Lab Grown Diamonds
LAB GROWN DIAMONDS ARE REAL DIAMONDS
Lab Grown Diamonds are grown in a strict controlled environment using advanced patent technology and machines. They replicate the conditions under which mined diamonds naturally develop when they are formed in the earths mantle.
These created diamonds consist of genuine carbon atoms arranged in the same atomic diamond crystal structure as mined diamonds. Since they are optically, physically and chemically identical, they are graded as diamonds by every gemmological institute in the world.
The only difference is they are grown above the ground, not below.
View the video to learn more on how these exquisite diamonds are grown:
1. How are Lab Grown Diamonds different from mined Diamonds?
Lab grown diamonds are man made by simulating natural conditions of extreme heat and pressure or chemical vapor deposition. Both mined and created Diamonds are identical in chemical, optical and physical composition.
2. How are Lab Grown Diamonds created?
Our Diamonds are created by replicating certain favourable conditions growing crystal carbon. A sliver of an existing Type IIA Diamond, otherwise known as a "seed”, is placed in an environment that contains a specific recipe of carbon compounds. The seed is then subjected to a process called Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), wherein the crystals are formed from hot plasma in layers, like semiconductors. What results is a real lab Created Rough Diamond with all the natural properties of a mined Diamond.
3. What is type IIA?
The most famous and brilliant natural Diamonds in the world are type IIA!
The Koh-l-Noor, The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond (Krupp), The Regent Diamond and The Star of The South are all famous Type IIA Diamonds. Only the best 1-2% of mined Diamonds can be called Type IIA. They are the purest and most thermally conductive of all Diamonds. As natural Diamonds rise toward the surface of the earth from the depths, they are usually deformed or form imperfectly taking on certain impurities. Type IIA stones are almost entirely devoid of these imperfections and deformations.
4. Are Lab Created Diamonds available in a variety of sizes?
Yes. Lab Created Diamonds can be grown in a variety of sizes. We specialise specifically in large stones that can be a centerpiece for stunning jewelry design.
5. Are Lab Created Diamonds available in a variety of shapes?
Yes, we can source beautiful lab grown Diamonds in a variety of modern patented and traditional shapes such as Round, Cushion, Princess, Ovals, Pear, Marquise, Emerald and more.
6. How much time does it take to grow a diamond in the laboratory?
Depending on the colour and size, it can take between 60-120 days to create a Diamond in the laboratory.
7. So what happens when a Lab Created Diamond is put in a diamond tester?
Natural and Created Diamonds are both composed of the same crystal carbon material and exhibit identical properties. The only differences that can be detected are minute differences in the crystal formation and/or different trace impurities. A Diamond tester will positively identify a Lab Created Diamond as a Diamond.
8. If Lab grown Diamonds are exactly the same as mined diamonds why are they classified separately?
While there is no difference between a mined and a Lab grown Diamond, our consumer's ability to make an informed choice must be protected. Complete disclosure is ethical and also in the best interest of the consumer.
9. What is the difference between a simulant and a Lab Created Diamond?
Both lab grown diamonds and gem quality Earth-mined Diamonds are composed of incredibly pure crystal carbon as a single crystal. Simulants may look somewhat similar but the material is completely different, with different physical properties. A lab grown Diamond's refraction and hardness is identical to a natural Diamond's, unlike a simulant which fails to meet the standards. A Lab created Diamond is a real Diamond unlike Diamond-like materials such as Cubic Zirconia, Moissanite and Diamond-coated materials, with a wide range of Color, Clarity, Carat And Cut possibilities.
10. What are the environmental implications of choosing a Lab Grown Diamond?
To find a 1.0 ct rough Diamond, approximately 1,750 tons of earth has to be displaced. Since lab grown Diamonds are created above earth, only a fraction of this energy is used to grow the diamonds leaving a much lower carbon footprint.