Everything You Need to Know About Lab Grown Diamonds

Lab grown diamonds have been on the rise in popularity among consumers lately.

But what exactly are lab grown diamonds? Are they real diamonds? (Spoiler alert, the answer is yes!). We've got everything you need to know about lab grown diamonds from A to Z to help you in the decision making process. 

Lab Grown Diamond On Hand

3CT lab grown diamond from Catherine Angiel 

What is a lab grown diamond?

Lab grown diamonds (also known as man made diamonds) share the same chemical and optical properties of natural diamonds. You might be familiar with how natural diamonds are made. A diamond is comprised of the mineral carbon created by nature that takes over a billion years to form. Imagine expediting that process to create a diamond, but in a shorter period of time. Technology these days is amazing!  Lab-grown diamonds are the same as natural diamonds, except they are produced in factories instead of in nature. These methods artificially replicate natural conditions found in the Earth, forcing carbon atoms into a crystal structure.

What is the difference between lab grown and natural diamonds?

Even expert gemologists can’t tell the difference between lab grown and natural diamonds with the naked eye. The only true difference is simply that one comes from the earth and one is engineered by man. 

What is the difference between lab grown diamonds and moissanite?

It's important to distinguish that lab grown diamonds are made from carbon, while moissanite, a diamond alternative, is not. Moissanite can be distinguished from natural or lab grown diamonds using only the naked eye. 

What are the benefits of a lab grown diamond?

There are many benefits! Lab diamonds usually cost about 30% less than natural diamonds of comparable size and quality. But these diamonds are every bit as luxurious as their natural counterparts, since their dazzling beauty and durability are the same. Many shoppers also consider the ethical reasons for choosing a lab grown diamond. 

Ethically Sourced

Chances are you’ve heard of “blood diamonds.” Mined diamonds have gotten this nickname as a result of being used as a means of funding various wars and rebellions in Africa where many of the mined diamonds come from.  At Catherine Angiel, we guarantee our natural diamonds are 100% conflict free. 

But for those who are very concerned with the ethical and humanitarian effects of natural diamonds, lab grown diamonds are a great choice. If you purchase a lab grown diamond, you can tell exactly where the diamond originated.

Environmentally Friendly

Lab grown diamonds are better for the environment because they are not mined. They are created in a controlled environment with minimal environmental impact. Natural diamonds, on the other hand, also have a great impact on economies. For example, diamonds now represent 88% of the total exports of Botswana. Its diamond industry currently contributes 35% of its income to fiscal revenue. 

Final Thoughts

Weather you go with a lab grown diamond or a natural diamond, both will stand the test of time and bring joy for years to come. Catherine Angiel sources the best natural AND lab grown diamonds for clients. Our exclusive engagement ring collection can accommodate a range of diamond shapes and sizes, from natural to lab grown. To set up an diamond appointment with the designer, please contact us at cangiel@catherineangiel.com