Lab Grown Vs Natural Diamonds

Lab Grown Diamonds have grown in popularity over the last decade and are an affordable choice when buying a diamond engagement ring. However, a diamond that is 'synthetic’ and lab-grown may not line up with your partner's idea of long-lasting love. But take a few moments to learn about lab grown diamonds.

Buying a natural diamond is a traditional, popular and safe choice for a proposal ring. It’s how partners have been proposing for centuries. Here’s what you should consider when deciding between lab created vs natural diamonds.

What is a Lab Created Diamond?
A lab grown diamond is one that has been created in a laboratory. Using the popular methods of Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) or High-Pressure High Temperature (HPHT), manufacturers can now create diamonds that visually look like natural diamonds, have the same chemical and physical composition and are even certified by Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Are Lab Diamonds Real?
Lab grown diamonds are just as real as diamonds that are mined from the earth. They have size, color, shape and clarity grades, just like natural diamonds.

Lab Diamonds vs Natural Diamonds - What are the Differences?
The differences between natural and lab grown diamonds cannot be seen with the naked eye. Natural diamonds have small amounts of nitrogen, while lab grown diamonds have no nitrogen. This allows gemologists at GIA to differentiate between a lab grown and natural diamond.

Natural diamonds are created under the pressure of earth over millions of years, then the rough is cut and polished. A lab grown diamond is grown under similar circumstances, only in a lab setting. The process used to create a lab grown diamond cuts down from millions of years to a couple of months. Similarly, the lab diamond is also cut and polished.

Is lab grown diamond a good choice?
An ideal cut, flawless diamond is very expensive and rare whether it is a lab grown or a natural diamond. Low clarity lab grown, or natural diamonds may have inclusions that can be seen by the 'naked eye'.

Pros & Cons of Buying a Lab Grown Diamond
Lab grown diamonds prices are approximately 30-50% less than a natural diamond, which means you can purchase a significantly larger lab grown diamond. The difference cannot be detected with the naked eye when comparing a Lab Grown Diamond and a Natural Diamond of equal characteristics of the 4 C’s.

A natural diamond is traditional, popular and a safe choice. Generally, a natural diamond will hold its value better than a lab grown diamond because there is a limited supply.

Should I Pick a Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Ring?
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing between a lab grown and a natural diamond. The choice is completely up to you and your partner. The most important factors to consider include your budget, your partner’s preference, and what do think about resale value.

Colored gemstone engagement rings like ruby, emerald and sapphire are very popular alternative to traditional diamonds.