It’s common knowledge that there are different types of precious stones, but did you know there are different types of diamonds? The lab-grown VS natural diamond debate has been a hot topic in recent years. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding lab-grown diamonds. Most of the concerns people have come from a lack of knowledge and understanding of how a lab-grown diamond compares to a natural diamond, so we’re here to break down some of the important differences. Keep reading below to learn more.
What is a Lab-Grown Diamond?
A lab-grown diamond is a type of diamond that’s grown in a lab environment using advanced technology. In nature, diamonds take years to form under the earth’s crust. That time-consuming process and difficult harvesting location is what causes the high price tag associated with diamonds. As science has evolved, we’ve learned how to replicate the same process in a lab setting on a much shorter timeline. This allows more diamonds to be produced in less time without the difficult harvesting process.
Are Natural Diamonds Better?
To the naked eye, natural diamonds are not “better” than lab-grown diamonds. They both look the same unless you’re a jewelry professional-looking closely. That being said, natural diamonds do hold their value better than lab-grown diamonds. Natural diamonds still have a sense of rarity that makes them more valuable than lab-grown diamonds will ever be. Lab-grown diamonds are being produced in large amounts very quickly, so the value of the stone goes down.
You can’t say that one is better than the other because it all comes down to your personal preference and how you want the jewelry to appreciate in value over time. If you view your jewelry as an investment that you might want to sell in the future, it’s better to purchase a natural diamond that will hold its value.
Benefits of Lab-Grown Diamonds
The biggest benefit of purchasing lab-grown diamonds is their affordability. Lab-grown diamonds can be purchased for 30-50% cheaper than a natural diamond of the same size. For someone on a budget, that means you can get a bigger stone for less money! The stone you leave with is still in fact a diamond, just not a natural one. No one will know the difference if you don’t tell them and you’ll be saving major cash! Lab-grown diamonds may be easier to acquire for custom jewelry pieces too since there’s never going to be a shortage.
Contact Bostonian Jewelers to Learn More
If you’d like to see the difference between natural and lab-grown diamonds for yourself, contact Bostonian Jewelers today! As the leading custom jeweler in the Boston area with years of experience, we can help you decide what the right diamond is for your custom jewelry piece. Set up a consultation today to get started!