What are lab grown diamonds? Are they real diamonds?
Lab grown diamonds are real diamonds, just like mined diamonds.
The only thing that differs is their origin. They are grown from a mined diamond “seed”, using state of the art technology that replicates the way in which diamonds formed deep in the Earth’s mantle.
Exactly the same as natural diamonds, lab grown diamonds consist of carbon atoms in a lattice crystal structure.
Do they look the same as mined diamonds?
Yes. They have the same physical and chemical properties as natural diamonds so they look exactly the same.
They can only be told apart from their mined counterparts by using special laboratory equipment that can detect the very slight differences in crystal growth.
Do they come with a quality certificate?
At The Diamond Store, just like the natural diamonds we sell, our lab grown diamond solitaire pendants, earrings and rings at 0.25 carats and above each come with a diamond certificate from an independent diamond laboratory, such as the International Gemmological Institute (IGI).
By clicking the Product Specifications tab on our product pages you’ll easily see what type of documents and certificates are included with your diamond.
Do lab grown diamonds come in different qualities, like mined diamonds?
Yes. The same as natural diamonds, they can have very slight colour differences, as well as tiny imperfections called “inclusions”. These affect their colour and clarity grades and, consequently, their price.
Just as with natural diamonds, our gemmologist rigorously selects each of our lab grown diamonds by hand to ensure its high quality.
Are they more affordable?
Lab grown diamonds are hi-tech luxury goods. A fusion of art and technology, the process is exacting and expensive.
However, compared to the rarity of natural diamonds and the cost of finding and extraction, lab grown diamonds offer considerable value, with up to a 50% larger diamond for your spend.
Are lab grown diamonds fake?
No. They are real diamonds.
Fake diamond alternatives like cubic zirconia or moissanite consist of completely different raw materials, not true carbon crystals.
For example, cubic zirconia is made from zirconium dioxide and you only need to look at it with a naked eye to easily distinguish it from diamonds (be they lab- or earth-grown).
Should you choose a lab grown diamond?
Whatever type of diamond you decide to buy, here at The Diamond Store we promise you luxury with confidence.
The most important thing is that you pick beautiful jewellery that speaks to you personally. Mined and lab grown diamonds are both real diamonds, so the decision is yours – now you simply have more choice.
Visit The Diamond Store to shop lab grown diamond jewellery
1. Beautiful Certified Lab Grown Diamond Solitaire Engagement Rings
2. Beautiful Certified Lab Grown Diamond Halo Engagement Rings
3. Beautiful Certified Lab Grown Diamond Tennis Bracelets
4. Beautiful Certified Lab Grown Diamond Solitaire Necklaces