What is a lab grown diamond?

A synthetic diamond, lab grown diamond, and lab created diamond all describe the same thing: a diamond created in a lab, not by the earth.

A lab grown diamond next to a natural diamond

What lab diamonds look like

Lab created diamonds are physically, optically, and chemically the same as natural diamonds. Lab grown diamonds are just as hard and scratch resistant, and are cut with the same precision as natural diamonds.

In other words, lab grown diamonds are diamonds. They look, act, and sparkle just like natural diamonds!

See them side-by-side at Fox Fine Jewelry!

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Not only do lab created diamonds sparkle and wear the same as natural diamonds, they cost far less - in some cases, as low as 10 - 20% of the price!

Lab grown diamond engagement ring on money

Declining price trend

As technology improves and more growers produce lab diamonds, the prices of lab diamonds may continue to decrease.

For example, it wasn’t long ago that lab diamonds were just slightly less than natural diamonds. At some point, we expect prices to level out, but it’s impossible to predict when that will happen.

On the other hand, historically, natural diamond prices have increased over the years.

Diamonds of various sizes on a hand

Diamond upgrade

Natural diamonds come with Fox Fine Jewelry’s Lifetime Diamond Upgrade. Purchase your natural diamond from Fox Fine Jewelry and upgrade at any time in the future. We’ll refund 100% of your original diamond purchase when you upgrade to a new diamond!

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Oval lab diamonds displaying different color tints


Some lab grown diamonds have a “tint” to them. It’s usually brown, but it can be blue or grey. This tint makes an otherwise bright diamond look off color or dark, but diamond reports do not mention tints.

Tinted and non-tinted diamonds can have the same color grade! This makes it extremely difficult or impossible to determine if a diamond is a good diamond when purchasing online, which is where most tinted diamonds are sold.

Table showing what clarity ranges most natural or lab grown diamonds are


Just like natural diamonds, clarity varies in lab created diamonds. However, the clarity in lab grown diamonds is typically higher, and usually SI (slightly included, yet eye clean) or higher.

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