January 29, 2024 0
The debate between lab-grown diamonds and natural diamonds is sparkling with intrigue and innovation. Lab-grown diamonds, also known as cultured or synthetic diamonds, have disrupted the traditional diamond industry as they look identical to their natural counterparts. These gems are cultivated in high-tech facilities that use extreme temperatures and pressure to replicate the natural growing process in a matter of a few hours.
Natural diamonds, treasured for centuries, are formed over billions of years beneath the Earth's crust. They are mined from deep volcanic pipes and alluvial deposits. The allure of natural diamonds lies in their rarity and their history, considered as a symbol of love and wealth.
The most obvious similarity between natural and lab grown diamonds is their appearance. After the cutting and polishing process, they are identical to natural diamonds in chemical composition and physical properties. Well grown lab diamonds are indistinguishable to even the trained eye, only sophisticated testing equipment can tell them apart. Just like their natural counterparts, lab grown diamonds come in different qualities that are inherent to the growing process and are graded using the same criteria—the Four Cs (Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight).
But that is as far as the similarities go. Just because two things look the same does not mean they are the same. Where they come from and how they got to be what they are is also important. Diamonds that come from the Earth and took billions of years to form have a different heritage to lab grown diamonds and therefore are different. Natural diamonds are rare and have proved to hold a significant proportion of their value over time. They have been passed on through generations and carry a story with them.
Lab grown diamonds are a fraction of the price of natural diamonds and their value has fallen significantly over the last few years. Whether they will be perceived as heirloom pieces or fun, fashionable accessories really lie with the owner of the piece and how they want to enjoy their jewellery.
As the diamond industry evolves, we see the divergence of natural diamonds and lab grown diamonds as being two similar yet separate products that give consumers more choices and access. Whether one opts for a lab-grown diamond, celebrating modernity and innovation, or a natural diamond, embracing the timeless allure of nature's creations, is a personal choice.
We have seen customers opting for both for different occasions and purposes in their life.
For those looking to make an informed decision, contact us through email or phone.
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