Lab Made Diamonds : Are They Worth It?

If you want to skip the following details, here’s an example of two diamonds we compared. One is a Blue Nile GIA certified diamond, the other an IGI certified diamond from Brilliant Earth. They should look at both diamonds to convince themselves of the quality. At this time, we compared 12 diamonds from numerous diamond traders in the lab. The only difference between a diamond grown in the lab and a natural diamond is the source: a lab against a lab. Mother Nature.In fact, many experts insist that the two types of diamonds are indistinguishable. Lab-made diamonds pass exactly the same tests as pure carbon diamonds from a mine.

The carbon atoms of a laboratory-made diamond are identical to the structure of natural diamonds. This means the same color, clarity, brilliance and durability.Synthetic diamonds have a great advantage over natural diamonds: they have a lower environmental impact. While some energy is needed to create the high temperature and high pressure environment in which synthetic diamonds grow, this is not nearly as much energy as is needed to make natural diamonds. Energy consumption varies considerably both in the mines where natural diamonds are produced and in the laboratories where synthetic diamonds are made.

Diamonds are incredibly durable and we’ve been involved in the diamond recycling business for over 25 years. Once a diamond has been mined and cut, it can be passed on from generation to generation, greatly increasing the environmental impact of diamond mining. The path of a diamond from growing in the earth to buying as jewelry is long and complex. Then, in the morning of violent volcanic eruptions, diamonds are found embedded in large boulders.Differences in size, color and clarity are caused by trace elements and other factors that affect the growth of a diamond.For example, the vivid yellow hue in fancy yellow diamonds is caused by trace amounts of nitrogen mixed into the carbon structure. They are available in a color palette from Fancy Yellow to Fancy Vivid Yellow in sizes up to 2.0 carats and a variety of shapes. While diamonds are made of carbon, there are impurities in the stone. The introduction of these impurities, in this case nitrogen, ultimately gives the diamond its yellow color. As soon as light enters the diamond, the nitrogen reflects back yellow light. A pure carbon diamond without impurities is classified as a colorless diamond. Fancy colored diamonds produce a pure yellow color.Over the course of millions of years and under the influence of pressure and heat, degraded diamonds split the nitrogen atoms in their lattice and allowed the nitrogen atoms to produce yellow light.

The cleavage of the nitrogen atoms gives the diamond the ability to shine white.Inclusions make each diamond unique and give strong clues as to whether a diamond is natural or synthetic. The HPHT process uses metal flux or a hot metal liquid that acts as a solvent to dissolve the carbon source graphite to rearrange it and grow it to a diamond. In addition, most synthetic diamonds are high in purity, while natural diamonds contain larger inclusions. For example, the sketch would show where there are inclusions in the lab diamond. The size, grouping and location of these inclusions can be very unique and a great way to identify your diamond in the future.  Serious laboratories handle the diamonds that are sent to them very carefully.However, if the lab returns the wrong diamond, the sketched map of your diamond can help you discover the mistake. 

Each of these areas is an important value aspect for both artificial and earthbound diamonds.  The assessment labs are staffed by professional gemologists, who seek clear and accurate information about the properties of the gems they are sending them. The color indicates how vivid or colorless a diamond is. Brilliant diamonds as an example, because RB is the only one that received an average rating from numerous laboratories.In fact, unusual shapes have far more extreme differences in visual appearance.As a result, in most laboratories, performance and precision details are not even considered outlandish.In practice, other forms of global research and development have been left almost a century behind the clock.

There are no supply restrictions and economies of scale (along with innovations) will further lower the price but the diamond market has positioned itself as a must when engaging (thanks to DeBeers for incredible marketing over the last 80 years). Like the emerald market, nobody will be interested in a lab-made diamond that invests a lot of money. But when it comes to a terrible-looking Zales diamond of unbelievably low quality or a lab-crafted diamond that looks beautiful, many people opt for the lab-made diamond

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