What are lab grown diamonds?
What are lab created diamonds? Are they real diamonds?
Lab created diamonds are real diamonds, just like mined diamonds.
They are grown from a mined diamond “seed” by scientists, using state of the art technology. This replicates the natural conditions under which diamonds were formed in the Earth’s mantle.
Exactly the same as mined diamonds, diamonds created in a laboratory 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 mined diamonds, so they look exactly the same.
They can only be told apart from their mined counterparts by using special laboratory equipment.
Can you tell the difference? Pictured left, a mined diamond, and right, a lab created one. The mined diamond ring retails at £2,965 (left) whereas the lab created one (right) costs £2,409.
Lab created VS Mined diamond physical property comparison chart
Do they come with a quality certificate?
Here at The Diamond Store, we offer all our lab grown diamond solitaire pendants, earrings and rings at 0.25 carats and above with a diamond certificate. This report comes from an independent diamond laboratory, just as we do with mined diamonds.
For example, our larger solitaires are certified by the International Gemmological Institute (IGI).
When you’re looking at a diamond jewellery piece on our website, simply click the Product Specifications tab. There, 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 or tiny imperfections called “inclusions”.
This affects 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.
This can mean up to a 50% larger diamond for your spend.
Are diamonds created in a laboratory ‘fake diamonds’?
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 zirconium dioxide. You only need to look at it with a naked eye to easily distinguish it from diamonds.
Should you choose a lab created diamond?
Whatever type of diamond you decide to buy, the most important thing is that you pick beautiful jewellery that speaks to you personally.
Mined and lab created diamonds are both real diamonds so the decision is yours. Now, you simply have more choice.
Visit The Diamond Store
Whatever you choose, at The Diamond Store we promise you luxury with confidence. We offer a stunning collection of lab created diamond jewellery.
Including solitaire and halo style engagement rings, tennis bracelets and solitaire necklaces. Click here to view them all, or see the individual collections below.
1. Beautiful Certified LC Diamond Solitaire Engagement Rings
2. Beautiful Certified LC Diamond Halo Engagement Rings
3. Beautiful LC Diamond Stud Earrings
3. Beautiful LC Diamond Tennis Bracelets
4. Beautiful Certified LC Diamond Necklaces
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