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You walk into Plateau Jewelers and overhear a conversation about lab-created diamonds, oh no! When you hear “lab created diamonds” you automatically think, “why would anyone purposely purchase faux diamonds”, and how do you even create a faux diamond? Is that really a thing?

Ask Kelly, a Certified Gemologist and owner of Plateau Jewelers. If Kelly’s not around, Nancy, Denise or Betty can answer your diamond questions. Now you’re curious as to what lab-created diamonds really are. Luckily you’re amongst some of the best jewelry experts in the area.

What Are Lab Created Diamonds?

Diamonds created in labs have the same physical and chemical properties as natural diamonds.  The two processes used to create diamonds are HPHT or CVD.  We would be happy to talk to you about how diamonds are grown. 

While lab grown diamonds have the same properties as natural diamonds they have features that make them identifiable.  

How are Lab Created Diamonds Different From Natural Diamonds?

One major difference between the two is that natural diamonds have increased in value over time.  Unfortunately, lab grown diamonds decrease in value.

Another intriguing disparity is that natural diamonds have been found that weigh hundreds of carats.  Lab created diamonds are only available up to about 20 carats. 

Lab Created Vs Natural Diamonds — Inclusions, Size and Color

Both, natural and lab created diamonds are graded for color, clarity, and cut.  They are also weighed.

The birthmarks inside the diamond differ between lab-created and natural diamonds.  Natural diamonds often have feathers (small cracks), crystals (including other minerals), clouds, or pinpoints.  Lab created diamonds can sometimes have tiny metallic inclusions caused by the manufacturing process.  

Plateau Jewelers has provided Sammamish, WA and the surrounding community with the design, repair, and appraisal expertise you expect.  If you’re ready to purchase an engagement ring, tennis bracelet, earrings or any of our beautiful items, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Or you can schedule it online here. In the meantime, visit our blog over here. See you soon.