Earth VS Lab Grown Diamond Jewelry

There is a definite buzz building around lab grown diamond jewelry, but for most people this is new territory. What are lab grown diamonds and are there any benefits over earth grown diamonds? The good news is that more options in the diamond market leads to more options for consumers. Options are always good! Here’s what you need to know.

Lab Grown Diamond Jewelry

Lab grown diamonds are as real as natural diamonds. Both the look and chemical makeup of lab grown diamonds are identical to that of a traditional diamond. Lab diamonds come in the same variety as natural diamonds, as well. That means you have all the same selection from brillancy to color! 

The New York Times breaks down the quick diamond creation process in labs, “Let’s start with how synthetic diamonds are made. The process can be completed in as little as three months. There are two approaches. One simulates the crushing force of the earth by applying high temperature and high pressure to dissolve carbon into a diamond seed. The other is akin to a 3-D printing approach, with pieces of carbon being layered on a diamond seed in a vacuum chamber.”

What are the Benefits of Lab Diamonds?

Why do people choose lab diamonds over earth diamonds? Here are some of the key benefits:

  • Limited Environmental Impact: Traditional mining methods rely on dangerous human labor. Lab grown diamonds don’t require mining.
  • Affordable: While lab stone prices fluctuate, you can count on spending 20 to 40 percent less than earth-mined diamonds. Affordability is really what makes these diamonds more enticing.
  • Trendy: Lab diamonds are growing in popularity due to their accessibility. It’s our opinion that lab diamonds will trend upward. For engagement rings, we’re seeing a definite increase in demand for lab grown diamonds.

Can You Tell the Difference Between Lab and Earth Diamonds?

Lab and mined diamonds can be told from eachother and must be distinguishable for honest sales to consumers since there is a significant price difference. At Rox, our gemologists know the difference between lab and mined diamonds. Whatever your diamond needs, our staff provides accurate histories for any piece that attracts your interested.

Gemologists look at the growth morphology for the stone. Those grown in a lab under one of two conditions, high pressure high temperature (HPHT) or chemical vapor deposition (CVD), will look different. A natural diamond grows in eight directions, also called an octahedron. A HPHT lab grown diamond will grow in 14 directions, known as a cuboctahedron. Lastly, a CVD grown diamond will grow in one direction as a cube.

Why are More Brides Choosing Lab Created Diamonds?

So, why are more brides and grooms choosing lab diamonds? High quality diamonds look exactly the same and sometimes better than mined diamonds. Due to the safe method of creating the diamonds in a lab environment, these diamonds are just more affordable. Today’s couples are more cost-savvy than ever before. If you could get a larger diamond at a fraction of the price, wouldn’t you buy it?

If you value ethical procurement, affordable products, and high-quality pieces, lab grown diamond jewelry might be right for you. At Rox, we’ll work closely with you to find the right diamond for your needs. Come in today or contact us online to learn more!