What are lab grown diamonds?
Lab grown diamonds or man made diamonds are diamonds that are grown in labs using advanced technologies that mimic the conditions under which diamonds naturally develop under the earth. They are physically, chemically and optically the same as natural diamonds. Think of lab grown diamonds as test tube babies – babies will be babies even if they are made in a lab, so aren’t lab diamonds also diamonds.
Are lab grown diamonds real or fake?
Lab diamonds are not fake. Chemically, physically and optically, lab-grown diamonds are identical to natural ones. They are real diamonds with the same crystal structure and beautiful sparkle as natural diamonds. Lab grown diamonds also have the same Mohs hardness of 10. Any diamond is a diamond not because it is mined from the earth but because of the crystalline structure of carbon atoms.
Can you tell the difference between a lab made diamond and a natural one?
There is no way of differentiating between a lab diamond and a natural diamond by looking at them. Even a trained jeweller with their naked eyes or with normal microscopes cannot tell the difference between natural and lab diamonds.
Only advanced equipment and gemological labs can identify lab diamonds.
Are lab grown diamonds worth anything?
Lab diamonds are definitely worth something as these are also diamonds and will stand the test of time. Just as jewellers offer buyback on natural diamonds, you can get buyback on lab diamonds too. Jewelbox offers an 80% buyback option on lab grown diamonds.
Are lab diamonds cheaper than mined diamonds?
Yes. Lab created diamonds tend to retail at a 60-75% discount on equivalent quality natural diamonds. Lab grown diamonds are priced based on cut, colour, clarity and carat, just like mined diamonds.
Are lab grown diamonds graded and certified?
Lab created diamonds are graded the same way as mined diamonds. They are certified by all the leading gemological labs such as IGI, GIA, SGL, EGL. All the lab grown diamonds used by Jewelbox are graded and certified by renowned third party organisations.
Are lab grown diamonds durable?
Diamonds are the hardest material on earth. They rank at 10 on Mohs hardness. Lab grown diamonds as well as natural diamonds have this same rank of 10, which means they’re extremely durable. Lab grown diamonds match their mined counterparts in hardness, strength and durability! Take comfort knowing lab grown diamonds are strong enough to hand down to the next generation.
Do lab diamonds change colour over time?
No. Laboratory-grown diamonds do not fade, discolour or cloud over time. Their beauty is timeless.
Do all lab grown diamonds look alike?
No. A lot of people think that machines can be programmed to create a specific diamond grade and carat size but that’s really not possible. Machines simply put the right conditions together but then nature takes it from there. Just like with earth-mined diamonds, there will be variances in colour, clarity and carat size in every piece.
Do lab diamonds also have colour and clarity categorisations like natural diamonds?
Yes, lab diamonds are also characterised based on the 4Cs – Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat, just like natural diamonds.
Are lab diamonds the same as synthetic diamonds or moissanite?
Lab diamonds are not synthetic diamonds or Cubic Zirconia or Moissanite. CZ or Moissanite are diamond simulants and not diamonds. Lab diamonds on the other hand are real diamonds.