Lab-Created Diamonds: A Beautiful Alternative
What are Lab-Grown Diamonds?
Lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds cultivated in a laboratory. They have the exact same physical and chemical properties as natural, mined diamonds. Also commonly referred to as synthetic diamonds or lab-created diamonds, these man-made gemstones are a diamond alternative for any jewelry lover.
It's easy to confuse, but lab-grown diamonds are actually not the same as diamond simulants. CZ, synthetic moissanite, and other man-made diamond lookalikes are entirely different gemstones with their own unique properties and compositions. They may mimic the look of diamonds, but synthetic diamonds are identical to natural ones!
How are Synthetic Diamonds Made?
In many ways, lab-created diamonds are made the same way that mined ones are. Only here, scientists manipulate the conditions in highly controlled environments, forcing natural processes to occur. There are two advanced processes used in the industry: High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) which relies on intense heat and pressure, and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) which uses gasses in a vacuum chamber. With both techniques, a tiny natural diamond seed is placed in a controlled compartment where it is systematically exposed to all the necessary elements for growth and crystallization. The result? A pure carbon crystal also known as a rough diamond.
What are the Benefits of Lab-Created Diamonds?
There are quite a few perks to lab-grown diamonds. First, they cost less than natural diamonds of the same top quality, making them a cost-effective option. They are also a socially-conscious alternative to mined gemstones and 100% conflict-free. Since they are made in a laboratory, there's a low environmental impact and a guaranteed assurance of their origin.
Though synthetic diamonds are a desirable choice for some people, they may not be for everyone. Some people feel that they can't match the romance of rare and natural diamonds formed over billions of years.
Ross-Simons Lab-Grown Diamond Jewelry Collection
Ross-Simons is proud to offer synthetic diamond jewelry in all the popular traditional and trendy styles. Settings of yellow and white gold provide the perfect backdrop for each sparkling stone. Our assortment of DIAMA jewelry features exclusive Swarovski lab-created diamonds. These lab-grown diamonds are graded to the same specifications of mined diamonds and come with an IGI certificate for .30 carats and up.
Care and Handling of Lab-Created Diamond Jewelry
Lab-grown diamonds are a 10 on the Mohs scale and quite resistant to scratching. However, dirt and oil will dull their brilliance. To keep them at their brightest, clean your lab-created diamond jewelry regularly with a solution of mild soap and warm water. Steamers and ultrasonic cleaners are also safe to use. Store safely in your Ross-Simons presentation box when not in use.