Everything You Need to Know About Lab-Grown Diamonds
The most important purchase you will make is an engagement ring. It is an investment. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right call for you. What cut and shape of diamonds do you prefer? What number of carats are within your budget? Which setting are most in line with your taste? We have settled one question: how do you choose between an earth-grown or lab-grown diamond? Lab-grown diamonds are ethically sourced and are cheaper than those from the earth.
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Lab-grown and mined diamonds look identical visually. Professionals would not be able to tell the difference. The stones must be tested with an intelligent machine to distinguish between a lab-grown diamond and a mined one. However, large labs will certify lab-grown diamonds and have a laser engraving on the girdle. The laser inscription will include the certification number and “Lab-Grown.”
Two processes are used to create lab-grown diamonds: HPHT (High-Pressure High Temperature) and CVD (Child Vapor Deposition). A tiny, untreated diamond seed is used to generate HPHT diamonds. This tiny diamond seed is then placed in carbon and exposed under extreme pressure and temperatures similar to those below the earth’s surface. A CVD diamond is a thin cut of the diamond seed that is then placed in a heated chamber and filled with carbon-rich gases. The magic of technology creates carbon bonds with the diamond seeds, which then crystallize.
Color refers to the absence of color in a particular diamond. The colorless diamonds, D, E, and F, are the whitest. D is the highest grade. G, H, and I are close to colorless diamonds so that they will have warmer tones.
The cut refers only to how a diamond has been cut and polished. It does not reflect the shape of the diamond. A well-cut diamond will shine and reflect light with brilliance, while one that is poorly cut may lack the same sparkle. The cut for a round-shaped diamond is the most important of all four Cs. It determines the diamond’s brilliance, fire, and beauty.
Clarity is the quality of a diamond. It refers to its existence, location, and type of inclusions. Inclusions are minor imperfections found in a stone’s internal characteristics. Higher clarity grades make diamonds more valuable, with the “Internally Flawless – IF” top of the list. VVS1-VS2 diamonds are considered eye clean, meaning no inclusions can be seen to the naked eye. Although SI1 and SI2 diamonds are technically pure, some people can see the imperfections depending on the type and position of the inclusions. Included diamonds (I1, II) have inclusions that can be seen without magnification.
When deciding where your diamond should be placed on the grading scale, there are many factors to consider. First, ask yourself what you value most. Is it the size or the color of the diamond? Or is it the diamond’s fire and sparkle that is most important? What is your opinion on clarity? Is “eye-clean” your desire? We can help you determine the non-negotiable attributes of your diamond based on your wishlist. Then, we will discuss your budget and make recommendations.