Scientists have been attempting to make diamonds for last 200 years and it was only in 1950s researchers at the Swedish company, Union Carbide and General Electric successfully replicated nature’s process in their machines. With gradual evolution of technologies, we can finally get a diamond grown in laboratory that don’t just look like mined diamond but are 100% diamond — chemically, physically & optically.
Nearly 7 decades after diamond growing was made achievable, let’s see why we need to be excited about a lab grown diamond!
You Are Sure of Your Diamond’s Origin – in a technology lab:
Mined diamonds are well, mined or extracted from the ground. You need heavy equipment to do that and by the time diamond is set in a jewelry, nobody can be completely sure of where & which diamond mine the diamond came from. There are select brands who can claim to prove a natural diamond’s origin and that knowledge comes at a premium.
Lab diamonds are harvested in laboratories in high pressure and temperature chambers or machines. The rough diamonds grown in laboratories are then cut and polished exactly like a mined diamond by cutters and polishers. Best part of owning a lab grown diamond is that your diamond is definitely free from digging up holes in the earth (mind you, holes that are visible from the space!)
Lab grown diamonds have distinct value proposition:
Most of us believe that buying diamonds means you need to have tons of cash needs. What if we say that you can get great looking diamonds at 30% less!
Yes, you read it right.
And these savings will allow you to choose a higher-quality metal base or pick out a bigger carat diamond or allow for a custom design even. End result, will always be a better ring that your partner will love and appreciate. In simple words, you get the option to pick a better quality diamond, and design a unique ring.
Make a choice that gives you confidence:
Lab grown diamonds make the perfect sense to begin with as they are indistinguishable from mined diamonds and they’re both diamonds. Sophisticated equipment is needed to tell lab grown apart mined diamonds – and so it is important to make sure you shop diamonds that are graded by independent laboratories like IGI, GIA, GCAL, AGS etc. This certificate gives one a fair insight in to the 4Cs of a lab-grown diamond.
Grab a good deal online:
You don’t need to go visiting jewelry shops for a lab diamond engagement ring. Most reliable brands now offer lab grown diamonds, along side mined diamonds online. Why online?
You can almost always get a great deal with an online retailer like LovBe. All the loose diamonds in LovBe’s inventory can be seen in magnified 360 degree views which you can’t expect to find in physical stores. Physical stores will almost always have a limited stock which you can touch and see, while brands such as LovBe allow customers to not only compare different diamonds but see each one with a setting style so that there are no ‘ugly’ surprises.
You can take your own time in deciding what diamond and engagement ring you like and would like to purchase. Purchases are also safeguarded by policies such as free returns within 60 days or free delivery which make so much sense when buying online.
Designing Your Own
Building your very own ring can be really exciting. Select a diamond (after you have compared diamonds side by side in 360 degree video!), put it in a setting of your choice (play around with metal combinations), see the final ring, and then decide if you like the look.
Again, this isn’t an experience that you can recreate in a store! It’s liberating to see so many diamond shapes, hundreds of settings styles and if there’s a particular design request that you have the diamond concierge service offered by brands like LovBe is a great experience. Ask them your diamond questions or check on setting styles, it is good to hear from an expert. Talking about the experience, always pick a brand that offers lifetime warranty on their jewelry (which is a great assurance when buying online) and lifetime diamond upgrade (cheers to that!).
Will lab diamonds pass a diamond tester?
Yes! Lab diamonds pass the diamond tester with the positive sign because they are made of the same thing that a mined diamond is made of and that’s crystallized carbon.
Do lab diamonds shine like mined diamonds?
Yes. You cannot even tell the difference between mined and lab-grown diamonds by seeing them with your naked eyes. Do not confuse lab made diamonds with cubic zirconia, and other diamond simulants.