Lab diamonds (also known as lab created diamonds, man made diamonds, engineered diamonds, and cultured diamonds) are grown in highly controlled laboratory environments using advanced technological processes that duplicate the conditions under which diamonds naturally develop when they form in the mantle, beneath the Earth’s crust. These lab created diamonds consist of actual carbon atoms arranged in the characteristic diamond crystal structure. Since they are made of the same material as natural diamonds, they exhibit the same optical and chemical properties.
We create our lab diamonds by utilizing the carbon seeds from existing diamonds. Advanced technology, such as extreme pressure and heat or a specialized deposition process known as CVD, replicates natural diamond formation. Some lab-grown diamonds produced through deposition may also undergo pressure and heat treatment post-growth. The formation of man-made fancy colored diamonds occurs when specific trace elements are present during growth, mirroring natural processes. Both white and fancy colored lab-grown diamonds may have varying trace element compositions compared to their natural counterparts. Distinguishing lab-grown from natural diamonds requires specialized equipment capable of detecting subtle differences in trace elements and crystal growth.
Our lab diamonds display the same physical, chemical, and optical characteristics as natural diamonds, and exhibit the same fire, scintillation, and sparkle. Using a jewelry loupe, lab created diamonds are nearly impossible to differentiate from natural diamonds. Lab created diamonds may exhibit different trace elements than natural diamonds that do not affect the appearance of the diamond. Lab created diamonds can be distinguished from natural diamonds only with tests using specialized equipment. Lab created diamonds available for purchase should always come with a gem certification identifying them as laboratory grown.
A diamond that is created in a lab is just as real as a mined diamond. They have the same physical and chemical properties and are grown under the same temperature and pressure conditions, but without the conflict and questionable ethical practices that are common in some diamond mines. In fact, lab created diamonds are often of better quality due to the highly controlled environment and fully monitored process.
All lab-grown diamonds undergo the same treatment as mined diamonds. An independent gem lab certifies them with experts grading for cut, clarity, carat, and color. The cut, crucial for diamond brilliance, takes precedence. Clarity assesses appearance and defect absence, while colorlessness earns a higher grade. Carat quantifies size and weight. Each diamond receives a quality rating. Diamond jewelry, a splendid gift for yourself or a loved one, offers versatility for everyday wear or special occasions. Opting for lab-grown diamonds means investing in high-quality, stunning, ethical, and eco-friendly pieces.
- More beautiful due to better, brighter quality and higher purity
- Fewer defects
- Environmentally friendly
- Greater affordability
- Colors that are rarely found in nature can be created, making unique and coveted pieces more obtainable
- Trackable origin sources allow you to source diamonds from reputable places that don’t engage in poor treatment of workers or communities