We are happy to announce that we now offer more choice to our customers with International Gemological Institute (IGI) certified lab-grown diamonds.
- Are real diamonds grown in a "diamond greenhouse" using "diamond seeds," which is carbon that is put through the same process as natural diamonds found deep in the earth
- Offers greater value to our customers
- A result of state-of-the-art research and technology
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Everything You Need to Know About Lab-Grown Diamonds
by Colleen Kratofil
What is the correct term to use when referring to lab-grown diamonds?
Lab-made is appropriate for discussing diamonds grown by man. Mined diamonds is the appropriate way to discuss diamonds found in nature.
Is there a noticeable difference when looking at a natural vs. lab-made diamond?
No. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just rewrote its guidelines in July and changed the definition of what constitutes a diamond. They ruled that lab-grown are not synthetic and are physically, chemically, visually identical to mined diamonds. Mined diamonds are made from carbon. And carbon is an element. And diamond forms because the carbon starts to crystallize. So now, the definition of a diamond is crystallized carbon. And that’s exactly what we do when making lab-grown diamonds — crystallize carbon.
What’s the process of making a lab-grown diamond?
A lab-grown diamond starts with carbon the way it would start with carbon underneath the surface of the Earth. Then, it’s put under the same environments in a greenhouse lab. They put it in the same pressure and temperature, and they add in the same chemicals to have the reaction for the carbon to crystallize. And the more it crystallizes, the diamond gets bigger. It starts with what they’re calling a baby diamond seed, which is carbon. It’s almost like a tomato that is grown in a greenhouse from a seed, versus a tomato that naturally grew out of the ground, when that seed fell on the ground.
Can you visually tell the difference between lab-grown and mined diamonds?
The technology in lab-grown diamonds gets better every day, and there is no way to tell the difference. In different parts of the world, different carbon is exposed to different chemical reactions. No one place is the same, so no one mined diamond has the exact same lattice.
Is it faster to make a lab-grown diamond?
Yes, it’s much faster. Using advanced technological processes they’ve been able to duplicate the conditions under which diamonds naturally develop beneath the earth’s crust, and create them at a faster rate in a highly controlled laboratory. One carat cut diamond takes about three months. Once it’s grown, then it goes under the same process as any mined diamond does, through the four C’s, cut, color, clarity, carat. And the better it’s cut the more it shines. They are graded with that system by the same agencies and governing bodies that grade all of the mined diamonds. You know, IGI or GIA, they all come certified as well.
What’s the environmental impact of mined diamonds?
To mine about one carat stone, one has to dig down upwards of 1,700 tons of soil. They have to go down the equivalent of ten city blocks into the Earth for one carat. Environmentally, to have to unearth 1,700, almost 2,000 tons of soil for one carat, is not sustainable.
source: https://people.com /style/everything-you-need-to-know-about-lab-grown-diamonds
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