If you’re in the market to buy a diamond, you’ve likely done your research, as this is no small purchase. You want to make sure you’re getting the best value for your money, as well as something that’ll suit your style and last forever. If you’re looking for a diamond that is a little easier on your wallet, while still offering great beauty and longevity, you may want to consider lab-grown diamonds. If you haven’t heard of lab-grown diamonds, we’re here to cover some of the basics and explain why you may choose a lab-grown instead of a naturally-mined diamond.
What are Lab-Grown Diamonds?
As they sound, lab-grown diamonds are made in a lab. While a mined diamond is formed beneath the Earth’s crust naturally, lab-grown diamonds are created by scientists in a lab to replicate the exact look of natural diamonds. They are chemically, physically, and optically identical to naturally mined diamonds. Scientists produce these diamonds by starting with rough crystals and then grow them using one of two methods: Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) or High-Pressure High Temperature (HPHT). The end result is a real-looking, sparkling diamond! Without specialized equipment, you’d never be able to tell the difference between a lab-created diamond, and a natural diamond.
Why are Lab-Grown Diamonds More Affordable?
The main difference in price between lab-grown and naturally mined diamonds is due to the processes in which they’re created. Mining is a much more expensive process, which drives up the cost of naturally sourced diamonds significantly. When it comes to cutting, polishing, and inspecting the diamonds, you can expect the price to be approximately the same for either diamond-type you choose.
What’re the Benefits of Lab-Grown Diamonds:
- Quality- Because lab-grown diamonds are created in a controlled environment, it’ easier to form a more pure diamond. Naturally-mined diamonds typically come with more impurities in them. While all diamonds will have flaws, which are not visible to the naked eye, lab-grown diamonds are typically more pure because of how they’re created.
- Environmentally Sustainable- One of the main benefits of lab-grown diamonds is they’re a more environmentally sustainable choice. Diamond mining has a significant impact on the environment, as more than 100,000 pounds of earth has to be displaced for one carat of diamond. It takes far less energy and natural resources to form diamonds manually than it does to mine them and extract them from the earth.
- Cost-effective- Lab-grown diamonds are a cost-effective solution. You get a beautiful diamond for a fraction of the price. Chemically, physically and optically the same!
Which is Right for You: Lab-Grown or Naturally Sourced Diamonds
When it comes to choosing the perfect diamond, there’s no right or wrong answer on which you ultimately go with; Lab-grown or naturally sourced. It really comes down to your personal preferences and what is most important to you when selecting your diamond. If you’re interested in learning more about lab-grown diamonds and incorporating them into your jewelry, the expert craftsman at Bostonian Jewelers is here to help! Contact us today to get started.
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