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, Sue, Bruce or Brownyn 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?
Some people refer to lab created diamonds as fake or faux diamonds, imitation and even simulant diamonds. However, this is not factual. Diamonds created in labs have the same or similar physical and chemical properties as real diamonds, so in an attempt to reproduce the natural, earthy environment — including a high pressure and high temperature atmosphere for it to thrive.
Because of the varying factors of natural and lab grown formation, diamonds created in a lab display many distinct features allowing them to be gemologically recognized from that of real diamonds. On the flip side, moissanite and cubic zirconia have vastly different physical and chemical properties, therefore referred to as simulant diamonds. Simulant diamonds aren’t made of carbon crystals and don’t produce the same brilliance as real diamonds. Thus, making stimulants retail at much lower prices.
They’re Different From Real Diamonds — They’re Synthetic
Lab grown diamonds are not exactly synthetic diamonds as their chemical composition dittos that of a natural, organic diamond including exhibiting fire, sparkle and scintillation as real diamonds do, and, they display the same internal characteristics. Depending on the method used for production, lab-grown diamonds can come as high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) or chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamonds.
One major difference between the two is that real diamonds more often than not will retain their value for many years and if times get hard you can sell it. Unfortunately, lab grown diamonds do not retain any value, so once it’s yours, it’s yours, unless you gift it to someone.
Another intriguing disparity is that the weight of carats varies in lab versus nature grown diamonds. Some of the biggest pieces of real diamond can have up to 400 carats while a piece of lab grown can go to about 20 carats.
Lab Created Vs Natural Diamonds — Inclusions, Size and Color
Every diamond is assigned a clarity grade that determines how large and pronounced a diamond’s inclusions are, even though the scale used to grade clarity between the two is slightly different. GIA doesn’t grade lab-grown diamonds the same as it grades natural diamonds.
Because lab-created diamonds are grown in a molten solution, they have tiny metallic inclusions that require the use of a 10x magnification to view. This is not the case for real natural diamonds. Real diamond inclusions are like feathers, crystals, clouds, and pinpoints that are grown deep within the earth and are caused due to different elements and volcanic activity while rising to the surface. Sometimes, beautiful, rare diamonds emerge in pristine conditions absent from any inclusion at all.
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