What exactly is a lab-grown diamond? A simulated fake? A good imitation? Or, a legitimate diamond equal in composition, quality, and brilliance worthy of consideration?
What a Diamond is Not
A “simulated” diamond is not a true diamond. Industry influencers commonly use “simulated” and “lab-grown” synonymously likely to undermine the value of lab-grown stones and continue to drive demand for traditional diamonds. Cubic zirconia, moissanite, and white topaz are common stand-ins but pale in comparison to natural and lab-created stones, lacking durability and brightness.
The Real Deal
A lab-grown diamond is every bit a real diamond. Stones created by science are chemically, optically, and physically equal to their natural counterparts and are attained at a fraction of the environmental, social and cash cost. Engineered and naturally formed stones differ only by process of origin, time to create, and public perception. Frequently, lab-matured jewels are indistinguishable from naturally grown, even by experienced gemologists.
Born of a tiny carbon seed from an existing stone, lab-grown diamonds are formed in a controlled, extremely high heat and pressure environment that replicates the conditions within the Earth’s mantle. What takes a billion years to create in nature can be accomplished in a week’s time. Fact is, the two specimens are identical:
• Each contains an equivalent crystalline structure
• Both are made of carbon resulting in a MOHS hardness rating of 10
• Each has a dispersion value of .044 equally affecting the brilliant separation of color and light
• Both perform with a refractive index of 2.42 bending light with the same dynamics
• Each is faceted and polished by the same process
An Ethically Sound Value
Eco-friendly, sustainable, and conflict-free, lab-grown diamonds are gaining popularity with a socially conscious generation. Lab-engineered diamonds broaden nature’s design by offering more expressive options, occurring perfectly colorless or in rare, striking hues. The icing on the cake, perhaps, is that these stones retail on average of 30% less than traditionally sourced diamonds of the same carat and quality.
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