Lab-made Diamonds vs. Real Diamonds: A Quick Guide
Are lab-made diamonds real diamonds?
Yes, they are. In fact, they have the same chemical and optical properties as natural diamonds. If you're still unsure about the differences between the two, keep reading.
Creation: Natural diamonds are formed deep within the Earth's surface over billions of years. In contrast, lab diamonds are grown using high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes. The latter can be more eco-friendly and less harmful to miners.
Price: Real diamonds are expensive due to their scarcity and complex mining operations. On the other hand, lab diamonds are often more affordable since they aren't controlled by the same supply chain.
Durability: Both types of diamonds are made of carbon and have a hardness of 10 on the Mohs scale, making them incredibly durable and difficult to chip.
Clarity and Color: Both lab-made and natural diamonds are graded using the same standards by institutions like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the International Gemological Institute (IGI). Lab-made diamonds can have inclusions or "flaws" like natural diamonds, but their clarity grades are the same.
Certification: Always make sure to buy diamonds from reputable retailers who disclose whether the diamond was created naturally or artificially. If you're interested in purchasing a lab diamond, feel free to contact me for more information.
In conclusion, lab-made diamonds are a great alternative to natural diamonds. Beautiful as mined, without the mining, and can be more affordable and eco-friendly.