What’s the difference between the two?
Natural and lab-grown diamonds are composed of the same material (carbon). They exhibit the same sparkle that makes a diamond the most unique and sought-after gem. While natural diamonds are forged in the Earth, lab-grown diamonds are created using extreme pressure, heat and advanced technology inside a machine. Lab-grown diamonds are nearly impossible to differentiate from natural diamonds, even by the experts.
How are lab-grown diamonds manufactured?
Growing a lab-grown diamond involves starting with tiny carbon “seeds” (a small piece of pre-existing diamond) and growing the diamond with advanced technology. Once the diamond has increased to sufficient size, it is sent to a cutting and polishing facility for final touches.
Lab-grown diamonds vs. diamond simulants
Some diamond buyers are confused about the differences between lab-grown diamonds and diamond simulants (such as cubic zirconia and moissanite). While they appear similar at first glance, it is important to note the major distinctions between their characteristics and value. Diamond simulants do not have the same chemical or physical properties as natural or lab-grown diamonds (put simply, they are not true diamonds). They therefore sell at much lower market prices than lab or natural diamonds and are typically found in fashion jewellery as opposed to engagement rings or fine jewelry.
Should I consider a lab-grown diamond instead of a natural diamond?
This decision really comes down to personal preference. Lab-grown diamonds are increasingly growing in popularity and are considered by many to be a responsible and more environmentally friendly choice (since lab-grown diamonds do not involve the process of mining from the earth). Beyond the sustainability factor, they can offer great value. For the same price, a diamond buyer could purchase a lab-grown diamond that is 30% larger than a natural diamond of the same quality.
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