Natural vs. Lab Grown Diamonds
Natural Diamonds Vs. Lab-Created
When shopping for diamond jewelry, there are a number of characteristics to consider such as diamond cut, setting, and accent features. But you also have a choice when it comes to whether you want a natural or lab-grown diamond. Although they are visually indistinguishable, there are some fundamental differences between the two.
How are Lab Created Diamonds Made?
Lab-grown diamonds are also known as cultured diamonds and are, as their name suggests, grown in a controlled environment in a laboratory rather than mined from the earth. The goal of lab creation is to recreate the extreme natural conditions under which diamonds are formed beneath the earth’s surface in order to produce diamonds that are chemically identical to mined stones. Even trained gemologists find it difficult to distinguish between the two. It is a common misconception that lab-grown diamonds are synonymous with cubic zirconia, but lab-grown diamonds are true diamonds; just as hard and just as brilliant.
What are the Benefits of Lab-Grown Diamonds?
There are a multitude of benefits that come with buying lab-grown diamonds. Among them, and maybe one of the most attractive attributes of a lab diamond is the price. Diamonds produced in a lab are significantly less expensive than mined diamonds. Additionally, colorful diamonds are much easier to achieve and far more cost-effective. You can also always be assured that any lab-grown diamond you buy will be conflict-free. Lab creation of diamonds comes with a significantly reduced environmental footprint and requires far less labor. The ethical benefits of lab-grown diamonds make them a phenomenal alternative to mined stones.
Which Diamond is Right for You?
When deciding on the diamond type that is right for you, it is important to consider a number of things. The Kimberly Process was developed to remove as much conflict from the diamond industry as possible, so there are ethical options when buying natural stones. However, with lab-grown diamonds, you can always be assured that they are 100% conflict-free. You might also consider the resale value of the stone you choose. Natural diamonds are rare, therefore accruing more value over time than their lab-created counterparts. Knowing these distinctions can help you to make an informed decision about your next diamond jewelry purchase.
Find the Best Diamond Selection at Morgan Jewelers
Your search for a dependable source of both natural and lab-created diamonds ends with us at Morgan Jewelers. Our highly experienced team will be honored to guide you through our selection of diamond jewelry. Request an appointment for a personalized consultation in one of our seventeen pristine showrooms across six states in the Rocky Mountain Region.