions. This is the cherry on top of buying lab grown diamonds!
Friend or Faux
An important distinction to make is the difference between lab grown diamonds and faux or simulated diamonds. Cubic Zirconia and Moissanite are examples of diamond simulates, though these are a great way to get the look of a real diamond in your fashion or silver jewellery, they do not host the same properties or chemical make up that natural and lab grown diamonds possess. To the naked eye it can be very hard to distinguish between a lab grown, a mined and a faux diamond. To the trained eye it can be easier to tell the difference between a simulated diamond and a true diamond. However, when it comes to lab grown and natural it takes specialized equipment to tell them apart. This is why lab grown diamonds should always come with a certificate which states it is indeed lab grown.
Selecting Your Stone
Whether you opt for lab grown or natural, our diamond experts are ready to help you find the diamond piece of your dreams! Visit us today to contact us here to start the diamond conversation. Browse our selection of lab grown diamond rings and jewellery here. ••