Everything you need to know about lab grown diamonds

Big price tags and diamond jewelry typically go hand in hand. Engagement rings can easily set you back a few thousand dollars, especially if you are looking for the highest quality in cut, clarity and color. 

However, over the past few years, the gem industry has become more and more accepting of lab grown diamonds. That's right -- diamonds can literally be made in a lab, no mining or pick axe required. And they're real diamonds too!

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What are lab diamonds, and how are they made? 

Lab diamonds are diamonds grown in highly controlled laboratory environments using advanced technological processes that mimic the conditions in which diamonds naturally develop in the earth’s crust. Lab diamonds are made from actual carbon atoms arranged in the characteristic diamond crystal structure, and since they are made of the same material as natural diamonds, they have the same physical, chemical and optical properties and exhibit the same fire, sparkle and scintillation as a natural diamond. They also offer the added benefits of minimal environmental impact and great value.

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Do they look visually different than natural diamonds? 

Consumers, and even experts, cannot tell a lab diamond apart from a natural diamond with just the naked eye. Lab diamonds can only be distinguished from natural diamonds using specialized equipment that can detect the minor differences in trace elements and crystal growth.

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Is there a price difference? 

Lab diamonds usually cost about 20-40% less than natural diamonds of comparable size and quality.

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How are lab diamonds graded? 

Each lab diamond is unique and, like their natural counterparts, are graded accordingly using the 4 C’s scale: cut, color, clarity and carat weight.

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In terms of wear and tear, is there a difference?Can lab diamonds get scratched or broken easily? 

Since lab diamonds are made of the same material and have the same physical, chemical and optical properties as mined diamonds, there is no difference in terms of wear and tear. Just like natural diamonds, they are rated 10 on the MOHS hardness scale and can only be scratched by another diamond.

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What are the benefits of choosing lab versus natural? 

Consumers are increasingly informed about and influenced by the social and environmental impact of their purchases – in fact, one in three Americans base their brand decisions on alignment with personal values, according to a recent study by MWW Group. Consumers are drawn to lab-created diamonds because they are beautiful, responsible and affordable. They are a great option for consumers aiming to minimize their environmental impact. Overall, many consumers are drawn to the beauty and affordability of lab diamonds and are intrigued by the innovative technology behind them.   

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Thanks to Brilliant Earth, a global leader in ethically sourced jewelry, we got all the details on these new age stones from their more affordable prices to their environmentally-friendly production. Scroll through the gallery above for all of the facts on lab diamonds and find a few of our favorite jewelry pieces made with lab diamonds below!

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