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WHAT IS A MEMORIAL DIAMOND CREATED BY A LAB?

The number one question we get is: “Are personalized laboratory diamonds real diamonds?” (Also called artificial diamonds or laboratory-grown diamonds)

The answer is very simple,  yes  .

The only thing that distinguishes the memorial diamond created in the laboratory from the natural one is its origin. The personalized diamond created in the laboratory is «grown» inside the laboratory using advanced technologies that reproduce the natural process of growing diamonds. The result is an artificial diamond that chemically, physically and optically matches diamonds grown under the surface of the Earth.

“[Lab-created diamonds] are not fakes. They are not cubic zirconia. They have all the same physical and chemical properties of the mined diamond. ” Stephen Morisso, representative of the Gemological Institute of America, a nonprofit organization that oversees the international diamond classification system. 

Sometimes diamonds created in the laboratory are called synthetic diamonds. Although this is not technically inaccurate, the term “synthetic” may be the reason why people believe that diamonds created in the laboratory are “fake”.

If we compare them with other popular diamond simulators, it is obvious that the manufactured diamonds are actually a real bargain.

Pink Gold Succulent Diamond Ring

HOW DO DIAMOND LABORATORIES WORK?

Before talking about how laboratory memorial diamonds are made, it is important to understand how mined diamonds are formed. The processes are extremely similar — only one happens naturally and the other happens in the laboratory

Mined diamonds Geologists believe that diamonds formed in the depths of the Earth from 1 to 3 billion years ago. Although they do not know exactly how these diamonds appeared, they believe that the process begins with carbon dioxide, which is buried about 100 miles below the surface of the Earth.

Carbon dioxide is exposed to heat exceeding 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit and is subjected to extreme pressures of approximately 727,000 psi. Diamonds are then transported from the depths of the Earth’s core to the surface through deep volcanic explosions.

Diamonds created in the laboratory from the dust of humans or animals. Two process laboratories are used to grow diamonds — high temperature pressure (HPHT) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD).

HPHT diamonds are made using one of three production processes: belt press, cubic press, and split-sphere press (BARS). All these processes create an environment of extremely high pressure and temperature, contributing to the growth of diamond.

HPHT diamond begins as a small diamond seed that is placed in carbon. Using one of the production processes described above, seeds are exposed to temperatures of about 1,500 degrees Celsius and under pressure of up to 1.5 million pounds per square inch.

Pure carbon melts and begins to form a diamond around the starting seed. Then it is carefully cooled to form a pure carbon diamond.

CVD diamond begins as a thin piece of diamond seed, which is often a diamond produced by HPHT. The diamond seed is placed in a sealed chamber and heated to approximately 800 degrees Celsius.

The chamber is filled with carbon-rich gas, such as methane, and other gases. Gases are ionized into the plasma using a technology similar to that of microwaves or lasers. Ionization destroys the molecular bonds in the gases, and pure carbon adheres to the diamond grain and slowly crystallizes.

oval diamond ring in a white box

HOW LABORATORY LABORATORIES ARE CERTIFIED AND EVALUATED?

Biomaterial diamonds created in the laboratory are classified and certified using the same technology as mined diamonds.

Diamonds are shipped to the gem lab, which specializes in sorting diamonds. Most of these laboratories are evaluated using 4c (cut, clarity, color and carat — more on this later), however, some of them use their own criteria.

The most popular diamond certification laboratories are:
Gemological Institute of America (GIA),
Antwerp World Diamond Center (AWDC),
American Gemstone Society (AGS),
International Gemological Institute (IGI)
Gemological Science International (GSI)

The classification process for diamonds is roughly the same for all diamond certification laboratories. Each diamond is evaluated independently by several gemologists in the laboratory. Individual assessments are compiled and analyzed to determine the final grade.

This process is designed to ensure the impartial quality of each diamond. However, a diamond often receives a different grade, not only from another laboratory, but also from the same laboratory if it is sent for re-evaluation.

For this reason, there are many different opinions among consumers and retailers of diamonds as to which laboratory is the “best”. But it is important to remember that these opinions are absolutely subjective. Each laboratory, like everything else in life, has its pros and cons.

The diamond seller chooses which laboratory they use because they trust this laboratory to fairly value diamonds. If diamond certification is an important consideration when buying, you should talk to your jeweler about which lab they use and why.

Most of all, jewelers want you to be confident in your purchase, so don’t be afraid to ask questions to find the best diamonds created in the laboratory for your engagement ring or jewelry.

Diamond is graded using 4c — cut, clarity, color and carat. In fact, they judge how well it was cut from its raw form into a gemstone, how flawless and clean it is, as well as its size.

Below you will find an explanation of each category and the various dimensions used for each.

woman in the laboratory created a diamond wedding set

ADVANTAGES OF LABORATORY DIAMONDS

Less expensive The  price of diamonds created in the laboratory is usually less than mined diamonds.

However, this does not mean that the diamond created in the laboratory is “cheap”. In fact, the capital costs of laboratory-grown and mined diamonds are quite similar.

So why are diamonds made in the laboratory cheaper? Mined and laboratory-made diamonds are of equal value when it comes to cutting, polishing and inspection. However, up to this point, costs and processes are very different.

The mined diamonds have a long supply chain. Miners, distributors, cutters, polishers, jewelry makers and retailers are needed to get a diamond from its raw form to a gemstone ready for sale.

On the other hand, the diamond supply chain created in the laboratory is much shorter if you skip the mining process. Simply put, a diamond created in a laboratory touches fewer hands, making it ultimately less expensive.

Ethical  A few years ago, the diamond industry was subjected to rigorous analysis due to unethical production practices. These diamonds, sometimes called bloody or conflicting diamonds, have financed violence and exploited miners and their families.

Thanks to the Kimberley Process, founded in 2003, these unethical practices have been significantly reduced. In fact, an estimated 99.9% of natural diamonds currently have no conflicts.

However, if it is important for you to avoid conflicts or bloody diamonds, the diamonds created in the laboratory give you peace of mind that a natural diamond often cannot, and you can be sure that you know the exact origin of your diamond.

Ecological view  As with the extraction of any natural resources, diamond mining has a significant impact on the environment. In fairness, diamond miners are fully aware of this impact and are taking steps to try to minimize the impact they have on the ecosystems around them.

However, memorial hair diamonds created in the laboratory, for example, are by their nature much less harmful to the environment, since it takes much less energy to grow a diamond in the laboratory than to dig it out of the ground. In fact, it is in the interest of manufacturers to minimize the amount of energy they use in the process to save money and lower their costs.

woman holding a champagne glass in diamond

LAB-CREATED VS. mined

As the diamonds created in the laboratory continue to grow in popularity, diamond buyers will ask themselves this very question. But the only one who can answer this question is the buyer.

It all comes down to what’s important to you. You can choose a mined diamond because you feel that they have a certain meaning and are one of the wonders of nature with a mysterious origin.

Or you may be interested in a personal diamond created in the laboratory, because you feel that it symbolizes modern love and the incredible development of technology.

Although some may want to discuss which type of diamond is “better,” in reality, mined diamonds and diamonds created in the laboratory do not compete with each other. Diamonds represent love, and love is love.

The true meaning of the diamond you choose is not in its origin. This is not how much you paid. This is not how it is estimated. This is not its size.

The meaning of the diamond you choose is the love that it represents.

classic engagement ring in a white box

LABORATORY FOR GROWTH OF DIAMONDS AND PURE ORIGIN

We have been working in the jewelry business for over 100 years, and our passion from the very beginning has always been diamonds, jewelry and caring for you, our client. Because of this, we chose the design of all our jewelry using diamonds created in the laboratory.

Be it a wedding ring, a unique wedding ring or any other jewelry, we believe that the diamonds created in the laboratory offer you a choice — the opportunity to choose a diamond that you can trust, which will be high quality, affordable, ethical and environmentally friendly. Friendly and backed by a 100-day return policy.

Most likely, you heard different opinions about the quality and value of diamonds created in the laboratory, but the truth is that when it comes to diamonds created in the laboratory and mined diamonds, there is no “better” one.

They both produce beautiful, high-quality gemstones, each of which has an intriguing story that represents the best feeling in the world — love.

Despite this, we understand that diamonds are a significant investment, and you want (and deserve) the knowledge you need to make an informed purchase.

We have developed this guide as a comprehensive resource to help you learn more about laboratory diamonds. We will describe how laboratory diamonds are compared with mined diamonds in terms of quality, how they are produced and how their origin distinguishes them financially, ethically and environmentally.



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