What are natural and lab created diamonds?  The way natural and lab diamonds are formed is the main distinction. Natural mined diamonds are created by tremendous temperatures and pressures deep within the Earth’s crust. Lab-created diamonds are generated in highly controlled laboratory environments utilizing advanced technical procedures that mimic the circumstances in which diamonds occur naturally beneath the Earth’s crust in the mantle. Our lab-grown diamonds have the same physical, chemical, and optical qualities as natural diamonds, as well as the same fire, scintillation, and glitter. Man-made diamonds are practically hard to distinguish from real diamonds without specialist equipment when using a jeweler loupe.

What Are Man-Made Diamonds and How Do They Work?

Engineered or cultured diamonds are developed in carefully controlled laboratory environments using advanced technical procedures that mimic the conditions under which diamonds naturally occur in the mantle beneath the Earth’s crust. These synthetic diamonds are made up of real carbon atoms organized in the diamond crystal structure. They have the same visual and chemical qualities as natural diamonds because they are manufactured of the same substance.

Our lab-grown diamonds are now available in a wide range of colorless shades. Fancy colors that are extremely rare in nature, such as popular shades of intense fancy yellow, are also obtainable in cultured diamonds. When compared to their natural colored diamond equivalents, fancy colored lab diamonds are more affordable.

 

What Is the Process of Creating Lab Diamonds?

Lab Diamonds

Our lab-grown diamonds are made from the carbon diamond seeds of previously formed diamonds. Advanced technology, such as tremendous pressure and heat or a specific deposition technique called CVD, mimics the natural diamond production process. After being formed, some deposition-grown lab diamonds may be subjected to pressure and heat treatment. Small amounts of particular trace elements are present during the growing phase of the generated diamond in lab grown fancy colored diamonds, just as they are in nature. The specific makeup of trace elements in white and fancy colored lab diamonds may differ from that of real diamonds. Only specialist technology capable of detecting minute changes in trace components and crystal development can identify a lab diamond from a natural diamond.

Diamond Simulants vs. Lab-Grown Diamonds

It’s crucial to understand the difference between lab diamonds and diamond simulants. Although diamond simulants like cubic zirconia and moissanite resemble diamonds, they are not real carbon crystals. Simulants lack the chemical and physical qualities of real diamonds, and so sell for a fraction of the price of man-made diamonds. Only the naked eye can tell the difference between natural and lab-grown diamonds.

With a handheld diamond tester, natural and lab-grown diamonds have thermal conductivity qualities that distinguish them from cubic zirconia. Due to similarities in electrical conductivity, some lab diamonds, as well as some natural colored diamonds, may be falsely recognized as moissanites when using certain diamond testers. Gemologists can usually tell the difference between a diamond and a moissanite due to their refractive qualities, which are different in that moissanites are double refractive while diamonds are single refractive.

Diamond Ring Settings Made in a Lab

We offer lab generated diamond embellishments in many of our engagement ring settings when paired with a lab made center diamond to complement our mining-free choices. We match the type of accent diamonds to the type of center diamond in most styles. If you choose a lab-created center diamond, your accent diamonds may also be lab-created, as mentioned in the product description.

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