If you are in the market for an engagement ring, you’ve probably heard about Lab Grown Diamonds. Many people have heard of them, but don’t know what makes them so unique. Many have negative misconceptions about Lab Grown Diamonds and the differences from Mined diamonds. Here are three myths we’d like to debunk:
- Lab Grown Diamonds Are Not Real Diamonds – Not only are they real diamonds, but they are also chemically identical to the diamonds formed in the Earth’s crust over a millennia ago. They are made the exact same way that the Earth’s has been creating diamonds for millions of years, through a simple process of putting pure carbon under intense heat and pressure.
To fully put the debate to rest, in 2018 the Federal Trade Commission revised its rules on diamond advertising to remove the “natural” requirement, citing that lab-created products “have essentially the same optical, physical, and chemical properties as mined diamonds”. Even an experienced jeweler cannot tell the difference without looking at the tiny inscriptions that denote the type of diamond.
- Lab Grown Diamonds Are Lower Quality – Lab Grown Diamonds actually typically have fewer abrasions, blemishes, inclusions, as well as other imperfections than mined diamonds due to the fact we can control the creation, rather than leaving it up to the volatilities of Mother Nature. Of course just like mined diamonds, the quality varies from diamond to diamond and you can definitely get cloudy or blemished Lab Grown Diamonds just like you can a mined diamond.
That’s why you should consult an experienced jeweler with years in the industry that give him or her connections to high quality diamonds so you don’t get one with imperfections that may suddenly reveal themselves to you later.
- Lab Grown Diamonds Are Cheap & Mass Produced – Despite what DeBeers has been trying to tell you, Lab Grown Diamonds are at this time actually more rare than mined diamonds. There just isn’t the production capabilities out there yet to create them in large enough quantities as they do take time and effort to create.
Lab Grown Diamonds aren’t “cheap” either, as we’ve established they’re chemically identical to mined diamonds and the quality is just as good or better. However, Lab Grown Diamonds are typically 30% less expensive than mined diamonds due to the fact they can be produced in the United States and don’t require large mining operations to obtain them.
Lab Grown Diamonds are here to stay as equals to diamonds that come from the Earth and are an important factor to consider when shopping for a custom engagement ring. As you’re choosing a jeweler, be sure to ask whether they offer both and can advise you on the right way to go based on your budget and plans. See if they can even show you different shapes and sizes of each so you can do a full comparison and see how similar they are for yourself.