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Lab Diamonds - Engagement Rings Buyers Guide

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Lab diamonds have been on an extraordinary journey, soaring in popularity over the last decade. As laboratory techniques have advanced and production has surged, so too has the appeal of these exceptional stones. But what exactly are lab diamonds? Are they as ethical as they're touted to be? And should you consider them for your engagement ring? We've delved into the depths of research so that you can make an informed choice.

 

What Are Lab Diamonds?

 

Lab diamonds are, in every chemical and physical sense, identical to their naturally mined counterparts. The sole distinction lies in their creation process. Two primary methods bring these gems to life:

  • High Heat and Pressure: This classic technique involves subjecting carbon to extreme heat and pressure until it crystallises into a diamond.
  • Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD): A more recent method, CVD creates an environment where carbon atoms are drawn to another substance. Gradually, these carbon atoms layer upon each other, forming a diamond.

 

While you may come across terms like "synthetic diamonds" or "lab-grown diamonds," be cautious of the term "diamond simulants." This term refers to what are essentially fake diamonds made from non-diamond materials. To ensure you're investing in true lab diamonds, watch out for these distinctions when shopping.

Brilliant cut solitaire engagement ring, available to be made with either a lab-grown or naturally mined diamond

Are Lab Diamonds Ethical?

The ethical landscape of lab-created diamonds is multifaceted, much like that of naturally mined diamonds. There are clear advantages to choosing lab diamonds:

  • Environmental Impact: Lab diamonds spare the Earth from the deforestation and environmental devastation associated with diamond mining.
  • Conflict-Free: Lab diamonds are inherently free from any conflict associations, providing peace of mind to conscientious consumers.

However, it's essential to recognize that the term "lab" can be somewhat misleading. Lab diamonds do require energy to produce, which can have environmental consequences. 

 

Both lab-grown and natural diamonds have their ethical pros and cons, and the choice between them ultimately depends on which set of pros aligns more closely with your values.

Princess cut diamond solitaire engagement ring. This style can be made with your choice of either lab-grown or Earth mined diamonds.

Natural Mined Diamonds vs. Lab-Created

So, why opt for a lab diamond over a naturally mined one? There are several compelling reasons:

  • Cost-Effective: Lab-grown diamonds tend to be approximately 20% more affordable than mined diamonds, making them an attractive option for budget-conscious buyers.
  • Exceptional Quality: Lab diamonds often exhibit ideal colour and clarity, as they don't develop natural inclusions that occur due to varying conditions during formation.
  • Diverse Colours: Many lab-grown diamonds are available in rare fancy colours, allowing you to find your dream ring, even if it's a vibrant pink one like J.Lo's.
  • Conflict-Free: Lab diamonds guarantee that your ring has not contributed to habitat destruction through mining.

On the other hand, natural diamonds have unique characteristics:

  • Value Retention: Natural diamonds can hold or increase in value over time, particularly if they possess exceptional colour and clarity. Grading certificates add to their value.
  • Rare Geological History: Natural diamonds boast a remarkable geological history, often predating the age of dinosaurs. Wearing one is a privilege, as it carries such geological significance.
  • Ethical Options: The Kimberley Process ensures that mined diamonds in countries adhering to it are conflict-free. Ethical, natural diamonds are readily available.

 

Where Can You Find Lab Diamond Rings?

We are pleased to announce that we now offer lab diamonds as an option when purchasing any brilliant cut or princess cut solitaire engagement ring. While lab diamonds aren't currently available as a standard option across our engagement ring range, we're passionate about crafting more lab diamond rings. If you're interested in a lab-created diamond for your engagement ring, you can also reach out to our bespoke jeweller to explore your options.

 

Lab diamonds are a fantastic alternative to natural diamonds, offering value, beauty, and a clear conscience. They've come a long way, and their future shines ever brighter. 

 

FAQs

Q1: What exactly is a lab diamond? 

A1: A lab diamond, also known as a lab-created or synthetic diamond, is a gem chemically and physically identical to naturally mined diamonds. The primary difference lies in how they are produced. Lab stones are made in a controlled laboratory setting rather than deep within the Earth's crust.

 

Q2: Are lab diamonds real diamonds? 

A2: Absolutely. Lab diamonds are real diamonds, as they share the same chemical composition and physical characteristics as natural diamonds. The only distinction is their origin.

 

Q3: Are lab diamonds considered ethical? 

A3: Lab diamonds are often regarded as a more ethical choice compared to natural diamonds. They are free from the environmental impact of mining and are inherently conflict-free. However, it's essential to consider the environmental footprint of lab diamond production.

 

Q4: Are lab diamonds more affordable than natural diamonds? 

A4: Yes, lab diamonds are generally more budget-friendly, with prices typically around 20% lower than natural diamonds of comparable quality.

 

Q5: Do lab diamonds come in various colours and shapes? 

A5: Absolutely. Lab diamonds offer a wide range of colours, including rare fancy colours, and they are available in various shapes and sizes, providing plenty of options for your dream engagement ring.

 

Q6: Do lab diamonds hold their value over time?

A6: Lab diamonds may not hold or increase in value like some natural diamonds, which can appreciate due to exceptional characteristics. However, lab diamonds offer a more affordable initial investment.

 

Q7: How do I ensure that I'm purchasing a genuine lab diamond? 

A7: Look for reputable jewellers and ask for certification from gemmological laboratories like the Gemmological Institute of America (GIA) to confirm the diamond's authenticity.

 

Q8: Can I customise a lab diamond engagement ring? 

A8: Yes, we offer customisation options for lab diamond engagement rings. You can choose the setting, metal type, and even the lab diamond's specifications to create your ideal ring.

 

Q9: What are the benefits of choosing a lab diamond for my engagement ring? 

A9: Lab diamonds offer ethical advantages, cost savings, a wide variety of options, and the assurance of a conflict-free purchase. Their beauty and quality are on par with natural diamonds.

 

Q10: Where can I find lab-grown diamond engagement rings? 

A10: We now offer lab-grown diamonds as a standard option on all of our brilliant cut and princess cut engagement rings. If you would like to purchase a fancy cut lab diamond ring, or a vintage style lab diamond ring, please contact our bespoke team.