Lab created diamonds have risen in popularity over the last several years, and are a viable alternative to traditional mined diamonds for engagement rings and fine jewelry. They are also appealing to eco-conscious and ethical sensibilities. Despite this, there are a few things you should know before deciding whether or not to purchase a lab created diamond.
The truth is, lab created diamonds are just as beautiful as natural ones, and they are far more affordable. They are often 30% to 40% less expensive than their mined counterparts and can be sourced from anywhere in the world.
They are grown using a process called chemical vapour disposition (CVD), or HPHT for high pressure, high temperature. It is the same process that produces natural diamonds in the Earth, but scientists use a lower amount of pressure and heat.
A small diamond seed is placed in a vacuum chamber, and then under a low amount of pressure a diamond is formed in a similar way to how the diamonds naturally form in the Earth’s carbon veins. The diamonds are then cut, polished and graded like their natural counterparts.
Most lab-grown diamonds are created using a process known as CVD. These lab-grown diamonds have the same physical, chemical and optical properties as their natural counterparts, and exhibit the same fire, scintillation and sparkle.
These lab-grown diamonds are certified by the same independent grading laboratories that grade natural diamonds. They are evaluated based on the 4C’s of diamond grading: color, clarity, cut and carat weight.
They are certified to be conflict free, which means they have not been sourced from areas where human rights are violated or diamond mining is associated with violence and wars. This certification enables you to feel confident that your stone is safe and ethically sourced, while providing peace of mind for the wearer.
It’s best to purchase lab-grown diamonds from a company that http://breslauerwarren.com/lab-created-diamond-jewellery-calgary/ offers a gem certification that can be verified by an independent grading laboratory. You can read the grading report for each diamond you are interested in purchasing, and make sure the certificate is affixed to your ring at the time of sale.
The grading lab will assign a specific identification number, which can be verified on the certificate. Then, when you are ready to buy your lab-grown diamond, it will be laser-inscribed with this unique identification number and the grading report to ensure you have purchased a real lab-grown diamond.
Lab-grown diamonds have a smaller carbon footprint than mined diamonds, which helps to reduce global warming emissions and pollution. Additionally, they are often more conflict-free because they do not come from regions that have a history of human rights violations and poor working conditions.
You should always be mindful of your carbon footprint when purchasing a piece of jewelry. We recommend reducing your environmental impact and ensuring the item you purchase is made with renewable energy.
When you’re looking for a diamond, consider what you are willing to spend and how long you are planning on wearing it. If you aren’t concerned about resale value, then a lab-grown diamond may be the perfect choice for you.
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