Recently, I had a client who was trying to make an eco-conscious choice while choosing his engagement ring. As engagement ring shopping becomes more daunting, there's a new factor to consider: lab-made diamonds. But are they really diamonds? The answer is yes.
Lab-made diamonds are grown using cutting-edge technology that simulates natural diamond growth. They have the same chemical composition, physical properties, and optical properties as natural diamonds. In fact, they can even receive certification from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and International Gemological Institute (IGI) using well-known techniques.
Natural diamonds, on the other hand, are a natural phenomenon formed millions of years ago in the Earth's mantle and brought to the surface by volcanic eruptions. They can be found in kimberlite or lamproite pipes or eroded away from their host rocks and wash into bodies of water.
For many years, natural diamonds were rare and only the wealthy could afford them. However, with the discovery of diamond mines in Brazil and South Africa, industrial-scale mining began and diamond supply increased to meet consumer demand. Today, diamonds are mined in many countries worldwide, including South Africa, Australia, Botswana, Russia, and Canada.
While natural diamonds have been the popular choice for engagement rings, lab-made diamonds are just as good in terms of quality and appearance. In fact, as consumers become more socially and environmentally conscious, many are opting for lab-made diamonds over natural ones.
My recent client's choice to go with a lab-made diamond was not only due to its quality and appearance but also because of its ethical and sustainable properties. Lab-made diamonds have a smaller carbon footprint compared to mined diamonds, making them a great choice for those who care about the environment.
Many people wonder if it's possible to distinguish between lab-made and natural diamonds. Our next blog post will compare the two to help you make an informed decision when choosing your engagement ring. But for now, as someone who is passionate about working towards sustainability and ethical practices, I highly recommend considering lab-made diamonds as a viable option.