Lab-grown diamonds are created in laboratories through an artificial process. Let’s find out how these diamonds differ from natural ones; and is it a good idea to buy them.
Lab-Grown Diamonds vs Natural Diamonds
There is no secret that a lot of people with a lack of knowledge get confused when hearing the term “lab-grown diamond”. For some reason, they think that these diamonds are fake. That’s not true at all.
Lab-grown diamonds also referred to as synthetic, man-made or created diamonds, are not diamond simulants. In reality, lab-created diamonds are identical to natural ones in terms of chemical structure, appearance or physical properties. If you buy a synthetic diamond, no one would be able to tell it from a mined stone.
The only difference between natural and lab-created diamonds is their price. Since lab diamonds are man-made, they are cheaper than natural ones, which are rare and hard to mine.
In fact, by buying a lab-grown diamond you can save at least 10-15%. Sounds good, isn’t it?
Clarity of Lab-Grown Diamonds
Since lab-grown diamonds are man-made and the process of production is fully controlled, they are nearly flawless and don’t have many inclusions, unlike naturally formed stones.
This doesn’t mean that lab diamonds don’t have impurities at all. Of course, they have, but these flaws are minimized due to the strict control of the creation process, and they are not seen to the naked eye.
Colour of Lab-Grown Diamonds
The process of evaluating the colour of lab-created diamonds is the same as for mined stones. The less colour the stone shows, the higher its price.
It’s easier to create a top colour diamond than to find it naturally.
It’s worth mentioning that lab-grown diamonds are available in a variety of fancy colours too. They are a great option if you are looking for a colour other than white because naturals are very pricey, rare and hard to find.
Cut of Lab-Grown Diamonds
In terms of cut, there is no difference between lab and natural diamonds at all. The more proportional the cut, the more brilliance and sparkle the stone shows.
If the stone has a round cut, it should not be too deep or too shallow.
Below you can find full guides to help you choose the best stone based on its shape:
Certification of Man-Made Diamonds
A certificate is always a good idea. Always ask for such a document when shopping for diamonds. It will help you to not only evaluate the properties of the stone but also see its origin.
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) is one of the reputable authorities that grades man-made diamonds and issues grading reports that explicitly state that the stone is “laboratory-grown”.
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