What Are Lab Grown Diamonds?
Is a diamond produced in a lab still really a diamond? The answer to that question, luckily, is very straightforward: yes. Diamonds are essentially just the proper combination of carbon, heat, and pressure. Regardless of whether they were formed underground over a billion years ago or created less than a week ago, lab grown diamonds are identical to their naturally occurring counterparts. If you look under a microscope at a diamond, you’ll be unable to distinguish whether or not it originated in a lab. And because the process is highly regulated in a lab setting, lab diamonds contain fewer flaws overall.
A More Sustainable Future
Much of the allure of lab grown diamonds stems from their lower environmental impact than traditional diamond mining. Diamond mining has several adverse impacts; because diamonds were formed deep underground billions of years ago, mines must go deep into the earth, displacing thousand of tons of dirt and releasing carbon into the air. Diamond mining also has a history of human exploitation, as mining is difficult and dangerous labor that the miners are not well compensated for. Purchasing lab diamonds offsets the amount of energy and water wasted and provides a more ethical path forward for diamond consumption.
What's in a Name?
Regardless of whether you use the term lab-grown diamond, engineered diamond, cultured diamond, man-made diamond, or lab-created diamond, these created diamonds are still optically and chemically identical to natural diamonds. The terms synthetic and artificial are misnomers, because lab diamonds are not fake in terms of structure or composition. Man-made stones are just as durable as natural ones and contain the same elements. Created diamonds are equal if not superior to natural stones; growing in a lab gives scientists and gemologists time to perfect their process to exclude flaws and increase clarity. The next time someone says “artificial diamond” you can be confident in knowing there is no such thing.
Have Yourself a Sparkly Day
Glittering, sparkling diamond earrings and elegant pendants made with created diamonds are a stunning addition to any jewelry collection. Lab grown diamonds can take any form, shape, or size (the largest on record is currently 155 carats!), and can be honed and polished into everything from a marquise to a teardrop. Available in a rainbow of colors, your created diamond jewelry will practically beg to be worn. Whether it's diamond stud earrings to lunch with a friend or a sweet little pendant to your routine appointments, make wearing your fine jewelry an everyday occurrence, and every day will become a special, sparkly occasion.