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When lab-grown diamonds were first introduced to the world of fine jewelry, they aroused some skepticism, to say the least. People wondered if they were Actually real diamonds (they are!) and if they share the same sparkle and shine as their natural counterparts (they do!). But today, lab-grown diamond engagement rings are more popular than ever and come in a wide array of styles, shapes and cuts. Additionally, many lab-created diamonds are sustainably grown and cheaper than terrestrial diamonds, making them a cost-effective and environmentally friendly choice.
So what exactly are lab-grown diamonds and how are they made? “A diamond grown in the laboratory is a real diamond formed in a laboratory with high-tech equipment,” explains Lorraine Brantner 999, Sales Manager for JamesAllen.com. In short, these labs can create the same pressure and the same high temperatures it takes to form a diamond from the earth. âOver the past few years, we’ve been able to mimic the extreme conditions found deep below the earth’s surface to create the right environment for growing diamond crystals in a lab,â Brantner adds.
Although it can take billions of years for a natural diamond to form, it only takes a few weeks to create a lab-grown diamond that has the same optical, physical and chemical properties as a terrestrial diamond. Even better? Many lab-grown diamonds are formed using renewable energy and are created in zero-emission smelters, making them more environmentally friendly than mined diamonds.
Read on for the best places to buy lab-grown diamond jewelry.
What to look for in a lab-grown diamond engagement ring
As with any major investment, when it comes to purchasing a lab grown diamond engagement ring, it is important to do your research before buying. Most trusted retailers (like those listed above) will have a detailed FAQ page highlighting how and where their lab-grown diamonds are made and what sustainable practices they can carry out.
Since lab-grown diamonds share the same optical and chemical properties as natural diamonds, they are graded on the same scale for cut, purity, color, and carat weight as natural diamonds. Lab grown diamond engagement rings also come in a plethora of different styles, settings, and metals to suit any aesthetic. Once you have found the lab-grown diamond engagement ring of your dreams, you should receive and review its lab certification.
Laboratory-grown diamonds are artificial stones created in the laboratory. They are formed through the use of high tech equipment that can create the same conditions of high pressure, high heat, and chemicals that it takes to create a natural diamond.
âYes, lab-grown diamonds are identical to mined diamonds and share the same optical, physical and chemical properties,â Akhavi explains.
In short, how they are formed. Natural diamonds are formed beneath the earth’s surface by billions of years of extreme heat and pressure, while lab-grown diamonds are man-made and created in a lab by mimicking the exact conditions of natural diamonds. .
âAlthough they are still expensive, they are certainly economical compared to terrestrial diamonds,â explains Brantner. “We find that many customers appreciate the overall value of a lab diamond that allows them to really maximize their budget.”
Meet the expert
Lorraine Brantner 999 is Director of Sales for JamesAllen.com, a fine jewelry retailer that offers a wide range of lab-created diamonds at different prices.
Meet the expert
Mona Akhavi is the CEO of TRUE, a fine jewelry brand that offers sustainably grown diamonds for the modern bride.
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Contributing author Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and an expert on everything bridal wear, from haute couture wedding dresses to the perfect âsomething blueâ accessory. She researches and researches the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, nuptials, and more. When it comes to engagement rings, Sophie is a big fan of timeless styles like emerald cut silhouettes.