In the last couple of decades, technology has taken over practically every industry. 3D printers are producing food ,; and robots and software are doing tasks that were being done by humans for hundreds of years. In such an age, it isn’t surprising that man is producing diamonds in laboratories. And these are “real diamonds”.
As interest and inclination towards man-made diamonds, lab-grown diamonds, or cultured diamonds is growing, a number of factors have supported and boosted its their preferment. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the United States has changed the definition of diamonds in its jewelry guidelines by removing the word ‘natural’. This further reinforces the position of lab-grown diamonds as real diamonds.
Moreover, known brands and diamond sellers have recognized the preferred choice of conscious consumers, which has made them offer consumers more lab-grown diamonds. Today, given a choice, man-made diamonds are preferred over their mined counterparts.
Man-made diamonds are those that are created or grown by scientific processes in laboratories. As opposed to natural diamonds that are created by geological processes, man-made diamonds are produced with the help of technological processes that are of the exact same compositions as those that produce diamonds beneath the Earth.
Laboratory diamonds are real. They are not the same as a cubic zirconia or a moissanite stone. These two are stimulants, which means they look like real diamonds but are softer and have different optical properties when compared to a real diamond.
Diamonds are created in labs with high-tech machinery and scientific processes. There are two processes used to create diamonds: high pressure high temperature (HPHT) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Here’s the process:
First, experts select the finest-quality diamond seeds, which are carefully placed on a metal disk.
The disk is then placed inside the diamond-growing reactor of the machine.
Next, the seeds go through various processes over 10 to 12 weeks.
A combination of gases, pressure, and temperature creates an environment that allows carbon atoms to break down and rain upon the seeds.
Atom-by-atom, the seeds transform into rough diamonds. These rough diamonds have the same chemical, physical, and optical properties as mined diamonds.
Diamonds naturally occur in different types of crystals: Type 1 (a/b) or Type 2 (a/b). The purest form of diamond is Type 2a, which has no impurities and is colorless. Only less than 2% of mined diamonds are Type 2A diamonds. However, all lab-grown diamonds are Type 2a.
Diamond simulants look exactly the same as real diamonds to the naked eye. It is important to observe some key aspects of lab-grown real diamonds at the time of purchase.
Man-made diamonds are certified by the IGI (International Gemological Institution). These certificates protect buyers and sellers of lab-grown diamonds by setting and maintaining the standards used to evaluate the quality of the diamonds. Consumers can be assured and confident about their purchase when certificates accompany their diamonds. The certificates carry accurate grading of the diamonds based on the 4 Cs.
Real. Pure. Beautiful. Affordable. Precious. Loose lab-grown diamonds have all the qualities that consumers want in their diamonds. Besides these obvious strengths, man-made diamonds have several other strong points. Here are some:
Lab-grown diamonds have the same optical properties as minded diamonds.
Diamonds grown in a laboratory have the same molecular structure as minded diamonds.
Real man-made diamonds do not have any fluorescence.
Lab-grown diamonds are around 30% cheaper than mined diamonds.
Loose man-made diamonds are often cleaner and have fewer inclusions.
Lab diamonds are certified as real diamonds with laser inscriptions by forensic laboratories.
Man-made diamonds can meet high market demands.
Lab-grown diamonds are not harmful to the earth and the environment.
Man-made diamonds are not conflict or blood diamonds. They are ethically produced in safe environments.
As producers of mined diamonds struggle to stress on the “real is rare” belief, the lab-grown diamonds industry is already winning the hearts of conscious and aware diamond connoisseurs and a growing young population that is taking a liking to the man-made sparklers. And why not?
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