Should I get a lab created diamond? What’s the difference?

Posted on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 12:04 pm by Debbie Fox

When people hear about lab created diamonds, lab grown diamonds, and synthetic diamonds, they often think of fake diamonds. However, this is far from the case. Lab created diamonds, lab grown diamonds, and synthetic diamonds are much more alike to earth mined diamonds than one would think in a number of areas.


Maybe you’ve wondered about the difference between synthetic diamonds, lab grown diamonds, and lab created diamonds. While these may sound like they are completely different, they are all the same thing! Lab created diamonds are created by man, and not in the earth.

Lab Grown Diamond IdenfiticationPhysical, Optical, and Chemical

Lab created diamonds are physically, optically, and chemically the same as a mined diamond. This means that they are made of the same material, have the same chemical components, and look the same as a mined diamond. Lab grown diamonds are just as hard and scratch resistant as mined diamonds and are cut with the same precision mined diamonds are. In fact, each lab created diamond is laser inscribed on the diamond’s girdle (the widest part of the diamond) and a report.


Not only do lab created diamonds look and wear the same way as a mined diamond, they cost about 20-40% less than a mined diamond. So you get a much larger diamond for the same price as a mined diamond!


The one difference in appearance between a lab created diamond and a mined diamond is sometimes the color. When earth mined diamonds get lower in color, they usually get warmer, or more yellow. Many lab created diamonds have a pinkish brown undertone instead. The few growers have different recipes and have different results (At Fox Fine Jewelry, we looked at all of the grower’s lab created diamonds and compared price and body color. We selected the grower with the best value.).


Just like in mined diamonds, clarity varies in lab created diamonds. However, clarity is almost always on the higher end of the scale. Lab grown diamond clarity may be SI (slightly included), but typically is VS (very slightly included) or higher, due to the way they’re grown.

More on Lab Created Diamonds

To learn more, contact us or come see us at Fox Fine Jewelry! We would love to show you the differences and similarities between a lab created diamond and a mined diamond.

Plate of created diamonds being removed from the reactor

Lab created diamond weighing nearly 60 carats