There are various kinds of diamonds – mined diamonds, lab-grown diamonds, diamond simulants and diamond hybrid, among others. It is essential to understand the difference between these different types of diamonds. Even though all these diamonds may look the same to the naked eye, each of these diamonds have their own characteristics and properties.
A number of people easily confused lab engineered diamonds with diamond hybrid. In reality, the two are vastly different in all aspects. Let’s try to understand what these two types and how are they different from each other.
Lab grown diamonds, also known as engineered diamonds, pure grown diamonds, cultured diamonds, are real diamonds grown in a controlled laboratory environment. They have the same chemical, physical, and optical properties as mined diamonds.
Lab-grown diamonds are created by two processes: Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) and High Temperature High Pressure (HTHP).
Diamond simulants are created to imitate the look of real diamonds, but contain no diamond. They are non-precious. That is also the reason that diamond simulants are inexpensive.
The diamond hybrid is the most affordable and scientifically advanced, diamond infused simulant. It involves part of both – the lab grown diamond and diamond simulant. It is constructed from a crystal core that has an infusion of enhanced lab grown diamond on the outer layer. It has the look and feel of a real diamond because of the outer layer created from lab-grown diamond crystals; whereas in the inside, it has a non-precious core.
It is called “hybrid” because it uses a blend of both the technologies of the lab engineered diamond and diamond simulant. Some characteristics of diamond hybrid:
Diamond hybrid possesses high quality brilliance
The price of diamond hybrid is as much as 3% of mined-diamonds; that’s how affordable they are.
D to F in color
VS1 to VS2 in clarity
Large selection of shapes and carat sizes
The Diamond Hybrid is created by placing a cut crystal core or substrate into a chamber. Intense heat and pressure are infused along with lab grown diamond crystals. Both are bonded at a molecular level into the outer layer of the crystal core. These engineered diamond crystals stack up on the core and realign with each other. The finished product is a diamond infused simulant that has a non-precious crystal core and a solid outer layer of lab engineered diamond that will never wear off or detach from the core.
The diamond hybrid is distinct from lab-grown real diamonds. Difference in properties of diamond hybrid (DH) and lab-grown diamond (LG)
Diamond bonds: 85% in infused outer layer (DH) and 100% (LG)
MOHS hardness scale: Outer layer 9.6 (DH) and 10 (LG)
Color: D to F colorless (DH) and D to F colorless, S to Z yellow (LG)
Clarity: Flawless to VS2 (DH) and WS to SI (LG)
The cost of diamond hybrids is 10% of the cost of lab-grown real diamonds. One reason for its popularity is its affordability.
The above information will clear some of the confusion that diamond lovers might have about diamond hybrid and lab grown diamonds. For those who are looking for the most inexpensive options, a diamond hybrid will serve the purpose. But for those who are looking to buy a real diamonds, a lab grown diamond is the best option. Buying an engagement ring or jewelry for a wedding? Lab grown real diamonds are the most appropriate for these occasions.
With more number of people opting to buy lab-grown diamonds, and consumers understanding the difference between the different kinds of diamonds, it is a matter of choice, taste and attitude that decides what consumers buy.
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