Optically, chemically, and physically identical to Natural Diamonds
Lab-grown diamonds are an increasingly popular, attractively priced center stone option. In the past few years, we’ve seen a growing trend among consumers toward interest and acceptance of lab-grown diamonds. Lab-grown luxury turns heads in the fashion world.
In July 2019, MVI Marketing asked 1,154 millennial consumers aged 21–36 if they’d consider a lab-grown diamond for the center stone of their engagement ring. A whopping 67% said yes — and 21% said maybe.
(Source: MVI Marketing)
Lab-grown diamonds (LGDs) exhibit the same optical, physical, and chemical properties as natural diamonds, and exhibit the same fire, scintillation, and sparkle.
LGDs may exhibit different trace elements than natural diamonds that do not affect the appearance of the diamond. Lab grown diamonds can be distinguished from natural diamonds only with tests using specialized equipment.
So, How Are Lab-Grown Diamonds Created?
LGDs are NOT simulants.
Scientists create them in a lab using advanced technological processes that duplicate the conditions under which diamonds naturally develop when they form in the mantle, beneath the Earth’s crust.
They start with rough crystals and are grown using either HPHT (High Pressure High Temperature) or CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) — sometimes both methods.
LGDs are chemically, optically, and physically similar to Natural Diamonds, however they are created in a lab rather than 150 miles below the earth’s surface.
LGDs have scintillating radiance, at a more attractive price about 30-50% less than Natural Diamonds.
Watch for the follow-up blog about lab grown diamond later!