FAQ: What is the difference between lab-grown and natural diamonds?

Lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds grown in a laboratory environment which replicates the conditions of earth’s natural diamond formation process. Regarding their chemical composition, lab-grown and mined natural diamonds are indistinguishable.

Lab-grown and natural mined diamonds are the exact same, they only differ in origin.

Lab-grown diamonds can only be identified as such in a laboratory environment and cannot be told apart by the human eye or even a microscope. Natural diamonds form in all directions whereas lab grown diamonds form upwards on a flat surface. As a result, lab grown diamonds have a slightly different internal graining which can only be identified by special laboratorial equipment which tests the diamond’s formation direction.

The production of lab-grown diamonds is still a process of great intricacy. It takes approximately one week for a lab-grown diamond that is 1.00ct in weight to form. The initial set up costs for a laboratory as well as the shorter time it takes to produce lab-grown diamonds over the excavation process of natural diamonds results in lab-grown diamonds being less expensive.

Both natural and lab-grown diamonds undergo the exact same cutting and certification process. Lab-grown diamonds are carefully cut, polished, inspected, and certified the same way a natural diamond is. All of our diamonds both lab-grown and natural come with either GIA (The Gemological Institute of America) or IGI (The International Gemological Institute) certificates.

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