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What are the benefits of choosing a lab grown diamond?
In recent years, more consumers are moving toward eco friendly options in every aspect of their lives, as well as concerning themselves with ethical practices of companies they purchase from.
Here at Van Adams Jewelers, we consider both natural and lab grown diamonds to be fantastic choices for your engagement ring. However, lab created diamonds have become increasingly popular because they’re cost effective, eco-friendly, and ethical.
1. Lower Price for Better Quality Lab grown diamonds tend to cost about 30% less than a natural. So, that doesn’t make them “cheap” by any means. But, due to the controlled conditions of the lab, the quality can be superb!!!
2. Eco Friendly Since lab grown diamonds are created in a lab, they do not require digging up tons of earth in a diamond mine.
3. Ethically Sourced Naturally mined diamonds can subject the local miners, that bring the raw diamonds out of the ground, to extreme conditions and challenges.
Nonetheless, we are more than pleased to make your dream engagement ring a reality whether you decide that a lab or natural diamond best fits with your values.
Are Lab Grown Diamonds Real Diamonds?
Yes, lab diamonds are indeed “real” diamonds. They also test positive as such with a diamond tester (as they should). The only difference between them is how they are created, one is found in nature while the other is man-made. That doesn’t make it any less of a diamond than a natural.
Think of it like this: An Icicle is 100% water, and so is an ice cube. One is formed in nature and one is formed in a controlled environment in your freezer, but both are 100% water.
It's the same with lab created and natural diamonds. Both are made of the same carbon atoms, but one is formed in a controlled environment in a lab and the other in nature.
What is a Lab Grown Diamond?
Lab-grown diamonds are made using state of the art technology that replicates the exact process as a natural diamond. As a result, a man-made diamond with the same chemical and physical properties of a natural is created. Overall, they are more ethical and affordable than any earth minded diamond in the market.
How are they made?
Scientists use either High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) to simulate the environmental process that a natural Diamond experiences in the earth. small diamond seedling is planted in carbon exposed to high temperatures of 1500 degrees Celsius (2732 degrees Fahrenheit) with an applied pressure of 1.5 million pounds per square inch.
How can you tell the difference between lab created diamonds and natural diamonds?
We know now that labs and naturals are chemically the same. They are also optically the same, meaning there’s no way to identify the difference between the two. Even expert gemologists, those who specializes in gemstone identification, can’t even tell the difference with the naked eye.
Which diamond should I go with?
That decision is ultimately up to you. We always suggest choosing a diamond that best reflects your values and personal desires. And if you need help figuring that out, seek no further. We understand the diamond selection process can be intimidating, so we are always happy to assist.
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