Lab-grown diamonds have been reaching new heights of popularity in recent years and it’s easy to see why. These diamonds display the exact same chemical, physical, and optical properties as mined diamonds as well as the same fire, scintillation, and sparkle.
They are considered the environmentally, and cost, friendly choice to their natural counterpart. But it’s not well-known how these marvels of science are actually created. So we’re pulling back the curtain for an inside look at how lab-grown diamonds are made.
Gem-quality diamonds were first produced in a laboratory in 1971. But it took until the mid-2010s for colorless lab-grown diamonds to enter the jewelry market in larger quantities. Today, there are two common methods for producing diamonds in a lab: High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). Each method can produce beautiful, high quality diamonds, and both start with a tiny piece of diamond, called a diamond seed.