What are lab grown Diamonds?
Photo description: A laboratory-grown diamond (left) and a natural diamond (right) can appear identical to the naked eye.
Lab-grown diamonds are diamonds that are created in a laboratory, either using high pressure and heat to synthesize carbon into a diamond by mimicking the Earth’s natural processes, or laboratory-grown diamonds can also be manufactured using hydrocarbon gas in a process known as chemical vapor deposition. Lab-grown diamonds share the same chemical composition, crystal structure, optical, and physical properties of diamonds found in nature. They are just as hard, and they are available in a range of colors and qualities. Just like natural diamonds, lab-grown diamonds undergo the same rigorous grading process using the Four Cs.
Sources: American Gem Society® and Gemological Institute of America®
Having an understanding of the Four Cs is important as a buyer, but don’t just stop there! The connection between a diamond’s grading report and its value is answered in how the diamond appears to the naked eye. Comparing diamonds in person will help you make an informed decision so that you’re choosing qualities that are most important to you and to your budget.