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 grown 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 different words all describing the same thing! A diamond that was created by man, and not in the earth.
Physical, 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 one comes with a laser inscription and a report.
Not only do lab created diamonds look and wear the same way as a mined diamond, they cost less than a mined diamond. You can get a 30-40% larger lab created diamond for the same price as a mined diamond!
The one difference in appearance between a lab created diamond and a mined diamond is the color. When earth mined diamonds get lower in color, they get warmer, or more yellow. Lab created diamonds have a pinkish brown undertone instead that some people don't care for. However, the laboratories growing these diamonds are constantly changing their “recipe” and experimenting to achieve a greater percentage of colorless diamonds.
Just like in mined diamonds, color varies in lab created diamonds. However, clarity is usually on the higher side of the scale, typically SI (slightly included, yet eye clean) or better. They usually are not lower than that due to the way they’re grown.
Do you think a lab created diamond could be right for you? To learn more, check out our diamonds buying tips, 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.