Q: Are lab diamonds real diamonds?
A: Lab grown diamonds are identical to natural, mined diamonds, sharing the same physical, chemical and optical properties as their natural counterparts. They are structurally and optically the same as mined diamonds.
Q: How are they made?
A: By using high heat and pressure, investment-grade diamonds are grown from a seed of pure carbon, under controlled settings that mimic the diamond creation process underground. This process uses half the energy of diamond mining and results in a rough diamond, which is cut and polished similarly to natural diamonds.
Q: Why are they now available?
A: The first lab diamond was created in 1954, and while lab diamonds were created for industrial purposes for many years, only recently has technology enabled the production of gem-quality diamonds.
Q: How can you prove it is a diamond? Is there a certification?
A: Lab grown diamonds are graded to the same specifications as mined diamonds, and accompanied by Diamond Grading Reports from leading independent laboratories such as the IGI (International Gemological Institute). We partner with Pure Grown Diamonds for our lab grown diamonds.
Q: Is a "lab created diamond" the same thing as a "lab grown diamond"?
A: Lab created, lab grown, engineered and man made are all some of the terms people use to describe diamonds that have been created.
Q: Is there a difference in price between natural diamonds and lab diamonds?
A: Because of improvements in technology, lab diamonds can cost 30% - 35% less than natural diamonds. Just like selecting a natural diamond, the type of lab diamond that's best for you depends on your budget and priorities. Learn more about the prices that you can expect to pay for a mined vs. a lab diamond.
Q: What's the difference between lab diamonds and cubic zirconia, white sapphires, and moissanite?
A: Cubic zirconia and white sapphires may look like a diamond at first glance, but do not have the durability, brilliance or longevity of a diamond. We would not recommend them for use in engagement rings.