What is a Lab Grown Diamond?
Lab Grown Diamonds (also called Lab Created Diamonds, Lab Diamonds or Created Diamonds) are precisely what the name suggests, Diamonds grown in a lab. Lab Grown Diamonds are grown using one of two different techniques which recreate the Diamond growing process that occurs beneath the Earth’s surface: High-Pressure High-Temperature (or HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (or CVD). Upon completion, each process results in a pure carbon Diamond that is 100% chemically and optically identical to a mined Diamond, the only difference lies in their origin.
By growing Diamonds in a controlled environment we are able to produce stones that are larger, have better clarity and color and contain fewer inclusions than mined stones. With Lab Grown Diamonds now available as an option, more people than ever before can access Diamonds, at a fraction of the price. Not only are they affordable, but Lab Grown Diamonds are by nature, conflict free.
Why choose Lab Grown Diamonds?
Lab Grown Diamonds are more affordable than mined Diamonds. While price varies depending on the size, cut and jewelry design, Lab Grown Diamonds are on average 20-40% less expensive than mined Diamonds. By growing Diamonds in a controlled environment we are able to produce stones that are 100% chemically and optically identical to mined diamonds, now in larger sizes, with better clarity, better color and fewer inclusions. Lab Diamonds are great alternative for someone who wants to add more stones or scale up carat size in their designs.
Lab Grown Diamonds are Diamonds, as opposed to Diamond simulants (Moissanite or CZ). Diamonds, both mined and lab grown are made of a single element, carbon, regardless of their origin. Diamond simulants on the other hand share similar characteristics to Diamonds, but are made up of different materials.
Not only is a Lab Grown Diamond great value, but all lab grown gemstones are by nature, conflict-free with a significantly smaller carbon footprint than the mined alternative.
Fun Facts & Famous Diamonds
- Diamond, both mined and lab grown, is the birthstone for the month of April.
- Diamond, both mined and lab grown, is the gemstone associated with 60th wedding anniversary gifts.
- The word Diamond comes from the Ancient Greek word “adámas” meaning unconquerable force, unbreakable.
- The Romans thought diamonds were so brilliant they must be fallen stars.
- 83% of all engagement rings contain Diamond center stones.
How to Care for Lab Grown Diamond Jewelry
Diamond, mined and lab grown, is one of the hardest substances on Earth, with a Mohs rating of 10 (out of 10) making it the perfect stone for engagement rings and everyday wear. Lab Grown Diamonds are created in a controlled environment which limits the presence of inclusions, making them an even more durable alternative.
We recommend regularly cleaning your Lab Diamond jewelry with mild dish soap and warm water, using a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone where dust can collect. If additional cleaning is required, Lab Diamonds are durable enough to be put into an ultrasonic cleaners, with regular jewelry cleaning solutions. Contact our Jewelry Consultants for more information about your Lab Grown Diamonds jewelry.